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  • 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. […]

  • Winning climate strategy demands details
    on June 12, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    Examining the daily minutia of climate, not just temperature, but also sunshine, precipitation and soil moisture simultaneously all over a country gives a better understanding of how variable a land's climate can be. That information is crucial when countries are setting policies aimed at growing food, protecting water supplies and the environment and stemming disease outbreaks. […]

  • Iqaluit could start running out of fresh water by 2024
    on June 12, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    Without action, the supply of fresh water in Iqaluit will begin to dwindle by 2024 due to climate change and increased demand, new research has found. […]

  • Scientists advancing hope for reefs in the Philippines
    on June 8, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    Researchers have returned from the Philippines with new species discoveries and deeper insights into threatened coral reef ecosystems. […]

  • Finding new homes won't help emperor penguins cope with climate change
    on June 7, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    Unlike other species that migrate successfully to escape the wrath of climate change, a new study shows that dispersal may help sustain global Emperor penguin populations for a limited time, but, as sea ice conditions continue to deteriorate, the 54 colonies that exist today will face devastating declines by the end of this century. […]

  • Climate change misconceptions common among teachers, study finds
    on June 7, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    Mny secondary school science teachers possess climate change misconceptions similar to average Americans, new research confirms. […]

  • Marine reserves help mitigate against climate change, say scientists
    on June 5, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    Highly protected marine reserves can help mitigate against the impacts of climate change, a study by a team of international scientists has concluded. […]

  • Pollution 'devastating' China's vital ecosystem, research shows
    on June 1, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    A pioneering new international study has looked at the true impact air pollutants have in impeding the local vegetation's ability to absorb and store carbon from the atmosphere. […]

  • Public confused by climate change messages
    on June 1, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    Experts, charities, the media and government confuse the public by speaking 'different languages' on climate change, a new study says. The research team focused on Colombia and likened climate change communication to a 'broken phone'. […]

  • Restored ocean will alleviate poverty, provide jobs, and improve health, finds report
    on May 31, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    With climate change and social inequity addressed, restoring the ocean will help alleviate poverty, provide livelihoods, and improve the health of millions around the world. […]

  • Human activity has polluted European air for 2,000 years
    on May 31, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    A new study combining European ice core data and historical records of the infamous Black Death pandemic of 1349-1353 shows metal mining and smelting have polluted the environment for thousands of years, challenging the widespread belief that environmental pollution began with the Industrial Revolution in the 1700s and 1800s. […]

  • Climate change can alter the impact of forest pathogens in trees
    on May 30, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    New research on projected climate changes indicates that climate change has an alarming potential to increase the damage caused to Norway spruce trees by a naturally circulating disease spreading fungus. […]

  • Going with the flow: The forces that affect species' movements in a changing climate
    on May 24, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    Ocean currents affect how climate change impacts movements of species to cooler regions. A new study provides novel insight into how species' distributions change from the interaction between climate change and ocean currents. […]

  • Pope's encyclical boosted his credibility on climate change, especially among liberals
    on May 23, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    The Pope's 2015 encyclical on climate change did not directly influence people's beliefs about the seriousness of climate change or its effect on the poor, a study has found. The papal message did, however, indirectly influence people's beliefs about climate change by raising the Pope's credibility on that issue, most strongly among liberals. […]

  • Climate change refuge for corals discovered (and how we can protect it right now)
    on May 17, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    Scientists have discovered a refuge for corals where the environment protects otherwise sensitive species to the increasing severity of climate change. […]

  • Importance of marine, coastal cultural ecosystem services
    on May 15, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    Cultural ecosystem services reflect physical and cognitive interactions between humans and nature, and are increasingly recognized for providing experiences, capabilities and many other benefits to human societies. While oceans, seas, and coasts sustain a great proportion of the human population, cultural ecosystem services provided by these areas still remain largely unexplored. A new study analyses and maps case studies worldwide and pinpoints priorities to move research forward. […]

  • How plankton and bacteria shape ocean spray
    on May 11, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    As the oceans ebb and flow, the resulting waves and splashes form tiny bubbles.The bubbles burst and release a vapor -- called sea spray aerosol -- into the air. This aerosol scatters sunlight and is involved in forming clouds and ultimately climate. But no two bubbles are the same, researchers report. They analyzed sea spray and found that the atmospheric-changing properties of the bubbles are influenced by phytoplankton and bacteria in the water. […]

  • Shelf sediments reveal climate shifts through the eons
    on May 10, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    Climate change around Antarctica can severely affect Australia's rainfall and even influence the distribution of wet and dry zones across southeast Asia, an international study has revealed. […]

  • The latest weapons against climate change: The beaver, the oyster, cold water and more…
    on May 9, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    Beavers, high elevation streams, and oyster reefs are just three of the weapons in the fight against climate change discussed in 14 Solutions to Problems Climate Change Poses for Conservation. […]

  • Global warming kills gut bacteria in lizards
    on May 8, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    Climate change could threaten reptiles by reducing the number of bacteria living in their guts, new research suggests. […]

  • Snow in Hawai'i: What does the future hold?
    on May 4, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    Researchers, led by climate modelers, used satellite images to quantify recent snow cover distributions patterns on Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, Hawai'i. They developed a regional climate model to simulate the present-day snowfalls and then to project future Hawaiian snowfalls. Their results indicate that the two volcano summits are typically snow-covered at least 20 days each winter, but that the snow cover will nearly disappear by the end of the century. […]

  • Policies to curb short-lived climate pollutants could yield major health benefits
    on May 4, 2017 at 8:14 pm

    A commitment to reducing global emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) such as methane and black carbon could slow global warming while boosting public health and agricultural yields, aligning the Paris Climate Agreement with global sustainable development goals, a new analysis by an international panel of scientists shows. […]

  • Believe you can stop climate change and you will
    on May 4, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    If we believe that we can personally help stop climate change with individual actions -- such as turning the thermostat down -- then we are more likely to make a difference, according to new research. […]

  • Climate instability over the past 720,000 years
    on May 2, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    A new analysis of an ice core from Dome Fuji in Antarctica, along with climate simulation results, shows a high degree of climate instability (that is, rapid climate fluctuations) within glacial periods with intermediate temperatures. This instability was attributed primarily to global cooling caused by a reduced greenhouse effect. […]

  • Thought Antarctica's biodiversity was doing well? Think again
    on April 25, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    Antarctica and the Southern Ocean are not in better environmental shape than the rest of the world. […]

  • Predicting the movement, impacts of microplastic pollution
    on April 25, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    Microplastics, which are particles measuring less than 5 mm, are of increasing concern. They not only become more relevant as other plastic marine litter breaks down into tiny particles, they also interact with species in a range of marine habitats. A new study takes a look at how global climate change and the impact of changing ocean circulation affects the distribution of marine microplastic litter. […]

  • Heavy precipitation speeds carbon exchange in tropics
    on April 24, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    New insight into how forests globally will respond to long-term climate change has been gained by recent research. The new work suggests that climate-change driven increases in rainfall in warm, wet forests are likely to cause increased plant growth. Plant-growth declines are still expected in cooler forests with increased precipitation. […]

  • Models, observations not so far apart on planet's response to greenhouse gas emissions
    on April 17, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    Recent observations suggest less long-term warming, or climate sensitivity, than the predicted by climate models. But the mismatch is resolved by factoring in that Earth is still in the early stages of adjusting to greenhouse gases. […]