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 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 Inside a home in Montecito, California, which was hit by the mudslide. Photograph: Reuters At least 17 people have been killed, with the death toll expected to rise, after heavy rains caused a violent mudslide exacerbated by recent wildfire damage
January 10, 2018 — The mud cascaded down scorched, blackened slopes still blanketed with ash. With no trees or vegetation to slow the surge it swept rocks and boulders from the Verdugo mountains into a thunderous river.
Continue reading Deadly California mudslide ‘like Niagara falls’ as hills turn to rivers of debris 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 WIDESPREAD FLOODING. Waist to neck-deep flood engulfs parts of Legazpi City, prompting the city government to suspend classes in all levels on Wednesday afternoon, January 3. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara orders evacuation of families living in areas vulnerable to landslides and flooding
MANILA, Philippines (Jan. 3, 2018) — Torrential rain brought by Tropical Storm Agaton, aggravated by the tail-end of the cold front, caused flooding in low-lying areas of Albay province.
Continue reading Flooding hits Albay due to heavy rain Response to Hurricane Harvey in Texas, US: rich countries are not immune from climate change impacts (Pic: Army National Guard/Lt Zachary West) The Paris climate deal is based on pledges from 165 countries, but there are major omissions that need addressing before the next round in 2020
January 3, 2018 — The 165 national climate action plans submitted by countries to the UN climate negotiations are key to implementing the Paris Agreement.
Continue reading Five big gaps in national climate plans – and how to close them