General Climate News

No publication bias found in climate change research Rarely do we encounter a scientific fact that stirs public controversy and distrust in science as much as climate change. However, the theory is built on honest reporting of facts. This emerges from a new study from Lund University in Sweden.
Lunch University, Sweden, Tuesday 21 March 2017
GrowApp: make an animation of climate change in your backyard The newly launched GrowApp allows people to make animations of trees, gardens and landscapes by taking pictures with their smartphone. The app directly transforms these pictures in a time lapse movie that shows changes over the seasons and even over the years. While having fun making an animation of their backyard, users help scientists better understand climate change impact on the environment.
Wageningen University & Research, the Netherlands, Monday 20 March 2017
Increase in extreme sea levels could endanger European coastal communities Massive coastal flooding in northern Europe that now occurs once every century could happen every year if greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, according to a new study
EU science hub, Friday 17 March 2017
Outwitting climate change with a plant 'dimmer'? Plants possess molecular mechanisms that prevent them from blooming in winter. Once the cold of win-ter has passed, they are deactivated. However, if it is still too cold in spring, plants adapt their blooming behavior accordingly. Scientists from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have discovered genetic changes for this adaptive behavior. In light of the temperature changes resulting from climate change, this may come in useful for securing the production of food in the future.
Technical University of Munich, Germany, Thursday 16 March 2017
Building local resilience to climate disaster risk The fifth edition of its Best Climate Practices (BCP) Contest, is launched, topic: Building local resilience to climate disaster risk. Floods, drought, heat waves and other extreme weather events pose potential losses to persons and communities: losses in life and health, economic damages, displacement, and reduced access to basic needs and services, such as water, food, energy, and education.
International Center for Climate Governance (ICCG) , Tuesday 14 March 2017
Climate research needs greater focus on human populations How climate change will affect future populations will depend to a great extent on people’s capacity to adapt to changing conditions. Such characteristics can be forecast in the long term, using well-established demographic methods. Read more in the article: Lutz W & Muttarak R (2017). Forecasting societies’ adaptive capacities through demographic metabolism model. Nature Climate Change 7 (3): 177-184. DOI:10.1038/NCLIMATE3222.
IIASA, Austria, Wednesday 8 March 2017
Nature-based solutions to climate change mitigation and adaptation in urban areas Green roofs, green facades, parks and roadside greenery can help to reduce the negative impacts of climate change in cities. With the study „Nature-based solutions to climate change mitigation and adaptation in urban areas“ the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) presents new research results in order to give practitioners suggestions for nature-based solutions to adaptation.
BfN, Federal Agency for Nature Conservation, Germany, Monday 6 March 2017
Research project MiKlip published experimental decadic climate prediction in an interactive online tool The research project MiKlip develops decadal climate predictions on a time scale from one to ten years. These climate predictions close the gap between short-term weather forecasts, seasonal forecasts and long-term climate projections. The aim is to predict climatic trends over longer time periods (e.g. several years) and larger regions (e.g. 100km), in the form of deviations from a normal state.
MiKlip, Decadal Climate Prediction, Wednesday 1 March 2017
Experts for Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C selected The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate change (IPCC) has selected the team of experts (Coordinating Lead Authors, Authors and Review Editors) who will prepare the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5ºC: an IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5ºC above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty (SR1.5). The report will be finalized in September 2018 in time for the facilitative dialogue under the Paris Agreement that will take place later that year.
IPCC, Tuesday 28 February 2017
Less snow and a shorter ski season in the Alps A new research, by scientists based at the Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research (SLF) and at the CRYOS Laboratory at the École Polytechnique Fédérale in Switzerland, shows that the Alps could lose as much as 70% of snow cover by the end of the century. However, if humans manage to keep global warming below 2°C, the snow-cover reduction would be limited to 30% by 2100. In addition to the changes in snow cover, the new research reveals the Alpine winter season – the period when natural snow is deep enough for winter sports – is set to become shorter.
Journal the Cryosphere, Tuesday 28 February 2017