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Smoke from Arctic wildfires may have caused Greenland's record thaw

Smoke from Arctic wildfires may have caused Greenland's record thaw | Climate Chaos News | Scoop.it
Satellite images suggest soot particles settled over ice sheet making it absorb more heat during last year's extreme melting...
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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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European climate at the +2 C global warming threshold - Phys.Org

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European climate at the +2 C global warming threshold Phys.Org A global warming of 2 C relative to pre-industrial climate has been considered as a threshold which society should endeavor to remain below, in order to limit the dangerous effects of...
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Food quality to suffer under rising CO2 levels

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If CO2 levels continue to rise as expected, staple crops like wheat, barley and potatoes could become less nutritious.
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Endangered butterfly defies climate change with new diet and habitat - The Guardian

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The Guardian Endangered butterfly defies climate change with new diet and habitat The Guardian A butterfly species whose population collapsed because of climate change and habitat loss has defied predictions of extinction to rapidly move to cooler...
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HS2 risks putting costs before countryside, MPs warn

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Report calls for full environmental surveys along length of route and ringfencing of cash to preserve habitats
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A new global accord on climate change is urgently needed

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The first instalment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s fifth report, published last autumn, stated that our environment is incontestably heating up and it is beyond reasonable doubt that human activities are the cause. The second, published earlier this week, concluded that global warming is already taking worldwide effect and threatens everything from crop yields to social cohesion. The tenor of the third, therefore, which is due for publication later this month, can hardly be a mystery. Even so, the first hints from a draft of the report are a stark vision of the scale of the challenge ahead.
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Deforestation of sandy soils a greater threat to climate change - Yale Environment 360

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Yale Environment 360 Deforestation of sandy soils a greater threat to climate change Yale Environment 360 Deforestation may have far greater consequences for climate change in some soils than in others, according to new research led by Yale...
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Climate impacts 'overwhelming' - UN

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Global warming is likely to have a "severe, pervasive and irreversible" impact, a major UN report warns.
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Climate change is world's 'gravest security threat' - report - Responding to Climate Change

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Responding to Climate Change Climate change is world's 'gravest security threat' - report Responding to Climate Change The failure to act on climate change is the world's “gravest threat to human and national security”, according to a new report on...
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Global warming causing weather havoc, UN says - Columbus Dispatch

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IPCC warns climate chaos will worsen, harming Australia's economy

IPCC warns climate chaos will worsen, harming Australia's economy | Climate Chaos News | Scoop.it
Australia's multibillion-dollar mining, farming and tourism industries all face significant threats as worsening global warming causes more dangerous and extreme weather, the world's leading climate science body will warn.
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Official prophecy of doom: Global warming will cause widespread conflict, displace millions of people and devastate the global economy

Official prophecy of doom: Global warming will cause widespread conflict, displace millions of people and devastate the global economy | Climate Chaos News | Scoop.it
Climate change will displace hundreds of millions of people by the end of this century, increasing the risk of violent conflict and wiping trillions of dollars off the global economy, a forthcoming UN report will warn.
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Computer model predicts vastly different ecosystem in Antarctica's Ross Sea in the coming century - US National Science Foundation (NSF)

Computer model predicts vastly different ecosystem in Antarctica's Ross Sea in the coming century - US National Science Foundation (NSF) | Climate Chaos News | Scoop.it
NSF's mission is to advance the progress of science, a mission accomplished by funding proposals for research and education made by scientists, engineers, and educators from across the country.
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How We Could Save the World From Global Warming Before Our Time Is Up - Gizmodo

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International Business Times AU How We Could Save the World From Global Warming Before Our Time Is Up Gizmodo While the UN has set an ambitious goal of limiting total global warming to just 2 degrees C over pre-industrial levels, a number of recent...
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IPCC climate report: a route map for civilisation's greatest journey - The Guardian (blog)

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Call climate change what it is: violence

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Rebecca Solnit: Social unrest and famine, superstorms and droughts. Places, species and human beings – none will be spared. Welcome to Occupy Earth (Call climate change what it is: violence.
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Rainforest fruit power › Nature Features (ABC Science)

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Earth has a fever, but the heat is sloshing into the oceans

Earth has a fever, but the heat is sloshing into the oceans | Climate Chaos News | Scoop.it
A new study finds that surface temperatures are a poor measurement of global warming, which continues undeterred (RT @tveitdal: Earth has a fever, but the heat is sloshing into the oceans | John Abraham http://t.co/VwSV8YXTlw)...
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A new global accord on climate change is urgently needed

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The first instalment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s fifth report, published last autumn, stated that our environment is incontestably heating up and it is beyond reasonable doubt that human activities are the cause. The second, published earlier this week, concluded that global warming is already taking worldwide effect and threatens everything from crop yields to social cohesion. The tenor of the third, therefore, which is due for publication later this month, can hardly be a mystery. Even so, the first hints from a draft of the report are a stark vision of the scale of the challenge ahead.
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Climate change will damage Australia's coastal infrastructure, says IPCC

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New report predicts a loss of native species, a degraded Great Barrier Reef, more ‘dangerously hot’ days and extreme rainfall
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Hunger games with climate change

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Is climate change pushing affluent Japan towards a food crisis?
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What Art Teaches Us About Climate Change - Forbes

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Famous painters including Degas, Gainsborough, Reynolds and especially JMW Turner have been recruited to help explain how global temperatures change when volcanoes erupt.
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Dissent over key climate report

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Senior researchers and government officials gather in Japan to agree a critical report on the impact of global warming.
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Warmest winter on record worsens California drought

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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California is coming off of its warmest winter on record, aggravating an enduring drought in the most populous U.S. state, federal weather scientists said Monday.The state had
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Sudden storms plunge greater Sydney into cold, dark chaos

Sudden storms plunge greater Sydney into cold, dark chaos | Climate Chaos News | Scoop.it
Heavy rain storms swept over the Sydney basin and from the mid-central coast down to Kiama on Saturday afternoon. (RT @smh: Sudden storms plunge greater #Sydney into cold, dark chaos.
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