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  • Presenting facts as 'consensus' bridges conservative-liberal divide over climate change
    on December 11, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    New evidence shows that 'social facts' highlighting expert consensus changes perceptions across US political spectrum -- particularly among highly educated conservatives. Facts that encourage agreement are a promising way of cutting through today's 'post-truth' bluster, say psychologists. […]

  • Some doctors back legal action to force UK government to cut carbon emissions
    on December 8, 2017 at 2:41 am

    18 health professionals are supporting campaign group Plan B's legal challenge to force the government to revise its 2050 carbon target, saying it is inconsistent with the Paris Agreement temperature objective. […]

  • Tackling China's severe air pollution problem
    on December 7, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    More must be done to tackle air pollution in China, according to a leading climate change expert in a new study. […]

  • Forests are the key to fresh water
    on December 7, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    Freshwater resources are critical to both human civilization and natural ecosystems, but researchers have discovered that changes to ground vegetation can have as much of an impact on global water resources as climate change. […]

  • Understanding the climate impact of natural atmospheric particles
    on December 4, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    Scientists have quantified the relationship between natural sources of particles in the atmosphere and climate change. Their research shows that the cooling effect of natural atmospheric particles is greater during warmer years and could therefore slightly reduce the amount that temperatures rise as a result of climate change. […]

  • Invasive plants have unprecedented ability to pioneer new continents and climates
    on December 4, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    It's no secret that globalization, aided by climate change, is helping invasive species gain a foothold across the planet. What came as something of a surprise to researchers was just how mutable these invaders are. […]

  • New gene-based model suggests, for microbes, it's not who you are but what you do
    on December 4, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    A new model simulates the impact of microbial activities on the chemistry in the North Atlantic and suggests that the evolution of a metabolic function rather than the evolution of an individual species shapes the ocean as we know it. It is the first model that actually predicts genes and transcription throughout the ocean. […]

  • Science community considers approaches to climate disinformation
    on November 30, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    Although human-caused global warming is accepted by leading scientific organization around the world, public opinion about humanity's role fails to keep pace with consensus views. Numerous Internet blogs have contributed to this 'consensus gap' by misrepresenting topics such as polar bear well-being and Arctic sea ice extent as 'keystone dominoes' for toppling scientific understanding. […]

  • Polar bear blogs reveal dangerous gap between climate-change facts and opinions
    on November 29, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    Climate-change discussions on social media are very influential. A new study shows that when it comes to iconic topics such as polar bears and retreating sea ice, climate blogs fall into two distinct camps. With little or no overlap between deniers and the available scientific facts. […]

  • Not all Republicans are climate change doubters
    on November 29, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    The idea that all Republicans think climate change isn't happening is a myth. A new study finds substantial differences in the climate change views of both Republicans and Democrats across different states and congressional districts. […]

  • Climate change models of bird impacts pass the test
    on November 22, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    A major study looking at changes in where UK birds have been found over the past 40 years has validated the latest climate change models being used to forecast impacts on birds and other animals. […]

  • Species may appear deceptively resilient to climate change
    on November 22, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    Natural habitats play a vital role in helping other plants and animals resist heat stresses ramping up with climate change -- at least until the species they depend on to form those habitats become imperiled. […]

  • The evolution of climate change activism studied by researcher
    on November 20, 2017 at 10:44 pm

    Climate change is a topic that is debated, doubted and covered by news outlets across the world. Now an academic is researching the evolution of climate change activism and how advocacy groups use digital platforms to mobilize. […]

  • Hydrological implications of rapid global warming
    on November 20, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    Researchers studying a rapid global warming event, around 56 million years ago, have shown evidence of major changes in the intensity of rainfall and flood events. The findings indicate some of the likely implications should current trends of rising carbon dioxide and global warming continue. […]

  • Warmer water signals change for Scotland's shags
    on November 17, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    An increasingly diverse diet among European shags at one of Scotland's best-studied breeding colonies has been linked to long-term climate change and may have important implications for Scotland's seabirds. […]

  • Groundwater depletion could be significant source of atmospheric carbon dioxide
    on November 16, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    Humans may be adding large amounts of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere by using groundwater faster than it is replenished, according to new research. This process, known as groundwater depletion, releases a significant amount of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere that has until now been overlooked by scientists in calculating carbon sources, according to the new study. […]

  • Pacific Island countries could lose 50 -- 80% of fish in local waters under climate change
    on November 15, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    Many Pacific Island nations will lose 50 to 80 percent of marine species in their waters by the end of the 21st century if climate change continues unchecked, finds a new study. This area of the ocean is projected to be the most severely impacted by aspects of climate change. […]

  • Amazon's recovery from forest losses limited by climate change
    on November 15, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    Deforested areas of the Amazon Basin have a limited ability to grow new trees because of changes in climate, according to a study. […]

  • Public – and researchers – skeptical about climate engineering
    on November 15, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    What does the general public know about climate engineering, and what do they think about what they know? These were questions asked by researchers. […]

  • Green roofs to reduce the effects of climate change
    on November 10, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    It would be necessary to have between 207 and 740 hectares of green roofs in a city like Seville (Spain), depending on the scenario that is contemplated, to reduce the effects of climate change in relation to the maximum temperature rises of between 1.5 and 6 ºC that are estimated by the end of the century. This would require between 11 and 40 percent of the buildings in the city. […]

  • Federal climate science report for U.S. released
    on November 6, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    The newly released Climate Science Special Report describes current trends in the climate globally and for the U.S., and projects trends in temperature, precipitation, sea-level rise and Arctic sea ice for the remainder of this century. […]

  • Can corals adapt to climate change?
    on November 1, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    Cool-water corals can adapt to a slightly warmer ocean, but only if global greenhouse gas emissions are reduced, a study has found. Some corals in the normally cool waters of the Cook Islands carry genetic variants that predispose them to heat tolerance. This could help the population adapt more quickly to rising temperatures. But they may not adapt quickly enough to outpace climate change. […]

  • Could the Neolithic Revolution offer evidence of best ways to adapt to climate change?
    on November 1, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    The behavior of the human population during the last intense period of global warming might offer an insight into how best to adapt to the current challenges posed by climate change, a study suggests. […]

  • Political views have limited impact on how we perceive climate anomalies
    on October 31, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    Individual perceptions of climate anomalies are largely immune to political bias, especially when people observe large and persistent departures from average conditions. […]

  • US' power supply has capacity to adapt to climate change
    on October 30, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    Scientists have found that climate change ultimately will have a negative effect on the reliability of electricity generation in the United States, but today's infrastructure may be more adaptable to future climate conditions than previously thought. […]

  • Building a sustainable future: Urgent action needed
    on October 30, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    We need to act urgently to increase the energy efficiency of our buildings as the world's emerging middle classes put increasing demands on our planet's energy resources. […]

  • Yellowstone spawned twin super-eruptions that altered global climate
    on October 26, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    A new geological record of the Yellowstone supervolcano's last catastrophic eruption is rewriting the story of what happened 630,000 years ago and how it affected Earth's climate. This eruption formed the vast Yellowstone caldera observed today, the second largest on Earth. […]

  • Non-native species do not make native fish more vulnerable to pollution in Mediterranean rivers
    on October 25, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    The presence of exotic fish in rivers does not alter the native fish response to the environmental pollution, according to an article. […]

  • Pollution responsible for 16 percent of early deaths globally
    on October 20, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    Diseases caused by pollution were responsible in 2015 for an estimated 9 million premature deaths -- 16 percent of all deaths worldwide, according to a report. […]

  • Ice stream retreats under a cold climate
    on October 19, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    Warmer ocean surface triggered the ice retreat during The Younger Dryas. […]