Tag Archive for 'Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change'

Changing the climate with what you eat

March 30th, 2014 by Chalmers

Greenhouse gas emissions from food production may threaten the UN climate target of limiting global warming to 2° Celsius, according to research at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, which is published in “The importance of reduced meat and dairy consumption for meeting stringent climate change targets” in the Journal of Climate Change. On Monday 31 […]

Political & economic short-termism driving civilisation to destruction

March 29th, 2013 by University West

Climate scientists have shown through their research that the ongoing rise in global temperature will cause the sea level to rise, which will drown coastal communities, and cause severe weather, which will kill many people. So why don’t politicians act on these findings? Social scientist Stellan Vinthagen shows that today’s power relations prohibit change. The […]

Reducing black carbon emissions from diesel engines, wood and coal burners would curb global warming

January 17th, 2013 by International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme

Black carbon is the second largest man-made contributor to global warming and its influence on climate has been greatly underestimated, according to the first quantitative and comprehensive analysis of this issue. The landmark study published in the paper ‘Bounding the role of black carbon in the climate system: A scientific assessment‘ in the Journal of […]

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 […]

Greater Antarctic snowfall increases future ice loss and sea level rise

December 18th, 2012 by Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

Earlier research suggested the Antarctic ice sheet might grow under climate change because global warming leads to more precipitation as warmer air holds more moisture. New research finds that stronger snowfall increases future ice discharge from Antarctica. The paper “Increased future ice discharge from Antarctica owing to higher snowfall” published in Nature shows that a […]

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 […]

Greenland and Antarctica ice loss accelerating

November 29th, 2012 by University of Washington

Forty-seven research scientists from 26 laboratories have reconciled their measurements of ice sheet changes in Antarctica and Greenland during the past two decades and found that ice has been lost faster during the last decade. The results, published in the paper “A Reconciled Estimate of Ice-Sheet Mass Balance” in the journal Science, roughly halve the […]

More accurate climate modelling predicts greater global warming

November 10th, 2012 by The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

According to analysis by scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), climate model projections showing a greater rise in global temperature are likely to prove more accurate than those showing a lesser rise. The report “A Less Cloudy Future: The Role of Subtropical Subsidence in Climate Sensitivity” published in Science, could provide a […]

Our greenhouse gas emissions so far will cause sea level to rise inexorably for thousands of years

October 1st, 2012 by Institute of Physics

Our greenhouse gas emissions up to now have triggered an irreversible warming of the Earth that will cause sea-levels to rise for thousands of years to come, new research has shown. The results come from a study, published in a paper ‘Millennial total sea-level commitments projected with the Earth system model of intermediate LOVECLIM’ on […]

Long-term benefit to incentivising clean energy investments

September 27th, 2012 by Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

Industrialized countries can profit from taking early action for climate change mitigation even if the rest of the world delays greenhouse gas emission cuts. With the 2°Celsius target of limiting global warming, it pays in the long term to incentivise investments into clean energy instead of fossil fuels by adopting ambitious emission reductions. This is […]