In the past 53 years, carbon dioxide levels have risen globally approximately 22 percent. Much has been written about how the rise in greenhouse gases is bad for the environment, but less has been said about how these gases can help some plants flourish.
With a limberness that defies his 69 years, Frank Mirarchi heaves himself over the edge of a concrete wharf and steps out onto a slack, downward sloping dock line bouncing 20 feet above the lapping waters near Scituate, Mass.
Suggestions that global warming has stalled are a "diversionary tactic" from "deniers" who want the public to be confused over climate change, according to the world's best-known climate scientist.
It’s easy to forget that global warming doesn’t just refer to the rising temperature of the air. Climate change is having an enormous, if less well understood, impact on the oceans, which already absorb far more carbon dioxide than the atmosphere.
VICTORIA, British Columbia, May 15 (UPI) -- Climate change and warming oceans are gradually changing which fish are being featured in seafood markets around the world, Canadian researchers say.
Few members of the UK public are comfortable with the idea of injecting aerosols high into the atmosphere to help slow down climate change, a study has found.
With unpredictable annual rainfall and drought once every five years, climate change presents challenges to feeding Ethiopia. Adapting to a warming world, the potato is becoming a more important crop there – with the potential to feed much of Africa.
Researchers at the University of Texas, Austin, report that increased melting of the Greenland ice sheet — and to a lesser extent, ice loss in other parts of the globe — have helped to shift the North Pole several centimetres east each year since 2005.
(Reuters) - A melt of ice on Greenland and Antarctica is likely to be less severe than expected this century, limiting sea level rise to a maximum of 69 cm (27 inches), an international study said on Tuesday.
Researchers from the University of East Anglia have helped create the first report to show how Britain’s landscape and wildlife are under threat from climate change and extreme weather. Read more at http://scienceblog.com/63035/u-k-coastline-biodiversity-under-threat-from-climate-change/#TrotWQb ...
CANCUN, Mexico, May 13 (UPI) -- A study of snow and ice on Mount Everest shows the world's highest mountain peak is shedding its frozen cloak as glaciers retreat with warming, researchers say.
If global temperatures increase by more than two degrees Celsius, it could have a dramatic impact on the biodiversity of both plants and animals, according to new research published in the latest edition of the journal Nature Climate Change.
More than half of common plant species and a third of animals could see a serious decline in their habitat range because of climate change.
Even as concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere hit 400 parts per million (ppm) for the first time in human history last week, a new study in Nature Climate Change warns that thousands of the world's common species will suffer grave habitat loss under climate change.
Unless urgent action is taken to reduce carbon emissions, more than half of common plants and a third of animal species around the world are likely to see their living space halved by 2080, predicts a new study
Prince Charles has attacked corporate lobbyists and climate change sceptics for turning the Earth into a "dying patient", making his most outspoken criticism yet of the world's failure to tackle global warming just when the heir to the throne is assuming a growing number of the duties of what is ...
[MONTEVIDEO] South America has got its first think-tank aimed at providing climate change knowledge to decision-makers to help them design tools tailored to local needs.
The Prince of Wales has criticised "corporate lobbyists" and climate change sceptics for turning the earth into a "dying patient", in his most outspoken attack yet on the world's failure to tackle global warming.
Hard-engineered sea walls have a limited life span. Could saltmarshes and mangroves offer a different approach to buffering against storm surges and coastal erosion?
DHAKA, May 7 2013 (IPS) - Adaptation and mitigation. Identified by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and by scientists as the two major responses to address the problem, these were also the twin preoccupations of a climate change conference held recently in Dhaka.
HONIARA, Solomon Islands, May 7 2013 (IPS) - Life is difficult enough for communities on the remote southern Weather Coast of Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands.
UXBRIDGE, Canada, May 7 2013 (IPS) - Another week of international climate negotiations ended in Bonn, Germany last Friday, but there was little mid-level bureaucrats could do when world leaders remain in thrall to the fossil fuel industry, say environmentalists.
Life is difficult enough for communities on the remote southern Weather Coast of Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands. Sustaining a livelihood from the land is a daily struggle on the steep coastal mountain slopes that plunge to the sea, made worse by the absence of adequate roads, transport and ...
The Arctic seas are being made rapidly more acidic by carbon-dioxide emissions, according to a new report.
May 5, 2013 — University of Manchester scientists, writing in the journal Nature Geoscience, have shown that natural emissions and humanmade pollutants can both have an unexpected cooling effect on Earth's climate by making clouds brighter.
May 5, 2013 — It's difficult to imagine how a degree or two of warming will affect a location. Will it rain less? What will happen to the area's vegetation?
Leading health experts are urging the government to take action against the growing threat that mosquito-borne diseases, including potentially fatal malaria, could soon arrive in the UK.
China's environmental woes have attracted a lot of attention internationally since the start of the new year. Air pollution was first up in January as levels in a number of cities, including the capital Beijing, hit lung clogging off the record levels. Dubbed the 'air-pocalypse', hazardous smog ...
Males don't stand a chance in a warmer world, if they happen to be painted turtles. A temperature rise of around 1 °C is all it would take for the species to become 100 per cent female and earmarked for extinction.
Giant pillars of hot molten rock from near Earth's core might help drive major cycles in the diversity of life on the planet and the global climate, according to one team of scientists who looked at the connections between these seemingly disparate phenomena.
With just over 1,000 participants, including 670 delegates from 176 countries, the UN climate talks here are going surprisingly well – giving hope that real progress can be made in working towards a global agreement in 2015.
Australia's iconic marsupial is under threat. Formerly hunted almost to extinction for their woolly coats, koalas are now struggling to survive as habitat destruction caused by droughts and bushfires, land clearing for agriculture and logging, and mining and urban development conspire against th ...
BRUSSELS, April 29 (UPI) -- European cities may have to erect flood barriers as climate change brings storms, floods, heavy rainfall and higher sea levels, a watchdog agency warns.
China is fast becoming a world leader in the fight against climate change. In the past year, it has halved the growth in electricity demand, continued to increase its wind and solar energy production, and is in the process of developing emissions trading schemes to cover a quarter of a billion p ...
Apr. 29, 2013 — The Finnish Meteorological Institute has updated its estimates concerning the impact of rising sea levels on the Finnish coast. Post-glacial rebound and changes in Earth's gravity field protect the Finnish coast against rising sea levels, especially in the Gulf of Bothnia. In the ...
AS the world marked Earth Day on Monday April 22, an African scientist said rural communities would bear the brunt of climate change.
Plants help to slow climate change by emitting gases that form of clouds, creating a 'sunshade' over the planet, scientists have discovered.
WASHINGTON, April 26 (UPI) -- Sea surface temperatures on the continental shelf off the U.S. Northeast and Canada have reached their highest levels in 150 years, researchers say.
Apr. 28, 2013 — As temperatures warm, plants release gases that help form clouds and cool the atmosphere, according to research from IIASA and the University of Helsinki.
Apr. 25, 2013 — A team of researchers led by Associate Professor Edward L. Webb of the National University of Singapore (NUS) is calling for the global adoption of a method to identify areas that are vulnerable to sea-level rise.
In Climate Myths: The Campaign Against Climate Science, Dr. John J. Berger deconstructs the climate change denialists' myths in simple, easy-to-read terms.
Kochi: It was a tradition in Kerala to wait for the vitthum kaikottum (seed and spade) call of the Indian cuckoo, which was the indication for farmers to begin sowing operations as the rains would not be long in coming. But that was then. Today, new species of birds have descended on the state, ...
Apr. 25, 2013 — Songbird populations can handle far more disrupting climate change than expected. Density-dependent processes are buying them time for their battle.
The past 100 years were among the warmest on record, coming on the heels of a long period of global cooling, according to a new analysis of temperature variations over 2,000 years.
In this fast-growing city of 6.7 million people, roads littered with garbage are a common sight. Cairo’s poor drainage systems produce contaminated pools of stagnant water, and the main thoroughfares are jammed with cars emitting thick, black clouds of diesel exhaust.
The National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), Tuesday blamed the widespread insecurity in different parts of the country on the phenomenon of climate change.
Earth Day is observed every year on April 22 to create awareness about and support for environmental protection. It was initiated by Gaylord Nelson, an American Senator and Environmentalist in 1970. This day brought in its wake the passing of acts like the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and the ...
BOULDER, Colo., April 22 (UPI) -- Earth's climate zones are shifting and being repositioned at an accelerating pace with global warming, a U.S. study says.
Government attempts a new insurance scheme to protect farmers from floods and other worsening weather problems.
The hills of Thanedar-Kotgarh lie four hours from Shimla, the capital of this Himalayan state in northwest India