October 2013 climate change news

October 22 - Australia's "Direct Action" Questioned
UN climate chief Christiana Figueres warned Australia's new government will "pay a heavy political and economic price" for its "Direct Action" policies; which could be more expensive than a carbon price. Read more 
October 21 - Australian State Burns
Major fires in the Australian state of New South Wales have destroyed hundreds of homes. The fire front in one affected region is almost 300 km long. The Australian Greens have warned the situation will become more commonplace as climate change takes hold. Read more

October 17 - UN Urges More Investment In Battling Climate Change
Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, has urged the international community to commit to providing increased financial investment to combat climate change; saying it was the single greatest threat to sustainable development and that in addressing it, great opportunities for positive change were possible. Read more.

October 16 - Oceans Undermined By 2100
A new study has determined that no part of the world's oceans will remain untouched by the effects of climate change by 2100. Read more.

October 14 - Climate Change To Intensify El Nino
The effect of climate change on El Nino-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) will likely see greater wet and dry anomalies in the years ahead according to Australia's Bureau of Meteorology. Read more

October 10 - A Radically Different Climate Just Decades Away.
Climate could be radically different from average conditions during the 1860-2005 period for much of humanity by as soon as 2047 according to a study by a team from the University of Hawaii. Read more.

October 9 - There Was No Warming 'Pause'
News of a pause in global warming was very much exaggerated. An article on Grist examines the history of the myth and how it has been and continues to be perpetuated. Read more

October 8 - Climate change effects stressing krill
Tiny creatures called krill that form an important food source for many creatures in the Antarctic marine ecosystem are reported to be displaying some of the earliest signs of acidification damage; caused by carbon dioxide saturating seawater. Read more.

October 6 - Alaska Sued By Student
A University of Alaska Fairbanks student is suing the state over the damage being done to his home town and the loss of permafrost upon which it sits; which is occurring due to the effects of climate change. Read more.

October 4 - Climate Change Refugee In NZ
A couple who left the Pacific nation of Kiribati for New Zealand is arguing that rising sea levels in their home country make it too dangerous for them to return. Kiribati is among the nations most vulnerable to climate change. Read more

October  4 - The Heat Is On (Already) In Australia
Australia has experienced it's hottest September on record - nearly 5F above normal. Earlier this year, the nation's Bureau of Meteorology had to add a new colour to its temperature map to incorporate searing temperatures that were off the chart. Read more.

October 3 - Oceans Rapidly Deteriorating
Warming, de-oxygenation and acidification impacting oceans is far worse than previously thought according to the the International Programme on the State of the Ocean (IPSO) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Read more.

October 1 - The Silver Lining Of Global Warming?
The UK's Secretary of state for environment, food and rural affairs says global warming could have a positive side, allowing food to be grown further north. Owen Paterson's views have been criticised and he has been accused of being a climate change skeptic. Read more.

October 1 - Australia To Bear The Brunt Of Climate Change
Australia will be the hardest hit of G20 countries by the effects of climate change. A study compiled by HSBC states the nation's exposure to climate change has deteriorated faster than any other major economy over the past two years. Read more.

October 1 - Overhaul the IPCC?
Some scientists are concerned the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) latest report may be too conservative to relay the gravity of the threat of global warming and are suggesting an overhaul of the IPCC. Read more.