Tag Archives: climate change

Solar panels in Sahara could boost renewable energy but damage the global climate – here’s why

Wadstock/Shutterstock Zhengyao Lu, Lund University and Benjamin Smith, Western Sydney University The world’s most forbidding deserts could be the best places on Earth for harvesting solar power – the most abundant and clean source of energy we have. Deserts are spacious, relatively flat, rich in silicon – the raw material for the semiconductors from which solar cells are made — …

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Climate change: what would 4°C of global warming feel like?

Lunatictm/Shutterstock Robert Wilby, Loughborough University Another year, another climate record broken. Globally, 2020 tied with 2016 as the warmest year ever recorded. This was all the more remarkable given that cool conditions in the Pacific Ocean – known as La Niña – began to emerge in the second half of the year. The Earth’s mean surface temperature in 2020 was …

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Forests go into growth ‘overdrive’ to recover from drought – new study

Tom Ovenden, Author provided Tom Ovenden, University of Stirling and Alistair Jump, University of Stirling One in 12 people could face severe drought every year by 2100, according to a recent study. And water stored on two-thirds of the Earth’s land surface will shrink as the climate warms. As plant ecologists, we’re concerned with what that means for forests – …

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How to cook Christmas dinner in the most environmentally friendly way possible

Rawpixel.com/Shutterstock Ximena Schmidt, Brunel University London; Christian Reynolds, City, University of London, and Sarah Bridle, University of Manchester By now, most of us are aware that much of the food we eat, in one way or another, contributes to the climate crisis. From food production and waste, to food consumption and diets – the way we produce, eat, store, discard, …

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It might be the world’s biggest ocean, but the mighty Pacific is in peril

Shutterstock Jodie L. Rummer, James Cook University; Bridie JM Allan, University of Otago; Charitha Pattiaratchi, University of Western Australia; Ian A. Bouyoucos, James Cook University; Irfan Yulianto, IPB University, and Mirjam van der Mheen, University of Western Australia The Pacific Ocean is the deepest, largest ocean on Earth, covering about a third of the globe’s surface. An ocean that vast …

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An ocean like no other: the Southern Ocean’s ecological richness and significance for global climate

Shutterstock/CherylRamalho Ceridwen Fraser, University of Otago; Christina Hulbe, University of Otago; Craig Stevens, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, and Huw Griffiths, British Antarctic Survey In 2018, a map named after an oceanographer went viral. The so-called Spilhaus projection, in which Earth is viewed from above the South Pole, was designed to show the connected nature of the ocean …

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Arctic Ocean: climate change is flooding the remote north with light – and new species

A boat navigates at night next to large icebergs in eastern Greenland. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana) Jørgen Berge, University of Tromsø; Carlos Duarte, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology; Dorte Krause-Jensen, Aarhus University; Karen Filbee-Dexter, Université Laval; Kimberly Howland, Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR), and Philippe Archambault, Université Laval At just over 14 million square kilometres, the Arctic Ocean …

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Climate Explained: what would happen if we cut down the Amazon rainforest?

Gustavo Frazao Sebastian Leuzinger, Auckland University of Technology CC BY-ND Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz What would happen if we cut down the entire Amazon rainforest? …

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