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Wildfires Increasing in Frequency and Require Adaptive Strategies

26 Apr

We need to adapt to wildfires, because they are becoming as inevitable as floods and droughts.

Wildfires are an inevitable part of the American west, and, according to a new paper published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, they’ve been increasing in frequency and severity since the 1970s. A record-breaking fire near Boulder, Colorado, that forced 1,000 people to evacuate their homes in March of 2017 is […]

Global CO2 Concentrations Could Hit Highs Not Seen for 200 Million Years

12 Apr

New research indicates that in the next couple hundred years, CO2 concentrations could reach highs not seen in 200 million years.

Climate change is setting new records all the time. According to a recent study which compiles information from 1,200 estimates of ancient temperatures and CO2 concentrations, if we don’t deal with greenhouse gases soon, by 2250 or so the world will have the highest concentrations of CO2 in 200 million years. The cause is twofold. For […]

Earth Day Network Organizes 3-Year Climate Literacy Initiative

24 Mar

Earth Day Network is launching a 3-year global climate and environmental literacy campaign.

Earth Day Network (EDN), the global organizer for Earth Day, is launching a three-year campaign for environmental and climate literacy. Its goals are to promote mandatory environmental and climate literacy education, along with civic engagement and sustainable economic development. “We need to build a global citizenry fluent in the concepts of climate change and aware […]

Coastal Cities Will Pay Dearly for Climate Change

15 Mar

Rotterdam is one of the many coastal cities that will be severely impacted by climate change. Some cities will see major effects within just the next 13 years.

Climate change is, as far as the overwhelming majority of scientists and non-scientists alike, a process that is happening and which poses a significant threat to humanity, not to mention our neighbors among other species. According to a study in Frontiers in Marine Science, climate change is going to have a huge cost for coastal […]

Arctic Sea-Ice Loss Won’t Result in Colder European Winters

13 Mar

Arctic sea-ice loss is, surprisingly, not leading to colder winters in Europe, as scientists had expected.

Artic sea-ice loss is a significant side effect of global climate change, and one that is expected to have a number of consequences for the world at large. But one expected consequence, namely colder winters in northern Europe, doesn’t seem like it’s actually going to happen. According to a study from the University of Exeter […]

Climate Change Already Affecting Animal Populations

8 Mar

Climate change is already beginning to affect an array of species, according to a study examining data from northern Europe.

Global climate change is resulting in an increase in the populations of warm-dwelling creatures and a decrease in populations of cooler-dwelling creatures. This is based on research by scientists at the Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre in Germany. In a study that used data from 27 different scientific institutions, state authorities, non-governmental organizations and citizen […]

New Computer Model Predicts Location of Ocean Garbage Patches

24 Feb

ocean garbage patches

Garbage patches form in the world’s oceans when debris starts collecting in one area. It’s a phenomenon that we’ve known about for some time, but are only just starting to understand it. Researchers at the University of Miami Rosentiel School have developed a computer model which can help to explain how debris gets pulled into […]

NASA Mission Investigates Greenland Glacial Melt From the Air

20 Feb

NASA is studying Greenland glacial melt from above.

Greenland’s coastal glaciers are melting, faster than normal, and that has a lot of climate scientists concerned. But until recently, it was hard to know the extent of that melting because researchers simply didn’t have a lot of data about those glaciers. They didn’t even have that much data on the geography of Greenland under […]

Ocean Acidification Helps Microscopic Shell Formation

13 Feb

Ocean acidification could actually be helping foraminifera and other shelled microorganisms, but at what cost?

Although we’ve only been talking about ocean acidification for a relatively short period of time, the acidity of the ocean has increased by 30 percent since 1750. Many creatures are having difficulty adapting to increased ocean acidification, especially coral and shellfish because they use lime to build their shells. In more acidic water, lime dissolves […]

Climate Change Likely Caused Megafauna Extinctions

6 Feb

Climate change, not human activity, was the likely culprit for megafauna extinctions.

While the current changes in the global climate are being caused by human activity, this isn’t the first time that the Earth’s climate has changed in dramatic ways. There have been numerous climactic shifts in Earth’s history, and they have been one of the leading causes of animal and plant extinction, and will likely continue […]