General Climate News

Open letter to Global Leaders – A healthy planet for healthy people Call to Action: Emerging from the Planetary Emergency and partnering between People and Nature. It is time to harness our fears, build hope and drive action to respond to the human health, economic, climate and biodiversity crisis with solutions that build resilient societies on the longer term.
The Club of Rome, Thursday 26 March 2020
Less ice, more methane from northern lakes: a result from global warming Shorter and warmer winters lead to an increase in emissions of methane from northern lakes, according to a new study. Longer ice-free periods contribute to increased methane emissions. In Finland, emissions of methane from lakes could go up by as much as 60%.
University of Eastern Finland, Thursday 26 March 2020
Electric cars better for climate in 95% of the world Fears that electric cars could actually increase carbon emissions are unfounded in almost all parts of the world, new research shows.
University of Cambridge, Monday 23 March 2020
Underestimated impact of thawing permafrost on climate change Rising temperatures in the Arctic may lead to the thawing of permafrost, resulting in additional emissions of greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere. In support of the EU policy for the Arctic, a JRC report on the Arctic permafrost thawing evaluates the ongoing and future warming over the Arctic permafrost and the resulting emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4).
European Commission, Friday 20 March 2020
From climate change awareness to action Awareness of climate change and its impacts is not enough to move people to action. New research on how people’s worldviews affect their perceptions and actions could help policymakers and activists reframe the discussion around climate change mitigation.
IIASA, Monday 9 March 2020
World-first system forecasts warming of lakes globally A groundbreaking study will enable scientists to better predict future warming of the world’s lakes due to climate change, and the potential threat to cold-water species such as salmon and trout.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Thursday 5 March 2020
World's sandy beaches under threat from climate change Half of the world's beaches could disappear by the end of the century due to coastal erosion, according to a new study led by the Joint Research Centre, the European Commission's science and knowledge service.
European Commission Joint Research Centre, Tuesday 3 March 2020
New EEA report on the importance of floodplains The preservation and restoration of Europe’s largely degraded floodplains must be better prioritized, according to a new European Environment Agency report. Floodplains have a key role to play in improving biodiversity, water, and climate change mitigation and adaptation.
European Environment Agency, Tuesday 3 March 2020
Methane and its contribution to global warming Methane is a gas that deserves more attention in the climate debate, as it contributes to almost half of human-made global warming in the short-term. A new IIASA study shows that it is possible to significantly contribute to reduced global warming through the implementation of available technology that limits methane release to the atmosphere.
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Friday 28 February 2020
Antarctic ice walls protect the climate Inland Antarctic ice contains volumes of water that can raise global sea levels by several meters. A new study published in the journal Nature shows that glacier ice walls are vital for the climate, as they prevent rising ocean temperatures and melting glacier ice.
University of Gothenburg, Wednesday 26 February 2020