10 Worst-Case Climate Predictions if We Don’t Keep Global Temperatures Under 1.5 Degrees Celsius

The summer of 2018 was intense: deadly wildfires, persistent drought, killer floods and record-breaking heat. Although scientists exercise great care before linking individual weather events to climate change, the rise in global temperatures caused by human activities has been found to increase the severity, likelihood and duration of such conditions. Globally, 2018 is on …

Climate Change Is Causing More Storms – but Could Trees Adapt?

New ecological research suggests trees could grow more efficient leaves to compensate for storm damage. Climate change is causing more storms – but could trees adapt? Ecologists at the Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science in South Carolina have conducted tests which suggest this may be the case. Research following …

Hydropower Can ‘Drive up CO2 Emissions’

Climate change is driven by CO2 emissions and so non-emitting energy sources such as hydropower are seen as much preferred alternatives to coal-fired power plants. Yet hydropower dams, too, can drive up CO2 emissions significantly during times of drought when they cannot operate efficiently or at all, explains a team …

Meat-Heavy Menu at COP24 Isn’t Helping Anything

New analysis from the Center for Biological Diversity, Farm Forward and Brighter Green Sunday finds that the meat-heavy menu at the United Nations’ Framework Convention on Climate Change conference COP24 could contribute more than 4,000 metric tons of greenhouse gases to the climate crisis. The data found that if all 30,000 visitors choose meat-based …

World Bank Doubles Climate Investment to $200bn

The World Bank Group has doubled its current five-year investment to around $200 billion (£157bn) to support countries taking action to fight climate change. It is part of its plans to boost support for climate adaptation, especially in the world’s poorest nations, with the funding provided between 2021 and 2025. Projects that will …

‘We Are Last Generation That Can Stop Climate Change’ – UN Summit

Big cuts in carbon emissions and a rise in protection from extreme weather urgently needed. The UN climate change summit begins on Monday with a warning that today’s generation is the last that can prevent catastrophic global warming, as well as the first to be suffering its impacts. Almost 200 nations were …

Climate Change Hits the UK: Summers Could Be 5.4°C Hotter by 2070

Summers in the UK could be up to 5.4°C warmer by 2070, according to new data published by the Met Office. It warns of significant temperature rises in the coming decades in its “most comprehensive picture yet” of how climate could change over the next century. The UK Climate Projections …