Tiny but mighty? Krill could prove secret weapon in ocean plastics battle

Saturday, 10 March 2018

They might be at the bottom of the food chain, but krill could prove to be a secret weapon in the fight against the growing threat of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans. New research Friday showed the tiny zooplankton are capable of digesting microplastics -- under five millimeters (0.2 inches) -- before excreting them back into the environment in an even smaller form. Study author Amanda Dawson stumbled on the finding while working on a project involving microbeads -- polyethylene ...

Study: Quarter of Earth’s land will become significantly drier

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

More than a quarter of Earth’s land surface will become “significantly” drier even if humanity manages to limit global warming to two degrees Celsius, the goal espoused in the Paris Agreement, scientists said on Monday. But if we contain average warming to 1.5 C (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit), this will be limited to about a tenth -- sparing two-thirds of the land projected to parch under 2 C, they concluded in a study published in Nature Climate Change. At 1.5 C, parts of southern ...

In clash with Trump, US report says humans cause climate change

Saturday, 4 November 2017

The rapid pace of global climate change is almost certainly driven by human activity, like burning fossil fuels, according to a US government report that contradicts assertions by President Donald Trump and members of his administration. “For the warming over the last century, there is no convincing alternative explanation supported by the extent of the observational evidence,” said the report by a group of more than 50 US government scientists released on Friday. The report, which ...

Pakistan records hottest day ever in Turbat area of Balochistan

Monday, 29 May 2017

Citizens of Balochistan’s Turbat experienced the hottest day on record in Pakistan’s history, as the temperatures reached a maximum of 53.5 degrees Celsius on Sunday.The temperature equaled the previous record measured on May 27, 2010 in Mohenjo Daro which broke a 12-year record of 53 degrees Celsius in Larkana on May 31, 1998, according to Pakistani daily The Express Tribune.The highest maximum temperature ever recorded in Turbat reached 52 degrees Celsius.According to Pakistan ...

Temperatures hit new high in 2016 for third year in a row

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Average surface temperatures over land and the oceans in 2016 were 0.94 degrees Celsius above the 20th-century average

Head-cam video of polar bears hunting warns of global warming

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

This polar bear head-cam is meant to highlight the devastating impact that melting ice caps would have on the specie’s ability to use sea ice to hunt for food and survive. The US Geological Survey published this video on Monday, January 9, showing two polar bears breaking through ice sheets in their hunt for prey in the southern Beaufort Sea, on the Arctic Ocean, last April.

Paris climate agreement to take effect Nov. 4

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Deal commits rich, poor countries to take action to curb the rise in global temperatures that is raising sea levels and shifting rainfall

Five beachgoers die in Britain on hottest day of year

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Millions have headed to the coast to escape a heatwave that has hit towards the end of the school holidays

Earth could become hotter than thought, study warns

Saturday, 9 April 2016

The study in the journal Science was led by researchers at Yale University and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

UN: Over 130 countries will sign climate agreement

Friday, 8 April 2016

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is hosting the signing ceremony on the first day that the agreement reached in Paris

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