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Europe faces droughts, floods and storms as climate change accelerates

dry riverbed
The dry Var riverbed in Carros, southern France, September 2016. Photograph: Sebastien Nogier/EPA

Europe and northern hemisphere are warming at faster pace than the global average and ‘multiple climatic hazards’ are expected, says study

January 25, 2017 — Europe’s Atlantic-facing countries will suffer heavier rainfalls, greater flood risk, more severe storm damage and an increase in “multiple climatic hazards”, according to the most Continue reading Europe faces droughts, floods and storms as climate change accelerates

We’re now breaking global temperature records once every three years

global temperature records were broken throughout 2016
February 2016 was the warmest February in 136 years of NASA’s modern temperature records. Global temperature records were broken throughout 2016. Photograph: GISS/NASA

Denial and “alternative facts” haven’t stopped the Earth from warming to record-shattering levels

January 24, 2017 — According to NASA, in 2016 the Earth’s surface temperature shattered the previous record for hottest year by 0.12°C. That record was set in 2015, which broke the previous Continue reading We’re now breaking global temperature records once every three years

Sea levels could rise by six to nine metres over time, new study warns

sea levels respond directly to global temperatures
Sea levels respond directly to global temperatures, both through the melting of ice shelves and through the expansion of water as it warms. Photograph: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Evidence that continental ice sheets are sensitive to slight increases in ocean temperature suggests ocean levels will continue to rise for centuries

January 20, 2017 — Sea surface temperatures today are strikingly similar to those during the last interglacial period, when sea levels were six to nine metres above their present height, according to research. Continue reading Sea levels could rise by six to nine metres over time, new study warns

Global ‘greening’ has slowed rise of CO2 in the atmosphere, study finds

natural vegetation absorbs about a quarter of the carbon emissions created by burning fossil fuels
Natural vegetation absorbs about a quarter of the carbon emissions created by burning fossil fuels. Photograph: Kuni Takahashi/Getty Images

Increased growth of plants fertilised by higher CO2 levels is only partly offsetting emissions and will not halt dangerous warming, scientists conclude

November 8, 2016 — A global “greening” of the planet has significantly slowed the rise of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere since the start of the century, according to new research.  Continue reading Global ‘greening’ has slowed rise of CO2 in the atmosphere, study finds