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18 March 2018, 18:00 - climatiq - Search similar - Email

Billion-dollar polar engineering ‘needed to slow melting glaciers’

Underwater sea walls and artificial islands among projects urgently required to avoid devastation of global flooding, say scientists Scientists have outlined plans to build a series of mammoth engineering projects in Greenland and Antarctica to help slow down the disintegration of the planet’s main glaciers. »
18 March 2018, 02:00 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Environmental aspects in financial market policy: good momentum and ongoing work

Ecological sustainability in financial business has become even more important. During its meeting on 16 March 2018, the Federal Council was informed of the corresponding national and international developments and the Confederation's commitment. »
17 March 2018, 01:30 - - Search similar - Email

Wandering greenhouse gas

On the seafloor of the shallow coastal regions north of Siberia, microorganisms produce methane when they break down plant remains. If this greenhouse gas finds its way into the water, it can also become trapped in the sea ice that forms in these coastal waters. »
17 March 2018, 01:00 - sciencedaily - Search similar - Email

Offsets for emissions breaches prove Australia has a carbon market, Labor says

Industrial sites have spent millions on carbon credits under Direct Action’s ‘safeguard mechanism’. Sixteen Australian industrial sites have breached government-imposed greenhouse gas emissions limits and had to buy millions of dollars in carbon credits to offset the infringement. »
17 March 2018, 00:40 - guardian - Search similar - Email

How concrete and condoms could turn a greenhouse gas green

We need to suck CO2 from the air to solve the climate crisis, but what do we do with it? A budding industry is turning the gas into useful stuff. »
16 March 2018, 15:51 - newscientist - Search similar - Email

Disasters cost billions in agricultural losses, poor farmers bear brunt – UN report

A crowded field of threats that includes drought, floods, animal disease outbreaks and chemical spills are among the disasters costing farmers in the developing world billions of dollars each year, according to a new report from the United Nations agriculture agency. »
15 March 2018, 18:50 - UN - Search similar - Email

Climate Change Goes Firmly in the "Loss" Column for Insurers

Payouts after disasters and costly litigation leave insurance companies exposed, report finds -- Read more on »
15 March 2018, 18:10 - scientificamerican - Search similar - Email

Half a degree more global warming could flood out 5 million more people

A new study finds that by 2150, the seemingly small difference between a global temperature increase of 1.5 and 2.0 degrees Celsius would mean the permanent inundation of lands currently home to about 5 million people, including 60,000 who live on small island nations. »
15 March 2018, 18:10 - sciencedaily - Search similar - Email

It's 50 years since climate change was first seen. Now time is running out | Richard Wiles

Making up for years of delay and denial will not be easy, nor will it be cheap. Climate polluters must be held accountable. Fifty years ago, the Stanford Research Institute (SRI) delivered a report titled Sources, Abundance, and Fate of Gaseous Atmospheric Polluters to the American Petroleum Institute (API), a trade association for the fossil fuel industry. »
15 March 2018, 17:00 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Climate change risk for half of plant and animal species in biodiversity hotspots

Up to half of plant and animal species in the world's most naturally rich areas, such as the Amazon and the Galapagos, could face local extinction by the turn of the century due to climate change if carbon emissions continue to rise unchecked. Even if the Paris Climate Agreement 2°C target is met, these places could lose 25 percent of their species. »
14 March 2018, 23:40 - sciencedaily - Search similar - Email

Eastern Mediterranean summer will be two months longer by end of 21st century

The eastern Mediterranean is experiencing monumental climate changes poised to significantly affect regional ecosystems and human health. According to a new study, these changes will drastically alter the duration of summer and winter in the region by the end of this century. »
14 March 2018, 23:40 - sciencedaily - Search similar - Email

Greenland glaciers' varied vulnerability to melting

Using data from NASA missions observing Earth, researchers have created new maps of the bed topography beneath a score of glaciers in southeast Greenland, thereby gaining a much better understanding of why some are undergoing rapid retreat and others are relatively stable. »
14 March 2018, 23:40 - sciencedaily - Search similar - Email

Coral reef experiment shows: Acidification from carbon dioxide slows growth

Ocean acidification will severely impair coral reef growth before the end of the century if carbon dioxide emissions continue unchecked. The paper represents the first ocean acidification experiment in which seawater was made artificially acidic by the addition of carbon dioxide and then allowed to flow across a natural coral reef community. »
14 March 2018, 23:40 - sciencedaily - Search similar - Email

Climate change is shrinking mountain hares' habitat in the Alps

A warming climate will shrink and fragment mountain hare habitat in the Swiss Alps. Populations are likely to decline as a result. »
14 March 2018, 17:30 - sciencedaily - Search similar - Email

Global warming increases the risk of avalanches

The impacts of global warming are felt especially in mountainous regions, where the rise in temperatures is above average, affecting both glacierized landscapes and water resources. The repercussions of these changes are manifold and varied, from retreating glaciers to an increase in the frequency and intensity of snow avalanches. »
14 March 2018, 17:30 - sciencedaily - Search similar - Email

Exceptionally large amount of winter snow in Northern Hemisphere this year

The new Arctic Now product shows with one picture the extent of the area in the Northern Hemisphere currently covered by ice and snow. This kind of information, which shows the accurate state of the Arctic, becomes increasingly important due to climate change. »
14 March 2018, 17:30 - sciencedaily - Search similar - Email

Greens fear climate backslide with Pompeo as top U.S. diplomat

Several green groups criticized the Trump administration's choice on Tuesday of CIA Director Mike Pompeo to replace Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State, saying his past skeptical comments about global warming show he is less suited to run U.S. foreign policy about climate change than the former Exxon Mobil CEO. »
13 March 2018, 20:40 - reuters - Search similar - Email

Extreme winter weather becoming more common as Arctic warms, study finds

Scientists found a strong link between high temperatures near the pole and unusually heavy snowfall and frigid weather farther south. The sort of severe winter weather that has rattled parts of the US and UK is becoming more common as the Arctic warms, with scientists finding a strong link between high temperatures near the pole and unusually heavy snowfall and frigid weather further south. »
13 March 2018, 17:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Poll of Malcolm Turnbull's electorate finds 75% back review of Adani approval

Wentworth voters overwhelmingly favour review – including 70% of Liberal supporters. More than 75% of voters in Malcolm Turnbull’s Sydney electorate of Wentworth would support reviewing the environmental approvals for the controversial Queensland Adani coalmine, according to a new opinion poll. »
11 March 2018, 21:10 - guardian - Search similar - Email
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