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Research study: 'Groundwater inundation' doubles previous predictions of flooding with future sea level rise -- Sott.net

Research study: 'Groundwater inundation' doubles previous predictions of flooding with future sea level rise -- Sott.net | Climate Chaos News | Scoop.it
  Scientists from the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM) published a study today in Nature Climate Change showing that besides marine inundation (flooding), low-lying coastal areas may also be vulnerable to "groundwater inundation," a facto...
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Climate change leaving seabirds with nowhere to tern

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Climate change leaving seabirds with nowhere to tern

One of the UK’s rarest seabirds could become a victim of climate change as rising seas and increased coastal flooding squeezes the UK’s coastline.

 

Little terns, the UK’s smallest tern species, return each April to breed on beaches at fewer than sixty sites around the UK. Traditional colonies at South Gare on the Tees and Donna Nook in Lincolnshire have already been lost due to changes in our coastline and just one nesting site remains in Wales.

 

Predictions of increased coastal flooding and sea level rise caused by climate change could spell disaster for these elegant seabirds. This warning comes as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issue their latest reports on climate change [note 2].

 

Susan Rendell-Read is the RSPB’s little tern project manager “Little terns are very vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. They need undisturbed sand and shingle beaches to nest with a plentiful supply of small fish just offshore. These beaches can be quickly altered by rising seas and floods, making them unsuitable for terns to nest.” 

“In the past, the areas lost to flooding or storms would be offset by new areas of sand or shingle thrown up by the sea. This is now being prevented by hard sea defences and other man made developments. The result, known as coastal squeeze, means beaches are getting narrower and the little terns are quickly running out of space.”

 

“As rising sea levels and storms change our coastline, little terns are forced into fewer and fewer colonies and have to share space with people on some of our most popular beaches, leading to significant problems with disturbance.”

 

A major new five-year partnership including the RSPB, Natural England and the National Trust [note 3] has been established to help little terns adapt to climate change and secure their future in the UK. This partnership, supported by the EU LIFE + programme will lay the foundations for the long-term recovery of the little tern in the UK by protecting and creating nest sites and increasing public awareness and support.

 

An important part of the recovery plan is ensuring that the few sites where little terns continue to breed are protected from disturbance [note 4]. The RSPB and its partners are keen to raise awareness amongst local communities and beachgoers to give little terns space to breed safely and in peace.

Victoria Egan manages little tern colonies for the National Trust at Blakeney National Nature Reserve in Norfolk said “local communities and beachgoers have a vital role to play in helping little terns cope with the increasing threat of climate change. These tiny seabirds need space to breed undisturbed so we are urging visitors to these beaches to follow any directions and advice given on local signs on the beach and avoid entering certain areas while the little terns are breeding”.

Susan added “These dainty little seabirds, no heavier than a tennis ball, have just started returning to our shores after travelling thousands of miles from their wintering sites off the south and west coasts of Africa. We need to make sure that they have the best chance of finding a suitable home when they arrive.”



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Two degrees: how the world failed on climate change

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For 20 years, climate policy has centered around one goal: making sure we don't get more than 2°C of global warming. That goal is looking increasingly delusional.


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Feds: Americans in danger due to climate change

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Global warming is already have significant effects in every region of the United States, forcing cities and states to spend large amounts of money in order to adapt to a climate that will likely worsen, a new government report states.
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Global warming: How hot 25 US cities will be in the year 2100 - SFGate

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If you didn't think this summer could get any hotter, just wait ... A while ... about 85 years, to be exact.
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Green under siege: world's biodiversity hotspots 85 percent impacted

Green under siege: world's biodiversity hotspots 85 percent impacted | Climate Chaos News | Scoop.it
The world's 35 biodiversity hotspots—which harbor 75 percent of the planet's endangered land vertebrates—are in more trouble than expected, according to a sobering new analysis of remaining primary vegetation. In all less than 15 percent of natural intact vegetation is left in the these hotspots, which include well-known jewels such as Madagascar, the tropical Andes, and Sundaland.
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UK on track to miss carbon targets, climate change advisers warn

UK on track to miss carbon targets, climate change advisers warn | Climate Chaos News | Scoop.it
Green deal and energy company obligation, government's flagship energy efficiency schemes, found wanting
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Why we care about the 97% expert consensus on human-caused global warming - The Guardian

Why we care about the 97% expert consensus on human-caused global warming - The Guardian | Climate Chaos News | Scoop.it
The Guardian Why we care about the 97% expert consensus on human-caused global warming The Guardian The evidence is crystal clear that humans are the main cause of the current global warming, and the expert consensus reflects the strength of that...
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Flooding in Afghanistan kills 80 people and leaves thousands homeless

Flooding in Afghanistan kills 80 people and leaves thousands homeless | Climate Chaos News | Scoop.it
Local authorities are struggling to cope with the effects of flash flooding, landslides and avalanches in rural Afghanistan (RT @guardianworld: Flooding in Afghanistan kills 80 people and leaves thousands homeless
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Unleash metrics on the climate change sceptics! Met Office chief wants ... - The Independent

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This map explains why climate change is so unfair

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The world's poorest countries are also the ones most likely to get hammered by the earth's warming. Can the new EPA regulations do anything about that?
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Global warming gas exceeds 400 parts per million - Asbury Park Press

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Sydney Morning Herald Global warming gas exceeds 400 parts per million Asbury Park Press The threshold reinforces evidence that burning of fossil fuels and other human activities are resulting in the ongoing increase in heat-trapping greenhouse...
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John Oliver's viral video: the best climate debate you'll ever see

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Dana Nuccitelli: Oliver tackles media climate false balance, the 97% expert consensus, and what a representative climate debate should look like
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With climate changing, Southern plants outperform Northern

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Can plants and animals evolve to keep pace with climate change? A new study shows that for at least one widely-studied plant, the European climate is changing fast enough that strains from Southern Europe already grow better in the north than established local varieties.
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India evacuates thousands as Nepal landslide sparks flood fears

India evacuates thousands as Nepal landslide sparks flood fears | Climate Chaos News | Scoop.it
PATNAIndia/KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Authorities in eastern India began evacuating thousands of villagers on Saturday after efforts to clear a deadly landslide in neighboring Nepal sparked fears of flash floods
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IPCC climate change report's findings must be accepted, MPs say - The Guardian

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The world's most comprehensive report yet on the science of climate change has been strongly endorsed by an influential group of MPs.
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New mega-map details all the ways climate change will affect our everyday lives | Carbon Brief

New mega-map details all the ways climate change will affect our everyday lives | Carbon Brief | Climate Chaos News | Scoop.it
RT @vickihird: Food looms large @carbonbrief: New mega-map -ways climate change will affect our lives http://t.co/T0htzRLZ4w http://t.co/m…;
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Global warming culprit-nations likely to change by 2030 - Phys.Org

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Phys.Org Global warming culprit-nations likely to change by 2030 Phys.Org (Phys.org) —While developed countries and regions have long been culprits for Earth's rising greenhouse gas emissions, Cornell researchers – balancing the role of aerosols...
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8 charts that show how climate change is making the world more dangerous

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Disasters including storms, floods and heatwaves have increased fivefold since the 1970s, UN finds
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One dead as powerful typhoon hits Japan's Okinawa

One dead as powerful typhoon hits Japan's Okinawa | Climate Chaos News | Scoop.it
TOKYO (Reuters) - One man died, more than 500,000 people were urged to evacuate and hundreds of flights were canceled in Japan as a strong typhoon brought torrential rain and high winds to its southwestern
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Bulgaria struggles with flood damage and begins to count cost

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SOFIA (Reuters) - The torrential rain and floods that swept Bulgaria this week have killed 12 people, wrecked part of the Black Sea city of Varna and badly hit agriculture and the important tourism sector,
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Predicted sea level rise 'will hit whole of Malta' - Times of Malta

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New research by NASA showing sea levels could rise by more than one metre would likely impact Malta, according to a climate change expert.
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An adaptability limit to climate change due to heat stress

An adaptability limit to climate change due to heat stress | Climate Chaos News | Scoop.it
Proof that it's technically possible we could make Earth uninhabitable for humans due to 11-12ºC of global warming: http://t.co/f6LPY6J0XP
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Rising seas uncover Pacific war dead

Rising seas uncover Pacific war dead | Climate Chaos News | Scoop.it
Rising sea levels have disturbed the skeletons of soldiers killed on the Marshall Islands during World War Two.
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Yale Poll: Americans Much More Worried About 'Global Warming' Than 'Climate ... - ThinkProgress

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Water goes 'missing' with snow loss

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A new study finds that if temperatures rise and more precipitation falls as rain rather than snow, it will likely reduce the overall volume of water in streams and rivers.
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Inaction on Energy, Climate Change Risks Global Chaos - Forbes

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Forbes Inaction on Energy, Climate Change Risks Global Chaos Forbes The crisis in Ukraine has provided the West with a stark reminder of an inconvenient fact: Many of Europe's liberal democracies are heavily dependent on Russia for their energy...
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