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  • Impact of Climate Change in Africa

    Africa is the continent that will suffer most under global warming. Past history gives us lessons on the likely effects of future climate change. Of greatest concern are the ‘large infrequent disturbances’ to the climate as these will have the most devastating effects. In a remarkable study from the Kenyan Tsavo National Park published in the African Journal of Ecology, Dr Lindsey Gillson ...


  • Climate change impact report

    The US Department of the Interior has released a report that assesses climate change risks and how these risks could impact water operations, hydropower, flood control and fish and wildlife in the western US. The report to Congress represents the first consistent and coordinated assessment of risks to future water supplies across eight major reclamation river basins. “Water is the ...


  • Assessing climate change impacts in the Pyrenees

    Europe’s mountain regions may suffer some of the most severe impacts of climate change. Increasing temperatures can change snow-cover patterns and lead to water shortages and other problems such as reduced ski tourism. Species may also face extinction if unable to move northward or uphill. To investigate these current and potential impacts in the Pyrenees, the European Environment Agency ...

  • Managing the impacts of climate change on poverty

    Climate change is already preventing people from escaping poverty, and without rapid, inclusive and climate-smart development, together with emissions-reductions efforts that protect the poor, there could be more than 100 million additional people in poverty by 2030, according to a new World Bank Group report released before the international climate conference in Paris. The report, ...


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  • Are we underestimating the impacts of climate change?

    In the wake of new findings that the world’s oceans are absorbing carbon dioxide at a decreasing rate, that China’s greenhouse gas emissions have been grossly underestimated, and greenhouse gas emissions world wide are rising at a staggering pace, many scientists now believe the impacts of climate change will be more severe and will happen much faster than previously believed. ...


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  • Social impacts of climate change in the UK

    Research on the differential social impacts of climate change in the UK is being published today by the Scotland & Northern Ireland Forum for Environmental Research (SNIFFER) and is supported by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA). The research, which was undertaken by CAG Consultants, draws attention to the link between climate and welfare, and scopes out national and local ...

  • Impact of insects to increase with climate change

    Climate change could have long term adverse effects on European forests. New research predicts that increases in insect impacts could have damaging effects which are not generally accounted for in models predicting the effects of climate change on vegetation. Although it is well known that occasional insect plagues can severely affect forests, scientists have not studied the effect of normal ...

  • Adapting to climate change - Impacts for business

    Changes in the Earth's climate system are already creating issues for how business operates. While the magnitude and frequency of climate impacts is uncertain, the consequences of some climate change impacts are now unavoidable. These include, water scarcity, disruption of international markets, increased frequency of extreme weather events, and potential mass migration of people. According to ...

  • Climate change impacts in your backyard

    Climate change is expected to lead to worsening drought conditions and greater heat extremes, increased threats of Dengue Fever, drought, floods, air pollution and myriad health problems, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. A new web tool unveiled by NRDC lets users read how their state might be impacted by climate change. On the site, ...


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  • Climate change impacts on Europe’s water

    Impacts of climate change include increasing water scarcity and flood risk, along with decline in water quality. This study explores which ecosystems will be most impacted and analyses how the effects of climate change act as causes of additional emissions, thereby reinforcing global warming in a positive feedback loop. The paper was prepared for the European Parliament by Ecologic jointly with ...


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  • Impact of climate change on marine algae

    With climate change looming large, countries around the world are mobilising their top scientists in an effort to measure its impact on the environment and society. One such scientist is the young Dr Björn Rost, who was recently awarded a EUR 1.4 million Independent Researcher Grant by the European Research Council (ERC). His research will focus on the impact of climate change on micro algae in ...

  • SEC: businesses should disclose climate change impacts

    The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued 'interpretive guidance' to companies on January 27 to indicate how companies should handle the impacts of climate change in their financial disclosures. While the SEC guidance does not create new legal requirements, it points out where companies could be liable if they fail to disclose potential climate change impacts. Specifically, the SEC ...

  • Climate change will impact Alberta`s ecosystems - Report

    The Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute has completed a report for the CCEMC that examines the impact climate change is likely to have on Alberta's ecosystems. The adaptation report, Alberta's Natural Subregions under a Changing Climate: Past, Present and Future, was prepared by Dr. Rick Schneider with collaborators from the University of Alberta. It includes detailed maps and outlines how ...


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  • Planning for the inevitable: the impact of climate change on biodiversity

    Climate change is already having an impact on habitats and species in Europe, for example a decrease in plant species has been recorded in some areas. According to recent research, spatial planning is a key concept in making European  ecosystems more resilient to climate change, as it takes into account all factors that affect a habitat, including economic development, transport, ...

  • EPA Climate Change Report Highlights Impact on Agriculture

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a new report on climate change this week that predicts significant impacts to agriculture stemming from more frequent droughts and flooding, unless there is global action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The report titled, “Climate Change in the United States: Benefits of Global Action” predicts that without a concerted effort to ...

  • UN warns of impact of climate change on South Asia

    Climate change could have a particularly severe impact on South Asia, where a large proportion of the region’s population depends on subsistence agriculture for their livelihoods, a United Nations-sponsored conference heard today. A six-day workshop in Dhaka, Bangladesh, starting today, is examining the effects of global warming on the predominantly agricultural region, with over two-thirds of ...


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  • Urban flooding caused by climate change: what will be the impacts?

    Heavy rain and snow induced by climate change could cause significant damage in urban areas. A recent model study estimates the impact on a Swedish city and suggests there could be an increase in the number of surface floods by 25-45 per cent during this century. Since 1998, floods in Europe have caused some 700 deaths, the displacement of about half a million people and at least EUR 25 billion ...

  • Knowledge shortfall could impact climate change strategies

    A Cranfield University review of existing research into the impact of climate change on crop production in Africa and South Asia, suggests the resulting effect could be much worse than previously predicted. The review focused on existing studies of crop production in Africa and South Asia, two of the world’s most food-insecure yet agriculturally dependent regions. Eight major crops - maize, ...


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  • Impacts of groundwater on local rainfall under a changing climate

    Climate change is expected to bring hotter conditions to many important agricultural regions. This will affect rates of evaporation from the ground and may also have an impact on local rainfall patterns. A recent study suggests that the depth of groundwater may determine the susceptibility of a region to drought following changes in temperature and rainfall. Understanding the transfer of water ...

  • Impact of climate change on forests requires early action

    Early action and more investments are needed to respond to the threats of climate change on the world's forests. It will probably cost less to adjust forest management strategies immediately to the impacts of climate change than to react to the aftermath of climate-inflicted damage, FAO said in its new Climate change guidelines for forest ...

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