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 …

Rising Sea Temperatures Force Vattenfall to Close Reactor in Sweden

After reactor 2 at the Swedish Ringhals nuclear power plant had been running at reduced capacity since Monday 30 July, it was closed down completely Tuesday afternoon. The continued warm weather in Sweden has brought the sea water close to 25 degrees during recent days. To maintain cooling capacity at …

Temperatures in South-West Europe Could Break 48C Record This Weekend

Large parts of southern and western Europe are expected to experience high temperatures this weekend with forecasters warning that thermometers could reach up to 48C in Spain. Holidaymakers bound for the Iberian peninsula have been warned to expect extreme heat, with the chance of the hottest temperatures ever recorded in …

Migratory Barnacle Geese Threatened by Rapidly Rising Arctic Temperatures

Migrating barnacle geese that lay their eggs in the Arctic zones of northern Russia are becoming confounded by earlier springs in their traditional nesting grounds, according to a study published in Current Biology. The rising temperatures in the Arctic circles caused by global warming are threatening the survival of this …

Australia Records Warmest Autumn Ever

The mean temperature between March and May was 23.86C but winter could be cooler than normal as El Niño wanes. After officially sweltering through the warmest autumn on record, Australians can expect a return to normal chilly weather this winter. The mean temperature between March and the end of May …