October 2016 Global Warming Headlines

Canada Unprepared For Climate Change
Canada isn't prepared for an increase flooding and extreme weather event that will become more common as climate change takes hold says a report out of University of Waterloo.

Hotter Days, Greater Fire Danger For Australia
Australia's mean surface temperature has increased by approximate 1 degree Celsius since early last century, rainfall is decreasing in the south of the country and there's been a significant increase in heatwaves. It's just a taste of things to come.

Climate Change Isn't All Bad News For Greenland
Greenland may have lost one trillion tons of ice between 2011 and 2014, but climate change is helping to fuel economic growth. Growing seasons are lasting longer and an increased diversity of fish are being found in its waters; including tuna and mackerel species never seen before.

Climate Change Eroding U.S. National Security
David Titley, who spent 32 years as a meteorologist in the U.S. Navy, says the nation's military planners know the climate is changing, why it is and the large impacts it will have on national security.

Australia Can Expect Fewer (But Stronger) Cyclones
The frequency of cyclones (hurricanes) in Australia will drop as effect of climate change, but the strength of these storms will increase according to new research.

NZ's White Plankton's Blooms An Effect Of Climate Change
White blooms of plankton east of New Zealand are the result of warming waters and less turbulent currents; a scenario reminiscent of the region's last major warming period 130,000 years ago.

Climate Focus On World Food Day
This year's World Food Day theme was ‘The climate is changing. Food and Agriculture must too" and the UNSG has urged the world to take a holistic collaborative and integrated approach to climate change food security 

Australia In The Spotlight
Australia is being questioned by countries including the USA as to how it will achieve its 2030 emissions target and about how it reports emissions after the UN reported says the country lacked transparency.

HFC Agreement Reached
Close to 200 nations have reached a deal to limit the use hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a greenhouse has with many times the Global Warming Potential (GWP) of carbon dioxide. HFCs use will start reducing beginning in 2019

Climate Change Increasing Area Affected By Forest Fires
Climate change has doubled the area in the U.S. West impacted by forest fires over the last 30 years - and the trend indicates the areas affected will continue to grow.

NYC Flooding Risk Dramatically Increases
A new study indicates New York City at risk of major flooding every two decades (worst-case scenario) as a result of climate change and rising sea levels. 

More Methane-Spewing Microorganisms Discovered.
A previously unknown group of methane-metabolising organisms has been discovered and blamed for contributing to climate change. Methane is a greenhouse gas with a global warming potential (GWP) far greater than carbon dioxide

Mountains No More?
It's one of the less cataclysmic effects of climate change, but interesting nonetheless - a number of mountains in the UK could be re-classified as hills as sea levels rise.

Climate Change And The Presidential Debates
Climate change didn't feature in the recent US presidential debate as the debate moderators didn't ask a single question about it. While it's one of the most pressing issues of our time, the two candidates seemed hesitant to discuss it of their own volition, with just 82 seconds in the first presidential debate dedicated to it.

New Zealand Ratifies Paris Agreement
New Zealand has officially committed to the climate agreement hammered out in Paris and has pledged to reduce emissions to 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.

Earth At Its Warmest For 115,000 Years
The world hasn't seen an average temperature as high as it is now for more than 115,000 years according to James Hansen, a former senior NASA climate scientist and widely considered as the man who first alerted the world to climate change.

Obama And DiCaprio Team Up On Climate Change
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio played moderation in a discussion concerning climate change between U.S. President Obama and climate scientist Dr. Katharine Hayhoe. The President said climate change would be a "really important test for humanity".

Kennedy Space Center Threatened By Rising Seas
Rising sea levels of 12 to 20cm of by mid-century, and up to 38cm by the 2080s combined with stormier weather is threatening the ongoing viability of NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Hurricane Matthew Bears Down On Haiti/Jamaica
One of the strongest hurricanes in the history of the Atlantic basin has Jamaica in its sights, but the hardest hit is likely to be Haiti. As at Monday morning (Australia time), the hurricane was packing winds of 145 miles per hour; just short of Hurricane Cleo.

India Formally Joins Paris Agreement
India, the world's third largest emitter of greenhouse gases (but not per capita) has ratified the agreement struck in Paris last year; helping to push the number of necessary signatories to the 55 percent mark.

Hawaiian Bees Placed On Endangered Species List
Invasive species, habitat destruction, pesticides and climate change have taken their toll on seven species of Hawaii's native yellow-faced bees, and they have been placed on the endangered species list.

Hydropower Fuelling Global Warming?
It's widely considered green, but hydropower reservoirs are claimed to be responsible for 1.3% of all greenhouse gas emissions globally according to a Washington State University study.

Wild Grasses Threatened By Pace Of Climate Change
Climate change is occurring at a far more rapid rate than wild grasses can adapt - and it has troubling implications

Carbon Dioxide Remains Above 400PPM
While September is usually the time of the year when atmospheric carbon dioxide levels are among their lowest at the Mauna Loa observation station in Hawaii; the level remained above 400PPM this year.

Climate Change Stealing Rain From Australia
Climate change is pushing south westerly winds towards Antarctica, robbing Australia of moisture says a new study out of the Australian National University.