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Analysis: ‘Global’ warming varies greatly depending where you live

As part of the Paris Agreement on climate change, the international community committed in 2015 to limit rising global temperatures to “well below” 2°C by the end of the 21st century and to “pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5°C” — However, these global temperature targets mask a lot of regional …

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When Environmental Forces Collide

Multiple factors often interact to amplify the effects of severe storms, droughts, and other extreme water-related events — Last year, a combination of unprecedented local rainfall intensities and storm surges from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria flooded Houston, large parts of Florida, and numerous island nations in the Caribbean. Such hydrologic compound events—when the combination …

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Warming of 2°C ‘substantially’ more harmful than 1.5°C – draft UN report

Latest version of major UN science report concludes the upper temperature goal of the Paris Agreement does not represent a climate safe zone — A leaked draft of a major UN climate change report shows growing certainty that 2°C, once shorthand for a ‘safe’ amount of planetary warming, would be a dangerous step for humanity. …

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Leaked final government draft of UN 1.5°C climate report – annotated

A draft summary of the most important climate science report of 2018, published here annotated with changes from the previous version — What is the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C? The 2015 Paris climate deal outlined two distinct goals: Holding the increase in the global average temperature …

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Coral reefs ‘will be overwhelmed by rising oceans’

Study finds fragile marine ecosystems cannot grow fast enough to keep pace with sea levels — Scientists have uncovered a new threat to the world’s endangered coral reefs. They have found that most are incapable of growing quickly enough to compensate for rising sea levels triggered by global warming. The study suggests that reefs – …

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Leaked UN draft report warns of urgent need to cut global warming

IPCC says ‘rapid and far-reaching’ measures required to combat climate change — The world is on track to exceed 1.5°C of warming unless countries rapidly implement “far-reaching” actions to reduce carbon emissions, according to a draft UN report leaked to Reuters. The final draft report from the UN’s intergovernmental panel on climate change (IPCC) was …

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Guest post: How global warming is causing ocean oxygen levels to fall

Prof Andreas Oschlies is head of the marine biogeochemical modelling group and speaker of the Collaborative Research Centre SFB 754 at the Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (GEOMAR) and Kiel University, Prof Peter Brandt is professor of physical oceanography at GEOMAR and Kiel University, and Dr Lothar Stramma and Dr Sunke Schmidtko are senior …

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How can climate policy stay on top of a growing mountain of data

Tracking all the relevant publications on climate change has become impossible. Climate science and policy need a new approach for an age of big literature — When the lines between scientific facts, legitimate disagreements and uncertainties about climate change are being deliberately blurred – not least by world leaders like Donald Trump and Recep Tayyip …

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World can ‘safely’ store billions of tonnes of CO2 underground

Storing billions of tonnes of CO2 underground would be a “safe and effective” way to help limit the effects of climate change, a new study says — The research suggests that large amounts of CO2 could be stored under the ground or sea with only a small risk of surface leakage in the following 10,000 …

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Businesses will act on climate despite Trump, says ex-UN climate chief

Christiana Figueres was also scathing of those who say it is inevitable that the global warming limit set out in the Paris agreement will be broken

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