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D9KNEY Desert locust (Schistocerca gregaria). Image shot 06/2013. Exact date unknown.

Rise in insect pests under climate change to hit crop yields, study says

Global warming could increase both the number and appetite of insect pests, new research finds, which could pose a serious threat to global crop... Read More

Food and farming | Aug 30. 2018.
DN1ENH Aberystwyth Wales UK, Wednesday 18 December 2013. At the peak of the tide, gale force winds bring massive waves crashing onto the seafront at Aberystwyth on the west Wales coast. Winds are expected to increase in severity throughout the day, peaking at 50-60mph by the late afternoon. A yellow weather warning is in place for large parts of Wales today with the Met Office warning of high winds and heavy rain that could cause localised flooding. Gusts of up to 70mph are expected in exposed coastal areas. Photo Credit: keith morris/Alamy Live News

Coastal flooding in Europe ‘could cost up to €1 trillion per year’ by 2100

The economic damage from coastal flooding in Europe could reach almost €1 trillion per year by 2100 without new investment in adaptation to climate... Read More

Floods | Aug 13. 2018.
A woman quenches her thirst in Jaipur, India, during a severe heatwave in May 2016. Credit: PACIFIC PRESS / Alamy Stock Photo. G1TTR7

Analysis: ‘Global’ warming varies greatly depending where you live

As part of the Paris Agreement on climate change, the international community committed in 2015 to limit rising global temperatures to “well below"... Read More

People | Jul 2. 2018.
HMET0M KENIA, Mount Kenya East, Region South Ngariama , extreme drought due to lack of rain has caused massive water problems, farmer uproot his dried failed maize crop to feed his cattle.

Guest post: Climate change could heighten risk of global food production ‘shocks’

Dr Michelle Tigchelaar is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Washington, currently investigating the impacts of climate change on global... Read More

Guest posts | Jun 11. 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.
King tides flood property on Kiribati atoll. Credit: Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert / Alamy Stock Photo. BGP1PD

Low-lying atolls could become 'uninhabitable' earlier than thought

Low-lying coral islands across the tropical oceans could become “uninhabitable” in the coming decades because of the combined impacts of sea level... Read More

Sea level rise | Apr 25. 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.
Road receding into the distance from Addis Ababa to Shafartak bridge. Credit: Andrew Holt / Alamy Stock Photo AAFNYD

Expect tens of millions of internal climate migrants by 2050, says World Bank

As many as 143 million people in three of the world’s most vulnerable regions could be forced by 2050 to migrate within their own country due to... Read More

Risk and adaptation | Mar 19. 2018.
EBRGGN lion (Panthera leo), lion couple on rocks in the savannah, watching by a safari group, Tanzania, Serengeti National Park. Credit: blickwinkel / Alam

Clashes between humans and lions to increase with climate change, study says

The number of clashes between people and African lions could increase as temperatures rise, a new study suggests. ... Read More

Wildlife | Mar 1. 2018.
Banks of the river Brahmaputra, Gumi, Guwahati, Assam. Credit: ADB (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Every five-year delay in meeting Paris goals could ‘add 20cm’ to global sea levels

Failure to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement within the next few decades could have long-lasting impacts on global sea level rise in the coming... Read More

Sea level rise | Feb 20. 2018.
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