General Climate News

  • Impact of CO2 leakage through North Sea wells Realistic estimates show that global warming can only be kept below 1.5 or 2 degrees Celsius if carbon dioxide is actively removed from the atmosphere. Storage beneath the seafloor is an option that has now been investigated intensively.
    holtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (GEOMAR), May 14, 2019

  • JRC monitors intense fires across Europe With over 250k hectares of burnt land in Europe, this year's fire season started early and has already surpassed the 181k hectares burnt over the entire 2018 fire season.
    EU Science Hub, May 14, 2019

  • How potatoes could become sun worshippers If the temperature is too high, potato plants form significantly lower numbers of tubers. Biochemists have now discovered the reason why. If the temperature rises, a so-called small RNA blocks the formation of tubers. The scientists have now successfully switched off this small RNA and have produced potato plants that are more resistant to high temperatures, which is an important contribution to securing crop yields in the future in view of climate change.
    University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, May 14, 2019

  • Trade could be key to balancing the conservation of natural freshwater sources and food security An IIASA study published in the journal Nature Sustainability today, evaluated whether water for the environment could be prioritized under growing competition from other sectors. The results indicate that this could be achieved by shifting crop production from water scarce- to water abundant regions and tripling international food trade.
    IIASA, May 13, 2019

  • Clues of carbon release from thawing permafrost found in Arctic rivers Arctic rivers may hold vital clues to the accelerated release of carbon stored in Arctic permafrost, shows a new study by researchers from ACES published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA.
    Stockholm University, May 09, 2019

  • New project: Assessment and forward scenarios for water resources in the Pyrenees in the context of climate change The new launched PIRAGUA project, coordinated by the Pyrenean Climate Change Observatory and financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) under the 2014-2020 Interreg V-A programme for Spain, France and Andorra (POCTEFA). PIRAGUA aims to characterise the water cycle in the Pyrenees to improve the region's capacities for adaptation to climate change challenges.
    BRGM, May 08, 2019

  • Research examines new links between retreating glaciers and global warming University of Southampton scientists are using innovative technology to monitor the behaviour of glaciers in real time, in a new bid to understand the link between their retreat, global warming and rising sea levels.
    University of Southampton, April 29, 2019

  • Policy brief on weather worries The EU project PLACARD has released a policy brief on how the European Union can manage the risks of climate extremes.
    EU PLACARD project, April 29, 2019

  • How far are German municipalities regarding climate change adaptation Which impacts had the German Adaptation Strategy on cities and communities? A new study commissioned by the German Environment Agency (UBA) gives answers to those and other questions that were raised in an online survey, workshop and expert interviews. The results give advice for the further development of the Adaptation Strategy.
    German Environment Agency, April 26, 2019

  • Turkey organised its first international conference on local climate action The conference aimed to provide information on Turkey’s current situation regarding the climate change, recent international studies and developments following COP 24, climate change policies at local level.
    Ministry of Environment and Urbanization of Turkey, April 25, 2019