UN report outlines ways to adapt to climate change

2014-03-24 16:08

A UN report is due that will put pressure on governments to do something about climate change. We will have to find ways to adapt to rising temperatures, heatwaves and rising seas.

Erratic weather endangers Bolivian harvests

2014-03-03 13:46

Erratic weather in the high Andes is rendering age-old methods of predicting conditions less reliable, endangering harvests in a region where life is hard.

Heat extremes are increasing

2014-02-26 21:59

Hot weather extremes have increased around the world in the past 15 years despite a slowdown in the overall pace of global warming.

Could lupins be the next superfood?

2014-02-06 05:00

Global warming poses a serious threat to the cultivation of traditional cereal crops such as wheat and rice. Could the humble high-protein/low-GI lupin grain become the next superfood?

2013 fourth hottest year since 1880

2014-01-22 10:07

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration last year tied for the fourth hottest year on record around the globe since 1880.

Antarctic glacier beyond point of no return

2014-01-13 19:02

Antarctica's Pine Island Glacier, one of the biggest single contributors to world sea-level rise, is melting irreversibly and could add as much as a cm to ocean levels.

100 degrees

2014-01-10 11:49

Fifty degrees in Australia and minus 50 in the US. At least in SA we only have to cope with Sanral and Nkandla, says Susan Erasmus.

Global warming threatening marine life

2013-11-15 08:32

Global warming is causing a silent storm in the oceans by acidifying waters at a record rate, threatening marine life from coral reefs to fish stocks.

Digestive gases from cows turned into fuel

2013-10-22 10:23

Argentine scientists have found a way to transform the gas created by the bovine digestive system into fuel.

Global warming may cause trees to 'migrate'

2013-09-16 10:34

Many climate studies have predicted that tree species will respond to global warming by migrating via seed dispersal to cooler climates.

Climate strongly affects violence worldwide

2013-08-03 05:30

Climate change has been linked to human violence and conflict around the world, a study shows.

Arctic methane release costly

2013-07-24 17:13

A release of methane in the Arctic could speed the melting of sea ice and climate change with a cost to the global economy of up to $60 trillion over coming decades.

Greenhouse gas altering ocean food chain

2013-07-03 08:28

A study shows the atmospheric CO2 has big consequences for the tiny bacteria that are the foundation of most of the life in the sea.

Thriving species at risk from climate change

2013-06-13 09:58

Many species of birds, amphibians and corals not currently under threat will be at risk from climate change and have been wrongly omitted from conservation planning, an international study found.

2014 deadline for nations' greenhouse gas plans

2013-05-29 09:35

All countries should outline their long-term plans for curbing greenhouse gases next year to revive the stalled fight against climate change.

Climate change killing off plants and animals

2013-05-13 08:37

Climate change will cause widespread global-scale loss of common plants and animals.

Long-term cooling ‘ended in 19th century’

2013-04-23 13:11

A global long-term cooling trend ended late in the 19th century and was followed decades later by the warmest temperatures in nearly 1 400 years.

Air pollution scourge underestimated

2013-04-09 21:03

Air pollution is an underestimated scourge that kills far more people than Aids and malaria and a shift to cleaner energy could easily halve the toll by 2030.

Oceans moderate climate change

2013-04-07 20:16

Climate change could get worse quickly if huge amounts of extra heat absorbed by the oceans are released back into the air.

Global warming causing harsher winters

2013-03-28 19:33

Millions of people in northern Europe are still battling snow and ice, wondering why they are being punished with bitter cold.

UN chief blames rich for warming

2012-12-05 22:21

The UN chief says rich countries have caused climate change and must take the lead in fixing it.

Doha talks faltering

2012-11-28 22:34

As the nations of the world struggle in Doha to agree even modest targets to tackle global warming, the cuts needed in rising greenhouse gas emissions grow ever deeper, more costly and less likely to be achieved.

Greenhouse gases before industrialisation

2012-10-03 22:24

Humans were big emitters of greenhouse gases long before the Industrial Revolution, raising worrying questions about the benchmark for measuring global warming.

No ice loss in major Himalayan glaciers

2012-04-15 22:17

One of the world's biggest glacier regions has so far resisted global warming that has ravaged mountain ice elsewhere.


Global warming could push malaria to higher areas

2014-03-07 10:10

According to researchers, global warming could cause an increase in malaria in parts of Africa and South America unless control efforts are increased.

Extreme flooding could increase in Europe and UK

2014-03-03 11:01

Extreme floods could become more frequent in Europe by 2050, more than quadrupling financial losses, if climate change worsens.

Iranian president concerned about disappearing lake

2014-02-20 12:16

Iran's new president, Hassan Rouhani, is concerned about saving the country's biggest lake and preventing it from disappearing completely.

Could lupins be the next superfood?

2014-02-05 13:47

Global warming poses a serious threat to the cultivation of traditional cereal crops such as wheat and rice. Could the humble high-protein/low-GI lupin grain become the next superfood?

Climate scientists bark up the big tree

2014-01-15 22:31

Despite their greater age, big, old trees do more than small, young ones to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

100 degrees

2014-01-11 05:00

Fifty degrees in Australia and minus 50 in the US. At least in SA we only have to cope with Sanral and Nkandla, says Susan Erasmus.

More droughts, heavier rains in warm Europe

2013-12-02 21:42

Europe will be a much warmer place by century's end, plagued by frequent downpours over its entire landmass and heatwaves and droughts in the south.

Digestive gases from cows turned into fuel

2013-10-22 12:47

Argentine scientists have found a way to transform the gas created by the bovine digestive system into fuel.

Uncertain boffins: People cause warming

2013-09-18 17:58

Top climate scientists will blame mankind more clearly than ever for global warming next week but may struggle to drive home the message in a report that uses the term "uncertainty" 42 times.

Majuro Declaration to fight global warming

2013-09-05 23:28

Pacific leaders have signed a declaration committing themselves to urgent action on climate change and pleading with the rest of the world to follow their lead.

Climate strongly affects violence worldwide

2013-08-02 08:06

Climate change has been linked to human violence and conflict around the world, a study shows.

Seas rise 2.3m per degree of global warming

2013-07-15 08:16

Sea levels could rise by 2.3 metres for each degree Celsius that global temperatures increase and they will remain high for centuries to come, according to a new study.

El Nino unusually active in the late 20th century

2013-07-01 07:51

A tree-ring record reflecting El Nino’s activity over the past seven centuries may give insight into how it will respond to global warming.

Obama plans major push on global warming

2013-06-20 13:01

President Barack Obama plans a major push against the pollution blamed for global warming.

China, US to cut greenhouse emissions

2013-06-12 20:38

Phasing out "super greenhouse gases," which mass emitters China and the United States have agreed to restrict, could curb global warming.

Greenhouse gases heat up China

2013-04-12 21:55

China, the world's largest producer of carbon dioxide, is directly feeling the man-made heat of global warming, a study has concluded.

Fasten seatbelts for bumpier flights

2013-04-08 19:03

Flights will become bumpier as global warming destabilises air currents at altitudes used by commercial airliners.

Economist warns of radical climate change

2013-04-03 08:28

The author of an influential 2006 study on climate change warned that the world could be headed toward warming even more catastrophic than expected.

Wind farm potential overestimated

2013-02-27 08:18

Research in mesoscale atmospheric modelling suggests that the power capacity of large-scale wind farms may have been significantly overestimated.

Poor countries want more climate cash

2012-12-05 22:21

The world's poorest nations have called for significant financing to cope with the impacts of global warming, setting up a potential clash with rich countries.

What Hurricane Sandy is warning us about

2012-11-01 14:18

Global warming and high Co2 omissions are some of the factors that contributed to the devastating storm.

Spies snoop on greens

2011-11-13 16:00

Intelligence agencies are keeping a close eye on activists ahead of this month’s big climate change COP 17 conference.

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