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  • US oil & gas methane emissions 60 percent higher than estimated
    on June 21, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    The US oil and gas industry emits 13 million metric tons of the potent greenhouse gas methane from its operations each year, 60 percent more than estimated by the US Environmental Protection Agency, according to a new study. […]

  • Antarctic ice sheet is melting, but rising bedrock below could slow it down
    on June 21, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    An international team of researchers has found that the bedrock below the remote West Antarctic Ice Sheet is rising much more rapidly than previously thought, in response to ongoing ice melt. […]

  • New World Atlas of Desertification shows unprecedented pressure on planet's resources
    on June 21, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    The World Desertification Atlas by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre provides the first comprehensive, evidence-based assessment of land degradation at a global level and highlights the urgency to adopt corrective measures. […]

  • The sounds of climate change
    on June 20, 2018 at 7:02 pm

    Researchers describe a way to quickly sift through thousands of hours of field recordings to estimate when songbirds arrive at their Arctic breeding grounds. Their research could be applied to any dataset of animal vocalizations to understand how migratory animals are responding to climate change. […]

  • Short-term responses to climate change-mediated disasters can be maladaptive in long-term
    on June 20, 2018 at 4:59 pm

    Short-term management responses to climate change-mediated disasters can be maladaptive in the long-term. […]

  • Beetles exploit warm winters to expand range, study confirms
    on June 20, 2018 at 1:49 pm

    A new study confirms that increasing minimum winter temperatures allow beetles to expand their range but reveals that overcrowding can put the brakes on population growth. […]

  • 'Green'-feed: Industrial microbes could feed cattle, pigs, chicken
    on June 20, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    Today, producing feed for pigs, cattle and chicken causes immense impacts for the climate and the environment. In the future, animal feed production is likely to be shifted from croplands to large-scale industrial facilities as it could bring both financial and environmental benefits. Replacing 2 percent feed with protein-rich microbes could decrease agricultural greenhouse gas emissions, global cropland area and nitrogen losses by over 5 percent. […]

  • Whether wheat weathers heat waves
    on June 20, 2018 at 1:47 pm

    Unlike humans, crops in a field can't move to air conditioning to endure a heat wave. Scientists in Australia are working to understand how heat waves impact wheat. […]

  • Climate change to overtake land use as major threat to global biodiversity
    on June 20, 2018 at 3:08 am

    Climate change will have a rapidly increasing effect on the structure of global ecological communities over the next few decades, with amphibians and reptiles being significantly more affected than birds and mammals, a new report finds. […]

  • Machine learning may be a game-changer for climate prediction
    on June 19, 2018 at 9:35 pm

    New research demonstrates that machine-learning techniques can be used to accurately represent clouds and their atmospheric heating and moistening, and better represent clouds in coarse resolution climate models, with the potential to narrow the range of climate prediction. This could be a major advance in accurate predictions of global warming in response to increased greenhouse gas concentrations that are essential for policy-makers (e.g. the Paris climate agreement). […]

  • Political leaning influences city water policies as strongly as climate
    on June 19, 2018 at 9:29 pm

    Researchers examined city water policies over the course of four years to create a database of water conservation policies. They also developed an associated index of the number of different categories of policies each city adopted and gathered data on the climate, water sources, population, economy and political leanings of each city and its surrounding metropolitan statistical area -- as reflected in the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections. […]

  • Ocean's heat cycle shows that atmospheric carbon may be headed elsewhere
    on June 19, 2018 at 5:28 pm

    A new study examined the global carbon cycle and suggests that scientists may have misgauged how carbon is distributed around the world, particularly between the northern and southern hemispheres. The results could change projections of how, when and where the currently massive levels of atmospheric carbon will result in environmental changes such as ocean acidification. […]

  • Palm oil: The carbon cost of deforestation
    on June 19, 2018 at 4:30 pm

    Palm oil has become part of our daily lives, but a recent study serves as a reminder that intensive farming of this crop has a major impact on the environment. Both short- and long-term solutions exist, however. The article analyzed the carbon costs and benefits of converting rainforests into oil palm plantations. […]

  • Climate action can limit Asia's growing water shortages
    on June 19, 2018 at 4:24 pm

    Even 'modest' action to limit climate change could help prevent the most extreme water-shortage scenarios facing Asia by the year 2050, according to a new study. […]

  • New model for gauging ice sheet movement may improve sea-level-rise predictions
    on June 19, 2018 at 4:24 pm

    Researchers discovered friction -- or 'basal drag' -- between ice sheets and the hard bed underneath has no influence on how fast glaciers flow. […]

  • Local interventions boost coral's resilience to bleaching
    on June 19, 2018 at 2:24 am

    Local conservation actions can significantly boost coral's resilience to, and recovery from, climate-induced thermal bleaching by reducing other energy-sapping stresses the coral faces, a new study finds. Scientists found they could reduce the extent of bleaching by half if they removed or reduced populations of coral-eating snails from affected reefs. The coral's recovery from bleaching was also enhanced. […]

  • Meeting Paris climate targets will require a substantial reallocation of global investment
    on June 18, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    A new analysis by an international team of scientists shows that low carbon investments will need to markedly increase if the world is to achieve the Paris Agreement aim of keeping global warming well below 2°C. […]

  • Bolder targets needed to protect nature for people's sake
    on June 18, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    Researchers argue that the world needs more diverse, ambitious and area-specific targets for retaining important natural systems to safeguard humanity. […]

  • Rising sea temperatures threaten survival of juvenile albatross
    on June 18, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    Changes in sea surface temperature affect the survival of albatross during their first year at sea, resulting in a reduced population growth rate when temperatures are warmer than the current average, a new study has revealed. […]

  • Better be safe than sorry: Economic optimization risks tipping of Earth system elements
    on June 15, 2018 at 7:44 pm

    Optimizing economic welfare without constraints might put human well-being at risk, a new climate study argues. While being successful in bringing down costs of greenhouse gas reductions for instance, the concept of profit maximization alone does not suffice to avoid the tipping of critical elements in the Earth system which could lead to dramatic changes of our lifelihood. The scientists use mathematical experiments to compare economic optimization to the governance concepts of sustainability and the more recent approach of a safe operating space for humanity. All of these turn out to have their benefits and deficits, yet the profit-maximizing approach shows the greatest likelihood of producing outcomes that harm people or the environment. […]

  • Land-based portion of massive East Antarctic ice sheet retreated little during past eight million...
    on June 15, 2018 at 7:44 pm

    Large parts of the massive East Antarctic Ice Sheet did not retreat significantly during a time when atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations were similar to today's levels. […]

  • Dry riverbeds are contributing to climate change more than previously thought
    on June 15, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    A massive world-wide study of dry riverbeds has found they're contributing more carbon emissions than previously thought, and this could help scientists better understand how to fight climate change. […]

  • Why the tongue of the Pine Island Glacier suddenly shrank
    on June 15, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    The Pine Island Glacier in Western Antarctica is not only one of the fastest-flowing ice streams in the Southern Hemisphere; over the past 11 years, four major icebergs have calved from its floating tongue. […]

  • Leading Antarctic experts offer two possible views of continent's future
    on June 15, 2018 at 1:38 am

    The next 10 years will be critical for the future of Antarctica, and choices made will have long-lasting consequences, says an international group of Antarctic research scientists. It lays out two different plausible future scenarios for the continent and its Southern Ocean over the next 50 years. […]

  • Climate change has fish moving faster than regulations can keep up
    on June 15, 2018 at 1:37 am

    The world's system for allocating fish stocks is being outpaced by the movement of fish species in response to climate change, according to a study undertaken by an international team of marine ecologists, fisheries and social scientists, and lawyers. […]

  • What saved the West Antarctic Ice Sheet 10,000 years ago will not save it today
    on June 14, 2018 at 2:12 pm

    The retreat of the West Antarctic ice masses after the last Ice Age was reversed surprisingly about 10,000 years ago, scientists found. The reason for the rebound is that, relieved from the weight of the retreating ice, the Earth crust lifted. This made the ice re-advance towards the ocean. Unfortunately, this mechanism is much to slow to prevent dangerous sea-level rise caused by West Antarctica's ice-loss in the present and near future. […]

  • Ocean waves following sea ice loss trigger Antarctic ice shelf collapse
    on June 14, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    Storm-driven ocean swells have triggered the catastrophic disintegration of Antarctic ice shelves in recent decades, according to new research published in Nature today. […]

  • Decades of satellite monitoring reveal Antarctic ice loss
    on June 13, 2018 at 8:30 pm

    Scientists have reviewed decades of satellite measurements to reveal how and why Antarctica's glaciers, ice shelves and sea ice are changing. Their report explains how ice shelf thinning and collapse have triggered an increase in the continent's contribution to sea level rise. […]

  • Antarctica ramps up sea level rise
    on June 13, 2018 at 8:30 pm

    Ice losses from Antarctica have increased global sea levels by 7.6 mm since 1992, with two fifths of this rise (3.0 mm) coming in the last five years alone. The findings are from a major climate assessment known as the Ice Sheet Mass Balance Inter-comparison Exercise (IMBIE). It is the most complete picture of Antarctic ice sheet change to date -- 84 scientists from 44 international organizations combined 24 satellite surveys to produce the assessment. […]

  • Climate change accelerating rise in sea levels
    on June 13, 2018 at 8:30 pm

    A new study has discovered that rising sea levels could be accelerated by vulnerable ice shelves in the Antarctic. […]