General Climate News

Agriculture in Southern Italy: planning ahead to address water risk Agriculture in the Mediterranean area is among the sectors most at risk due to the impacts of climate change. Climate models estimate a likely decrease in seasonal and annual rainfall across Mediterranean areas, with an increased risk of prolonged dry seasons, droughts and extreme rainfall events.
Managing water use efficiently, particularly in irrigation, becomes essential to ensure agricultural production.
Fondazione Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici, Wednesday 11 April 2018
Droughts mean fewer flowers for bees Bees could be at risk from climate change because more frequent droughts could cause plants to produce fewer flowers, new research shows.
University of Exeter, Wednesday 11 April 2018
Tree rings provide vital information for improved climate predictions Using a decade-long sequence of annual growth rings from pine trees, scientists have introduced a highly advanced technique for tracking the carbon metabolism of plants and its environmental controls.
Umea University, Monday 9 April 2018
Rapid emissions reductions would keep CO2 removal and costs in check Rapid greenhouse-gas emissions reductions are needed if governments want to keep in check both the costs of the transition towards climate stabilization and the amount of removing already emitted CO2 from the atmosphere. To this end, emissions in 2030 would need to be at least 20 percent below what countries have pledged under the Paris climate agreement, a new study finds.
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Thursday 29 March 2018
Human behavior is the key to reducing flood risk The extent of damages caused by floods also depends on how people prepare to face the risk but current methods do not take into account individual perception and human behavior. An international team of scientists addresses the issue in a Perspective article published in Nature Climate Change.
CMCC, Thursday 29 March 2018
Weather phenomena such as El Niño affect up to two-thirds of the world’s harvests Air pressure, sea level temperature or other similar factors fluctuate regularly in areas far apart in a way that causes rain and temperature patterns to shift significantly.
Aalto University, Wednesday 28 March 2018
Predicting the impact of global warming on disease proliferation Scientists have devised a new method that can be used to better understand the likely impact of global warming on diseases mediated by parasites, such as malaria. The method uses the metabolic theory of ecology to understand how temperature affects the host-parasite relationship, and has been proofed using a model system.
Trinity College Dublin, Tuesday 20 March 2018
Addressing consumption is key to reducing emissions in cities If the emissions associated with the trade of goods and services between cities and the rest of the world are considered, then cities’ emissions are up to 60% higher than current estimates suggest. The upside to this finding, published in C40 Cities’ new report Consumption-based GHG emissions of C40 cities, is that cities have a significant opportunity to reduce their emissions by addressing consumption.
C40 Cities, University of Leeds, University of New South Wales, and Arup, Monday 19 March 2018
How to limit global warming to 1.5°C? By adopting the Paris Agreement governments have promised to 'pursue efforts' to keep global temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre industrial levels. But how much realistic is this promise? A new study published on Nature Climate Change tried to answer this question.
Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici, Friday 16 March 2018
Call for applications for selection of members of the technical expert group on sustainable finance The European Commission has published a call for applications with a view to selecting members for a technical expert group on sustainable finance. The group will assist the Commission in the development of an EU taxonomy of climate change mitigation and climate change adaptation. The call is open until 16 April 2018.
European Commission, Friday 16 March 2018
Global warming increases the risk of avalanches The impacts of global warming are felt 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; from retreating glaciers to an increase in the frequency and intensity of snow avalanches, according to Swiss research.
University of Geneva, Wednesday 14 March 2018
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. / Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL, Tuesday 13 March 2018
Climate services: from CLARA project, a Multi-User Forum to co-desing them with final users The first Multi-User Forum (MuF) Workshop of CLARA project took place on March in Stockholm. CLARA (Climate forecast enabled knowledge services) is set to develop a number of advanced climate services building upon the newly developed Copernicus Climate Change Services – seasonal forecasts and sectorial information systems.
CMCC Foundation, Monday 12 March 2018
Impact of climate change on Scottish rivers: project to protect wild Atlantic salmon River managers will be able to moderate the impact of climate change on Scotland’s rivers and fisheries by using a new online mapping tool to plan mitigation work.
University of Birmingham, Monday 5 March 2018