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Warmer Winters Slow the Growth of Forest Giants

Trees coming into leaf later and bumblebees with shorter tongues are just two of the impacts on nature that researchers are linking to global warming.

Posted on Oct 4, 2015 READ MORE

U.S.’ Atlantic Coast Likely to Take Worse Battering With Warming

Scientists say the Eastern Seaboard of the United States faces more frequent storms and flooding as sea levels continue to rise with climate change.

Posted on Oct 3, 2015 READ MORE

Safer Battery Could Spark Investment in Renewables

Researchers have developed a battery that uses a common food additive to enable abundant solar and wind power to be stored cheaply and safely in homes and offices.

Posted on Oct 1, 2015 READ MORE

Climate Change Threatens the Pacific With Seesaw Sea Levels

Coasts and communities in the Pacific region will face more extreme weather hazards as a changing climate magnifies the El Niño effect, scientists say.

Posted on Sep 28, 2015 READ MORE

Forest Loss and Land Degradation Fuel Climate Crisis

U.N. studies show that the combined effects of degraded farmland and the felling and burning of trees are costing the planet trillions of dollars in ecosystem losses.

Posted on Sep 25, 2015 READ MORE

Arctic Thaw Would Cost Half the World’s Annual Earnings

If Arctic soils melt and release frozen carbon, the impact would cost almost half the world’s annual gross domestic product, researchers say.

Posted on Sep 23, 2015 READ MORE

Ecuador’s Plants Head Uphill to Escape Warmth

In just two centuries, many plant species have scrambled 500 meters up the Andes in search of cooler temperatures.

Posted on Sep 21, 2015 READ MORE

The Global Warming ‘Slowdown’ Is an Illusion

Researchers say the world is continuing to warm, and evidence shows that claims of a slowdown are unequivocally illusory.

Posted on Sep 20, 2015 READ MORE

Unlimited Emissions Would Result in Ice-Free Antarctica

Scientists warn that burning up the planet’s remaining fossil fuel would cause all Antarctic ice to melt and produce devastating sea level rise.

Posted on Sep 17, 2015 READ MORE

Receding Snowpack Highlights Impact of California Drought

Evidence preserved in tree rings shows that Sierra Nevada snow cover is the lowest in five centuries—and rising temperatures will only make things worse.

Posted on Sep 16, 2015 READ MORE

Southern Ocean Starts to Soak Up Carbon Again

Scientists report that the great oceanic “lung” is again breathing in vast amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, but can’t say why or whether it will last.

Posted on Sep 14, 2015 READ MORE

America’s Birds Are Flying Into a Climate Danger Zone

A wide-ranging survey shows that many of North America’s bird species could be left with nowhere to go as climate change drastically affects their habitats.

Posted on Sep 5, 2015 READ MORE

Global Tree Census Highlights Need to Restore Forests

Mapping the density of forests reveals that there are far more trees on the planet than previously thought—but humans are destroying 15 billion a year.

Posted on Sep 4, 2015 READ MORE

Greener Cities Are Best at Taming Urban Heat

Researchers find evidence that cities with more green space are best for human well-being.

Posted on Sep 3, 2015 READ MORE

Risk of New Katrinas Rises as Climate Warms

Climate change may drastically increase the risk of simultaneous cyclones and storm surges striking populous coastlines around the world.

Posted on Sep 2, 2015 READ MORE

Northern Forests Face Onslaught From Heat and Drought

Many Northern Hemisphere forests face destruction as climate change brings both fiercer droughts and higher temperatures.

Posted on Aug 31, 2015 READ MORE

Drought Becoming the ‘New Normal’ for Californians

Human impacts on global warming and water resources are threatening to turn the landscape of the U.S. West into a dust bowl.

Posted on Aug 28, 2015 READ MORE

Added Gene Can Make Rice More Climate-Friendly

Scientists discover a way to boost production of the grain that billions rely on for food—and reduce its damaging emissions of methane.

Posted on Aug 14, 2015 READ MORE

Astronomers Take the Heat out of Sunspots Theory

New analysis of records stretching back 400 years to the observations of Renaissance scientist Galileo shows that global warming is not the result of solar activity.

Posted on Aug 13, 2015 READ MORE

Wildfire Threat Spreads Across a Warming World

As climate change warms the world, vegetation dries, rain-free days increase and fire seasons lengthen. It’s a recipe for devastating wildfires.

Posted on Aug 3, 2015 READ MORE

Emissions Threaten Age of Uncertainty for Carbon Dating

New study warns that rising CO2 levels from the burning of fossil fuels will undermine the precision with which once-living things can be scientifically dated.

Posted on Jul 24, 2015 READ MORE

U.K.’s Leading Scientists Urge Immediate Climate Action

The pre-eminent institutions in British science and engineering—some with long records of promoting fossil fuels—say the U.K. should lead the way to a zero carbon world.

Posted on Jul 23, 2015 READ MORE

Melting Sea Ice Means Shortage of Bear Necessities

Researchers reveal as baseless the theory that polar bears can use hibernation techniques to survive without food as climate change reduces their summertime hunting habitat.

Posted on Jul 20, 2015 READ MORE

Climate Change Brings Ill Winds for Airline Industry

Scientists say wind patterns altered by climate variability are costing airlines millions of dollars in extra fuel and flying time—and increasing CO2 emissions.

Posted on Jul 16, 2015 READ MORE

Natural World Feels the Heat as Temperatures Soar

Birds, insects and trees are all under threat as the rise in global average temperatures makes droughts and heat waves much more probable.

Posted on Jul 12, 2015 READ MORE

Warming Planet Heightens Plight of the Bumblebee

Scientists warn that human intervention may be needed to protect bees as climate change overheats the southern portions of their habitat range.

Posted on Jul 10, 2015 READ MORE

Quantum Leap Taken in Measuring Greenhouse Effect

A new technique for analyzing satellite data will allow scientists to predict more accurately how much the Earth will warm as a result of carbon dioxide emissions.

Posted on Jul 9, 2015 READ MORE

Climate Change May Knock Seafood Off the Menu

Researchers warn of a serious threat to fish, mussels and other marine species as carbon dioxide acidifies the world’s waters and increases temperatures.

Posted on Jul 8, 2015 READ MORE

Global Warming Threatens Colder Climate for Europe

New evidence appears that increased melting of sea ice as the Earth warms could weaken the Gulf Stream and reduce temperatures in Western Europe.

Posted on Jul 3, 2015 READ MORE

Alaska’s Glaciers Melt Faster as Climate Change Speeds Up

A changing climate, rather than natural causes, is the main reason for Alaska’s glacier loss, which is set to speed up, U.S. scientists say.

Posted on Jul 1, 2015 READ MORE

Stress on Water Resources Threatens Lives and Livelihoods

Satellite data raise red flags about the draining of underground aquifers in California and elsewhere to meet the demands of expanding populations.

Posted on Jun 29, 2015 READ MORE

Scientists Detect Mysterious Warming in U.S. Coastal Waters

Unprecedented ocean temperature rises off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of the United States may be linked to sea level rise or the recent pattern of “weird” weather.

Posted on Jun 28, 2015 READ MORE

Global Warming Is Accelerating Loss of Species

Human-induced climate change adds to threats vertebrates face from hunting and habitat loss, as researchers warn that modern extinction rates are exceptionally high.

Posted on Jun 25, 2015 READ MORE

New Flood Alert as Warming Increases Sea-Level Threat

Scientists warn countries in northern Europe to plan for dramatic new worst-case scenarios as climate change increases the risk of seas sweeping inland.

Posted on Jun 22, 2015 READ MORE

Rise in CO2 Could Restrict Growing Days for Crops

While plants in temperate zones may benefit from higher temperatures, global warming’s impact in the tropics threatens catastrophe for food security.

Posted on Jun 20, 2015 READ MORE

Long-Lived Carbon Dioxide Warms World for Many Millennia

Research shows that carbon dioxide emitted by the burning of fossil fuels traps heat in the atmosphere for thousands of years.

Posted on Jun 15, 2015 READ MORE

Australia Faces Stormy Future as Temperatures Soar

Destructive storms and sudden floods are set to intensify across Australia as global warming plays havoc with rainfall patterns.

Posted on Jun 14, 2015 READ MORE

Forget About the ‘Hiatus’—Warming of the Earth Has Continued

After re-examining data that seemed to show global warming slowing since 1998, U.S. scientists say temperatures have continued to rise steadily.

Posted on Jun 7, 2015 READ MORE

Glacier Loss Raises High Concern Over Water Supplies

Massively increased ice melt in the high Himalayas because of climate change could seriously jeopardize the flow of water for billions of people in Asia.

Posted on Jun 3, 2015 READ MORE

China’s Investment in Renewables Soars by a Third

Despite a slowdown in its economy and the continued reliance on coal, China is pumping billions of dollars into its renewable energy industry.

Posted on May 31, 2015 READ MORE

Aerosols May Offer Short-Term Lifeline to Corals in Crisis

Reducing the bleaching of corals by blocking the sun’s rays might buy time to keep tropical reefs alive if efforts are increased to halt global warming.

Posted on May 30, 2015 READ MORE

Rising Temperatures Mean Fewer but Fiercer Hurricanes

Climate change brings mixed prospects for people threatened by hurricanes: The weather events are likely to occur less often, but when they do they will be even more destructive.

Posted on May 25, 2015 READ MORE

Heat and Drought Pose Threat to U.S. Power Supplies

Global warming will leave people in the Western states of the U.S. exposed to increasingly extreme temperatures that could seriously affect electricity generation.

Posted on May 23, 2015 READ MORE

Weather Events Taken to Extremes by Climate Change

Scientists warn that global warming could greatly increase the likelihood of record frequency and intensity of droughts, floods and heat waves.

Posted on May 18, 2015 READ MORE

Earth Wins Time as Land and Seas Absorb More Carbon

Climate change has intensified more slowly than scientists expected because the continents and oceans are absorbing more atmospheric carbon dioxide.

Posted on May 17, 2015 READ MORE

Permafrost Thaw Would Have Runaway Effect on Carbon Release

Arctic warming is causing organic carbon that has been frozen deep in the soil for millennia to be released rapidly into the air as CO2, with potentially catastrophic impacts on the climate.

Posted on May 15, 2015 READ MORE

Major Attraction of Fjords Is as Carbon ‘Graveyards’

The splendour of fjords is widely admired, but scientists say they are also carbon sinks that play an important role in regulating Earth’s climate.

Posted on May 14, 2015 READ MORE

Australia Pays Labor Cost of Climate-Driven Heat Waves

Worker performance drops measurably as global warming drives temperatures to record levels.

Posted on May 10, 2015 READ MORE

Tree-Based Farming Could Deliver Abundant Benefits

In addition to mitigating the effects of climate change, forests can help alleviate hunger and provide a safety net for some of the world’s poorest people.

Posted on May 8, 2015 READ MORE

Scientists Weigh New Evidence on Antarctic Ice Melt

The southern continent’s mysteries start to unfold as scientists use satellite data to measure the extent and pattern of ice loss that threatens to be a “runaway problem.”

Posted on May 7, 2015 READ MORE

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