Category Archives: Environmental Health: Climate

Risk from extreme weather is set to rise

Climate change and population growth will hugely increase the risk to people from extreme weather, a report says. The Royal Society warns that the risk of heatwaves to an ageing population will rise about ten-fold by 2090 if greenhouse gases … Continue reading

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How could we intervene to change the climate?

Ideas range from trying to block the Sun’s rays with sulphur particles in the upper atmosphere to making the seas and deserts more reflective to forests of artificial trees soaking up carbon dioxide -concepts that seem so outlandish that many … Continue reading

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Human societies are not resilient to extreme weather

Human exposure to extreme weather is set to increase with continued changes in global climate and population size, location and age.  The Resilience to Extreme Weather report identifies the regions most vulnerable to floods, droughts and heatwaves over the coming … Continue reading

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El Niño stunts children’s growth

Extreme weather events, such as El Niño, can have long-lasting effects on health, according to research published in the open access journal Climate Change Responses. The study, in coastal Peru, shows that children born during and after the 1997-98 El … Continue reading

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Environmental ‘tipping points’ key to predicting extinctions

Researchers from North Carolina State University have created a model that mimics how differently adapted populations may respond to rapid climate change. Their findings demonstrate that depending on a population’s adaptive strategy, even tiny changes in climate variability can create … Continue reading

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Eat less, to save the planet?

Crops Play a Major Role in the Annual CO2 Cycle Increase Newswise — MADISON, Wis. — Each year, the planet balances its budget. The carbon dioxide absorbed by plants in the spring and summer as they convert solar energy into … Continue reading

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Dark Winter: How the Sun Is Causing a 30-Year Cold Spell

Climate change has been a perplexing problem for years. In Dark Winter, scientist John L. Casey, a former White House national space policy advisor, NASA headquarters consultant, and space shuttle engineer tells the truth about ominous changes taking place in … Continue reading

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Ocean acidification caused by humans detailed via new global maps

A team of scientists has published the most comprehensive picture yet of how acidity levels vary across the world’s oceans, providing a benchmark for years to come as enormous amounts of human-caused carbon emissions continue to wind up at sea. … Continue reading

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Global Climate Trend Since Nov. 16, 1978: +0.14 C Per Decade

NEWSWISE Global Temperature Report: October 2014 Global climate trend since Nov. 16, 1978: +0.14 C per decade October temperatures (preliminary) Global composite temp.: +0.37 C (about 0.67 degrees Fahrenheit) above 30-year average for October. Northern Hemisphere: +0.34 C (about 0.61 … Continue reading

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Climate change caused by ocean, not just atmosphere, new Rutgers study finds

Most of the concerns about climate change have focused on the amount of greenhouse gases that have been released into the atmosphere.   But in a new study published in Science, a group of Rutgers researchers have found that circulation … Continue reading

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Fish are heading to the poles, the North and South ones

Large numbers of fish will disappear from the tropics by 2050, finds a new University of Britsh Columbia study that examined the impact of climate change on fish stocks. The study identified ocean hotspots for local fish extinction but also … Continue reading

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Global sea levels rose up to 5 meters per century at the end of the last 5 ice ages

Land-ice decay at the end of the last five ice-ages caused global sea-levels to rise at rates of up to 5.5 metres per century, according to a new study. An international team of researchers developed a 500,000-year record of sea-level … Continue reading

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Key climate change tenet may be less valid than universally thought

Based on models and observations, climate scientists have devised a simplified formula to describe one of the consequences of climate change: regions already marked by droughts will continue to dry out in the future climate. Regions that already have a … Continue reading

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