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What Happens When the World Dries Out

What Happens When the World Dries Out

A warmer, drier world will be bad news for those people who already live on the edge. Higher temperatures will do more than evaporate the soil moisture: they will alter the natural soil chemistry as well. Manuel Delgado-Baquerizo of the Universidad Pablo de Olavide, in Seville, Spain, and fellow scientists report in Nature that they looked at soil… Read More

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rate Puts Billion More at Risk

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rate Puts Billion More at Risk

Allowing the Earth’s temperature to rise by more than 2ºC will see dramatic changes in vegetation across the planet and expose a billion more people to severe water scarcity, according to new research. So vast are the potential changes that the scientists from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in Germany comment that they dou… Read More

Scientists: U.S. Climate Credibility Getting Fracked

Scientists: U.S. Climate Credibility Getting Fracked

As fracking catapults the United States to the top of the list of the world’s largest crude oil and natural gas producers, climate scientists worry that booming fossil fuels production in the U.S. is growing too quickly with too little concern about its impact on climate change, possibly endangering America’s efforts to curb global greenhouse gas e… Read More

Ireland, the Emerald Isle, Might be Losing its Green

Ireland, the Emerald Isle, Might be Losing its Green

Summer visitors to Ireland used to coping with frequent outpourings from the heavens might be in for a bit of a shock in future if the latest projections on the country’s climate by Met Ėireann, the Irish Meteorological Service, prove correct. In a just-released report, Ireland’s climate: the road ahead, Met Ėireann says that as a result of climat… Read More

What the New IPCC Report Means for Europe

What the New IPCC Report Means for Europe

Europe has been warming faster than the global average over the last 30 years, the UN's new climate report reveals. Yesterday afternoon, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released part one of its scientific report in full. Among some of the most significant findings from a summary of the report released a few days ago are that hu… Read More

History Shows Weather Patterns May Head North

History Shows Weather Patterns May Head North

As the world warms, weather patterns will change. The already arid Middle East and American West will get even drier, and so will the well-watered Amazon region. Monsoon Asia and equatorial Africa, wet already, will get even rainier, according to new research from Columbia University in the U.S. The oceanographer Wallace Broecker and his colleague… Read More

Claudia Tebaldi Discusses the IPCC Process and Findings

Claudia Tebaldi Discusses the IPCC Process and Findings

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released part of its fifth assessment report on Friday morning. It contains a wealth of information on climate change and its impacts around the globe. Climate Central Senior Scientist Claudi Tebaldi is a lead author on the newly-released section and discusses some of the highlights and the process of d… Read More

Worsening Water Scarcity to Affect 2 Billion Globally

Worsening Water Scarcity to Affect 2 Billion Globally

Water scarcity is a fact of life in many parts of the world, particularly in the countries of sub-Saharan Africa. A new study says the situation could get a lot worse, with climate change resulting in less rain and more evaporation in many areas. The study, led by researchers at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact and Research and appearing i… Read More