December 2016 Global Warming Headlines
Nitrogen Pollution's Role In Climate Change
Nitrogen pollution is arguably a more challenging problem than carbon emissions in relation to climate change; as nitrous oxide has over 300 times more GWP potential than carbon dioxide.
Soil Carbon Alarm Sounded
The Earth's soils hold double the amount of carbon that the atmosphere does. A new study indicates rising temperatures will stimulate the net loss of soil carbon to the atmosphere; with significant ramifications.
Arctic's "Warm" November
The Arctic region reached record-high temperatures for the month of November and ice cover was the lowest in over 150 years - a situation that has been blamed on human activities.
Climate Affects Bacteria Biodiversity
Our warming planet is threatening some of the world’s microbiological diversity, and as the foundation of any food chain, unhappy bacteria could have some massive implications.
Climate Change's Massive Impact On Fisheries
Every degree Celsius warming will see the loss of three million tonnes of fish globally from potential fisheries catches says a new study. Due to changes in ocean temperatures and other factors, some countries will be very hard hit while others will see gains.
99% Certainty - Climate Change Shrinking Glaciers
And a new study, based on investigation of 37 glaciers in five geographic regions, claims 99 percent certainty that climate change is driving glacial retreat.
DoE Refuses Trump Team's Request For Names
The U.S. Energy Department has refused a request from President-elect Donald Trump's Energy Department transition team for the names of department employees and contractors who attended the annual UN global climate talks within the last five years.
Bill Gates' Led Fund Investing In Climate Action
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and other industry heavyweights including Amazon's Jeff Bezos and Virgin Group's Richard Branson have created a $1 billion venture fund that will invest in clean energy technology to combat climate change.
North Pole's Reindeer "Shrinking"
The average weight of adult reindeer on Svalbard, an Arctic island near the North Pole, has fallen more than 10% since the 1990s. This is thought to be due to changes in climate affecting the animals' ability to forage for food during winter.
Methane Emissions Spiking
Global methane gas emissions are climbing incredibly quickly and food production may be the culprit. Methane is a gas with a far higher GWP (Global Warming Potential) than carbon dioxide.
Australia To Miss Climate Targets
A report led by Australia's chief scientist states Australia is not on track to meet the Paris climate change commitment of reducing emissions by between 26 and 28 per cent by 2030.
Another Climate Skeptic Picked For Top U.S. Job
President-elect Donald Trump will reportedly pick another climate skeptic for an important role in the USA's new government. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a fossil fuel advocate, is expected to be nominated to run the Department of the Interior.
Climate Change Skeptic Picked To Lead EPA
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump will nominate climate change skeptic, Scott Pruitt, to lead the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Hundreds Of Local Extinctions In 2016
Hundreds of local extinctions have occurred this year, with strong indications that climate change was a driver. The phenomenon has been twice as prevalent in tropical regions.
Trump Warned About Climate Inaction
Greenpeace claims U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's refusal to act on climate change could cost trillions of dollars each year for decades.
Weather Channel Takes On Breitbart
The Weather Channel has taken aim at the far-right American news, opinion and commentary website Breitbart and asked it to "please stop using our video to mislead Americans".
New York City - How Wet Will It Get?
In just 15 years, sea levels in the New York Tri-State area could increase by 12 inches. By 2080, it could be as much as 36 inches. By 2035, 60 square miles, where 19,000 people live and 10,0000 work, will be inundated.
Megacity Mayors Vow To Continue Emissions Battle
Mayors from major cities all over the world are banding together to continue the battle against climate change.
Climate Change To Drive Increased Rain Events
Some parts of the United States could see a 400% increase in the frequency of extreme summer rain events as a result of climate change say researchers from the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
Gore Chats With Trump
President-elect Donald Trump met on Monday with former vice-president and climate crusader Al Gore, in what Mr. Gore said was an "extremely interesting conversation".
Glacial Avalanche Risk From Climate Change
Massive and rare glacier avalanches in the Aru mountain range in western Tibet may have been caused by climate change; through increasing melt and rainfall lubricating the base of the glaciers.
Climate Change Is The Greatest Security Threat.
Whether humanity is able to rein in warming below 2C or not, there will still be significant climate-related humanitarian crises to deal with. Major General Munir Muniruzzaman believes climate change is the greatest security threat of the 21st century.
Misleading Climate Story Panned
Climate scientists have condemned a U.S. House committee that promoted a factually incorrect story skeptical that the earth is warming at a dangerous pace, with one calling it an astounding example of cherry-picking the data
Patagonia Melts During Chile's Drought
Chile is in the midst of its most extensive drought in history and Patagonia, home to some the world’s largest glaciers, are "starving to death" due to high temperatures.
The Soil Carbon Bomb
As a result of climate change, our planet's soils will release 55 billion tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere by 2050, further adding to the carbon load and amplifying the effects of global warming.
80,000 Reindeer Starved To Death
Changes in weather patterns in Russia's Yamal Peninsula have been responsible for at least 81,000 reindeer deaths in the region in two events - 20,000 in 2006 and 61,000 in 2013.
100 Metre Wide Rift In Antarctic Shelf
The calving of the Larsen C Ice Shelf in Antarctica will produce an iceberg the size of the U.S. state of Delaware - and it will likely occur within the next decade. This will in turn enable more glaciers to move into the sea.
Australian Farmers Want More Climate Change Action
More than 80 per cent of 1338 farmers surveyed across Australia want politicians to do more concerning climate change.A similar percentage also support Australia moving towards 100 per cent renewable electricity