Global energy system under stress

2014-11-12 09:15

With fossil fuels set to meet most of the increased global demand for energy, the IEA has warned that climate change targets are at risk.

Hottest September since 1880

2014-10-20 19:28

Last month was the hottest September for globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces since record-keeping began in 1880.

Humans causing climate change heat

2014-09-30 05:00

Heat waves last year in Asia, Europe and Australia have been influenced by human-caused climate change, but not all extreme weather events could be linked to global warming.

SA greenhouse emissions on track

2014-09-23 22:30

South Africa's greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, but are on track to meet targets the country agreed to at the UN climate change conference in Copenhagen.

Scientists say the ozone layer is recovering

2014-09-11 05:00

Scientists say the ozone layer is recovering and credit the phase-out of aerosol chemicals since the '80s.

Small island states seek economic overhaul

2014-08-25 15:03

Small island states facing a "frightening" rise in sea levels will seek investments in everything from solar energy to fisheries to boost their economies.

Pacific leaders say climate will claim entire nations

2014-07-31 17:14

Pacific leaders warned that entire island nations will disappear under the waves unless action is taken to address climate change.

352 hotter than average months in a row

2014-07-21 21:16

The world is on a hot streak,sizzling to a temperature record in June, after breaking the May record too.

Green gas comment wanted

2014-07-01 20:02

Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has called for public input on a report on the country's greenhouse gas inventory.

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.


Fresh climate talks start in Bonn

2014-10-20 20:36

Fresh UN climate talks have opened opened in Bonn with a plea for nations to overcome rifts as scientists reported record global temperatures.

Natural gas surge won't slow global warming

2014-10-16 05:00

Using more cheap natural gas in future decades won't slow global warming a new study projects.

Africa to issue climate change bonds

2014-09-26 17:45

Climate change bonds will enable the Africa to tap both capital markets and donor funds to bolster its defenses against extreme weather events.

Ditching coal a massive step forward

2014-09-22 20:30

Phasing out coal as an electricity source by 2050 would bring the world 0.5°C closer to the UN's targeted cap for climate warming.

Greenhouse gases hit new high

2014-09-09 18:44

Surging carbon dioxide levels have boosted greenhouse gases in the atmosphere to a new high in 2013, amid worrying signs that absorption by land and sea is waning.

Deep emissions cuts needed by 2050

2014-08-07 18:29

Deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions will be needed to avert the worst of global warming that is already harming all continents.

Britain set to curb carbon emissions by 50%

2014-07-22 14:00

The British government has vowed to stick with a goal to curb emissions by 2027 to 50% of the 1990 levels.

World is getting warmer

2014-07-18 05:00

The world is getting warmer, as greenhouse gases reach historic highs and Arctic sea ice melts, making 2013 one of the hottest years on record.

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.

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