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Rainfall changes for key crops predicted

Even if humans radically reduce greenhouse gas emissions soon, important crop-growing regions of the world can expect changes to rainfall patterns by 2040. In fact, some regions are already experiencing new climatic regimes compared with just a generation ago. The study, published March 11 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, warns that up

2019-03-16T08:37:14-05:00Tags: |

Sustainability knowledge growing in importance

Sustainability knowledge has become fundamental to business success, according to new research from the Supply Chain Sustainability School of Australia.

The research revealed a significant jump in the importance of sustainability knowledge for property, construction and infrastructure businesses, with 63 per cent of respondents reporting that it has become more important over the past twelve months;

2018-07-25T06:42:01-05:00Tags: |

Satellite Study Finds Major Shifts in Global Freshwater

A new global, satellite-based study of Earth’s freshwater distribution found that Earth’s wet areas are getting wetter, while dry areas are getting drier. The data suggest that this pattern is due to a variety of factors, including human water management practices, human-caused climate change and natural climate cycles.

The NASA-led research team, which included Hiroko Beaudoing,

2018-05-18T07:48:41-05:00Tags: |

How Openings in Antarctic Sea Ice Affect Worldwide Climate

In 1974, images acquired from NOAA satellites revealed a puzzling phenomenon: a 250,000 square kilometer opening in the winter sea ice in the Weddell Sea, south of South America. The opening, known as a polynya, persisted over three winters. Such expansive ice-free areas in the ocean surrounding Antarctica have not been seen since, though a

2017-09-11T17:11:13-05:00Tags: |

Study tracks “memory” of soil moisture

The top 2 inches of topsoil on all of Earth’s landmasses contains an infinitesimal fraction of the planet’s water — less than one-thousandth of a percent. Yet because of its position at the interface between the land and the atmosphere,

2017-02-23T09:37:15-06:00Tags: |

Hotter Days Will Drive Global Inequality

Extreme heat, it turns out, is very bad for the economy. Crops fail. People work less, and are less productive when they do work.

That’s why an increase in extremely hot days is one of the more worrisome prospects of climate change. To predict just how various countries might suffer or benefit, a team of scientists

2017-02-23T09:51:34-06:00Tags: |

Reindeer are shrinking – will Santa need more to pull his sleigh?

Often portrayed as pulling Santa’s sleigh, reindeer are a Christmas staple. Now, ecologists have found that reindeer are shrinking due to the impact of climate change on their food supplies.

Speaking at the British Ecological Society annual meeting in Liverpool this week, researchers will reveal that over the past 20 years – during a period of

2017-02-23T10:05:39-06:00Tags: |

Americans believe climate change connected to location and local weather

A new study finds local weather may play an important role in Americans’ belief in climate change. The study, published on Monday, found that Americans’ belief that the earth is warming is related to the frequency of weather-related events they experience, suggesting that local changes in their climate influence their acceptance of this worldwide phenomenon.

“One

2017-02-23T10:07:29-06:00Tags: |

Nature already dramatically impacted by climate change, study reveals

Global climate change has already impacted every aspect of life on Earth, from genes to entire ecosystems, according to a new University of Florida study.

“We now have evidence that, with only a ~1 degree Celsius of warming globally, major impacts are already being felt in natural systems,” said study lead author Brett Scheffers, an assistant

2017-01-21T13:51:44-06:00Tags: |

Record hot year may be the new normal by 2025

The hottest year on record globally in 2015 could be just another average year by 2025 if carbon emissions continue to rise at their current rate, according to new research published in the Bulletin of American Meteorological Society.

And no matter what action we take, human activities had already locked in a “new normal” for global

2017-01-21T13:51:48-06:00Tags: , |

Climate change could push 122 mn into extreme poverty: UN

Climate change could sink up to 122 million more people into extreme poverty by 2030, mostly in South Asia and Africa, where small farmers will see their output plummet, the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) warned Monday.

In an annual report, the FAO warned that a worst-case scenario of high-impact climate change would pound the

2017-01-21T13:51:50-06:00Tags: , |

Climate change diversifies Michigan wine

Good news for Michigan vineyards: the time grapes have to ripen has dramatically increased over the past few decades.  “It’s nearly grown an entire month in just four decades,” said Steven Schultze, an assistant professor at the University of South Alabama.  He discovered the shift while he was still a doctoral candidate at Michigan State

2017-01-21T13:51:51-06:00Tags: |

A Hotter World Is Poorer and More Violent

What will a planet plagued by escalating climate change look like? No one really knows. But speaking at EmTech MIT 2016, Solomon Hsiang, a professor of public policy at the University of California, Berkeley, presented results based on his recent analysis of economic and climate data that begin to more clearly define what the world

2017-01-21T13:51:53-06:00Tags: |

World leaders discuss ban of climate-busting refrigerants

After being directed for almost 30 years at substances that destroy ozone, the Montreal Protocol will for the first time target a group of greenhouse gases. Beginning today in Kigali, Rwanda, member states of the United Nations are finalizing the terms of what could be the largest commitment to reducing global warming since the Paris

2017-01-21T13:52:32-06:00Tags: |

New UN report: Inequalities cause and exacerbate climate impacts on poor and vulnerable people

Evidence is increasing that climate change is taking the largest toll on poor and vulnerable people , and these impacts are largely caused by inequalities that increase the risks from climate hazards, according to a new report launched by the United Nations today.

The World Economic and Social Survey 2016: Climate Change Resilience

—an Opportunity for Reducing

2017-01-21T13:52:34-06:00Tags: |

The Politics of Climate

Political fissures on climate issues extend far beyond beliefs about whether climate change is occurring and whether humans are playing a role, according to a new, in-depth survey by Pew Research Center. These divisions reach across every dimension of the climate debate, down to people’s basic trust in the motivations that drive climate scientists to

2017-01-21T13:52:34-06:00Tags: |