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Climate change has influenced global drought risk for ‘more than a century’

The influence of human-caused climate change on global drought risk could extend back for more than a century, a study finds. ... Read More

Drought | May 1. 2019.
Map showing how climate change effects extremem weather around the world

Mapped: How climate change affects extreme weather around the world

In the early 2000s, a new field of climate science research emerged that began to explore the human fingerprint on extreme weather, such as floods,... Read More

Attribution | Mar 11. 2019.
Cracked soil in Sarigua park, Panama. Credit: Oyvind Martinsen Documentary Collection / Alamy Stock Photo. PDATT2

Climate change’s impact on soil moisture could push land past ‘tipping point’

The impact of climate change on soil moisture could push the land past a “tipping point” – turning it from a net carbon “sink” to a source... Read More

Drought | Jan 23. 2019.
Collage of global newspaper front pages covering the 2018 summer heatwave

Media reaction: The 2018 summer heatwaves and climate change

This year’s northern-hemisphere summer has seen a succession of heatwaves take hold in Europe, Asia, North America and northern Africa. ... Read More

Media analysis | Jul 26. 2018.
PAGGF2 Lancashire, UK. 21 July 2018. The Reservoir is now showing very low levels due to a sustained dry period, and is shown here after 2 days of rain. United Utilities who own the reservoir intend to introduce a hosepipe ban from 5 August 2018. The reservoir supplies Liverpool via a series of reservoirs in the Rivington area, which were recently used to supply water for helicopters fighting the Winter Hill fires. The bridge shown is the Alance Bridge, which spans the River Yarrow, which would normally flow through it into the reservoir. Credit: Phil Taylor/Alamy Live News

In-depth: How the UK plans to adapt to climate change

The UK government last week published its updated strategy for tackling the impacts of climate change, including higher temperatures, drought and... Read More

UK policy | Jul 26. 2018.
West Midlands Metro at Bull St in Birmingham, UK, 23 June 2018. Credit: Paul Weston / Alamy Stock Photo. P53842

In-depth: UK can go low-carbon ‘at no extra cost’, say infrastructure advisors

The UK can have low-carbon electricity, heat and transport in 2050 at the same cost as today’s high-carbon energy system. ... Read More

UK policy | Jul 10. 2018.
Mangi villagers wait for a water tanker that arrives twice a week to replenish their dried up water well. Pandharkawda, Maharashtra, India, 22 April 2010. Credit: ZUMA Press, Inc. / Alamy Stock Photo. CCX33P

Mapped: How global warming and land-use change threaten water security worldwide

The world’s water supply has been severely altered by global warming and changes to land use – such as agriculture and damming – over the past... Read More

Attribution | May 16. 2018.
Dead cottonwood trees in the early morning light. Salton City, California, US. 18 Feb 2014. Credit: Scott London/Alamy Live News. DTKAM7

Guest post: Climate change is already making droughts worse

Dr Benjamin Cook is a climate scientist at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. ... Read More

Guest posts | May 14. 2018.
Deforestation for agriculture along border of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest NP, Uganda. Credit: Nature Picture Library / Alamy Stock Photo. K2EEGM

Africa’s vegetation has lost 2.6bn tonnes of CO2 in just seven years

The rainforests, savannahs and woodlands of sub-Saharan Africa have lost around 2.6bn tonnes of CO2 over the past seven years, a new study finds. ... Read More

Plants and forests | Apr 9. 2018.
Dried up river banks of the Rhine river in Dusseldorf, Germany. Credit: kolvenbach / Alamy Stock Photo B15C8B

Climate change could cause more severe droughts in ‘98% of European cities’

More than 500 European cities could face sharp increases in droughts, floods and heatwaves if climate change continues to rise unabated, a new study... Read More

Extreme weather | Feb 21. 2018.
Measuring trees in Borneo.

Deforestation and drought threaten carbon storage in Borneo’s rainforests

Carbon storage in Borneo’s tropical rainforests faces a dual threat from deforestation for agriculture and droughts caused by El Niño events, a new... Read More

Plants and forests | Dec 19. 2017.
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