Scientists Explore Roots of Future Tropical RainfallWoods Hole Oceanographic Institution | 21 May 2013
A new study, published online May 19 in the journal Nature Geoscience, looks to the past to learn about the future of tropical climate change, and our ability to simulate it with numerical models.
Scientists explore roots of future tropical rainfallEurekAlert | 20 May 2013
(Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) How will rainfall patterns across the tropical Indian and Pacific regions change in a future warming world? Climate models generally suggest that the tropics as a whole will get wetter, but the models don't always agree on where rainfall patterns will shift in particular regions within the tropics.
Sea level influenced tropical climate during the last ice ageEurekAlert | 20 May 2013
The Indo-Pacific warm pool was much dryer during the last ice age than today, because lower sea level exposed the Sunda Shelf. The large landmass, in place of the warm ocean, altered the atmospheric circulation, shifting convection further west into the Indian Ocean.
Arctic Council unlikely to deal directly with climate changenunatsiaqonline.ca | 16 May 2013
The warming impact of soot and methane on the Arctic climate and the increasing acidification of the Arctic Ocean: these are among the key issues that the Arctic Councils various working groups will formally present May 15 to the Arctic Council ministerial gathering in Kiruna, Sweden.
Climate change has impacted global fisheries for decadesSea Around Us | 15 May 2013
A new paper from the Sea Around Us Project published in the journal Nature reveals that warmer ocean temperatures are driving marine species towards cooler, deeper waters, and this in turn, has affected global fisheries catches.
Blue Carbon: The Opportunity of Coastal Sinks for AfricaBlue Carbon Portal | 14 May 2013
The abundance of mangrove forests, seagrasses and tidal marsh ecosystems in Africa should be considered in countries pledges to reduce carbon emissions, says a policy briefing from the South African Institute of International Affairs (Chevallier, 2012).
Arctic expedition to study impact of climate change on planktonGuardian Unlimited | 14 May 2013
The goal of the 25,000km Tara Oceans Polar Circle Expedition, with some 15 scientist on board, is to search for planktonic organisms, including viruses, bacteria, protists and metazoans, all vital resources that need to be studied in their own environment while there is still time.
Floods could 'overwhelm Thames Barrier by end of century'Guardian Unlimited | 14 May 2013
Sea-level rises could send floods driven by storm surges over London's Thames Barrier regularly by the end of the century, if nothing is done to bolster the UK's flood defences, scientists warned on Tuesday.
Sea levels rise could mean floods in LondonTelegraph | 14 May 2013
Sea levels around Britain could rise by more than one metre (3ft) due to climate change, according to a new assessment of melting ice sheets and glaciers, causing floods in London and other coastal towns.
Secret streets of Britain's Atlantis are revealedEurekAlert | 13 May 2013
A University of Southampton professor has carried out the most detailed analysis ever of the archaeological remains of the lost medieval town of Dunwich, dubbed 'Britain's Atlantis.'
Coral reefs suffering, but collapse not inevitable, researchers sayEurekAlert | 10 May 2013
(Cell Press) Coral reefs are in decline, but their collapse can still be avoided with local and global action. That's according to findings reported in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on May 9 based on an analysis that combines the latest science on reef dynamics with the latest climate models.
Many Strong Voices Develops Ecosystem-Based Adaptation ProjectInternational Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) | 07 May 2013
Many Strong Voices (MSV) is developing a project on ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) to climate change, which is a priority area for MSV in 2013. The aim of this project is to reduce vulnerability to climate change by supporting an EbA methodology that integrates scientific and local/traditional knowledge.
Arctic faces further threat from ocean acidificationGuardian Unlimited | 07 May 2013
The Arctic ecosystem, already under pressure from record ice melts, faces another potential threat in the form of rapid acidification of the ocean, according to an international study published on Monday.
Adapt faster to changing climate, Europe warnedGuardian Unlimited | 29 Apr 2013
Cities around Europe may have to erect flood barriers similar to the Thames Barrier that protects London from sea surges, as climate change takes hold and leads to the danger of much more destructive storms, floods, heavy rainfall and higher sea levels, Europe's environmental watchdog has warned.
UNDP Recommends Adaptation Action in Pacific Island CountriesInternational Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) | 25 Apr 2013
The Asia-Pacific Regional Centre (APRC) of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) has issued a report on "Climate Change and Pacific Island Countries," which recommends: effective communication of scientific information and appropriate adaptation actions; ensuring the effectiveness of aid for adaptation to climate change; redefining the roles of governments and regional agencies around adaptation; and working with influential individuals, such as traditional leaders and teachers.
Denying sea-level rise: How 100 centimeters divided the state of North Carolinaearthmagazine.org | 24 Apr 2013
Last year, in North Carolina, the legislature introduced a bill that would have required state agencies to estimate future sea-level rise based only on linear projections of historic sea-level rise, rather than on models and field observations that show the rate can change over time. The legislative response to sea-level rise projections in North Carolina became a highly visible example of the shopping-at-the-supermarket view of science.