Tag Archive for 'global warming'

Food security threatened as pests move poleward with global warming

September 18th, 2013 by University of Exeter

A paper ‘Crop pests and pathogens move polewards in a warming world‘ published in the journal Nature Climate Change reveals that global warming is resulting in the spread of crop pests towards the North and South Poles at a rate of nearly 3 km a year. The research by scientists at the University of Exeter […]

Atlantic hurricane storm surges will increase with global warming

March 26th, 2013 by National Oceanography Centre

Extreme storm events of the magnitude of Hurricane Katrina will occur more frequently because of climate change, according to a study involving the National Oceanography Centre in Liverpool. The research, published in the paper ‘Projected Atlantic hurricane surge threat from rising temperatures‘ in ‘Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA (PNAS) concludes […]

Can avoid worst impacts of climate change if emissions decline steeply

January 14th, 2013 by University of Reading

Tough limits on global emissions of greenhouse gases could avoid 20% to 65% of the damaging effects of climate change by 2100, according to research led by the University of Reading‘s Walker Institute and published in the paper ‘A global assessment of the effects of climate policy on the impacts of climate change‘ in the […]

Human influence on climate tied to increase in monthly heat records

January 14th, 2013 by Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

Temperature measurements from around the world indicate that monthly temperature extremes have become much more frequent. A study published in the paper ‘Global increase in record-breaking monthly-mean temperatures‘ in the journal Climatic Change shows that, on average, there are now five times as many record-breaking hot months worldwide than could be expected without long-term global […]

Current atmospheric C02 level must be reduced to protect coastal cities

January 3rd, 2013 by National Oceanography Centre

By comparing reconstructions of atmospheric CO2 concentrations and sea level over the past 40 million years, researchers based at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton have found that greenhouse gas concentrations similar to the present of nearly 400 parts per million (ppm) were systematically associated with sea levels at least nine metres above current levels. The […]

Ocean temperature is now the primary climate-induced threat to North Atlantic calcifying plankton

December 3rd, 2012 by Nature

Ocean temperature is now the primary climate-induced threat to North Atlantic calcifying plankton according to research published in the paper “Long-term responses of North Atlantic calcifying plankton to climate change” in the journal Nature Climate Change. This study suggests that although ocean acidification may become a serious threat in the future, from 1960–2009 the primary […]

Satellite telemetry shows average global sea level rising 60% faster than IPCC projections

November 30th, 2012 by Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

The rate of sea-level rise in the past decades is greater than projected by the latest assessments of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, (IPCC) while global temperature increases are in agreement with its best estimates. This is shown in the paper “Comparing climate projections to observations up to 2011” published in the journal Environmental […]

Biggest barrier to tackling climate change threat is collective and individual failure of political will

November 25th, 2012 by WWF

Governments are falling far short of their commitment to keep global average temperature rise below the accepted 2°C goal, putting the world on the brink of climate catastrophe. The UN Environment Program’s Emissions Gap Report 2012 identifies a huge gap between current pledges to cut polluting greenhouse gas emissions for 2020 and the benchmark of […]

Global CO2 emissions from fossil fuel combustion set record in 2011

November 23rd, 2012 by International Economic Platform for Renewable Energies

Global carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel combustion reached a record level in 2011. At 34 billion metric tons (2010: about 33.2 billion metric tons), more carbon dioxide from fossil energy carriers was emitted into the atmosphere than ever before, according to International Economic Platform for Renewable Energies (IWR), a German renewable energy institute in […]

Report outlines impacts of climate change in Europe

November 23rd, 2012 by European Environment Agency

Climate change is affecting all regions in Europe, causing a wide range of impacts on society and the environment. Further impacts are expected in the future, potentially causing high damage costs, according to the latest assessment published by the European Environment Agency this week. The report, ‘Climate change, impacts and vulnerability in Europe 2012’ finds […]