General Climate News

Thaw­ing per­ma­frost re­leases or­ganic com­pounds into the air When permafrost thaws due to global warming, not only greenhouse gases, but also organic compounds are released from the soil. They may have a significant impact on climate change, according to researchers at the University of Helsinki.
University of Helasinki, Tuesday 13 October 2020
A new interactive tool for climate action in the Alps The Alpine Climate Board has set up a dedicated website to establish an Alpine climate action community, and facilitate its involvement in the implementation of the Alpine Climate Target System 2050 towards climate neutral and climate resilient Alps. The website is built around 30 implementation pathways, i.e. sequences of concrete short- and mid-term measures towards the targets.
Alpine Climate, Monday 12 October 2020
Meltwater lakes are accelerating glacier ice loss Meltwater lakes that form at glacier margins cause ice to recede much further and faster compared to glaciers that terminate on land, according to an international team of researchers, led by the University of Leeds.
University of Leeds, Thursday 8 October 2020
Climate-friendly cooling to help ease global warming New study shows that coordinated international action on energy-efficient, climate-friendly cooling could avoid as much as 600 billion tonnes CO2 equivalent of greenhouse gas emissions in this century.
IIASA, Tuesday 6 October 2020
Nights warming faster than days across much of the planet Global warming is affecting daytime and night-time temperatures differently, and greater night-time warming is more common than greater daytime warming worldwide, UK research shows.
University of Exeter, Thursday 1 October 2020
Climate change threatens breeding birds New research from the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior and Cornell University uncovered drastic consequences for birds that are breeding earlier in lockstep with earlier starts of spring due to climate change: chicks hatching earlier face increased risk of poor weather conditions, food shortages and mortality.
Max Planck Institute, Monday 28 September 2020
Marine heatwaves are human made Heatwaves in the world’s oceans have become over 20 times more frequent due to human influence on the climate. This is what researchers from the Oeschger Centre for Climate Research at the University of Bern are now able to prove. Marine heatwaves destroy ecosystems and damage fisheries.
University of Bern, Thursday 24 September 2020
How much will polar ice sheets add to sea level rise? For the first time ever, glaciologists, oceanographers, and climatologists from 13 countries have teamed up to make new projections. Findings have been discussed in a spate of scientific articles, including five published in The Cryosphere.
CNRS, Thursday 17 September 2020
Global CO2 emissions continue to rise but EU bucks global trend Global greenhouse gas emissions grow steadily, mainly due to the increase in CO2 emissions from China, India and other emerging economies. Fossil CO2 emissions of the EU Member States and the UK fell by nearly 3.8% in 2019 compared to 2018, suggesting that the EU has succeeded in decoupling economic growth from climate changing emissions.
European Commission, Wednesday 9 September 2020
Strategic Foresight Report towards a more resilient Europe The European Commission identified emerging challenges and opportunities to better steer the European Union’s strategic choices. It considers EU resilience in four dimensions: social and economic, geopolitical, green, and digital. Green resilience entails mitigation and adaptation to climate change, which will be monitored by a so-called 'resilience dashboard'.
European Commission, Wednesday 9 September 2020