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Climate action can limit Asia's growing water shortages

Even 'modest' action to limit climate change could help prevent the most extreme water-shortage scenarios facing Asia by the year 2050, according to a new study. »
20 June 2018, 03:30 - sciencedaily - Search similar - Email

Palm oil: The carbon cost of deforestation

Palm oil has become part of our daily lives, but a recent study serves as a reminder that intensive farming of this crop has a major impact on the environment. Both short- and long-term solutions exist, however. The article analyzed the carbon costs and benefits of converting rainforests into oil palm plantations. »
20 June 2018, 03:30 - sciencedaily - Search similar - Email

Machine learning may be a game-changer for climate prediction

New research demonstrates that machine-learning techniques can be used to accurately represent clouds and their atmospheric heating and moistening, and better represent clouds in coarse resolution climate models, with the potential to narrow the range of climate prediction. »
20 June 2018, 03:30 - sciencedaily - Search similar - Email

Meeting Paris climate targets will require a substantial reallocation of global investment

A new analysis by an international team of scientists shows that low carbon investments will need to markedly increase if the world is to achieve the Paris Agreement aim of keeping global warming well below 2°C. »
19 June 2018, 02:50 - sciencedaily - Search similar - Email

Land-based portion of massive East Antarctic ice sheet retreated little during past eight million years

Large parts of the massive East Antarctic Ice Sheet did not retreat significantly during a time when atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations were similar to today's levels. »
17 June 2018, 07:40 - sciencedaily - Search similar - Email

Better be safe than sorry: Economic optimization risks tipping of Earth system elements

Optimizing economic welfare without constraints might put human well-being at risk, a new climate study argues. While being successful in bringing down costs of greenhouse gas reductions for instance, the concept of profit maximization alone does not suffice to avoid the tipping of critical elements in the Earth system which could lead to dramatic changes of our lifelihood. »
17 June 2018, 07:40 - sciencedaily - Search similar - Email

Dry riverbeds are contributing to climate change more than previously thought

A massive world-wide study of dry riverbeds has found they're contributing more carbon emissions than previously thought, and this could help scientists better understand how to fight climate change. »
17 June 2018, 01:30 - sciencedaily - Search similar - Email

Climate change has fish moving faster than regulations can keep up

The world's system for allocating fish stocks is being outpaced by the movement of fish species in response to climate change, according to a study undertaken by an international team of marine ecologists, fisheries and social scientists, and lawyers. »
15 June 2018, 06:20 - sciencedaily - Search similar - Email

Leading Antarctic experts offer two possible views of continent's future

The next 10 years will be critical for the future of Antarctica, and choices made will have long-lasting consequences, says an international group of Antarctic research scientists. It lays out two different plausible future scenarios for the continent and its Southern Ocean over the next 50 years. »
15 June 2018, 06:20 - sciencedaily - Search similar - Email

Stress test to predict how diatoms will react to ocean acidification

Researchers have shown that diatoms can withstand population collapse in an acidified environment by conserving valuable energy normally used for carbon dioxide consumption. »
14 June 2018, 05:40 - sciencedaily - Search similar - Email

Climate change accelerating rise in sea levels

A new study has discovered that rising sea levels could be accelerated by vulnerable ice shelves in the Antarctic. »
13 June 2018, 23:30 - sciencedaily - Search similar - Email

Warmer climate will dramatically increase the volatility of global corn crops

Warmer temperatures by the end of this century will dramatically increase the volatility in global supplies of corn, the most widely grown crop in the world. »
12 June 2018, 04:20 - sciencedaily - Search similar - Email

Hurricanes are slowing down, and that's bad news

Some hurricanes are moving more slowly, spending increased time over land and leading to catastrophic local rainfall and flooding, according to a new study. »
8 June 2018, 20:10 - sciencedaily - Search similar - Email

Consumer food choices can help reduce greenhouse emissions contributing to climate change

Changes in diet have been proposed as a way to reduce carbon emissions from the food system. A new study provides the latest and most comprehensive estimate of greenhouse gas emissions generated by US consumer food purchases, and assesses how those choices could affect diet and climate change. »
8 June 2018, 20:10 - sciencedaily - Search similar - Email

Disaster recovery requires rebuilding livelihoods

The short-term losses people suffer when natural disasters strike can turn into long-term poverty if reconstruction policies don't consider how people are going to make a living. »
6 June 2018, 18:50 - sciencedaily - Search similar - Email

Alien apocalypse: Can any civilization make it through climate change?

Does the universe contain planets with truly sustainable civilizations? Or does every civilization that may have arisen in the cosmos last only a few centuries before it falls to the climate change it triggers? »
5 June 2018, 05:50 - sciencedaily - Search similar - Email

Storm's coming: New technique for simulation of extreme weather events

Scientists have developed a new method for generating data for ensemble simulation of extreme weather phenomena. He tested the method in simulation of a typhoon and a global warming simulation, and successfully created the necessary range of data in each case. »
4 June 2018, 23:40 - sciencedaily - Search similar - Email

Global warming can be limited to 1.5°C by changing how we travel, heat homes, use devices

Global warming can be limited to 1.5°C by unprecedented improvements in the energy efficiency of everyday activities, according to new research. »
4 June 2018, 23:40 - sciencedaily - Search similar - Email

Economic models significantly underestimate climate change risks

Policymakers are being misinformed by the results of economic models that underestimate the future risks of climate change impacts, according to a new article. »
4 June 2018, 05:10 - sciencedaily - Search similar - Email

Reconstructing longest American water level, instrumented flood record, in Boston Harbor

Using newly-discovered archival measurements to construct an instrumental record of water levels and storm tides in Boston since 1825, researchers report that local averaged relative sea level rose by nearly a foot (0.28 meters) over the past 200 years, with the greatest increase occurring since 1920. The work also highlights tides and their significant effect on flooding in the city. »
2 June 2018, 04:00 - sciencedaily - Search similar - Email