COVID-19 doing little to slow climate change, WMO report reveals

As much of the world went into lockdown due to the novel coronavirus in early 2020, scientists observed some notable declines in air pollution and carbon dioxide emissions. A few months on, we are learning more and more about how this fits into the ove… Continue reading COVID-19 doing little to slow climate change, WMO report reveals

Warming oceans are trapping shellfish in hotspots they can’t escape

Many species are expected to be displaced as the world continues to warm and natural habitats are transformed, and this is true both on land and at sea. Scientists studying more than half a century of data on bottom-dwelling shellfish have uncovered ev… Continue reading Warming oceans are trapping shellfish in hotspots they can’t escape

Melting Greenland ice sheet has already passed major tipping point

The yearly formation and shrinkage of the Greenland ice sheet is a delicate balancing act, with melting glaciers reducing its mass each summer before the snowfall replenishes it in the winter. New analysis of satellite data has revealed that these oppo… Continue reading Melting Greenland ice sheet has already passed major tipping point

Coastal flooding could put 20 percent of global GDP at peril

A new study claims that in the next 80 years, the global land area exposed to coastal flooding as a result of climate change is set to increase by roughly 50 percent, threatening tens of millions of people, and up to 20 percent of global GPD. The autho… Continue reading Coastal flooding could put 20 percent of global GDP at peril

COVID-19 lockdowns halve human-related seismic vibrations across globe

As much of the world has ground to a halt in 2020 due to the spread of the novel coronavirus, it has provided scientists with a unique opportunity to observe some of the impacts we humans have on the planet. Researchers from Imperial College London hav… Continue reading COVID-19 lockdowns halve human-related seismic vibrations across globe

Climate change will see nearly all polar bears gone by 2100

The dramatic changes taking place in the Arctic as a result of climate change have long been known to spell trouble for polar bears, but a new study mapping out their future has provided a particularly grim outlook. By looking at the decline in Arctic … Continue reading Climate change will see nearly all polar bears gone by 2100

Global emissions of heat-trapping methane hit record high

While a lot of our efforts to combat global warming center on limiting the buildup of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, methane also has a significant role to play. New analysis has revealed that emissions of this particularly potent greenhouse gas hav… Continue reading Global emissions of heat-trapping methane hit record high

“Thickening algae soup” is causing the Arctic Ocean to suck in more CO2

Climate change is causing profound changes in Arctic, with the region warming faster than the rest of the planet and experiencing a concerning loss of sea ice. Scientists at Stanford University have now observed a dramatic increase in the concentration… Continue reading “Thickening algae soup” is causing the Arctic Ocean to suck in more CO2

Scattering rock dust on crops could soak up billions of tons of CO2

With traditional carbon sinks like the Amazon rainforest facing an uncertain future, scientists are looking to get creative with their efforts to slow the buildup of CO2 in the atmosphere. A new study out of the University of Sheffield makes a case for… Continue reading Scattering rock dust on crops could soak up billions of tons of CO2

Human-induced climate change reversed 6,500-year global cooling trend

What would Earth’s climate naturally be doing if it weren’t for human intervention? Researchers at Northern Arizona University have now analyzed over 12,000 years of climate data, and found that human-induced warming interrupted and reversed a long-ter… Continue reading Human-induced climate change reversed 6,500-year global cooling trend