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You Decide: How Can We Address Climate Change? – NC State CALS

By Dr. Mike Walden The Biden Administration has identified addressing climate change – specifically, global warming – as one of its top priorities. Indeed, they are incorporating climate change into both their foreign and economic policies. Accepting global warming and…

Climate adaptation: we need local solutions to adapt to global warming – EU News

​​The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) welcomes the new EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change adopted by the European Commission on 24 February 2021. The CoR regrets, however, that even though it enables the move from planning to…

Under climate stress, human innovation set stage for population surge

(Washington University in St. Louis) Aridification in the central plains of China during the early Bronze Age did not cause population collapse, a result that highlights the importance of social resilience to climate change, according to new research from Washington University in St. Louis. Instead of a collapse amid dry conditions, development of agriculture and increasingly complex human social structures set the stage for a dramatic increase in human population around 3,900 to 3,500 years ago.

URI researchers: Microbes deep beneath seafloor survive on byproducts of radioactive process

(University of Rhode Island) Research conducted by scientists at the University of Rhode Island published today in Nature Communications found that microbes living in ancient sediment below the seafloor are sustained primarily by chemicals created by the natural irradiation of water molecules. Results of this research may have implications for life on Mars.

How Climate Change May Influence Deadly Avalanches – Scientific American

Big dumps of powder snow are a precious gift in the best of times around the West, where 40 or 50 feet can fall during a winter, forming frozen mountain water towers that slowly melt and sustain the region through…

Climate change-driven snowmelt in Alps triggers abrupt seasonal change – EurekAlert

IMAGE: Winter and summer at the field site, Hohe Mut, high up in the Austrian Alps. Photo credit: Richard Bardgett view more  Credit: Richard Bardgett Spring snowmelt in the Alps is occurring earlier in the year due to climate change and…

OU study highlights need for improving methane emission database

(University of Oklahoma) A University of Oklahoma-led study published in 2020 revealed that both area and plant growth of paddy rice is significantly related to the spatial-temporal dynamics of atmospheric methane concentration in monsoon Asia, where 87% of the world’s paddy rice fields are situated. Now, the same international research team has identified the limits and insufficiency of the major greenhouse emission database (EDGAR) in estimating paddy rice methane emissions.

Michael Mann on the politics of global warming – Financial Times

Climate scientist on the evolution of the climate change debate Pilita Clark talks to Michael Mann, distinguished professor of atmospheric science at Penn State university, and one of the world’s best-known climate scientists. They discuss the evolution of the climate…

Gulf Stream System at its weakest in over a millennium

(Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)) Never before in over 1000 years the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC), also known as Gulf Stream System, has been as weak as in the last decades. This is the result of a new study by scientists from Ireland, Britain and Germany. The researchers compiled proxy data, reaching back hundreds of years to reconstruct the AMOC flow history. They found consistent evidence that its slowdown in the 20th century is unprecedented in the past millennium.