Donald Trump is accused of hampering the fight against global warming and ecological damage. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty World Economic Forum outlines huge increase in all five eco risks since the US president assumed office
January 18, 2018 — The World Economic Forum delivered a strong warning about Donald Trump’s go-it-alone approach to tackling climate change as it highlighted the growing threat of environmental collapse in its annual assessment of the risks facing the international community.
Continue reading Donald Trump is hampering fight against climate change, WEF warns New calculation of greenhouse gases’ effect on temperature reduces range of possible outcomes by more than half, researchers say. Photograph: Ryan Tong/EPA Findings should not be seen as taking pressure off need to tackle climate change, authors warn
January 18, 2018 — Earth’s surface will almost certainly not warm up four or five degrees Celsius by 2100, according to a study which, if correct, voids worst-case UN climate change predictions.
Continue reading Climate sensitivity study suggests narrower range of potential outcomes Global temperature map, January to December 2017. Photograph: NOAA Data shows the year was also one of the hottest three ever recorded, with scientists warning that the ‘climate tide is rising fast’
January 18, 2018 — 2017 was the hottest year since global records began that was not given an additional boost by the natural climate cycle El Niño, according to new data. Even without an El Niño, the year was still exceptionally hot, being one of the top three ever recorded.
Continue reading 2017 was the hottest year on record without El Niño boost Donald Trump is accused of hampering the fight against global warming and ecological damage. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Donald Trump’s time in office has coincided with huge increase to all five eco risks surveyed
January 17, 2018 — The World Economic Forum delivered a strong warning about Donald Trump’s go-it-alone approach to tackling climate change as it highlighted the growing threat of environmental collapse in its annual assessment of the risks facing the international community.
Continue reading US unilateralism makes tacking climate change harder, WEF warns View on the sun over inversion from Jested, Jested-Kozakov ridge, Czech Republic. Credit: Nataliya Hora / Alamy Stock Photo Scientists have presented a new, narrower estimate of the “climate sensitivity” – a measure of how much the climate could warm in response to the release of greenhouse gases
January 17, 2018 — The latest assessment report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) estimates that climate sensitivity is close to 3°C, with a “likely” range of 1.5 to 4.5°C.
Continue reading New study ‘reduces uncertainty’ for climate sensitivity Logging has tripled in Estonia in the past decade (Pic: Arthur Neslen) Baltic state lobbied for flexibilities in EU rules to enable a dramatic increase in forestry, turning its thriving woodland into a net emitter of carbon by 2030
January 16, 2018 — A quarter of Estonia’s forestland is at imminent risk from a major logging increase, aided by “flexibilities” in EU rules that the Baltic state championed.
Continue reading Logging surge threatens a quarter of Estonia’s forest, warn conservationists US President Donald Trump speaks during a press conference with Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg in the East Room of the White House January 10, 2018 in Washington, DC. Brendan Smialowski/AFP Trump’s comments will renew questions about whether he actually intends to withdraw or simply wants easier US emissions targets
WASHINGTON DC, USA (Jan. 10, 2018) — US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday, January 10, that the United States could “conceivably” return to the Paris climate accord, although he stopped short of signaling any move in that direction.
Continue reading Trump says US could ‘conceivably’ return to Paris climate deal The 2015-2016 extreme El Niño brought drought and fire to Indonesia. Smoke from extensive and uncontrollable forest fires blankets southern Borneo in October 2015. It spread westward causing severe haze over Singapore and Malaysia. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MISR instrument team A recent paper in Reviews of Geophysics describes new scientific insights on the El Niño-Southern Oscillation from analysis of the 2015-2016 extreme El Niño
January 10, 2018 — The El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) cycle is a periodic change in the ocean-atmosphere system of the tropical Pacific Ocean but which has knock-on effects on weather around
the world. In an article recently published in Reviews in Geophysics, Santoso et al.  examined the 2015-2016 El Niño event which was particularly extreme. The editor asked one of the authors to explain the characteristics of that El Niño and what scientists learned from it. Continue reading Learning From an Extreme El Niño Angela Merkel (Pic: European People’s Party/Flickr) Reports Berlin will abandon its ambitious carbon-cutting goal with two years to go are “disheartening” and “problematic”, say observers
January 10, 2018 — Germany’s reputation as a green leader is slipping, after reports this week the putative government will give up on meeting its 2020 emissions target.
Continue reading International dismay at Germany’s 2020 climate target lapse he national mean temperature of 22.76C was the third-highest since records began in 1910. Photograph: Glenn Campbell/AAP Bureau says despite the lack of El Niño, Queensland and New South Wales experienced their hottest year on record
January 9, 2018 — Queensland and New South Wales experienced their warmest years on record in 2017 as the trend of warmer than average temperatures across Australia continued, the Bureau of Meteorology said.
Continue reading Australia had third-hottest year ever in 2017, weather bureau says