General Climate News

A ten point agenda for delivering higher mitigation ambition The paper formulates 10 points for mitigation ambition and includes recommendations on ways to support ambition raising through international cooperation. It defines the term and concept of ambition in the context of long-term strategies, Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and the United Nations sustainable development agenda (Agenda 2030) to inform activities of the NDC Cluster, the NDC Partnership and beyond.
NewClimate Institute for Climate Policy and Global Sustainability, Monday 17 June 2019
Climate action urgently required to protect human health in Europe New report 'The imperative of climate action to protect human health in Europe' highlights an alarming range of health risks due to climate change and the benefits of rapid phase out of fossil fuels.
EASAC, Tuesday 4 June 2019
Improvements in water quality could reduce the ecological impact of climate change on rivers Warm water can affect freshwater organisms in similar ways to many pollutants: both reduce the availability of oxygen in the water. As oxygen levels decline, sensitive species may disappear. On a more positive note, efforts to improve water quality, such as improved wastewater treatment and tighter regulation, could potentially counteract some of the effects of climate warming.
Cardiff University, Monday 3 June 2019
Lake sediment records reveal unprecedented nature of recent floods in NW England A new study of lake sediment records stretching back over several centuries has found that the floods that hit Northern England in 2009 and 2015, were the largest in 600 years, pointing to the impact of climate changes on the frequency and magnitude of these extreme events.
University of Liverpool, Tuesday 21 May 2019
Cement as a climate killer: Using industrial residues to produce carbon neutral alternatives Producing cement takes a big toll on our climate: around eight per cent of annual global carbon dioxide emissions can be attributed to this process. A team of geoscientists has found a way to produce more environmentally friendly and sustainable alternatives.
Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Monday 20 May 2019
Impact of CO2 leakage through North Sea wells Realistic estimates show that global warming can only be kept below 1.5 or 2 degrees Celsius if carbon dioxide is actively removed from the atmosphere. Storage beneath the seafloor is an option that has now been investigated intensively.
holtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (GEOMAR), Tuesday 14 May 2019
JRC monitors intense fires across Europe With over 250k hectares of burnt land in Europe, this year's fire season started early and has already surpassed the 181k hectares burnt over the entire 2018 fire season.
EU Science Hub, Tuesday 14 May 2019
How potatoes could become sun worshippers If the temperature is too high, potato plants form significantly lower numbers of tubers. Biochemists have now discovered the reason why. If the temperature rises, a so-called small RNA blocks the formation of tubers. The scientists have now successfully switched off this small RNA and have produced potato plants that are more resistant to high temperatures, which is an important contribution to securing crop yields in the future in view of climate change.
University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Tuesday 14 May 2019
Trade could be key to balancing the conservation of natural freshwater sources and food security An IIASA study published in the journal Nature Sustainability today, evaluated whether water for the environment could be prioritized under growing competition from other sectors. The results indicate that this could be achieved by shifting crop production from water scarce- to water abundant regions and tripling international food trade.
IIASA, Monday 13 May 2019
Clues of carbon release from thawing permafrost found in Arctic rivers Arctic rivers may hold vital clues to the accelerated release of carbon stored in Arctic permafrost, shows a new study by researchers from ACES published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA.
Stockholm University, Thursday 9 May 2019