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  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...


  • 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, ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • 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 ...

  • 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. ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • 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 ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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, ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • AUS$1.5m to assess climate change impacts on groundwater

    The Rudd Government will provide $1.5 million for a project to help water managers better understand the expected impacts of climate change on Australian groundwater resources. Minister for Climate Change and Water, Senator Penny Wong, made the announcement in Griffith with Parliamentary Secretary for Water, Dr Mike Kelly. 'Australia faces major challenges in securing our water supplies in the ...


    By Australian Government

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • New figures on the impact of aviation on global climate change

    The contribution of aviation to climate change is increasing. A recent study uses radiative forcing (RF) to quantify and update values on the impact of aviation on the climate. It reveals an increase in total aviation RF of 14 per cent over the period 2000-2005. Radiative forcing (RF) is a measure of the imbalance between incoming solar radiation and outgoing infrared radiation at the surface of ...

  • 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, ...


    By Cranfield University

  • Scientists say lakes to feel climate change impact

    German and Japanese scientists have discovered that lakes located in the planet's warmer and colder regions will fall victim to climate change. Their data showed that the deep water layers of lakes in the south of Japan recorded higher temperatures, whereas temperatures of those in the north of the country were unchanged. Their findings were published in the Geophysical Research Letters. The ...

  • 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 ...


    By United Nations

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