June 2016 Global Warming News

Pink Polar Snow Alarms Scientists
Pink algae present in Arctic snow are an indicator of melt as they need liquid water in order to bloom. Unfortunately, by discolouring the snow, they also amplify the rate of melting.

New York's Extreme Heat Future
As many as 3,331 people may die every year in New York alone by 2080 due to extreme heat events; which are expected to triple by that year.

Could Brexit Impact On UK Climate Change Action?
Regulations put in place to help address climate change may be torn up following the Brexit result and the UK could return to its status as the "dirty man of Europe".

Bleached Barrier Reef Corals In Dire Straits
Bleached corals on the northern part of Australia's Great Barrier Reef are “the sickest” Australian scientists have ever observed and sustained high sea temperatures will make it more difficult for them to recover.

Global Warming Consensus Paper Popular
A paper published in 2013 stating there was 97% expert consensus on human-caused global warming in peer-reviewed research has been downloaded more than half a million times - many more times than any other in the Institute of Physics journals.

Crop Breeding Programs - A Sense Of Urgency
Unless immediate action is taken to speed up the introduction of new and improved crop varieties, yields will fall within the next ten years due to the effects of climate change.

May Was The Warmest On Record
It's become an all too common occurrence - heat records being broken. May this year was no exception; with NASA stating it the hottest month on the planet record-keeping began. "Abnormal is the new normal".

Minimizing Impact Of Climate Change On Food Supply 
A simple but effective 700 year old farming technique called the West African Soil Method could be key to addressing the the effects of climate change on food supply.

Climate Change Claims First Mammal Species
Australia's Bramble Cay melomys is the first mammal species to go extinct due to climate change say University of Queensland and Government researchers. Ocean inundation of the tiny island where it lived is thought to have wiped out the creature.

Antarctic Carbon Dioxide Levels Reach 400 PPM
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the South Pole Observatory recorded levels of 400 ppm CO2 last month. It's the last monitoring station on Earth to hit the threshold and an estimated 4 million years since the Antarctic has experienced such high concentrations.

Greenland Records Highest June Temperature
Temperatures reached 75 degrees (24 Celsius) last Thursday in Greenland's capital Nuuk - the highest June reading on record. It wasn't just the warmest day ever in the capital, but also the whole country.

Cool Roofs Cool The Globe
A recent study from researchers at Concordia University in Montreal in Energy and Buildings indicate cool roofs provide net energy savings in hot and cold climates.

Norway Pledges Zero Deforestation
Late last month, the Norwegian government committed to zero deforestation on its territory and set up new demands regarding public procurements of forestry products.

Delayed Monsoons In Nepal The Norm
Nepal has experienced 33 delayed monsoons out of 48 recorded so far and the nation's meteorology department says the existing monsoon onset date has to be shifted by 5 days to June 15.

British Warships Overheating
Some British warships stationed in the Persian Gulf are losing power due to high ocean temperatures. Furthermore, the Persian Gulf region may not be fit for human habitation by the end of the century due to heatwaves.

A Greener Arctic
NASA scientists have found the Arctic tundra is changing - 29.4 percent of the region has greened up, while 2.9 percent has experienced vegetation decline. The greening effect is due to rising temperatures.

Australia's Wine Industry Looks South
With warmer temperatures seeing grapes ripen a couple of days earlier each year; Australia's mainland wine makers are eyeing property across Bass Strait in Tasmania, with some already establishing operations.

Alaskan Wildfires Destroying Climate Change Buffers
Wildfires in Alaska, caused in part by climate change, are contributing further to global warming through the destruction of boreal forests, tundra and permafrost that have acted as a huge carbon sink.

University Of Auckland To Vote On Fossil Fuel Divestment
At the urging of students, staff and alumni, the University of Auckland will soon vote on divesting from oil, gas and coal companies. If the vote carries, the University could join dozens of others around the world turning their back on fossil fuel investments.

Massive Increase In Storm Rescues
A University of New South Wales study has found 500% more storm and flood related rescues occuring in Queensland in 2011 compared to 2005. 

Australians Back Carbon Pricing
Australia's carbon tax was axed three years ago, but it seems Aussies are fine with the idea of having it back again. 63 per cent of Australians support a price on carbon emissions

Coral Sanctuary A "Graveyard"
Jarvis Island in the Pacific Remote Island Marine National Monument has seen a massive die-off of corals due to high ocean temperatures. Around 95% of the coral colonies have died in just a year.

West Antarctica Ice Loss "Considerable"
Researchers have discovered glaciers in what's been an ignored region of West Antarctica have lost a considerable amount of ice - and it's been going on for decades.