A 30-year study of cliff swallows, a long-distance migrant bird species, has revealed that global climate change is altering their breeding habits.
As temperatures rise in the Southern Ocean, warmer currents are eroding the Antarctic ice sheet from below, writes Tim Radford - causing the melting rate to treble in two decades to 83 billion tonnes a year.
“There will be coal burning.” Negotiators from around the world produced a four-page climate-change accord (pdf) after some sleep-deprived haggling over the weekend in Lima, Peru, but the agreement could be summed up in those five words.
There is absolutely no ground for India to agree to cut its emissions at the 2015 climate change summit.
Hyderabad: Climate change will gradually force larger plant species, endemic to biodiversity hotspots in the country, to “shift” to other conducive environments, said researchers from University of Hyderabad and IIT-Kharagpur.
Our warming climate is bad news for Christmas trees. Norwegian spruces risk getting cold feet as the insulating blanket of snow that protects their roots from Scandinavian winters thins.
Pledges to reduce emissions in China, Europe and the US provide an important step forward for climate change action, but a more comprehensive effort is needed to stabilize the climate below critical thresholds.
Cities like Miami are all too familiar with hurricane-related power outages. But a new analysis finds climate change will give other major metro areas a lot to worry about in future storms.
There are consequences of the successful efforts worldwide to save beavers from extinction.
Climate scientists have received a boost of up to US$150 million from US space agency NASA for a five year campaign to probe how air pollution, manmade fires across Africa and warming oceans may affect our climate
LIMA, Dec 13 2014 (IPS) - While U.S. and Canadian officials delivered speeches about how the world needs to step up to their responsibilities at the U.N. climate negotiations in Lima, Peru, activists from North America demanded clear answers back home on their governments’ relationships with fos ...
Arctic ground squirrels could play a greater role in climate change than was previously thought.
The timetable is in tatters. Hopes of a successful climate deal in Paris next December suffered a setback at the UN climate summit in Lima, Peru, at the weekend as talks left the proposed timeline for a deal in pieces.
Two weeks of climate negotiations in Lima, Peru, have wrapped up with a road map for the establishment of an international climate treaty in Paris next year.
LIMA, Dec 14 2014 (IPS) - After a 25-hour extension, delegates from 195 countries reached agreement on a “bare minimum” of measures to combat climate change, and postponed big decisions on a new treaty until the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP 21), to be held in a year’s time in Paris.
UN climate talks wrapped up in Peru with a modest agreement about the building blocks of a deal due to be agreed in Paris next year
The procedure has become quite a routine. Every year, the December talks run into extra time as delegates haggle over a last-minute compromise, which usually satisfies no one. But it was clear from the start that this year's meeting in Lima, Peru, was not going to be the place for major announce ...
11 December 2014 – The more action that is taken today on climate change, the more likely countries will push for stronger agreements tomorrow, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a high-level meeting today at the UN Climate Change Conference, known also as the 20th session of the ...
Climate talks in Lima have entered their final day with long-running issues still dividing the parties, despite an impassioned appeal from US Secretary of State John Kerry.
[LIMA] The need for funding to help developing countries adapt to climate change is growing as global temperatures continue to rise. But the cost of this adaptation also appears higher than before: a study published last week says that it may be up to three times higher than previously thought.
[LIMA] The first research project to be funded under the UN’s Technology Mechanism, a process that supports the development of technologies that can help mitigate climate change, has kicked off.
Restoring degraded land and forests with the world’s fastest growing plant, bamboo, can contribute to major carbon emission reductions.
LIMA, Dec 12 2014 (IPS) - The magnitude of the climate changes brought about by global warming and the alterations in rainfall patterns are modifying the geography of food production in the tropics, warned participants at the climate summit in the Peruvian capital.
As crucial UN climate summit in Peru enters final hours, negotiators have made little progress on draft text
Ottawa in Canada is hosting a conference on “Arctic Change”. With climate change making access to the Arctic easier, interest has increased. But the forecast boom in economic activity appears to have been put "on ice".
14 December 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has hailed the outcome of a United Nations-backed climate conference recently concluded in Lima, Peru, praising delegates for setting the groundwork for a more conclusive agreement to be reached in 2015, a spokesperson for the Organization today a ...
10 December 2014 – Only by acting together will world leaders transform the climate challenge into an opportunity to fundamentally rethink how we grow our economies and create a safer, healthier, more liveable world, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.
10 December 2014 – The launch of a new coalition spearheaded by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and focused on boosting renewable energy usage around the world was announced today as Member States head into the final three-day stretch of a major UN climate conference in Lima, Per ...
THE world is set to warm by more than 2 °C by 2100, which puts us on track to dangerous climate change. But UN climate negotiators meeting in Peru's capital Lima this week are optimistic that they can reach an agreement on planet-warming gases.
Scientists have analyzed 40 years of data to outline climate change challenge for ectotherms (animals who rely on external sources of heat to control body temperature).
Halfway through the second week of COP 20, negotiation battles are in full swing.
Heads of state and government will be leading the COP20 discussions, but cities and regions have an important role to play in the process, writes Michel Lebrun.
LIMA, Dec 10 2014 (IPS) - The post-2015 global climate change agreement should be flexible and fully resourced or else condemn Africa to another cycle of poverty resulting from the adverse effects of climate change.
BOZEMAN, Mont., Dec. 8 (UPI) -- The average day hiker in Glacier National Park is unlikely to notice the dwindling stonefly population in Montana. But trout are.
8 December 2014 – Planet earth is “moving towards the tipping point” warned the President of the United Nations General Assembly at UN climate talks in Peru, where he called for world leaders to take urgent action towards a climate agreement that promotes socio-economic development in a sustaina ...
South American diplomats expect to make progress towards a global climate deal at this week’s UN talks in Lima, despite growing criticism from NGOs that governments in the region are backtracking on pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect the environment.
Leading economist Lord Nicholas Stern said that a commitment to sustainable development was more important than a binding deal that "lacked credibility".
Representatives from every national government are meeting this week to work toward a global climate agreement, and the location of the conference -- Lima, Peru -- offers critically important lessons for negotiators.
BOULDER, Colo., Dec. 5 (UPI) -- For Africa and its climate, history seems to be repeating itself.
5 December 2014 – Despite public funding of climate change adaptation measures reaching as high as $26 billion in 2012-2013, a new United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report predicts a significant funding gap after 2020 unless new and additional finance for adaptation is made available.
A new study has found early warning signals of a reorganization of the Atlantic oceans' circulation which could have a profound impact on the global climate system.
BRISBANE, Dec 8 2014 (IPS) - Norwegians know something of life in a climate change world. Migratory birds arrive earlier in spring, trees come into leaf before previously expected, and palsa mires (wetlands) are being lost as permafrost thaws.
Ban Ki-moon, in an exclusive interview with CBC News, says Canada needs to stop stalling on setting climate change goals, and instead become "ambitious and visionary."
More than a century after Mark Twain argued that the Mississippi River could never be tamed by engineers, dams and dikes constrain the great waterway.
As the UN’s key Climate Change Conference, COP 20, gets under way this week in Lima, Peru, new figures show a significant drop in global investment in climate mitigation and adaptation.
LIMA, Dec 3 2014 (IPS) - African countries fought hard for the Kyoto Protocol not to die on African soil at the 2011 Climate Change Conference in South Africa, but they say it is now languishing in limbo because developed countries are taking what they called “baby steps” towards ratification of ...
An "awareness gap" about emissions from livestock could hamper efforts to curb climate change, a report warns.
It takes just 10 years for a single emission of carbon dioxide (CO2) to have its maximum warming effects on the Earth.
Global temperature will continue to rise to dangerous levels, unless emissions are reduced. Germany economist Ottmar Edenhofer says a price on carbon is the answer.
Declining status of energy security another cause for optimism in Peru climate talks