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In-depth Q&A: The IPCC’s special report on the ocean and cryosphere

Earlier today in Monaco, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published its special report on the ocean and cryosphere in a changing... Read More

IPCC | Sep 25. 2019.
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Explainer: How climate change is accelerating sea level rise

Sea level rise (SLR) is one of the most severe impacts of climate change, with rising waters threatening to inundate small-island nations and coastal... Read More

Sea level rise | Sep 23. 2019.
Aerial view of coal power station at Walsum am Rhein, Germany.

Explainer: The high-emissions ‘RCP8.5’ global warming scenario

A sizeable portion of recent studies on future climate impacts have focused on a warming scenario called “RCP8.5”. This high-emissions scenario is... Read More

Explainers | Aug 21. 2019.
Drought in Currawinya National Park, Queensland, Australia. Credit: Outback Australia / Alamy Stock Photo.F550K1

In-depth Q&A: The IPCC's special report on climate change and land

This morning in Geneva, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published its special report on climate change and land. ... Read More

IPCC | Aug 8. 2019.
Land erosion caused by deforestation and over-farming, Ngorongoro Highlands, Tanzania. Credit: Stephan Schramm / Alamy Stock Photo. HFA65N

Explainer: 'Desertification' and the role of climate change

Desertification has been described as "the greatest environmental challenge of our time" and climate change is making it worse. ... Read More

Explainers | Aug 6. 2019.
Sunset over the Mediterranean sea. Credit: Jacopo Ventura / Alamy Stock Photo.

Analysis: Major update to ocean-heat record could shrink 1.5C carbon budget

The UK’s Met Office recently released “HadSST4”, the largest update since 2011 to its widely used sea surface temperature (SST) record. ... Read More

Ocean warming | Jun 27. 2019.
Blocks of peat being cut in Connemara National Park, Republic of Ireland. Credit: robertharding / Alamy Stock Photo.

In-depth Q&A: Why Ireland is ‘nowhere near’ meeting its climate-change goals

Despite its comparatively small population, stalling efforts to tackle climate change mean Ireland contributes a disproportionate volume of Europe’s... Read More

EU policy | Jun 18. 2019.
No.10 Downing Street at night, London, UK. Credit: Jeff Gilbert / Alamy Stock Photo.

In-depth Q&A: The UK becomes first major economy to set net-zero climate goal

The UK is to raise its ambition on climate change by setting a legally binding target to cut its greenhouse gas emissions to “net-zero” by 2050,... Read More

UK emissions | Jun 12. 2019.
May 27, 2019, Dayton, Ohio, United States: Remains of houses and cars among debris after a tornado struck the area the night before. At least 1 person is dead and 12 injured from the storms that hit western Ohio.

Tornadoes and climate change: what does the science say?

The US has recently experienced one of its worst tornado outbreaks of the past decade, with more than 500 reported over 30 days. The number so far... Read More

Explainers | May 31. 2019.
Satellite image of the UK, 2012.

In-depth: The UK should reach ‘net-zero’ climate goal by 2050, says CCC

The UK should legislate for and reach a net-zero emissions goal by 2050, so as to end its contribution to global warming within 30 years. ... Read More

UK emissions | May 2. 2019.

Q&A: How is Arctic warming linked to the ‘polar vortex’ and other extreme weather?

The past week has seen some brutal weather hitting the US and Canada. With cold Arctic air plunging south down to the US midwest, six states have seen... Read More

Extreme weather | Jan 31. 2019.
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