New research shows that pathogens that incubate at higher temperatures are more infectious. Yet the computer models that predict the spread of epidemics from climate change—such as crop blights or disease outbreaks—may not be taking into account this important factor when predicting their severity. The study, published in Ecology, findsContinue Reading

Even if we achieve the carbon emissions reductions that the Paris Agreement calls for, there is the risk of the planet entering “hothouse Earth” conditions. A “hothouse Earth” climate will in the long term stabilize at a global average of 4-5°C higher than pre-industrial temperatures with sea level 10-60 mContinue Reading

Vertical axis wind turbines, which may have fewer effects on birds and nearby people, could increase public support for new wind energy installations, new research suggests. With global carbon emissions on the rise, wind power continues to be an attractive option for states and countries looking to limit fossil fuelContinue Reading

One of the big mysteries in the scientific world is how the ice sheets of Antarctica formed so rapidly about 34 million years ago, at the boundary between the Eocene and Oligocene epochs. There are 2 competing theories: The first explanation is based on global climate change: Scientists have shownContinue Reading

Scientists at University of California Davis and San Francisco State University have discovered that the combination of elevated levels of carbon dioxide and an increase in ocean water temperature has a significant impact on survival and development of the Antarctic dragonfish (Gymnodraco acuticeps). The research article was published today inContinue Reading

Polar bear

Polar bears are at serious risk. As their habitat is a constantly changing terrain between ice and thaw, the rising temperatures make disappear the sources of food. In a short period of time, reproduction will be harder and the total population will decrease toward a final extinction. A quarter ofContinue Reading