People collect water from a tanker in Bhiwandi, India. Photograph: Divyakant Solanki/EPA With water shortages exacerbating inequalities and causing damage to economies, making sure the commodity is properly valued by all is essential
September 13, 2016 — Water is essential for life, whether to irrigate crops, to manufacture goods, or for drinking, washing and cleaning. But the intensification of climate change, a growing population and
Continue reading How can we better value water as global shortages start How temperatures across the globe compared to normal during August 2016. Photograph: NASA August continued the remarkable streak of record hot months in 2016, equalling July as the hottest month on record
September 13, 2016 — In what has become a common refrain this year, last month ranked as the hottest August on record, according to NASA data released Monday. Not only that, but the month tied July as the hottest month the world has seen in the last 136 years.
Continue reading August ties with July as hottest month on record The Edinburgh-based Atlantis Resources hopes the project will eventually have 269 turbines and provide enough electricity to power 175,000 homes. Photograph: Mike Brookes Roper/PA MeyGen tidal stream project leads the way in tackling climate change and providing jobs, says Nicola Sturgeon
September 12, 2016 — The launch of the world’s first large-scale tidal energy farm in Scotland has been hailed as a significant moment for the renewable energy sector.
Continue reading World’s first large-scale tidal energy farm launches in Scotland This image released by NASA’s Earth Observatory Team from data collected by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), an instrument on NASA’s Terra and Aqua satellites, shows the land surface temperature as observed by MODIS in Asia between April 15 to April 23, 2016. Yellow shows the warmest temperatures. Photograph: AP Earth’s record hottest 12 consecutive months were set in each month ending in September 2015 through May 2016
July 16, 2016 — 2014 and 2015 each set the record for hottest calendar year since we began measuring surface temperatures over 150 years ago, and 2016 is almost certain to break the record once
Continue reading We just broke the record for hottest year, nine straight times Clouds are a key component of the Earth’s climate system. Photograph: Reinhard Krause/REUTERS The warming of the planet over the past few decades has shifted a key band of clouds poleward and increased the heights of clouds tops
July 14, 2016 — The reaction of clouds to a warming atmosphere has been one of the major sources of uncertainty in estimating exactly how much the world will heat up from the accumulation of
Continue reading Global warming is shifting Earth’s clouds, study shows United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Recent acts of violence around the world remind us that the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights is as relevant today as when it was first proclaimed in 1948. Accompanying images illustrating each of the articles of the Declaration are reprints of a gallery hanging at the United Nations headquarters in New York City. Continue reading The Universal Declaration of Human Rights View of City of London’s high rise architecture at sunset. Credit: _ultraforma_/Getty Images. In 2003, more than 70,000 people across Europe died in a sweltering heatwave that spanned much of the summer.
July 8, 2016 — France was among the worst-affected countries, with 15,000 deaths in August alone. In the UK, the summer saw more than 2,000 heat-related fatalities.
Continue reading Study links heatwave deaths in London and Paris to climate change An area of Arctic sea ice about twice the size of Texas has vanished over the last 30 years, and the rate of that retreat has accelerated. Photograph: NASA/Reuters From mid-June onwards, ice cover disappeared at an average rate of 29,000 miles a day, about 70% faster than the typical rate of ice loss, experts say
July 7, 2016 — The summer sea ice cover over the Arctic raced towards oblivion in June, crashing through previous records to reach a new all-time low.
Continue reading Arctic sea ice crashes to record low for June Filipinos burn woods at a makeshift charcoal factory in Taguig city, south of Manila, Philippines, 24 May 2016. According to a new report from the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) for Asia and the Pacific region, it is still the world’s most disaster prone region, with about 41 per cent of all natural disasters in the last 20 years occurring here.
NEW YORK (July 7, 2016) — Climate change affects us all, but we still are not acting as quickly as we should to address its causes, mitigate the damage, and adapt to its effects. Many people don’t
Continue reading Why Climate Change Is an Education Issue A small hole in the clouds revealed newly formed sea ice in the Bellingshausen Sea next to an iceberg on Nov. 5, 2014 flight. Credit: NASA/Digital Mapping System. Scientists have long been searching for an explanation for the contrasting fortunes of sea ice at the Earth’s poles. While the Arctic has seen a rapid decline in sea ice extent in recent decades, the seas around Antarctica have slowly gained ice.
July 7, 2016 — Now, a new study suggests a natural shift from one state to another in the Pacific Ocean is responsible for the increase in Antarctic sea ice.
Continue reading Pacific Ocean behind recent Antarctic sea ice growth