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  • Carbon emissions will start to dictate stock prices
    on November 13, 2018 at 7:42 pm

    Companies that fail to curb their carbon output may eventually face the consequences of asset devaluation and stock price depreciation, according to a new study. […]

  • Con­ser­va­tion areas help bird­life ad­apt to cli­mate change
    on November 12, 2018 at 6:16 pm

    A warming climate is pushing organisms towards the circumpolar areas and mountain peaks. A recently conducted study on changes in bird populations reveals that protected areas slow down the north-bound retreat of species. […]

  • Free movement can protect humans from environmental threats
    on October 29, 2018 at 5:05 pm

    Greater freedom of movement and investments in human rights and social opportunities can help protect humans from environmental threats like rising sea levels, new research says. […]

  • Climate change impact in Mediterranean region
    on October 26, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    As the Mediterranean Basin is experiencing the impact of climate change more than ever, an international network of scientists has worked together to synthesize the effects of climate change and environmental problems, as well as the incurred risks, in the region, to facilitate decision-making in addressing the issues. […]

  • Climate models fail to simulate recent air-pressure changes over Greenland
    on October 16, 2018 at 5:20 pm

    Climatologists may be unable to accurately predict regional climate change over the North Atlantic because computer simulations have failed to include real data from the Greenland region over the last three decades -- and it could lead to regional climate predictions for the UK and parts of Europe being inaccurate. […]

  • Can forests save us from climate change?
    on October 16, 2018 at 3:01 pm

    Additional climate benefits through sustainable forest management will be modest and local rather than global. Even if Europe's forests are managed in such a way that their carbon sequestration is maximized it will not impact the climate significantly. […]

  • Rapid response needed to limit global warming
    on October 8, 2018 at 11:51 am

    Limiting global warming to 1.5°C would require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society, according to the latest report from the world's leading body of climate change experts. […]

  • Climate change efforts should focus on ocean-based solutions
    on October 4, 2018 at 12:53 pm

    The first broad-scale assessment of ocean-based measures to reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide, counteract ocean warming and/or reduce ocean acidification and sea-level rise shows their high potential to mitigate climate change and its impacts. The study identifies ocean-based renewable energy as the most promising, and several local marine conservation and restoration options as 'no-regret measures', that should be scaled-up and implemented immediately, but concludes all other measures are still too uncertain to recommend without further research. […]

  • Commitment to democratic values predict climate change concern, study finds
    on September 20, 2018 at 8:10 pm

    In a new study comparing climate change attitudes across 36 countries, including the United States, commitment to democratic values is the strongest predictor of climate change concern globally. […]

  • Tropics are widening as predicted by climate models, research finds
    on September 17, 2018 at 7:36 pm

    Scientists have observed for years that Earth's tropics are widening in connection with complex changes in climate and weather patterns. But in recent years, it appeared the widening was outpacing what models predicted, suggesting other factors were at work. But a new paper finds that the most up-to-date models and the best data match up reasonably well. […]

  • Roadmap for measuring animal, plant traits to meet biodiversity goals
    on September 17, 2018 at 3:16 pm

    An international team of researchers has outlined a plan for how to measure changes in key traits of animals and plants and provide these data to policymakers to improve natural resource management and keep nations on track to meet global biodiversity and sustainability goals. […]

  • Marine aquaculture and the need to protect global food security
    on September 10, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    First analysis of impacts to marine aquaculture production warns proactive measures needed to protect global food security. […]

  • Is the key to sparking climate action a game?
    on September 6, 2018 at 10:42 pm

    Regardless of political affiliation, most participants in the World Climate Simulation -- a role-playing game of the UN climate talks -- showed increased motivation to combat climate change, a recent study found. […]

  • Parsing natural climate variability from human-caused climate change
    on September 4, 2018 at 7:03 pm

    A new study says pink noise may be the key to separating out natural climate variability from climate change that is influenced by human activity. […]

  • Adapt, move or die: How biodiversity reacted to past climate change
    on August 30, 2018 at 6:31 pm

    A new paper reviews current knowledge on climate change and biodiversity. In the past, plants and animals reacted to environmental changes by adapting, migrating or going extinct. These findings point to radical changes in biodiversity due to climate change in the future. […]

  • Effective fisheries management can reduce extinction risk of marine fish stocks
    on August 24, 2018 at 7:05 pm

    Effective fisheries management plans, coupled with actions to limit greenhouse gas emissions, both separately, but especially in tandem, would have an immediate effect on the number of marine species that face extinction. […]

  • What's behind the retreating kelps and expanding corals?
    on August 20, 2018 at 7:51 pm

    Climate change and other external forces are causing rapid marine community shifts in Japan's coastal ecosystems. Better understanding of species distribution dynamics, as driven by these factors, can improve conservation efforts and climate change management. […]

  • Strategies in US climate litigation
    on August 20, 2018 at 3:31 pm

    Researchers have analyzed all US climate change lawsuits over a 26-year period. […]

  • Particulate pollution's impact varies greatly depending on where it originated
    on August 17, 2018 at 1:38 pm

    Aerosols are tiny particles that are spewed into the atmosphere by human activities, including burning coal and wood. They have negative effects on air quality -- damaging human health and agricultural productivity. New research demonstrates that the impact these fine particles have on the climate varies greatly depending on where they were released. […]

  • Effects of climate warming seen in tallgrass prairie ecosystem
    on August 14, 2018 at 5:42 pm

    Ecologists have completed a new study on the effects of climate warming on soil microbes in a long-term climate change experiment at a tallgrass prairie ecosystem. The new study shows that climate warming will affect microbial communities in the future, and future community states will be more predictable under warmed climate. Eventually, microbial communities will produce different functions and feedbacks to climate warming. […]

  • California water managers vary in use of climate science
    on August 14, 2018 at 11:59 am

    Lack of climate change adaptation among water utilities can put water supplies and the people dependent on them at risk, especially in marginalized communities, a new article suggests. […]

  • Researchers call for comprehensive transformation of food systems
    on August 9, 2018 at 3:24 pm

    Agriculture and food systems policies should ensure more than just the supply of food. Decision-makers must make a paradigm shift to align policies about climate, agriculture and food with the United Nation's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, according to a group of international researchers. […]

  • Small-scale fisheries threatened: Shared management, communication key to success
    on August 6, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    New research shows that co-management approaches -- based on shared responsibility for resource management among individuals and institutions -- can build resilience to socio-environmental change by strengthening use of science in decision making and promoting adaptive capacities, such as learning and leadership. […]

  • Scientists draw new connections between climate change and warming oceans
    on August 1, 2018 at 3:52 pm

    Earth scientists exploring how ocean chemistry has evolved found similarities between an event 55 million years ago and current predicted trajectories of planet temperatures, with regards to inputs of CO2 into the atmosphere and oxygen levels in the oceans. As the oceans warm, oxygen decreases while hydrogen sulfide increases, making the oceans toxic and putting marine species at risk. […]

  • Deglacial changes in western Atlantic Ocean circulation
    on July 28, 2018 at 12:41 pm

    A new study carried out by an international team of researchers, using the chemistry of ocean sediments has highlighted a widespread picture of Atlantic circulation changes associated with rapid climate change in the past. […]

  • Cost of flood losses in Maritimes could increase by up to 300 percent
    on July 28, 2018 at 12:35 pm

    The financial costs of flooding in Canada's maritime region could spike by 300 percent by the end of the century if steps are not taken to address the impacts of climate change. […]

  • Coldwater streams may provide refuge against changing climate
    on July 24, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    Coldwater stream habitats are vulnerable to effects of climate change, particularly to changes in precipitation and air temperatures that alter their hydrology. Some streams are more likely to act as coldwater refugia -- areas buffered from climate change that enable persistence of the ecosystem and its resources -- and may provide long-term habitat to ecologically and economically important species. […]

  • Scientists lack vital knowledge on rapid Arctic climate change
    on July 18, 2018 at 4:24 pm

    Arctic climate change research relies on field measurements and samples that are too scarce, and patchy at best, according to a comprehensive review study. The researchers looked at thousands of scientific studies, and found that around 30% of cited studies were clustered around only two research stations in the vast Arctic region. […]

  • What psychological science can offer to reducing climate change
    on July 17, 2018 at 1:47 pm

    The consequences of climate change are immense, and believed by many experts to be largely irreversible (and exponential), causing threats coming from heat waves, flooding, declines in agriculture, and decreasing biodiversity, to name a few. Given that climate change, at least in part, is rooted in human behavior, an obvious question to ask is: Can psychological science offer evidence-based solutions to climate change? […]

  • Protecting tropical forest carbon stocks may not prevent large-scale species loss
    on July 16, 2018 at 8:45 pm

    As the world seeks to curb human-induced climate change, will protecting the carbon of tropical forests also ensure the survival of their species? A study suggests the answer to this question is far from straightforward. Forests with the greatest carbon content do not necessarily house the most species, meaning carbon-focused conservation can miss large swathes of tropical forest biodiversity. […]