General Climate News

Does the European public understand the impacts of climate change on the ocean? Opinion poll of European citizens reveals that most are relatively well informed but many believe scenarios that may happen by 2100 have already occurred, calling for an improvement in the way climate science is communicated to the public. Reference: Paul J. Buckley, John K. Pinnegar, Suzanne J. Painting, Geraldine Terry, Jason Chilvers, Irene Lorenzoni, Stefan Gelcich, Carlos M. Duarte. Ten Thousand Voices on Marine Climate Change in Europe: Different Perceptions among Demographic Groups and Nationalities. Frontiers in Marine Science, 2017; 4 DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2017.00206
ScienceDaily, Wednesday 19 July 2017
Climate change: Biodiversity rescues biodiversity in a warmer world Climate change leads to loss of biodiversity worldwide. However, ecosystems with a higher biodiversity in the first place might be less affected a new study. Scientists found that when they experimentally warmed meadows, the diversity of nematode worms living in the soil went down in monocultures, whereas the opposite was true for meadows with many different herbaceous plant species. Reference: M. P. Thakur, D. Tilman, O. Purschke, M. Ciobanu, J. Cowles, F. Isbell, P. D. Wragg, N. Eisenhauer. Climate warming promotes not only species diversity but also taxonomic redundancy in complex environments. Sci. Adv., 2017 DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1700866
ScienceDaily, Friday 14 July 2017
Reduced spring flooding a result of climate change – may be counteracted through water regulation In Sweden and other areas of the world with snow cover part of the year, the regulation of rivers has altered the flow regimes of springtime floods to at least as great an extent as coming climate change will alter them. Scientists are now suggesting that water regulation could be used in climate adaptation as a way to recreate the natural variation in water flow regimes. The study is presented in a scientific article in Nature Communications: 'Regulation of snow-fed rivers affects flow regimes more than climate change'.
SMHI, Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute, Monday 10 July 2017
Extreme weather conditions and climate anomalies account for 40% of global wheat production variability JRC scientists have proposed a new approach for identifying the impacts of climate change and extreme weather on the variability of global and regional wheat production. The study analysed the effect of heat and water anomalies on crop losses over a 30-year period.
EU Science Hub, Friday 7 July 2017
EEA briefing on financing climate change mitigation and adaptation This EEA briefing ‘Financing Europe’s low carbon, climate resilient future’ analyses a Europe-wide stocktaking to capture the current status of climate finance tracking across the EEA’s 33 member countries, with the main focus to identify data and knowledge gaps involved in tracking domestic climate finance.
EEA, Wednesday 5 July 2017
Ocean predicts future northwestern European and Arctic climate A new study in the journal Nature Communications by researchers from the University of Bergen and Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research, Norway, and University of Oxford, UK, demonstrates that there is a clear potential for practical and useful predictions of northwestern European and Arctic climate based on the state of the ocean. Reference: 1.Marius Årthun, Tor Eldevik, Ellen Viste, Helge Drange, Tore Furevik, Helen L. Johnson, Noel S. Keenlyside. Skillful prediction of northern climate provided by the ocean. Nature Communications, 2017; 8: 15875 DOI: 10.1038/ncomms15875.
Science Daily, Wednesday 5 July 2017
New project launched on the contribution to strategies and plans on climate change adaptation in the Alpine area This EU Interreg project Go Apply (Multidimensional Governance of Climate Change Adaptation in Policy Making and Practice in the Alpine Space) will contribute to the integration and development of national strategies and action plans on climate change adaptation in the Alpine Space. It will also builds on an existing network of the national authorities responsible for climate adaptation policy-making in seven Alpine countries.
Go Apply project, Monday 3 July 2017
Turning the climate tide by 2020 The world needs high-speed climate action for an immediate bending-down of the global greenhouse-gas emissions curve, leading experts caution. Aggressive reduction of fossil-fuel usage is the key to averting devastating heat extremes and unmanageable sea level rise, the authors argue in a comment published in the renowned scientific journal Nature this week. In the run-up to the G20 summit of the planet’s leading economies, the article sets six milestones for a clean industrial revolution. This call for strong short-term measures complements the longer-term 'carbon law' approach introduced earlier this year by some of the current co-authors, including the Potsdam Institute’s Director Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, in the equally eminent journal Science. Thus a full narrative of deep decarbonization emerges. Article: Christiana Figueres, Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, Gail Whiteman, Johan Rockström, Anthony Hobley, Stefan Rahmstorf (2017): Three years to safeguard our climate. Nature [DOI: 10.1038/546593a]
Postdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Friday 30 June 2017
Copernicus Climate Change Service project SWICCA case study on the brewery chain This SWICCA case study is aiming to develop a future proof region with a sustainable economic growth in the brewery chain in the Netherlands. Knowledge on climate change impacts and tools were offered to visualize climate projections making visible how the area may develop under climate change.
C3S SWICCA project, Thursday 29 June 2017
GROW GREEN: new partnership to demonstrate benefits of nature-based solutions in cities Innovation will be the focus of GROW GREEN (Green Cities for Climate and Water Resilience, Sustainable Economic Growth, Healthy Citizens and Environments). This new five-year H2020 demonstration project aims to achieve climate and water resilience in cities.
GROW GREEN project, Monday 26 June 2017