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  • Climate change and habitat conversion combine to homogenize nature
    on August 18, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    Climate change and habitat conversion to agriculture are working together to homogenize nature. In other words, the more things change, the more they are the same. […]

  • Measuring global biodiversity change
    on August 17, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    A new article shows how Essential Biodiversity Variables can be produced to measure biodiversity change at a global scale. […]

  • Understanding alternative reasons for denying climate change could help bridge divide
    on August 15, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    Scientists have explored alternative reasons for climate change denial, specifically economic, social or cultural influences on why individuals or entire communities remain skeptical of climate change. […]

  • Human-caused warming likely led to recent streak of record-breaking temperatures
    on August 10, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    It is 'extremely unlikely' 2014, 2015 and 2016 would have been the warmest consecutive years on record without the influence of human-caused climate change, according to the authors of a new study. […]

  • 2016 was another warm year, report confirms
    on August 9, 2017 at 11:33 am

    A new report confirms that 2016 was another exceptionally warm year, with global temperature having reached 0.77± 0.09 degrees C above its level between 1961 and 1990. […]

  • Extreme heat linked to climate change may adversely affect pregnancy
    on August 8, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    A systematic review links extreme heat exposure to changes in gestation length, birth weight, stillbirth and neonatal stress. […]

  • Temperatures rising: Achieving the global temperature goals laid out in the Paris Climate Agreement...
    on August 4, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    The Paris Climate Agreement of 2016, which saw 195 nations come together in the shared goal of ameliorating climate change, set forth an ambitious goal of limiting global temperature rise to less than 2 degrees Celsius. Since then, many have wondered, is that even scientifically possible? Unfortunately, the odds aren't looking good. […]

  • Current threats to our oceans revealed
    on August 3, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    A survey of tens of thousands of marine studies from the last decade reveals current threats to our marine environment. These include: the effects of climate change, marine plastic pollution, conservation, as well as social and economic impacts. It is hoped the method used to obtain this information, which has only just been made possible with advances in computational power, will enable the development of robust policies that ensure the future health of our seas. […]

  • Dramatic changes needed in farming practices to keep pace with climate change
    on August 3, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    Researchers investigating nutrients in runoff from agricultural land warn that phosphorus losses will increase, due to climate change, unless this is mitigated by making major changes to agricultural practices. […]

  • Historical wildlife trends reliable for predicting species at risk
    on August 2, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    Scientists have shown that using historical wildlife data provides a more accurate measure of how vulnerable certain species might be to extinction from climate change. […]

  • Climate change could put rare bat species at greater risk
    on August 2, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    An endangered bat species with a UK population of less than 1,000 could be further threatened by the effects of global warming, according to a new study. […]

  • Coral disease outbreaks fluctuate with El Niño years, new research finds
    on July 31, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    Disease outbreaks in corals have followed El Niño-fueled coral bleaching events in the past, leading to speculation about the connection between the diseases and the El Niño cycles. This new study confirms the speculation. […]

  • Climate change expected to increase premature deaths from air pollution
    on July 31, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    Future climate change, if left unaddressed, is expected to cause roughly 60,000 deaths globally in the year 2030 and 260,000 deaths in 2100 due to climate change's effect on global air pollution, a new study estimates.  &nbs […]

  • Campaigning on climate science consensus may backfire, warn scholars
    on July 24, 2017 at 12:32 am

    Climate change campaigns that focus on correcting public beliefs about scientific consensus are likely to backfire and undermine policy efforts, according to an expert commentary. […]

  • Ancient Italian fossils reveal risk of parasitic infections due to climate change
    on July 20, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    In 2014, a team of researchers found that clams from the Holocene Epoch (that began 11,700 years ago) contained clues about how sea level rise due to climate change could foreshadow a rise in parasitic trematodes. Now, an international team has found that rising seas could be detrimental to human health on a much shorter time scale. […]

  • Climate change and sugarcane expansion expected to boost hantavirus cases
    on July 20, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    Rising global temperatures and changes to land use have both been shown to have profound impacts on human health. Now researchers have found one more infectious disease that's expected to be affected. By 2050, the number of people in risk of hantavirus in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo, they found, will increase by more than 20 percent due to climate change and land use changes. […]

  • Record-breaking marine heatwave powered by climate change cooks Tasmania's fisheries
    on July 17, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    Climate change has warmed the waters east of Tasmania at four times the speed of the global average. But the heatwave of the southern summer of 2015/2016 was something exceptional, damaging fisheries and bringing new species to the island. It's a sign of things to come, say the researchers examining these events. […]

  • Climatic stability resulted in the evolution of more bird species
    on July 17, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    More species of birds have accumulated, in general, inhabiting climatically stable areas. […]

  • Does the European public understand the impacts of climate change on the ocean?
    on July 11, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    Although many are relatively well informed, an alarming number remain either uninformed or misinformed when it comes to the impacts of climate change on the ocean, a new in-depth study of the European public's awareness shows. Many believe that Arctic sea-ice is already completely lost during the summer and that sea temperatures have already risen by more than 2°C. Climate science needs to be effectively communicated to the public so that citizens demand climate action. […]

  • 'Weedy' fish species to take over our future oceans
    on July 6, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    The ocean acidification expected in the future will reduce fish diversity significantly, with small ‘weedy’ species dominating marine environments, researchers have demonstrated for the first time. […]

  • Falling sea level caused volcanoes to overflow
    on July 6, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    During the transition to the last ice age approximately 80,000 years ago global temperature declined, while the carbon dioxide content of the atmosphere remained relatively stable. Scientists have now discovered that a falling sea level may have caused enhanced volcanic activity in the ocean, which can explain the anomaly. […]

  • Power to the people
    on June 30, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    The first rule of advocating for climate change-related legislation is: You do not talk about 'climate change.' The term has become so polarizing that its mere mention can cause reasonable people to draw seemingly immutable lines in the political sand. […]

  • The Black Forest and climate change
    on June 30, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    Silver and Douglas firs could replace Norway spruce in the long run due to their greater resistance to droughts. […]

  • Cellulosic biofuels can benefit the environment if managed correctly
    on June 29, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    Could cellulosic biofuels -- or liquid energy derived from grasses and wood -- become a green fuel of the future, providing an environmentally sustainable way of meeting energy needs? In a new article, researchers say yes, but with a few important caveats. […]

  • A wave's 'sweet spot' revealed
    on June 29, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    For surfers, finding the 'sweet spot,' the most powerful part of the wave, is part of the thrill and the challenge. Now a researcher has found the exact location on the wave where a surfer gains the greatest speed to get the best ride. […]

  • Climate change impacts Antarctic biodiversity habitat
    on June 28, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    Ice-free areas of Antarctica -- home to more than 99 percent of the continent's terrestrial plants and animals -- could expand by more than 17,000 km2 by the end of this century, a study reveals. The study is among the first to investigate how ice-free areas in Antarctica may be affected by climate change. […]

  • Rising seas could result in 2 billion refugees by 2100
    on June 26, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    In the year 2100, 2 billion people -- about one-fifth of the world's population -- could become climate change refugees due to rising ocean levels. Those who once lived on coastlines will face displacement and resettlement bottlenecks as they seek habitable places inland, according to new research. […]

  • Climate change label leads to climate science acceptance
    on June 21, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    Labels matter when it comes to acceptance of climate science, suggests new research. For example, explain authors of a new report, the US public doubts the existence of 'global warming' more than it doubts 'climate change.' […]

  • Ocean predicts future northwestern European and Arctic climate
    on June 21, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    There is a clear potential for practical and useful predictions of northwestern European and Arctic climate based on the state of the ocean, new research indicates. […]

  • Could renewable 'power-by-wire' help fix China’s air pollution problems?
    on June 16, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    Bringing renewable power ‘by wire’ from western China to its power-hungry Eastern cities could have benefits for both local air quality and global climate change, new research has found. […]