General Climate News

A future for skiing in a warmer world As the world struggles to make progress to limit climate change, researchers are finding ways to adapt to warmer winter temperatures - by developing environmentally friendly ways of producing artificial snow.
SINTEF, Norway, Wednesday 15 February 2017
Review confirms climate change is threatening many ecosystem services Climate change is having mixed impacts on ecosystem services, suggest data analysed by a new study. The research, which brings together the findings of over 100 other studies, found that 59% of reported impacts of climate change on ecosystem services are negative, while just 13% are positive.
Science for Environment Policy, Issue 482, Wednesday 15 February 2017
Climate change and agriculture: how to assess future impacts? Over the last several years, research groups around the world have developed several process-based Global Gridded Crop Models (GGCMs) to simulate crop productivity and assess climate change impacts at relatively high spatial resolution over global domain. The different and often contrasting methodologies and assumptions invariably lead to a wide range of impact assessment.
CMCC Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici, Italy, Monday 13 February 2017
Increase in the number of extremely strong fronts over Europe? A new research finds an increase of strong and extremely strong fronts in summertime and autumn over Europe. If this is a trend or caused by climate change remains to be seen. Read more in the article: S. Schemm, M. Sprenger, O. Martius, H. Wernli, M. Zimmer. Increase in the number of extremely strong fronts over Europe? A study based on ERA-Interim reanalysis (1979-2014). Geophysical Research Letters, 2017; 44 (1): 553 DOI: 10.1002/2016GL071451
University of Bergen, Norway, Friday 10 February 2017
Global Centre of Excellence on Climate Adaptation seeks residence in the Netherlands The Netherlands, Japan and UN Environment will lead the establishment of a Global Centre of Excellence on Climate Adaptation in The Netherlands. Today, the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment signed a Statement of Intent together with global partners of the new project. The Centre will address the growing need for support among countries, institutions and businesses for dealing with climate change adaptation issues, such as natural disasters and economic disruptions.
Dutch Government, Monday 6 February 2017
Paris to test out new climate change adaptation measures ICLEI Member Paris (France) has announced that the Bercy-Charenton area will test out and co-create adaptation measures through the EU-funded RESIN project. Located in the south-east of inner Paris, the city’s aim is to turn the site “from an industrial landscape into a new and integrated piece of city fabric”.
ICLEI/RESIN - Climate Resilient Cities and Infrastructures, Friday 27 January 2017
Temperature change affects temperate mountain ecosystems globally The warmer climate that is expected over the next 80 years could lead to major disruptions in ecosystems of high mountain landscapes, for example by altered balance between nitrogen and phosphorus in the soil. The results in a new study are presented by an international team of researchers led by SLU in Nature. Maja Sundqvist, active researcher in the Climate Impact Research Centre (CIRC), Umeå University, participated in the study. Original article: Mayor, R. et al: Elevation alters ecosystem properties across temperate treelines globally. Nature. 2017
Umeå University, Finland, Thursday 26 January 2017
New report on climate change, impacts and vulnerability in Europe Europe’s regions are facing rising sea levels and more extreme weather, such as more frequent and more intense heatwaves, flooding, droughts and storms due to climate change, according to a new European Environment Agency report.
European Environment Agency, Wednesday 25 January 2017
Finding ways to fix the climate before it is too late Scientists and policymakers rely on complex computer simulations called Integrated Assessment Models to figure out how to address climate change. But these models need tinkering to make them more accurate. Read more in the publication by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU): Stefan Pauliuk, Anders Arvesen, Konstantin Stadler, Edgar G. Hertwich. Industrial ecology in integrated assessment models. Nature Climate Change, 2017; 7 (1): 13 DOI: 10.1038/nclimate3148.
ScienceDaily, Thursday 19 January 2017
Testing how species respond to climate change Predicting how species will respond to climate change is a critical part of efforts to prevent widespread climate-driven extinction, or to predict its consequences for ecosystems. Read more in the paper: 'Testing for local adaptation and evolutionary potential along altitudinal gradients in rainforest Drosophila: beyond laboratory estimates' by: E. O'Brien, M. Higgie, A. Reynolds, A. Hoffmann, and J.Bridle in Global Change Biology.
University of Bristol, United Kingdom, Monday 16 January 2017