Tag Archives: Global warming

Other casualties of Putin’s war in Ukraine: Russia’s climate goals and science

Katja Doose, University of Fribourg and Alexander Vorbrugg, Université de Berne As the European Union moves closer to an embargo deal on Russian oil, there is much talk about the impact of war-related sanctions on Europe’s energy transition and the world’s decarbonisation efforts. But the sanctions also have strong implications for Russia’s already slow and rather unsure green transition, be …

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Conger ice shelf has collapsed: what you need to know, according to experts

Steve Allen/Shutterstock Hilmar Gudmundsson, Northumbria University, Newcastle; Adrian Jenkins, Northumbria University, Newcastle, and Bertie Miles, University of Edinburgh East Antarctica’s Conger ice shelf – a floating platform the size of Rome – broke off the continent on March 15, 2022. Since the beginning of satellite observations in the 1970s, the tip of the shelf had been disintegrating into icebergs in …

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Ice stupas: the artificial mini glaciers bringing water to some of the driest, coldest places on Earth

Nishant Tiku/University of Aberdeen, Author provided Matteo Spagnolo, University of Aberdeen Glaciers are not just spectacular indicators of climate change as they shrink and disappear due to global warming. They are also, for many communities, an irreplaceable source of fresh water. During the melting season in summer, a portion of mountain glacier surface releases water that is essential to the …

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African tropical mountain forests store far more carbon than previously thought – new research

Mountain forests are significant carbon stores. Heibe/Pixabay Aida Cuní Sanchez, University of York; Martin Sullivan, Manchester Metropolitan University, and Phil Platts, University of York Tropical forests are well known for being the “lungs” of our planet. Through photosynthesis, the trees in these forests produce oxygen and remove enormous amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, helping to mitigate global warming. …

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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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Climate change, migration and urbanisation: patterns in sub-Saharan Africa

Herders at the N’gonga cattle market, Niger: Changing rainfall patterns alter locations of pastures the migrating herders depend on. Getty Images Roman Hoffmann, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research The link between climate change and migration has gained both academic and public interest in recent years. Many studies have found that environmental hazards affect migration. But the links are nuanced …

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