Hurricane Sandy cost the U.S. some $70 billion in direct damages and lost economic output. This is, obviously, a lot of money — Sandy was the second most expensive hurricane in U.S.
If it isn't torrential downpours, then it's too dry. If there's one thing U.S. farmers can count on, it's bad weather and, perhaps as a result, many of them don't think humanity is to blame for the long-term shifts in weather patterns known as climate change.
July 16, 2013 — Improving crop yields using sustainable methods could cut greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 12% per calorie produced according to a new study published in the journal Environmental Research Letters.
July 15, 2013 — A new study estimates that global sea levels will rise about 2.3 meters, or more than seven feet, over the next several thousand years for every degree (Celsius) the planet warms.
MEXICO CITY, Jul 16 2013 (IPS) - Jungles, forests, mangroves, swamps and lagoons are natural carbon storehouses or “sinks” in the Caribbean regions of Mexico. But now studies are being conducted to measure their capacity for absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Jul 15 2013 (IPS) - If the studies conducted by the International Code Council (ICC) are true, then by 2025, Caribbean countries will witness a significant increase in Category 4 and 5 hurricanes from the present level of 1.4 annually to four.
After Hurricane Hazel, which killed dozens of people in 1954, Torontonians made strong decisions through their local and provincial governments – such as banning development from flood plains and creating conservation authorities – that proved extremely effective in preventing a repeat of the ma ...
Global warming threatens to put many species on thin ice. But changing temperatures seem to have sparked new life in a group of Antarctic sea sponges.
Reefs, dunes and marshes are key to protecting lives and property against storm surges and long-term sea-level rise.
NAIROBI , Jul 14 2013 (IPS) - REDD – reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation – would seem to be a mitigation strategy that perfectly matches Africa’s needs.
PROGRESO, Mexico , Jul 12 2013 (IPS) - Towns on Mexico’s Caribbean coast are behind schedule on the design and implementation of plans to face the challenges of climate change, in spite of the urgency of measures to reduce vulnerability
A study has shown that the speed of evolutionary change is far outstripped by the rate of global warming, meaning many creatures will face extinction
The father-son duo of Chris and Mat Hope have published a study in the prestigious scientific journal Nature Climate Change with the counter-intuitive finding that the relative costs of climate change are higher in a world with slower economic growth.
Climate model projections show that the Arctic Ocean will be completely ice-free by the summer by 2060. However, the record lows in sea ice extent of 2007 and 2012 demonstrated that these projections were too optimistic and some scientists think that we might see and ice free Arctic within this ...
Whether farmers believe in climate change or not – 66 percent do – their actions show that they are adapting to global warming, according to panelists at a July 8 discussion on campus.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 286 people were killed in the US in 2012 by West Nile virus, which is carried by mosquitoes. Many bird species eat these mosquitoes and other insects that can be agricultural pests. Rising temperatures are threatening these wild ...
The fate of the world’s forests on a warming planet has long been one of the great unanswered questions about climate change.
TUCSON, July 10 (UPI) -- Many species would have to speed up their evolution by 10,000 times to adapt to the rapid climate change expected in the next 100 years, a U.S. ecologist says.
July 9, 2013 — Many vertebrate species would have to evolve about 10,000 times faster than they have in the past to adapt to the rapid climate change expected in the next 100 years, a study led by a University of Arizona ecologist has found.
Maybe Mayor Michael Bloomberg would have gone through the troubling of putting together a 430-page report outlining a $19.5 billion plan to save New York from the threat of climate change had Hurricane Sandy not hit last year and inflicted some $20 billion in New York City alone.
The politics of climate change are a lot like the politics of gun control, at least in the sense that President Obama meant when he asked in April 2013 how Congress could fail to deliver gun control legislation when 90 percent of the American public wants it.
NADI, Fiji ---Margareta Wahlström, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General for Disaster Risk Reduction, says Fiji’s work to address flooding in Nadi provides an example for developing countries on integrating management of disaster and climate related risks.
July 8, 2013 — Green spaces, trees and bodies of water are must-have design features for future development in Sydney's suburbs after researchers found that by 2050 global warming combined with Sydney's urban heat island effect could increase temperatures by up to 3.7°C.
July 8, 2013 — A new study led by Florida State University researcher Stephanie Pau shows that tropical forests are producing more flowers in response to only slight increases in temperature.
Invasive animals are a scourge the world over, and on many islands they have decimated local plants and animals.
LOS ANGELES, July 3 (UPI) -- Climate change may affect the evolution of bacteria at the base of the ocean's food chain, selecting certain strains for survival, a U.S. study indicates
July 4, 2013 — Fossil fuel companies have been funding smear campaigns that raise doubts about climate change, writes John Sauven in the latest issue of Index on Censorship magazine.
Biofuels' impact on global food security can be lessened by linked food and energy policies, says a panel of independent experts that is also calling for more research and development.
GENEVA, Switzerland, July 3 (UPI) -- Climate extremes experienced in the decade 2001-2010 were unprecedented, the World Meteorological Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, says in a report.
Monitoring a forest in New Hampshire provides clues to how important trees, such as maples, respond to changed conditions due to global warming
July 2, 2013 — Climate change may be weeding out the bacteria that form the base of the ocean's food chain, selecting certain strains for survival, according to a new study.
July 1, 2013 — One out of 10 people on Earth is likely to live in a climate impact hotspot by the end of this century, if greenhouse gas emissions continue unabated.
LOS ANGELES, July 3 (UPI) -- Climate change may affect the evolution of bacteria at the base of the ocean's food chain, selecting certain strains for survival, a U.S. study indicates.
The European Union (EU) has spent the past 10 years nurturing a €15-billion (US$20-billion) industry that makes transport fuel from food crops such as soya beans and sugar cane in the hope of cutting greenhouse-gas emissions.
UK's first national adaption plan sets out economic opportunities of increasingly more extreme weather, as well as the risks
The Earth experienced unprecedented recorded climate extremes during the decade 2001-2010, according to the World Meteorological Organisation.
A public lecture on “The conservation of agro-biodiversity as a response to climate change” was held last Friday at the George Price Centre for Peace and Development in Belmopan City.
June 27, 2013 — Human influences through global warming are likely to have played a role in Australia's recent "angry" hot summer, the hottest in Australia's observational record, new research has found.
June 27, 2013 — Arizona State University researchers have discovered for the first time that temperature determines where key soil microbes can thrive -- microbes that are critical to forming topsoil crusts in arid lands.
On Tuesday, President Obama announced a Climate Action Plan to address the enormous and growing costs of climate change.
June 26, 2013 — A new report on sea level rise recommends that the State of Maryland should plan for a rise in sea level of as much as 2 feet by 2050. Led by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, the report was prepared by a panel of scientific experts in response to Gover ...
President Barack Obama announced a sweeping plan to tackle climate change today (June 25), outlining measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote the development of clean energy technologies.
GLAND, Switzerland, June 25 (UPI) -- An international conservation group says climate change threatens many species thought to be safe, which may leave them out of important conservation actions.
June 24, 2013 — Some open-minded people can be swayed to support government intervention on climate change -- but only if they are presented with both the benefits and the costs, a new study suggests.
In terms of the impact of climate change, Bangladesh ranks top the list of the world’s most vulnerable nations. Its coastal zones, which make up about 30 percent of the total arable land in the country, are the worst affected areas.
KINGSTON, Jun 25 2013 (IPS) - It has taken just eight inches of water for Jamaica to be affected by rising sea levels, with parts of the island nation have disappeared completely, threatening people’s livelihoods and much more.
WASHINGTON, Jun 25 2013 (IPS) - Stymied by the U.S. Congress, President Barack Obama on Tuesday unveiled his vision to reset the United States’ incoherent national plan to combat climate change, offering dozens of regulatory tweaks and targets that his administration could now implement without ...
Fatally flawed energy policies and inadequate emissions pledges cannot prevent dangerous climate change
[CAIRO] The large-scale conversion of land for biofuel farming could make some tropical regions even warmer, according to a study.
SUBANG, Indonesia, Jun 24 2013 (IPS) - When 45-year-old Kaswati joined an income-generating project in her village in Indonesia’s West Java province in 1999, all she hoped to do was supplement her family’s income at a time of erratic harvests.