Climate

Steve October 18, 2021

Earth’s climate is a vastly complex system on a grand scale. On a microscopic level, so is the complicated physics of atoms and molecules found within materials. The 2021 Nobel Prize in physics knits together the work of three scientists who illuminated such intricate physical systems by harnessing basic tools of physics.  Half of the […]

Steve October 18, 2021

Under rules to prevent the spread of Covid, negotiators at Cop26 have been asked to keep a metre distance, meaning they need to find new ways to resolve differences At 3am on the second day of overtime at the 2011 UN climate talks in Durban, it looked certain that the world’s governments would yet again […]

Steve October 18, 2021

By Sofie Bates, NASA’s Earth Science News Team In Brief: Climate change is making droughts more frequent, severe, and pervasive. NASA satellites provide data about water availability to the U.S. Drought Monitor, which helps farmers prepare for drought, determining where and what to feed their livestock. Cattle grazing on April 16, 2021. This year, the […]

Steve October 18, 2021

By Ellen Gray, NASA’s Earth Science News Team In Brief: Climate change is impacting agriculture in a number of ways. Researchers use satellite data and computer modeling to monitor and mitigate these impacts. The Earth is heating up. The effects of human-caused global climate change are becoming more and more apparent as we see more […]

Steve October 18, 2021

By Jessica Merzdorf Evans, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center In Brief: New NASA research is showing how drought in the western U.S. is expected to change in the future, providing stakeholders with crucial information for decision making. Seasonal summer rains have done little to offset drought conditions gripping the western United States, with California and […]

Steve October 17, 2021

Marsh plants, which are ubiquitous along the world’s shorelines, can play a major role in mitigating the damage to coastlines as sea levels rise and storm surges increase. Now, a new MIT study provides greater detail about how these protective benefits work under real-world conditions shaped by waves and currents. The study combined laboratory experiments […]

Steve October 15, 2021

The Dutch scientist led research linking climate change to individual extreme weather events in real time and is warmly remembered by his collaborators Dutch climate scientist Geert Jan van Oldenborgh has died from cancer at the age of 59. He is regarded as one of the pioneers of attribution science, which has hugely boosted public […]

Steve October 15, 2021

Sign up to get our weekly newsletter straight to your inbox, plus breaking news, investigations and extra bulletins from key events Yet another UN administrative deadline for national climate plans came and went on Tuesday. Japan was the only major economy to oblige on the day with a strengthened target. China, India, Saudi Arabia, Russia and […]

Steve October 15, 2021

In a WhatsApp audio message, schoolteacher Claudionor Tamuxi Iranxe gives directions to the Manoki people’s indigenous land: after crossing 100 kilometres of endless fields of agricultural crops beside the BR-364 highway, there will be “a large expanse of cerrado [Brazilian savannah] woodland”. “That’s our territory,” he says. Living at the border between cerrado and the […]

Steve October 14, 2021

This week, environmental advocates addressed intensifying fossil fuel pollution, climate injustices, and the Biden administration’s failure to take the lead on climate change solutions during the People vs. Fossil Fuels protests in Washington, D.C. Their goal remains to increase the pressure on the President to declare a climate emergency. The Indigenous-led actions are supported by dozens […]

Steve October 14, 2021

Canada has not provided a transition pathway for its fossil fuel workers to move into other industries, and as global demand for oil and gas wanes, tens of thousands of workers could lose their jobs, say the authors of a new report. Roughly 167,000 people are directly employed in Canada’s oil and gas industry, but […]

Steve October 14, 2021

Antonio Guterres said targets set at UN bodies for international transport were compatible with more than 3C of global warming and urged more action UN chief Antonio Guterres has called for international shipping and aviation targets to be radically strengthened, in line with the Paris Agreement stretch target to limit global warming to 1.5C. Climate […]

Steve October 14, 2021

The amount of sunlight that Earth reflects back into space — measured by the dim glow seen on the dark portions of a crescent moon’s face — has decreased measurably in recent years. Whether the decline in earthshine is a short-term blip or yet another ominous sign for Earth’s climate is up in the air, […]