climate change impact News

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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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  • 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 ...

  • 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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  • 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 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 linked to ozone depletion

    "A warming world with violent storms holds many unpleasant surprises" said Durwood Zaelke, President of the Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development (IGSD). "Recent research now suggests that this may include damage to the protective ozone shield, which protects us from harmful ultraviolet radiation that causes skin cancer, cataracts, suppresses the human immune system, and damages ...


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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, ...

  • EU examines impact of climate change on jobs

    On 22 and 23 June, the European Commission will hold a major event in Brussels to examine the impact of climate change on employment. Bringing together around 300 policy makers and experts, this latest edition of the Restructuring Forum will address issues such as how many jobs will be lost and how many created due to climate change; how skills and qualifications will have to evolve; and what ...


    By European Commission

  • Putting a human face to impacts of climate change

    Rising temperatures. Melting icecaps. Dying coral reefs. The list of physical manifestations of greenhouse gas emissions that are discussed during climate talks tends to omit one vital component of the issue — the effect on human beings themselves. This is according to Koko Warner, head of Environmental ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Developing Countries Brace for Climate Change Impact

    Will enough rain fall for crops to grow? What will happen to heavily populated low-lying areas when glaciers melt? Can island peoples keep their way of life if coral reefs no longer attract enough fish for them to eat? Bank's Bali Message: Keep Developing Nations GrowingThese are some of the questions being asked in developing countries already suffering the consequences of climate change, ...


    By The World Bank

  • Canada Targets Climate Change Impact and Resilience

    Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq today released the 2013-2016 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy. “Our Government is taking action on environmental issues that matter most to Canadians,” said Minister Aglukkaq. “Canada’s second Federal Sustainable Development Strategy builds ...


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  • Degrees of change - climate change impacts in Canada in the 21st century

    Earlier this month the National Roundtable on Economy and Environment and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society released the Degrees of Change diagram which lays out potential effects of a changing climate on Canada at different degrees of warming. The impacts - 60 in all, culled ...


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  • Climate change on the prairies

    Combined, the provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba represent the epicenter of Canada’s agricultural and oil industries and climate change is already having impacts, both good and bad. These impacts are set to increase significantly and adaptation strategies will be required. This second in a series of articles examines the existing and emerging impacts of climate ...


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  • Climate change in Ontario

    Climate-related impacts on water resources, energy, agriculture and natural ecosystems could have profound implications for human health and for the economy of Ontario. Questions remain about whether enough is being done to put in place adaptation measures to blunt some of the worst and unavoidable impacts of climate change in Canada’s most populace province. This fourth article ...


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  • Canada’s changing climate

    As delegates and exhibitors from around the world were preparing to gather in Vancouver for GLOBE 2008, Natural Resources Canada, quietly released a report that showed climate change is already having an impact on Canada. The report, From ...


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  • Integrated models predict climate change impacts on biodiversity

    Predictions of the impact of climate change on biodiversity have tended to focus on changes in the quantity of suitable habitat. New research evaluates second generation models that combine population and climate data, setting out standards for their development. One of the 10 objectives of the EU Biodiversity Action Plan is to support biodiversity to adapt to climate change. Recently, there has ...

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