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Geoengineering Carries ‘Large Risks’ for the Natural World, Studies Show

Geoengineering Carries ‘Large Risks’ for the Natural World, Studies Show

By Daisy Dunne Reducing the impacts of human-caused climate change through the use of bioenergy with carbon capture and storage—better known as BECCS—could have major consequences for wildlife, forests and water resources, a new study shows. The large-scale conversion of existing land to BECCS plantations could cause global forest cover to fall by as much […]

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    Climate Change ‘Tripled Chances’ of Hurricane Harvey’s Record Rain

    Climate Change ‘Tripled Chances’ of Hurricane Harvey’s Record Rain

    By Daisy Dunne When Hurricane Harvey struck Texas on Aug. 25, the state was hit by catastrophic flooding caused by record rainfall. In just three days, up to 40 inches (100 cm) of rain fell on Houston and its surrounding towns, leaving 80 dead and more than 100,000 homeless. Now, scientists have calculated that those […]

    Analysis: Which Countries Have Sent the Most Delegates to COP23?

    Analysis: Which Countries Have Sent the Most Delegates to COP23?

    By Robert McSweeney and Rosamund Pearce For the next two weeks, thousands of negotiators, policymakers, researchers, journalists and campaigners are gathering in Bonn for the 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP23). The talks—hosted by Fiji, but held in Germany—are the next installment of UNFCCC international climate negotiations, following on from the landmark Paris agreement at […]

    Media Reaction: Hurricane Harvey and Climate Change

    Media Reaction: Hurricane Harvey and Climate Change

    The impacts of Hurricane Harvey continue to be felt in the southern U.S., where at least nine people have died after unprecedented flooding in Houston, Texas. The events have sparked early debate over the links between the hurricane and climate change. Commentary from scientists suggests that warming is likely to have intensified its impact. Above-average […]

    The Return of UK Fracking and What It Could Mean for the Climate

    The Return of UK Fracking and What It Could Mean for the Climate

    By Jocelyn Timperley The UK could soon see its first use of hydraulic fracturing since 2011. The controversial technique for extracting shale gas and oil, known as fracking, is set to be used by the end of this year at a site in Fylde, Lancashire, owned by UK company Cuadrilla. The firm said it hopes […]

    Sea Ice Falls to Record Lows in Both the Arctic and Antarctic

    Sea Ice Falls to Record Lows in Both the Arctic and Antarctic

    By Roz Pidcock The Arctic and Antarctic have experienced record lows in sea ice extent so far in 2017, according to the latest data from the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC). At about this time each year, the Antarctic reaches its lowest extent for the year while the Arctic reaches its highest. […]

    Rate of Ocean Warming Quadrupled Since Late 20th Century, Study Reveals

    Rate of Ocean Warming Quadrupled Since Late 20th Century, Study Reveals

    By Roz Pidcock The buildup of heat-trapping greenhouse gases is warming the upper ocean four times faster than during the period 1960-1990, according to new research. [facebook https://facebook.com/EcoWatch/videos/1482563161756616/ expand=1] The paper, published March 10 in the journal Science Advances, is the latest effort to piece together current and historical measurements from ships, self-propelled floats, satellites […]