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Climate Projections More Confident, Dire From IPCC

Climate Projections More Confident, Dire From IPCC

Manmade global warming is rapidly transforming the planet at rates that are unprecedented in human history, from melting Arctic sea ice to heating the land and seas and contributing to extreme weather events, concluded a new landmark climate report from the United Nations on Friday.… Read More

5 Things to Watch for in Friday’s IPCC Climate Report

5 Things to Watch for in Friday’s IPCC Climate Report

Drafts of the report have been circulating for several weeks, and while there is little groundbreaking in the report — after all, it synthesizes previously published work, rather than conducting new research — there are some key areas where the Fifth Assessment Report departs from the previous report that came out in 2007.… Read More

Pollution Melted Alps’ Glaciers, Not Rising Temperatures

Pollution Melted Alps’ Glaciers, Not Rising Temperatures

Scientists think they know why some European glaciers started to shrink decades before climate change had begun to raise temperatures. It wasn’t warming that attacked the glaciers, they say in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. It was soot from industry, steam locomotives and domestic fires. … Read More

Food Waste Worsens Greenhouse Gas Emissions: FAO

Food Waste Worsens Greenhouse Gas Emissions: FAO

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates the direct cost to producers of food that goes to waste is currently $750 billion annually, a figure that excludes wasted fish and seafood. But the FAO says the waste not only causes huge economic losses but is also doing very significant damage to natural resources – climate, water, land and b… 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

No, Arctic Sea Ice Has Not Recovered, Scientists Say

No, Arctic Sea Ice Has Not Recovered, Scientists Say

Arctic sea ice extent has reached its seasonal minimum, dropping to the sixth-lowest level in the 35-year satellite record. This year’s melt represents a significant gain in sea ice extent from last year, when the ice cover plummeted to a record low, but scientists cautioned that long-term trends are what is most important, with most projections st… Read More

Parts of Europe Heating Faster than Global Average

Parts of Europe Heating Faster than Global Average

Temperatures in some parts of Europe have already increased by more than 2C in the last 60 years with changes in local climate allowing new crops to be grown. An example is the new wine growing area in southern England, which this year is celebrating its best ever grape harvest. Hundreds of acres of new vineyards are being planted to take advantag… Read More

Colorado’s ‘Biblical’ Flood in Line with Climate Trends

Colorado’s ‘Biblical’ Flood in Line with Climate Trends

It will take climate scientists many months to complete studies into whether manmade global warming made the Boulder flood more likely to occur, but the amount by which this event has exceeded past events suggests that manmade warming may have played some role by making the event worse than it would have otherwise been.… Read More