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  • Antarctic krill population contracts southward as polar oceans warm
    on January 22, 2019 at 4:50 pm

    The population of Antarctic krill, the favorite food of many whales, penguins, fish and seals, shifted southward during a recent period of warming in their key habitat, researchers report. […]

  • Environmental 'time bomb' warning for world's groundwater reserves
    on January 22, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    Future generations could be faced with an environmental 'time bomb' if climate change is to have a significant effect on the world's essential groundwater reserves. […]

  • Near-term climate prediction 'coming of age'
    on January 22, 2019 at 3:45 pm

    The quest for climate scientists to be able to bridge the gap between shorter-term seasonal forecasts and long-term climate projections is 'coming of age', a study shows. […]

  • Mediterranean freshwater fish species susceptible to climate change
    on January 18, 2019 at 4:08 pm

    Climate change will strongly affect many European freshwater fish species. This is particularly the case for species in the Mediterranean region. […]

  • Penguins, starfish, whales: Which animals will win and lose in a warming Antarctic?
    on January 17, 2019 at 2:05 pm

    Using risk assessments, like those used for setting occupational safety limits in the workplace, researchers determined the winners and losers of climate change in the Antarctic. They show that marine animals associated with sea ice for food or breeding, such as some whales and penguins, are most at risk from the effects of climate change, while seafloor predators and open-water feeding animals like starfish and jellyfish will benefit from the opening up of new habitat. […]

  • Research reveals strategies for combating science misinformation
    on January 14, 2019 at 4:42 pm

    Nowhere has the impact of scientific misinformation been more profound than on the issue of climate change in the US, where a well-funded network has coalesced around the goal of undercutting the legitimacy of climate science. But as a new paper illustrates, an emerging field of research is providing new insights into this critical dynamic. […]

  • Upper-ocean warming is changing the global wave climate, making waves stronger
    on January 14, 2019 at 1:28 pm

    Sea level rise puts coastal areas at the forefront of the impacts of climate change, but new research shows they face other climate-related threats as well. Scientists found that the energy of ocean waves has been growing globally, and they found a direct association between ocean warming and the increase in wave energy. […]

  • New policy design needed to tackle global environmental threat
    on January 11, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    A pioneering new report has devised a seven-point plan to help policymakers devise new, coherent and collaborative strategies to tackle the greatest global environmental threats. […]

  • Climate model uncertainties ripe to be squeezed
    on January 7, 2019 at 4:29 pm

    The latest climate models and observations offer unprecedented opportunities to reduce the remaining uncertainties in future climate change, according to a new article. […]

  • A mountain of evidence on air pollution's harms to children
    on December 20, 2018 at 4:18 pm

    A new study organizes the available scientific evidence on the effects of air pollution on children's health. The article is the first comprehensive review of the associations between various fossil fuel combustion pollutants and multiple health effects in children in the context of assessing the benefits of air pollution and climate change policies. […]

  • For these critically endangered marine turtles, climate change could be a knockout blow
    on December 14, 2018 at 5:40 pm

    Researchers suggest that projected increases in air temperatures, rainfall inundation and blistering solar radiation could significantly reduce hawksbill hatching success at a selection of major nesting beaches. […]

  • Scientific basis for EPA's Endangerment Finding is stronger than ever
    on December 13, 2018 at 7:21 pm

    The evidence used to support the EPA's 2009 Endangerment Finding on greenhouse gases is even stronger and more conclusive now. This finding comes three months after a senior Republican senator said that the Trump Administration might still try to repeal the landmark decision. […]

  • Warming, sea-ice loss: Arctic Report Card tracks region's environmental changes
    on December 11, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    NOAA's annual report card on the Arctic, released today, shows that the Arctic region experienced the second-warmest air temperatures ever recorded; the second-lowest overall sea-ice coverage; lowest recorded winter ice in the Bering Sea; and earlier plankton blooms due to early melting of sea ice in the Bering Sea. […]

  • Bioenergy crops could be as bad for biodiversity as climate change
    on December 10, 2018 at 9:51 pm

    A large scale expansion in bioenergy crop production could be just as detrimental to biodiversity as climate change itself, according to new research. […]

  • Wind power vulnerable to climate change in India
    on December 5, 2018 at 7:27 pm

    The warming of the Indian Ocean, caused by global climate change, may be causing a slow decline in wind power potential in India, according to a new study. […]

  • Turning climate change from a 'tragedy of the commons' to positive action
    on December 5, 2018 at 2:37 pm

    Climate change must no longer be viewed as a 'tragedy of the commons', researchers say. […]

  • Uneven rates of sea level rise tied to climate change
    on December 3, 2018 at 8:04 pm

    The pattern of uneven sea level rise over the last quarter century has been driven in part by human-caused climate change, not just natural variability, according to a new study. […]

  • New federal climate assessment for U.S. released
    on November 25, 2018 at 4:37 pm

    A new federal report finds that climate change is affecting the natural environment, agriculture, energy production and use, land and water resources, transportation, and human health and welfare across the U.S. and its territories. […]

  • Climate change/biodiversity loss: Inseparable threats to humanity that must be addressed together
    on November 15, 2018 at 7:49 pm

    Demand for biofuels to fight climate change clouds the future for biodiversity. The demand could cause a 10- to 30-fold expansion of green energy-related agricultural land use, adding crushing pressure on habitat for plants and animals and undermining the essential diversity of species on Earth. […]

  • 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. […]