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GRACE data contributes to understanding of climate change

The University of Texas at Austin team that led a twin satellite system launched in 2002 to take detailed measurements of the Earth, called the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE), reports in the journal Nature Climate Change on the contributions that their nearly two decades of data have made to our understanding of global climate patterns.
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From coal to gas: How the shift can help stabilize climate change

A transition from coal-based energy to cleaner-burning gas has long been viewed as a staple of many climate action plans, despite concerns over leakage and possible harmful emissions. A recent study published in the journal Nature Climate Change finds that not only is such a shift central to meeting climate targets and stabilizing global temperature rise, but that the benefits of cleaner-burning gas outweigh its possible risks.
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Scientists give another reason to scorn plastics: They emit greenhouse gases

Clogging landfills, trashing beaches and fouling the oceans — in part via a massive junk ball off the coast — have been key reasons for the war on plastic bags, straws and bottles. Now, a researcher from UC Santa Barbara has added one more: They make the planet warmer. In one of the first-ever evaluations of greenhouse gas emissions from plastics, Professor Sangwon Suh found that production and post-use of plastics — including composting and recycling — emit a substantial amount of carbon dioxid...
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Here’s a superb reason to ditch your plastic bag addiction

Even in the deepest pit on Earth, at some 35,700 feet beneath the sea, there lies a white plastic bag.  Plastic pollution is now so ubiquitous on the planet that cities, counties, and even states have banned single-use plastic bags. New York is expected to soon ban the rippable, mostly useless sacks.  Yet beyond the blight and recycling woes wrought by society's plastic bag addiction, plastics have an effect that bears heavy weight for the future. Overall, global plastic consumption has qua...
Tags: New York, Science, Suh, Nature Climate Change, David Hartley, Katie Bouman, Oxfordshire Britain, Sangwon Suh, University of California at Santa Barbara Plastic, Mary Ellen Mallia, Mallia


What Earth's gravity reveals about climate change

On March 17, 2002, the satellite duo GRACE was launched to map the Earth's gravity field more precisely than ever before. The measurements make it possible to monitor the terrestrial water cycle, the mass balance of ice sheets and glaciers or changes in sea levels. This helps to better understand important trends in the global climate system. A review in the journal Nature Climate Change now presents the mission highlights in climate research.
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7 American cities that could disappear by 2100

Rising sea levels threaten to submerge entire cities by 2100.  The cities most vulnerable to flooding in the US are low-lying coastal areas. If the worst projections of sea-level rise wind up being correct, cities like Miami and New Orleans could find themselves underwater.  No city is immune to the effects of a warming world, but a few are more vulnerable than the rest. As sea levels continue to rise, low-lying coastal cities can expect more devastating floods that ruin buildings, destroy in...
Tags: US, Trends, Nasa, Union of Concerned Scientists, New Orleans, Noaa, Miami, Houston, Goodell, Miami Florida, Miami Beach, Broward, New Orleans Louisiana, Miami Dade, Nature Climate Change, Jeff Goodell


Natural climate processes overshadow recent human-induced Walker circulation trends

A new study, published this week in the journal Nature Climate Change, shows that the recent intensification of the equatorial Pacific wind system, known as Walker Circulation, is unrelated to human influences and can be explained by natural processes. This result ends a long-standing debate on the drivers of an unprecedented atmospheric trend, which contributed to a three-fold acceleration of sea-level rise in the western tropical Pacific, as well as to the global warming hiatus.
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Here's a running list of all the ways climate change has altered Earth in 2019

Earth is now the warmest it's been in some 120,000 years. Eighteen of the last 19 years have been the warmest on record. And concentrations of carbon dioxide -- a potent greenhouse gas -- are likely the highest they've been in 15 million years. The consequences of such a globally-disrupted climate are many, and it's understandably difficult to keep track. To help, here's a list of climate-relevant news that has transpired in 2019, from historically unprecedented disappearances of...
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Geoengineering might not be as ludicrous if we gave Earth the right dose

Solar geoengineering is widely viewed as risky business.  The somewhat sci-fi concept — to use blimps, planes, or other means to load Earth's atmosphere with particles or droplets that reflect sunlight and cool the planet — has crept into the mainstream conversation as a means of reversing relentless climate change, should our efforts to slash carbon emissions fail or sputter. But geoengineering schemes come with a slew of hazards. A number of studies have cited the ill consequences of mess...
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Geoengineering might not be so ludicrous an idea — if we gave Earth the right dose

Solar geoengineering is widely viewed as risky business.  The somewhat sci-fi concept — to use blimps, planes, or other means to load Earth's atmosphere with particles or droplets that reflect sunlight and cool the planet — has crept into the mainstream conversation as a means of reversing relentless climate change, should our efforts to slash carbon emissions fail or sputter. But geoengineering schemes come with a slew of hazards. A number of studies have cited the ill consequences of mess...
Tags: UK, Science, Earth, Harvard University, Antarctica, Noaa, John, UC Berkeley, National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration, Keith, Irvine, Proctor, Kerry Emanuel, Robert Rohde, Nature Climate Change, David Keith


Evidence for man-made global warming hits 'gold standard': scientists

"Humanity cannot afford to ignore such clear signals," the U.S.-led team wrote in the journal Nature Climate Change of satellite measurements of rising temperatures over the past 40 years. Benjamin Santer, lead author of Monday's study at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, said he hoped the findings would win over skeptics and spur action. "The narrative out there that scientists don't know the cause of climate change is wrong," he told Reuters.
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Evidence for man-made global warming hits 'gold standard': scientists

"Humanity cannot afford to ignore such clear signals," the U.S.-led team wrote in the journal Nature Climate Change of satellite measurements of rising temperatures over the past 40 years. Benjamin Santer, lead author of Monday's study at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, said he hoped the findings would win over skeptics and spur action. "The narrative out there that scientists don't know the cause of climate change is wrong," he told Reuters.
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Scientists say these 10 major cities could become unlivable within 80 years

As global temperatures and sea levels rise, some of the world's major cities could experience unbearable living conditions.  Cities like Chicago and Delhi have already endured fatal heat waves, which could get worse in the future. While climate scientists don't anticipate any location to become fully uninhabitable, they worry that some areas will struggle to support human life.  As scientific projections of the impacts of climate change become more robust, the threats of extreme storms, cat...
Tags: Florida, Oregon, US, America, Trends, Ipcc, Chicago, New Orleans, Miami, Delhi, Vermont, University Of Michigan, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change IPCC, Miami Dade, Nature Climate Change, Rood


To fight climate misinformation, point to the man behind the curtain (ars technica)

Enlarge / Protest sign from a rally against the Kinder Morgan oil pipeline on Burnaby Mountain, BC. (credit: flickr user: Mark Klotz) In 2018, Gallup’s annual environment survey found that overall concern about climate change in the US was roughly stable. But within that stability was a growing divide. The 87 percent of Democrats who reported in 2017 that they believe global warming is a result of human activity bumped up slightly to 89 percent in 2018. Meanwhile, for Republicans, that number ...
Tags: News, US, Nature Climate Change, Cathleen O'Grady, Robert Brulle, Mark Klotz, Burnaby Mountain BC, Justin Farrell Kathryn McConnell


Fish give up the fight after coral bleaching

Researchers found that when water temperatures heat up for corals, fish 'tempers' cool down, providing the first clear evidence of coral bleaching serving as a trigger for rapid change in reef fish behavior. Publishing in Nature Climate Change this week, researchers from Lancaster University and collaborating institutes including the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (Coral CoE), show how the iconic butterflyfish, considered to be sensitive indicators of reef health, can offer an e...
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Geoengineering still lacks a ‘clean bill of health’

Radical solutions to climate change might save lives, but a commentary in the October 2018 issue of the journal Nature Climate Change calls for caution because geoengineering still lacks a "clean bill of health."
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Now is the time to answer questions about climate engineering disease impacts

Radical solutions to climate change might save lives, but a commentary in the October 2018 issue of the journal Nature Climate Change calls for caution because geoengineering still lacks a 'clean bill of health.'
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Climate Change Could Lead To Nutrient Deficiency For Hundreds of Millions

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Smithsonian: According to new research, rising carbon dioxide levels will sap some of the nutrients from our crops and lead to dietary deficiencies in millions of humans. In 2014, field trials of common food crops including wheat, rice, corn and soybeans showed that as the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere increased, the levels of iron, zinc and protein decreased in the dietary staples by 3 to 17 percent. While the decrease in a few nutrients may...
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What happens when climate change meets the courts? (ars technica)

Enlarge / The courts have become another frontline in the battle against climate change. (credit: Patrick Feller / Flickr) In 2015, a group of children filed a climate change lawsuit against the US government on the grounds that “through the government’s affirmative actions that cause climate change, it has violated the youngest generation’s constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property.” The case, often referred to as the Juliana case, is scheduled for trial in October this year. Will ...
Tags: News, US, George Washington University, Juliana, Nature Climate Change, Cathleen O'Grady, Sabrina McCormick, Patrick Feller


Carbon Capture, Solar Fuels, Fossil Bubble

In Spain, BIOCON-CO2, a new €7 million EU Horizon 2020-funded research project, has recently kicked-off with intentions of supporting EU leadership in carbon dioxide (CO2) re-use technologies. BIOCON-CO2 aims to re-use excess CO2 produced from the iron, steel, cement and electric power industries to create value-added chemicals and plastics. This will be achieved by developing a versatile range of conversion techniques using low-energy biological systems such as anaerobic microorganisms, aerobi...
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A warmer Midwest could lead to a common bird being less common over the next century

Discussion of how climate change might affect wildlife has largely centered on the effects of change on habitat, but a study published today in the journal Nature Climate Change suggests that predicting how climate will affect wildlife demands an understanding of exactly how complex ecological interactions are in nature.
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Ocean acidification a challenge for science, governments & communities

A new IMAS-led paper published in the science journal Nature Climate Change has highlighted the challenges faced by scientists, governments and communities as rising levels of CO2 are absorbed by the world's oceans.Researchers have found that in recent centuries surface ocean pH has fallen ten times faster than in the past 300 million years and that impacts are being felt on ecosystems, economies and communities worldwide.
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Protecting tropical forest carbon stocks may not prevent large-scale species loss

As the world seeks to curb human-induced climate change, will protecting the carbon of tropical forests also ensure the survival of their species? A study published today in the leading journal Nature Climate Change suggests the answer to this question is far from straightforward. Forests with the greatest carbon content do not necessarily house the most species, meaning carbon-focused conservation can miss large swathes of tropical forest biodiversity.
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'Carbon Bubble' Could Spark Global Financial Crisis, Study Warns (slashdot)

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: The existence of a "carbon bubble" -- assets in fossil fuels that are currently overvalued because, in the medium and long-term, the world will have to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions -- has long been proposed by academics, activists and investors. The new study, published on Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change, shows that a sharp slump in the value of fossil fuels would cause this bubble to burst, and posits that such a ...
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'Carbon Bubble' Could Spark Global Financial Crisis, Study Warns

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: The existence of a "carbon bubble" -- assets in fossil fuels that are currently overvalued because, in the medium and long-term, the world will have to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions -- has long been proposed by academics, activists and investors. The new study, published on Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change, shows that a sharp slump in the value of fossil fuels would cause this bubble to burst, and posits that such a ...
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How to Offset Your Travel’s Impact on Climate Change

Research came out this week that shows travel is an even bigger contributor to climate change than previously realized. How much bigger? According to the BBC, "tourism is a huge and booming global industry worth over $7 trillion, and employs one in ten workers around the world. It's growing at around 4% per annum. Previous estimates of the impact of all this travel on carbon suggested that tourism accounted for 2.5-3% of emissions. However in what is claimed to be the most comprehensive ass...
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Your international vacation is a whole lot worse for the planet than we thought

Tourism is unquestionably beneficial to both economies and anyone seeking to visit new lands.  However, your international vacation has a serious dark side. A new study published this week in the journal Nature Climate Change suggests that vacationing actually releases far more climate change-inducing greenhouse gases into Earth's atmosphere than previously expected.  SEE ALSO: The Great Barrier Reef may never recover from the devastating 2016 heat wave When taking into account not only th...
Tags: Science, China, Germany, India, America, Earth, Norway, Las Vegas, Getty, Hall, Marshall Islands, Rutherford, Malik, University of Sydney, Tahiti, Hard Rock Hotel Casino


2C cap on global warming won't save Arctic sea ice: studies

Even if humanity stops global warming in its tracks at two degrees Celsius, long seen as the guardrail for a climate-safe world, Arctic sea ice will still disappear in some years, scientists have warned. Holding the line at 1.5 C (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit), however, would make a huge difference, according to two separate studies published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change. In a 2C (3.6F) world, the Arctic Ocean would be ice-free roughly one-in-four years, whereas if warming does not ex...
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2C cap on global warming won't save Arctic sea ice: studies

Even if humanity stops global warming in its tracks at two degrees Celsius, long seen as the guardrail for a climate-safe world, Arctic sea ice will still disappear in some years, scientists have warned. Holding the line at 1.5 C (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit), however, would make a huge difference, according to two separate studies published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change. In a 2C (3.6F) world, the Arctic Ocean would be ice-free roughly one-in-four years, whereas if warming does not ex...
Tags: Science, Arctic Ocean, Nature Climate Change


Warm summers could weaken ocean circulation

Deep convection in the North Atlantic is one of the key components of the large-scale ocean circulation. Based on long-term observations, scientists from the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel have now demonstrated the influence of increased surface freshening in summer on convection in the following winter. As the researchers write now in the journal Nature Climate Change, enhanced surface freshening and warmer winters have shortened the duration of ocean convection in the last d...
Tags: Science, North Atlantic, Nature Climate Change, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel