General Climate News

Risk of extreme weather events higher if Paris Agreement goals aren't met The Paris Agreement has aspirational goals of limiting temperature rise that won't be met by current commitments. That difference could make the world another degree warmer and considerably more prone to extreme weather. / Stanford University , Wednesday 14 February 2018
Global warming poses substantial flood risk increase for Central and Western Europe Europe is expected to see a considerable increase in flood risk in coming years, even under an optimistic climate change scenario of 1.5°C warming compared to pre-industrial levels.
European Commission Science Hub, Monday 29 January 2018
Water management on farms assessed by new tool, Flanders Researchers have developed a new model that highlights how agricultural practices impact on water availability in the wider landscape. The model, AquaCrop-Hydro, could be used to inform agricultural management decisions and policy related to water and land use, to ensure best allocation of water resources. Such tools are not only useful currently, but will be especially important in future in areas where climate change impacts on water availability and affects crop productivity.
"Science for Environment Policy": European Commission DG Environment News Alert Service, Thursday 25 January 2018
Increase in extremes calls for intensive river monitoring Climate change and changes in land use mean that the past can tell us very little about future extreme discharges of rivers. A combined approach of monitoring and management of delta areas improves safety, keeps shipping channels navigable, provides a supply of freshwater and strengthens biodiversity
Wageningen UR, Thursday 25 January 2018
Report on forest fire danger extremes in Europe under climate change In recent years, large forest fires have repeatedly affected Europe, in particular the Mediterranean countries. Fire danger is influenced by weather in the short term, and by climate when considering longer time intervals. In this technical report, the emphasis is on the direct influence on fire danger of weather and climate.
Joint Research Centre, Wednesday 17 January 2018
Hiding from a warmer climate in the forest Global warming threatens forest plants adapted to cooler temperatures. An international team of scientists unravelled where these species could survive within colder spots in the same forest.
Stockholm University, Monday 15 January 2018
Agriculture at risk in Italy: the potential impacts of climate change The impacts of climate change might threaten agricultural productivity and food security in Italy. Those are the results of a study on a detailed dataset of 16,000 farms across Italy.
CMCC, Wednesday 10 January 2018
Scientists find surprising evidence of rapid changes in the Arctic Scientists have found surprising evidence of rapid climate change in the Arctic: In the middle of the Arctic Ocean near the North Pole, they discovered that the levels of radium-228 have almost doubled over the last decade.
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Wednesday 3 January 2018
Trees' spring awakening is becoming less and less sensitive to altitude differences In the Swiss Alps the time lag between leafing of trees at high and low altitudes has shortened dramatically since the 1960s, due to climate warming. Researchers analysed more than 20,000 observations recorded in Switzerland.
Swiss Federal Institute for Forest Snow and Landscape Research WSL, Tuesday 26 December 2017