Climate

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

Evidence that continental ice sheets are sensitive to slight increases in ocean temperature suggests ocean levels will continue to rise for centuries<p>Sea surface temperatures today are strikingly similar to those during the last interglacial period, when sea levels were six to nine metres above …

Global Warming

Here's how rising temperatures have already had an effect

From extreme wildfires in the Western United States to melting ice sheets in Antarctica, the effects of rising temperatures on Earth have not gone unnoticed.<p>On Wednesday, NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced 2016 was the hottest year on record. Before that, the …

Global Warming

An Antarctic ecologist says humpback whales will be fine in 2017! Everything else, not so much

The consequences of climate change in the poles can be a hard sell for disinterested Earth residents. Sympathy for polar bears afloat shrinking ice platforms to the north and dwindling penguin populations to the south only goes so far, and dense academic papers on the other end of the spectrum …

Sea Ice

Alexandria: locals adapt to floods as coastal waters inch closer

As cafe owners build defences against winter storms, the government has warned that 13% of Egypt’s coastline is at risk from rising Mediterranean sea levels<p>“Before we were flooded a couple of years ago, we didn’t imagine the water could reach this level,” said cafe manager Samir Gaber, gesturing at …

Environmentalism

Obama’s Hidden Legacy

Behind the headlines, he rebuilt American policies in ways the Trump team will have hard time undoing—and may not even want to.<p>Amid President-Elect Trump’s wildly contentious transition, the notably civil hearing over Elaine Chao’s nomination to be his transportation secretary did not get much …

Carbon Emissions

Ancient warm period hints at bigger-than-expected sea level rise

OSLO (Reuters) - Sea levels could rise by a greater-than-expected six meters (20 ft) over many centuries even if governments cap global warming around current levels, scientists said on Thursday, based on clues from an ancient warm period.<p>Sea levels have risen by about 20 cms (8 inches) in the past …

Global Warming

How We Can Predict The Climate When We Can't Predict The Weather

Sixteen of the 17 hottest years have occurred this century and we know it’s because of a changing climate, not changes in weather.<p>NASA and NOAA jointly reported that 2016 was the warmest year on record. That’s no surprise, as the first six months of the year were all exceptionally warm.<p>Yet the news …

Global Warming

Climate Change Is Turning Canada into Margaritaville | Motherboard

The new reports are out: everything, from Thailand to Saskatchewan, is heating up. By the end of the century, people may be planning destination weddings in Canada, now poised to become a balmy getaway.<p>Last year was the hottest year on record—marking the third successive year that record has been …

Environmentalism

3 Reasons Scientists Are Confident 2016 Was The Warmest Year On Record

Unfortunately I have to start this discussion noting that 2016 was the warmest year on record. It took the title from the 2015, which took over for 2014. Ethan Siegel provides an excellent commentary on the this dubious and worrisome streak. A NASA press release pointed out “Earth’s 2016 surface …

Global Warming

2016 was the hottest year on record. Sound familiar?

2014 was the hottest year in recorded history. Then 2015 beat it. Now, 2016 has blown them both out of the water, according to data from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA. The average surface temperature over land and oceans was 0.94 degrees Celsius (1.69 degrees …

Global Warming

America Isn't That Divided on the Environment

After the election, Bernie Sanders spoke to an enthusiastic crowd of students at my university and delivered a message rarely heard in recent months: America is not divided, he said. Rather, the overwhelming majority of citizens agree on core economic goals.<p>Might that be true, as well, of …

Environmentalism

Hottest year ever and Arctic meltdown put the world on the brink of catastrophe

The Trump presidency may kill our last chance to avoid the worst.NASA’s 2016 land and ocean temperature index (LOTI) vs. 1951–1980 average..NASA and …

Global Warming

Trump’s pick for agriculture secretary believes you can pray drought away.

dangerous ground<p>A second Goldman prize-winning activist, Isidro Baldenegro López, was murdered this Sunday in Mexico.<p>The indigenous activist’s death …

Environmentalism

This video showing over 100 years of global warming will terrify you

We found out this week that 2016 was the hottest year ever recorded, further supporting the consensus that the Earth is getting gradually warmer due …

Global Warming

Global sea level could rise 8 feet by 2100

A worst-case scenario shows global sea level rising by about 8 feet by 2100—and sea level in the northeastern US could rise significantly faster.

Global Warming

Gigantic valleys and fissures in the sea floor revealed beneath West Antarctic Ice Sheet

Huge rifts and valleys discovered underneath the floating parts of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet make the fast-melting glaciers in the area more …

Global Warming

California has the snow. It just needs to keep it frozen

With another round of winter storms hitting California this week, the question isn’t just how much rain and snow they will dump, but how cold they will be.<p>The coldness of storms can make the difference between one that adds to the fast-rising snowpack — an essential source of water for the state — …

California

Enormous Antarctic ice shelf rift grows by another 6 miles

A crack more than 100 miles long in one of Antarctica’s largest ice shelves grew another 6 miles in a little more than two weeks this month, British scientists reported Thursday. That’s on top of an 11-mile growth that occurred in the second two weeks of December — representing a 17-mile total …

Global Warming

Spanish tourist towns post 1st snowfalls in decades

MADRID – Officials have placed more than half of Spain's 50 provinces under alert for heavy snow and sleet storms, with southern tourist towns reporting their first snowfalls in decades.<p>Authorities in the southeastern resort town of Torrevieja say that emergency services are on alert for flooding. …

Spain

Argentine scientists in Antarctica tally toll of climate change

CARLINI BASE, Antarctica (Reuters) - On King George Island in Antarctica, the thunderous sound of ice sliding off the Fourcade Glacier and crashing into the icy water bordering Argentina's Carlini research base serves as a daily reminder of a warming climate.<p>The glacier has retreated 500 meters …

Global Warming

Flood disasters more than double across Europe in 35 years

Insurance firm research reveals steep increase in flash floods and says rise is in line with climate change<p>The number of devastating floods that trigger insurance payouts has more than doubled in Europe since 1980, according to new research by Munich Re, the world’s largest reinsurance company.<p>The …

Environmentalism

Global temperatures hit record high for the third year in a row

On Wednesday, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists marked a disturbing new milestone in Earth’s history: 2016 has been …

Global Warming

NASA confirms 2016 was the hottest year on record

Another year, another broken temperature record. As early data predicted, NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have …

Global Warming

Even in Alaska, temps as low as -59 are hard to handle

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The temperature in Alaska's second-largest city never reached 30 degrees below zero last winter, but Mother Nature is making up for it this year.<p>At Fairbanks International Airport, the mercury dipped to minus 50 on Wednesday.<p>Meteorologist Christopher Cox of the National …

Alaska

'We've seen unprecedented change in the Antarctic ice shelf'

The British Antarctic Survey were integral in finding the first evidence of holes in our planet's ozone. Now Mike Dinn, operations manager at BAS, warns of worrying changes on the Brunt Ice Shelf.<p><i>DW: What is the latest you've heard from the Halley 6 team?</i><p>Mike Dinn: The main activity that's going on …

Global Warming

Brutal Heat Waves Crush Eastern Australia

A hot air mass parked over central Australia is delivering the second brutal heat wave this month. January is quickly approaching a record-breaking …

Australasia

Massive Antarctic ice crack shutters British research station

The caterpillar-esque Halley VI is currently on the move.<p>As our planet continues to warm at an increasingly alarming pace, more and more people …

Global Warming

The Long, Storied History Of Inauguration Day Weather

It looks like it will rain on Donald Trump’s parade. The forecast from the National Weather Service –– as well as from Model Output Statistics — …

Inauguration Day

It's not in your head: The weather is weirder, and climate change is the reason why

But don’t point any fingers at one particular flood. Or drought. Or hurricane. Or heatwave.<p>If it seems like you’re reading about devastating floods, droughts, and storms way more often than you used to, it’s because these extreme events are actually happening more frequently.<p>But this should come as …

Environmentalism

Temps rising in SE Qld but relief near

Temperatures are set to soar again in southeast Queensland but some decent relief from a second round of heatwave conditions is near.<p>A hot day is …

Australasia