Impacts

Poor Countries Will Suffer Extreme Heat First

Poor countries will bear the brunt of climate change and experience extreme heat on a daily basis sooner than developed nations despite emitting least carbon dioxide, according to a new…


Wild Fires: More People, Fewer Fires

We have thought that climate change increases the number of wild fires. But a study shows that in large parts of the world, however, the total area…



Risk Of Alaskan Wildfires To Quadruple

With the Alberta wildfire in the headlines comes this study from the University of Montana saying that the risk of Alaskan wildfires will increase four-fold this…


Stronger Storms Will Get More Intense

In cities, flooding and rainfall extremes will rise as the climate changes, according to a new study. Just how global warming is making storms more destructive has…



Study Criticises US Adaptation Plans

US climate adaptation plans are long on ideas but short on details and priorities, say researchers who have evaluated 44 local climate-adaptation plans, examining how their…


Humans Add To Risk Of Natural Fires

Demographic changes increase the risk of natural fires. Researchers studied the correlation between an increasingly warmer climate and various types of natural fires. They have also studied…


Amazon Responds Rapidly To Climate

Stanford scientists find Amazon rain forest responds quickly to extreme climate events. The carbon balance in the Amazon can change quickly in response to heat and…


Aerosols Affect Pacific Trade Winds

Pacific trade winds have recently intensified to a degree that is unprecedented in the the past century and this change can not be explained by…


Humans Drive Wildfires

Not just climate change: study finds human activity is a major factor driving wildfires. Study weighs human influence in wildfire forecast through 2050. The researchers systematically looked…



Forests May Provide Warming Buffer

Old-growth forests may provide a buffer against rising temperatures. Researchers find that the characteristics of old growth reduces maximum air temperatures as much as 2.5…



Forests Synch Growth To Climate Change

Forests synchronize their growth in response to climate change. Research reveals a growing spatial correspondence among trees between the ring-width patterns found in the trees and rising temperatures,…


Study: Alaskan Icefield May Melt Away

The massive Juneau Icefield feeding Alaska’s Mendenhall Glacier may melt by 2200 if warming predictions hold true, say researchers. The team predict that more than 60 percent of the ice…


Plants Absorbed CO2 Despite US Drought

Plants in the US absorbed carbon dioxide in 2012, becoming a carbon sink,  despite drought conditions. This is because plants take up carbon dioxide for growth during photosynthesis and…


Climate Change Will Affect US Forests

Model predicts how forests will respond to climate change. Drought could render the US Northeast’s mixed forests unsustainable after 2050, according to research using a new…


UN Experts Act On Heatwaves

Climate and health experts from throughout South Asia will gather at a UN sponsored forum in a bid to improve the management of health risks…


Models Underestimate Island Impacts

Thousands of islands are too small to be accounted for in the global climate models used by scientists to measure the impacts of climate change. New…