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Coastal catastrophe looms larger as sea level forecasts creep upwards

Sea level rise estimates are moving upwards. There could be at least a 1.3 metre rise by 2100, which would spell disaster for coastal communities. »
7 February 2019, 00:20 - newscientist - Search similar - Email

Mixed results for science in the US midterm elections

A climate change denier is no longer to head House science committee, but Washington state voters reject carbon tax and Arizona blocks renewable energy boost. »
15 November 2018, 06:10 - newscientist - Search similar - Email

Urbanisation made flooding from Hurricane Harvey 21 times as likely

Tall buildings in Houston made hurricane Harvey dump more rain on the region, before the water ran straight off the city's hard surfaces causing epic flooding. »
15 November 2018, 06:10 - newscientist - Search similar - Email

Global warming may become unstoppable even if we stick to Paris target

There could be a planetary threshold beyond which the earth will keep warming even if we stop pumping out more fossil fuels - the so-called 'Hothouse Earth' scenario. »
8 August 2018, 15:00 - newscientist - Search similar - Email

Tourism is four times worse for the climate than we thought

Tourism is being blamed for 8 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions, and it emits more every year – making it harder to stop dangerous climate change. »
8 May 2018, 15:20 - newscientist - Search similar - Email

Acid lakes may be a false alarm but we can’t afford complacency

Freshwater acidification might turn out to be a trivial problem but we don’t know how much danger aquatic life is in unless we can track down more data. »
30 April 2018, 16:10 - newscientist - Search similar - Email

Antarctica still losing ice despite big rise in snowfall

A 10 per cent rise in snowfall in Antarctica is adding more ice to the continent each year, but the ice sheets are still shrinking because it's being lost faster too. »
9 April 2018, 20:40 - newscientist - Search similar - Email

The Arctic is sending us signals of impending climate chaos

The immediate disasters of The Day After Tomorrow remains wild exaggeration, but melting ice could yet cause dramatic climate changes by altering ocean currents. »
19 March 2018, 11:40 - newscientist - 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

Parts of San Francisco are sinking faster than the sea is rising

Rising seas are already boosting the flood risk in places like San Francisco, but the problem is even worse than that because land is also subsiding. »
7 March 2018, 22:10 - newscientist - Search similar - Email

Climate change blamed for Arabian Sea’s unexpected hurricanes

A flurry of hurricane-strength storms struck the Arabian Sea in 2014 and 2015, and climate change seems to have played a role. »
14 November 2017, 02:30 - newscientist - Search similar - Email

Bad news: Carbon emissions have suddenly started rising again

Emissions of carbon dioxide from fossil fuel are on the rise again. We desperately need more action to stop climate change, and that means putting a price on carbon. »
13 November 2017, 14:10 - newscientist - Search similar - Email

Europe and the US were most responsible for deadly heatwave

A lethal heatwave that struck Argentina in 2013 was made more likely by climate change – and greenhouse gases from Europe and the US played the biggest role. »
3 November 2017, 20:00 - newscientist - Search similar - Email

We have four years fewer to slash carbon emissions than thought

Soils in cold regions may release far more carbon than expected as world warms, and that means our carbon budget is smaller than we thought it is. »
31 October 2017, 11:50 - newscientist - Search similar - Email

New York should prepare for 15-metre storm surges by 2300

Due to rapidly rising seas, floods that once struck New York City every 500 years will soon hit every five years. »
24 October 2017, 14:21 - newscientist - Search similar - Email

Grass-fed beef is bad for the planet and causes climate change

Supporters like Prince Charles say raising cattle on pastures can be good for the environment, but the sums have been done and their claims don’t add up. »
4 October 2017, 07:10 - newscientist - Search similar - Email

Could we store carbon dioxide as liquid lakes under the sea?

We need to get carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere to slow down climate change, and perhaps deep-sea trenches would be a good place to put it. »
19 September 2017, 15:40 - newscientist - Search similar - Email

Hurricane Irma’s epic size is being fuelled by global warming

The monster storm has the second strongest wind speeds ever recorded for an Atlantic hurricane, and its growth was fuelled by warming waters. »
6 September 2017, 19:20 - newscientist - Search similar - Email

The cities in the firing line for the next Hurricane Harvey

Of five cities set to see the worst losses from flooding by 2050, three are in the US. Yet the country is unprepared for worsening weather brought by climate change. »
1 September 2017, 16:00 - newscientist - Search similar - Email

Texas may be just as vulnerable when next big hurricane hits

Houston is battling unprecedented floods from Hurricane Harvey – and yet Texas’s plans to protect itself from floods remain stalled. »
29 August 2017, 20:10 - newscientist - Search similar - Email