General Climate News

Landslides: new early warning systems reduce false alarms The use of innovative and reliable instruments, and the original use of new generation atmospheric models, leads to the development of better predictive tools that can improve early warning systems’ performances in southern Italy.
CMCC Foundation – Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change, Thursday 1 April 2021
Climate labeling reduces our CO2 footprint Climate labels informing us of a meat product’s carbon footprint cause many people to opt for climate-friendlier alternatives. This applies to people who are curious about a product’s carbon footprint, as well as to those who actively avoid wanting to know more. Labels must be obligatory for them to be effective, according to the researchers behind this study.
University of Copenhagen, Wednesday 31 March 2021
Melting glaciers could speed up carbon emissions An unexpected form of climate feedback is found by an international research team. Glacier-fed mountain rivers have been linked with higher rates of plant material decomposition, a major process in the global carbon cycle.
University of Leeds, Tuesday 16 March 2021
Reducing global warming matters for freshwater fish species The habitats of freshwater fish species are threatened by global warming, mainly due to rising water temperatures. A 3.2-degree Celsius increase in global mean temperature would threaten more than half of the habitat for one third of all freshwater fish species. The number of species at risk is ten times smaller if warming is limited to 1.5 degrees, according to new study.
Radboud University Nijmegen, Monday 15 March 2021
Climate change threatens European forests Well over half of Europe's forests are potentially at risk from windthrow, forest fire and insect attacks, according to a study by an international team of scientists from Italy, Spain, Finland and Germany. Important ecosystem services could be impaired by the loss of especially large and old trees.
Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry website, Thursday 25 February 2021
New manual for public authorities on combating climate change This guide describes the path to a greenhouse gas-neutral administration with the help of nine stages, gives recommendations and makes implementation on site easier with many practical examples.
German Environment Agency (UBA), Thursday 25 February 2021
New EU Strategy on adaptation to climate change The European Commission set out the pathway to prepare for the unavoidable impacts of climate change. Building on the 2013 Climate Change Adaptation Strategy, the new proposal is to shift the focus from understanding the problem to developing solutions, and to move from planning to implementation.
European Commission, Wednesday 24 February 2021
Europe’s forests became more vulnerable to climate-related hazards Climate change has made more than half of Europe’s forests more vulnerable to hazards like fires, insect outbreaks, windthrows, or a combination of these three, according to a new study of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission.
Joint Research Centre, European Commission, Tuesday 23 February 2021
Plant responses to climate are lagged Plant responses to climate drivers such as temperature and precipitation may become visible only years after the actual climate event. Since plant-climate interactions are more complex than foreseen, researchers want prioritize development of robust scenarios for the plant species that are critical to human well-being.
German Centre of Integrative Biodiversity Research, Monday 22 February 2021
How close are we to reaching a global warming of 1.5°C? Experts suggest that the 1.5°C limit is likely to be reached between 2030 and the early 2050s, unless concerted action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is taken. The Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S*) has developed an application for anybody to use to see the current rate of global warming and explore how soon we could reach the 1.5°C limit if warming continues at today’s pace.
Copernicus Climate Change Service, Monday 22 February 2021