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The ocean has become more stratified with global warming
A new study found that the global ocean has become more layered and resistant to vertical mixing as warming from the surface creates increasing stratification. (2020-09-28)
Increasing stability decreases ocean productivity, reduces carbon burial
As the globe warms, the atmosphere is becoming more unstable, but the oceans are becoming more stable, according to an international team of climate scientists, who say that the increase in stability is greater than predicted and a stable ocean will absorb less carbon and be less productive. (2020-09-28)
Natural capital a missing piece in climate policy
Clean air, clean water and a functioning ecosystem are considered priceless. (2020-09-28)
Biodiversity increases plant decomposition rate; should be factored into climate models, study finds
An international team of researchers published a meta-analysis of 176 studies investigating the effect of diverse leaf litter decay on ecosystems around the world on Sept. (2020-09-28)
Despite high hopes, carbon absorbed by Amazon forest recovery is dwarfed by deforestation emissions
After calculating how much carbon had been lost through deforestation, scientists have discovered that, in more than 30 years, the regrowth of secondary forests in the Brazilian Amazon has offset less than 10 per cent of emissions from the loss of old-growth forests. (2020-09-28)
The Arctic is burning in a whole new way
'Zombie fires' and burning of fire-resistant vegetation are new features driving Arctic fires -- with strong consequences for the global climate -- warn international fire scientists in a commentary published in Nature Geoscience. (2020-09-28)
The Lancet: Radiotherapy following prostate cancer surgery can safely be avoided for many men
Most men receiving surgery for localised and locally advanced prostate cancer can have radiotherapy safely removed from their initial treatment, according to a systematic review and meta-analysis published in The Lancet. (2020-09-28)
New way of analyzing soil organic matter will help predict climate change
A new way of analyzing the chemical composition of soil organic matter will help scientists predict how soils store carbon -- and how soil carbon may affect climate in the future, says a Baylor University researcher. (2020-09-25)
Major wind-driven ocean currents are shifting toward the poles
The severe droughts in the USA and Australia are the first sign that the tropics, and their warm temperatures, are apparently expanding in the wake of climate change. (2020-09-25)
Marine heatwaves are human made
Heatwaves in the world's oceans have become over 20 times more frequent due to human influence. (2020-09-25)
Coldest Northern Hemisphere temperature, first recorded by UW, officially confirmed
Nearly 30 years after recording a temperature of minus 93.2 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 69.6 Celsius) in Greenland, the measurement has been verified by the World Meteorological Organization as the coldest recorded temperature in the Northern Hemisphere. (2020-09-25)
Climate pledges 'like tackling COVID-19 without social distancing'
Current global pledges to tackle climate change are the equivalent of declaring a pandemic without a plan for social distancing, researchers say. (2020-09-24)
Marine heatwaves like 2015's Pacific "blob" attributable to anthropogenic climate warming
Severe marine heatwaves, like 2015's Pacific ''blob,'' are far more likely to occur now than before human-induced global warming began, according to a new study. (2020-09-24)
New research strengthens evidence for climate change increasing risk of wildfires, review finds
New scientific publications reviewed since January 2020 strengthen the evidence that climate change increases the frequency and/or severity of fire weather in many regions of the world. (2020-09-24)
From carbon taxes to tax breaks, emission reduction policies have widespread support
As the general election nears amid a historic season of hurricanes, wildfires, and heat waves, a new survey finds that majorities of Americans are supportive of climate change mitigation measures. (2020-09-23)
Combined droughts and heatwaves are occurring more frequently in several regions across the US
The frequency of combined droughts and heatwaves -- which are more devastating when they occur in unison -- has substantially increased across the western US and in parts of the Northeast and Southeast over the past 50 years, according to a new study. (2020-09-23)
Amazonia racing toward tipping point, fueled by unregulated fires
Amazonia is closer to a catastrophic ecological tipping point than any time in the last 100,000 years, and human activity is the cause. (2020-09-23)
New model -- Antarctic ice loss expected to affect future climate change
In a new climate modeling study that looked at the impacts of accelerated ice melt from the Antarctic Ice Sheet (AIS) on future climate, a team of climate scientists reports that future ice-sheet melt is expected to have significant effects on global climate. (2020-09-23)
Ecological factors driving microbial community assembly in response to warming
Researchers from the OU Institute for Environmental Genomics and Department of Microbiology and Plant Biology lead a study that aims to better understand ecological community assembly mechanisms in response to climate warming. (2020-09-22)
Funding climate action policies: Consumers weigh in
There is growing demand for countries to take aggressive action to combat climate change, but less consensus on how to fund it. (2020-09-21)
Farmer knowledge is key to finding more resilient crops in climate crisis
A new paper in Frontiers in Plant Science reviews the 'Seeds for Needs' approach that combines farmers' knowledge of resilient crops with 'elite' varieties identified by scientists. (2020-09-21)
Sea ice triggered the Little Ice Age, finds a new study
A new study finds a trigger for the Little Ice Age that cooled Europe from the 1300s through mid-1800s, and supports surprising model results suggesting that under the right conditions sudden climate changes can occur spontaneously, without external forcing. (2020-09-17)
0.5°C of additional warming has a huge effect on global aridity
In a simulation study, UTokyo researchers showed that limiting global warming to 1.5°C rather than 2°C will mitigate aridification in some regions of the world including the Mediterranean, western Europe, and southern Africa. (2020-09-17)
Climate change impacts astronomical observations
Already, climate change is having an impact on the conditions of space observation at the Very Large Telescope in the Atacama Desert. (2020-09-17)
Droughts in the Amazon rainforest can be predicted up to 18 months in advance
For the first time, it is possible to accurately predict severe drought up to 18 months in advance in Tropical South America. (2020-09-17)
Emissions could add 15 inches to 2100 sea level rise, NASA-led study finds
An international effort that brought together more than 60 ice, ocean and atmosphere scientists from three dozen international institutions has generated new estimates of how much of an impact Earth's melting ice sheets. (2020-09-17)
How much will polar ice sheets add to sea level rise?
Over 99% of terrestrial ice is bound up in the ice sheets covering Antarctic and Greenland. (2020-09-17)
Climate crisis ages fish, amphibians and reptiles
Climatic conditions are changing at an unprecedented rate, affecting mainly fish, amphibians and reptiles, ectothermic animals that are unable to generate their own internal heat. (2020-09-16)
Colorado's famous aspens expected to decline due to climate change
Using computer modeling, researchers simulated how the distribution of quaking aspen, a native tree known for its brilliant yellow and orange foliage in fall and the sound of its trembling leaves, will change amid rising temperatures over the next 100 years. (2020-09-16)
Climate change threatens Komodo dragons
The world's largest lizard, the Komodo dragon, could be driven to extinction by climate change unless significant measures to intervene are taken soon. (2020-09-16)
Satellite images display changes in the condition of European forests
The forest canopy, the closed vegetation cover consisting of treetops, is rapidly declining according to a research team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna. (2020-09-15)
Arctic transitioning to a new climate state
The fast-warming Arctic has started to transition from a predominantly frozen state into an entirely different climate with significantly less sea ice, warmer temperatures, and more rain, according to a comprehensive new study of Arctic conditions. (2020-09-14)
Climate change triggers migration - particularly in middle-income countries
Environmental hazards affect populations worldwide and can drive migration under specific conditions. (2020-09-14)
Mediterranean and tropical biodiversity most vulnerable to human pressures
Animals in tropical and Mediterranean areas are the most sensitive to climate change and land use pressures, finds a new study by UCL researchers, published today in Nature Ecology & Evolution. (2020-09-14)
Dams exacerbate the consequences of climate change on river fish
A potential response of river fish to environmental changes is to colonize new habitats. (2020-09-14)
Climate change recasts the insect communities of the Arctic
Through a unique research collaboration, researchers at the University of Helsinki have exposed major changes taking place in the insect communities of the Arctic. (2020-09-11)
Heated rivalries for pollinators among arctic plants
Insect pollination is as important to Arctic plants as it is to plants further south. (2020-09-11)
Historical climate fluctuations in Central Europe overestimated due to tree ring analysis
Tree rings exaggerate, a team of researchers finds. Scientists deduce historical climatic conditions for the past hundreds of years from the width of the annual growth rings of trees. (2020-09-10)
Understanding the 'deep-carbon cycle'
New geologic findings about the makeup of the Earth's mantle are helping scientists better understand long-term climate stability and even how seismic waves move through the planet's layers. (2020-09-10)
$500 billion question: what's the value of studying the ocean's biological carbon pump?
A new study puts an economic value on the benefit of research to improve knowledge of the biological carbon pump and reduce the uncertainty of ocean carbon sequestration estimates. (2020-09-10)
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