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Warming threat to tropical forests risks release of carbon from soil

Wed, 08/12/2020 - 21:41
Billions of tons of carbon dioxide risk being lost into the atmosphere due to tropical forest soils being significantly more sensitive to climate change than previously thought.

Researchers identify human influence as key agent of ocean warming patterns in the future

Wed, 08/12/2020 - 18:53
Scientists have discovered that the influence of circulation changes on shaping ocean warming will diminish in the future. This is despite having been identified and modeled as a key factor over the past 60 years.

Climate change projected to increase seasonal East African rainfall

Wed, 08/12/2020 - 16:48
According to new research, seasonal rainfall is expected to rise significantly in East Africa over the next few decades in response to increased greenhouse gases. The study used high-resolution simulations to find that the amount of precipitation during the rainy season known as the 'short rains' could double by the end of the century, continuing a trend that has been observed in recent years.

Indigenous property rights protect the Amazon rainforest

Mon, 08/10/2020 - 23:01
One way to cut back on deforestation in the Amazon rainforest - and help in the global fight against climate change - is to grant more of Brazil's indigenous communities full property rights to tribal lands.

Discovery transforms understanding of hydrogen depletion at the seafloor

Mon, 08/10/2020 - 23:01
Results of a new study contradict the assumption that hydrogen depletions at the seafloor are caused by microbiological communities. Researchers found that these shifts in chemistry are driven by non-biological processes that remove energy before microbial communities at the shallow seafloor gain access to it.

Stronger rains in warmer climate could lessen heat damage to crops, says study

Mon, 08/10/2020 - 21:10
Intensified rainstorms predicted for many parts of the United States as a result of warming climate may have a modest silver lining: they could more efficiently water some major crops, and this would at least partially offset the far larger projected yield declines caused by the rising heat itself.

Forest growth in drier climates will be impacted by reduced snowpack

Mon, 08/10/2020 - 21:09
A new study suggests that future reductions in seasonal snowpack as a result of climate change may negatively influence forest growth in semi-arid climates, but less so in wetter climates.

Landmarks facing climate threats could 'transform'

Mon, 08/10/2020 - 18:55
Researchers asked whether heritage sites threatened by climate change should be allowed to adapt and 'transform.'

New global study shows 'best of the last' tropical forests urgently need protection

Mon, 08/10/2020 - 18:32
The world's 'best of the last' tropical forests are at significant risk of being lost, according to a new article. Of these pristine forests that provide key services -- including carbon storage, prevention of disease transmission and water provision -- only a mere 6.5 percent are formally protected.

Past evidence supports complete loss of Arctic sea-ice by 2035

Mon, 08/10/2020 - 18:32
A new study supports predictions that the Arctic could be free of sea ice by 2035.

Personal connections key to climate adaptation

Mon, 08/10/2020 - 18:32
Connections with friends and family are key to helping communities adapt to the devastating impact of climate change on their homes and livelihoods. The research found people are more empowered to deal with the impact of encroaching sea-levels and dwindling fish stocks when they see others doing the same.

How fish stocks will change in warming seas

Mon, 08/10/2020 - 17:32
New research out today highlights the future effects of climate change on important fish stocks for south-west UK fisheries.

Exact climate data from the past

Mon, 08/10/2020 - 17:32
Corals and cave carbonates can reveal the temperatures that prevailed at the Earth's surface at the time they formed. An international team of geoscientists has developed a new method that makes it possible to identify whether the composition of these deposits was exclusively controlled by temperature, or if the formation process itself exerted an additional control. The new method allows scientists to determine past Earth surface temperatures more reliably.