October 2015 Global Warming Headlines
Europe's Lizards Threatened By Warming
As much as 30 percent of Europe's current lizard population could be lost over the next century due to disruptions caused by global warming.
Fires In Indonesia - World's Worst Climate Crisis?
More than 100,000 forest-clearing fires so far this year have added a massive CO2 load as well as endangering respiratory health. On multiple days last month, emissions from Indonesian forest fires have exceeded all emissions from the US economy
Insurers Not Prepared For Global Warming
UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres says the world's insurers are unprepared for costs resulting from the effects of climate change.
Displaced Bikini Islanders Now Climate Change Refugees
Approximately 1,000 residents of the Bikinia Atoll who were relocated to the Marshall Islands have applied for settlement in the United States due to rising sea levels.
Current Climate Commitments Simply Not Enough
The commitments by 155 countries representing around 90% of global emissions will result in a global temperature increase of around 3C.
Cities That May Soon Be Uninhabitable
By the end of the 21st century, heat waves in some Persian Gulf region cities such as Doha, Abu Dhabi and Bandar Abbas could be so intense that humans will not be able to survive in them over a sustained period of time
The Impact Of Climate Change On Women
Currrent climate inaction is costing women their livelihoods and their lives, says Hilary Bambrick; Professor and Chair of Population Health at Western Sydney University. Professor Bambrick says the effects of climate change are not gender-neutral.
Australia's Military Overlooking Climate Change Threats
Military planners have been accused of neglecting climate change threats at home and abroad; partly due to Australia's previous Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, having a strong aversion to the topic of global warming.
Climate Change Threatens Snow Leopards
Already faced with the threats of mining and poaching, 30% of snow leopard habitat in the Himalayas may be lost and heavily fragmented due to climate change
The Cost Of Climate Change Underestimated
A new study from Berkely and Stanford University researchers states climate change could wreak 5 to 10 times as much damage to the global economy than previously estimated, with a global economic price tag of more than 20 percent of GDP.
Australia's Government Pulls Lomborg Funding
$4 million earmarked for a research centre headed by "climate contrarian" Bjorn Lomborg has been taken off the table, with the Federal government stating the funds could be put to better use elsewhere.
Canada's New PM Pledges Climate Action
Newly-elected Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he will create national emissions targets and enable the nation's provinces to set a price on carbon in an effort to reverse the perception of Canada being a "pariah" on climate change.
Rich Nations Not Doing Enough
A joint report by a number of groups including Oxfam and WWF International states wealthy nations are not pulling their weight on fighting climate change - and this is due to the nature of a U.N. accord.
Global Warming World's Biggest Threat
US Secretary of State John Kerry says global warming is the world's biggest threat and that every country needs to reach consensus in order to realise a global clean energy future.
Climate Change A Gender Bender
Climate change may be disrupting the sex ratio among baby loggerhead sea turtles; with more female babies being produced.
Climate Change Tipping Points Detailed
A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences identifies tipping points where climate change will cause abrupt and disruptive shifts
Climate Denial Reaches Record Low
Just 16% of Americans still believe there isn't enough evidence to prove climate change is real, according to results from National Surveys on Energy and Environment
A Much Earlier Spring
Rising temperatures will see the onset of spring plant growth start three weeks earlier over the next century say researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Climate Change Will Cause Food Chain Collapse
Researchers from the University of Adelaide say climate change will lead to a complete food chain collapse across the world’s oceans, which will have profound effects on our lives as well as that of marine organisms.
Antarctic Melt Could Double By 2050
Researchers from multiple institutes have concluded there is a strong possibility for the doubling of Antarctica-wide ice sheet surface melting by 2050.
Carbon Intensity 'Turning Point'
The carbon intensity of the world economy reduced by 2.7 percent last year, the biggest decline since PricewaterhouseCoopers started published reports seven years ago. However, PwC states the rate of decarbonisation need to more than double.
Aussie Doctors Urge Climate Action
The Royal Australasian College of Physicians is about to undertake a campaign warning world leaders without serious cuts to carbon emissions, heat related illnesses and infectious disease will become more commonplace
Global Coral Bleaching Event
A third global coral bleaching event could damage approximately 38 percent of the world’s coral reefs by the end of this year. Coral bleaching is linked to climate change.
California Climate Change Bill Now Law
California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill into law to boost renewable energy and increase increase energy efficiency in the state.
New IPCC Chief
South Korea's Lee Hoe-sung has been appointed as the new chief of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Climate Change Intensified South Carolina Floods
A 'once-in-a-thousand year' rain event in South Carolina occurred through atmospheric conditions tied to climate change. More than 18 inches (45 cm) of rain fell in parts of central South Carolina by early Sunday.
Climate Change Migration "Cultural Genocide"
Marshall Islands' Foreign Minister Tony de Brum says migration forced by climate change is a form of cultural genocide
Corporations Waking Up To Climate Change Threat
More major companies are giving issues relating to climate change increased priority in their sustainability initiatives according to a recent survey report.
India Vows Significant Carbon Emissions Intensity Reduction
India has committed to reduce its emissions intensity by 35% by 2030. The nation is the world's third biggest emitter, behind only China and the US.
Shell CEO Supports A Carbon Price
Shell's global chief executive, Ben van Beurden, says a price on carbon was necessary to discourage pollution, but says energy companies should be involved in designing solutions to battle climate change.
Indonesian Fires' Massive Emissions Legacy
Slash-and-burn farming on the Indonesian islands of Sumatra and Kalimantan have generated around 600 million tonnes of greenhouse gases this year and are resulting in a haze across south-east Asia that could become the worst on record.
Consensus Among Non-Climate Scientists?
It's a well established fact there is consensus among climate scientist as to the major cause of global temperature increases - human activity - but what about among non-climate scientists? A recent survey of nearly 700 scientists from non-climate disciplines indicates more than 90% believe human activity has significantly contributed to the rise in global temperatures.
Emissions - It's Not Just VW
New diesel cars from a number of manufacturers emit substantially higher levels of pollution when tested in more realistic driving conditions - more than 10 times more nitrogen oxides in some cases. Nitrogen oxides (NOx) act as indirect greenhouse gases.
Melting Permafrost Could Cost Trillions
Greenhouse gas emissions resulting from the melting of permafrost could cost the global economy as much as $43 trillion over the long term.
New York City Faces Major Flooding
The risk of major hurricane or storm-driven flooding in New York City is significantly higher than it was just 100 years ago due to a rise in sea level and changes in the nature of storms.
BHP : Climate Change Is Real
BHP’s analysis of Climate Change says the company accepts the IPCC’s assessment of climate change science calls for an agreement that will result in global warming being no more than 2 degrees Celsius warmer than pre-industrial levels.
BoE : Climate Change A Huge Financial Risk
Bank of England Governor Mark Carney says challenges currently posed by climate change 'pale in significance' compared to financial impacts to occur in the future.