Forecasting Coral Disease Outbreaks Could Buy Time to Save Reefs

Hawaii’s knobby finger coral careened toward extinction in 2015. The species was so rare that scientists could only find a few fragments in the wild, scattered across the seabed of Oahu’s Kaneohe Bay. It might have been a familiar story. Vanishing species like Southern Resident orcas and North Atlantic right …

Japan Considers Adopting Daylight Savings Time for 2020 Summer Olympics

This summer’s deadly heatwaves in Japan have caused government and Olympic officials to consider the benefits of adopting daylight savings time for the 2020 Summer Olympics to ensure athlete safety. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has ordered his ruling party to consider what impacts a two hour shift forward would have …

Climate Change Threatens Champagne’s Unique Taste

Climate change is threatening regional culinary traditions from Tabasco sauce to maple syrup, and now you can add champagne to that list. Warmer temperatures and earlier harvests in the famous wine-making region are producing grapes with less acid, and acid is important for both the aging process and the freshness …

Forests Storing Greenhouse Gases ‘Crucial to Tackling Climate Change’

UK scientists say replacing forests with crops for bioenergy power stations that capture carbon could instead increase the amount of emissions. Carbon capture technologies will help curb the world’s efforts to tackle climate change but it may be better to simply maintain forests in certain areas. Scientists say trying to …

Last Year Was Warmest Ever That Didn’t Feature an El Niño, Report Finds

Last year was the warmest ever recorded on Earth that didn’t feature an El Niño, a periodic climatic event that warms the Pacific Ocean, according to the annual state of the climate report by 500 climate scientists from around the world, overseen by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Noaa) …

What Is ‘Hothouse Earth’, and How Bad Would Such a Climate Catastrophe Be?

Oceans engulfing coastal cities, coral reefs eliminated and vast swathes of the Earth left completely uninhabitable. This is what we have to look forward to in a future “Hothouse Earth” – a planet that has passed a “tipping point” beyond which its own natural processes trigger uncontrollable warming. It is …

Domino-Effect of Climate Events Could Move Earth into a ‘Hothouse’ State

A domino-like cascade of melting ice, warming seas, shifting currents and dying forests could tilt the Earth into a “hothouse” state beyond which human efforts to reduce emissions will be increasingly futile, a group of leading climate scientists has warned. This grim prospect is sketched out in a journal paper …