General Climate News

  • The urban 'wind island effect' Cities have complex microclimates that can vary from street to street. In order to maintain quality of life in cities, it is important that the dynamics behind these microclimates is understood, so that they can be accounted for urban planning and design. A great deal is already known about the urban heat island effect, but new research is now being done on the urban wind island effect.
    Wageningen UR, September 07, 2018

  • Forecast: a podcast about climate science and climate scientists Peter Bauer from the European Centre for Medium-range Weather Forecasts tells via a podcast on numerical weather prediction (NWP).
    Forecastpod, September 05, 2018

  • JRC data supports global efforts for sustainable cities A recently published UN Synthesis Report finds a wide spectrum of urban realities for people across the globe.
    EU Joint Research Centre, September 05, 2018

  • Greenhouse emissions from Siberian rivers peak as permafrost thaws Permafrost soils store large quantities of frozen carbon and play an important role in regulating Earth’s climate. In a study published in Nature Geoscience, researchers show that river greenhouse gas emissions rise high in areas where Siberian permafrost is actively thawing.
    Umea University, September 04, 2018

  • Deadline for climate action – Act strongly before 2035 to keep warming below 2°C If governments don't act decisively by 2035 to fight climate change, humanity could cross a point of no return after which limiting global warming below 2°C in 2100 will be unlikely, according to a new study. The research also shows the deadline to limit warming to 1.5°C has already passed, unless radical climate action is taken.
    European Geosciences Union, August 30, 2018

  • Drought increases CO2 concentration in the air Researchers have shown that during drier years the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere rises faster because stressed ecosystems absorb less carbon. This global effect is so strong that it must be integrated in the next generation of climate models.
    ETH Zurich, August 29, 2018

  • Reaction of plants to drought can be seen in the composition of the atmosphere Hot and dry periods, such as this summer in Europe, appear to change the composition of the atmosphere. Researchers discovered a 'signal' in the composition of CO2 in the atmosphere that is caused by the reaction of the vegetation to drought. Various climate models can now be adapted in accordance with the measurements. The researchers reported their findings in Nature Geosciences on 27 August.
    Wageningen University & Research / NOAA, August 29, 2018

  • Europe needs coastal adaptation measures to avoid catastrophic flooding by the end of the century Coastal floods could impact up to 3.65 million people every year in Europe by 2100, according to a new study.
    European Commission Joint Research Centre, August 13, 2018

  • Year 2017 was third warmest year on record, international report confirms The State of the Climate in 2017 reports that last year was the third-warmest year on record (after 2016 and 2015), and that the planet also experienced record-high greenhouse gas concentrations as well as rises in sea level.
    European Commission Science Hub, August 07, 2018

  • Measuring climate impact of forests management – a groundbreaking approach A JRC-led group of forestry research experts has developed a rigorous new fact-based carbon accounting system that reflects how forest management practices can help mitigate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
    European Commission Science Hub, August 02, 2018