Ice losses totaling 3 trillion tonnes (or more than 3.3 trillion tons) since 1992 have caused global sea levels to rise by 7.6 mm, nearly one third of an ...Read More →
Temperatures over both the Lower 48 United States and the planet have steadily warmed in recent decades. Ed Hawkins, a climate scientist at the University of Reading in Britain, sought to illustrate this warming in the most straightforward way possible.
So he created visualizations of the course of temperature over time using strictly a series of color-coded stripes. You might mistake them for modern art, carpet patterns ...Read More →
Three blockbuster winter storms have bombarded the Northeast this month. Meanwhile, Arctic sea ice fell to record low winter levels. Temperatures, in the dead of winter, rocketed to the melting point at the North Pole, nearly 60 degrees above normal.
All of this wild weather is tied together, part of a trend, ...
January 9, 2018 | In a study involving 19 European Union nations, researchers have found that future climate change will make power outages more costly for European households.
The study is the first to consider the effect temperatures have on household power outage costs and to incorporate the role of climate change when analyzing such costs.
“Climate change is one of the biggest issues facing our planet today and we need to examine how it can impact household expenses,” said ...Read More →
Please join us for a special lecture in Fralin Auditorium on Thursday evening, January 25, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.! The Hahn Horticultural Garden, the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology, and the Global Change Center are pleased to welcome Dr. Jeremy Hoffman, a Climate and Earth Scientist from the Science Museum of Virginia. Dr. Hoffman is passionate about communicating science with broad audiences and is a talented speaker. His lecture will be titled: “Birds, Bees, Flowers, Trees: The Phenological Impacts of Climate Change”.
The community is ...Read More →
January 3, 2018 | Geosciences Associate Professor Brian Romans is setting sail for the Southern Ocean with a group of scientists who will drill into the ocean floor offshore of West Antarctica to better understand how polar ice sheets respond to climate change.
Romans’ two-month trip, departing Jan. 5 from New Zealand, is part of the International Ocean Discovery Program, Expedition 374. Working alongside 30 geologists and paleoclimatologists from around the world, Romans will drill ...Read More →
In recent years, a refugee crisis has gripped the European Union, as unrest in Syria and elsewhere has sent hundreds of thousands of migrants to Europe’s shores, seeking safe harbor.
Now, a new study says that if all else were to remain equal—a necessary but major if—the stresses of climate change could drive more migrants into the European Union in future years.
As warming worsens, these ...
More than 16,000 scientists from 184 countries have published a second warning to humanity advising that we need to change our wicked ways to help the planet.
In 1992, 1,700 independent scientists signed the “World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity.” The letter warned that “human beings and the natural world are on a collision course” and if environmental damage was not stopped, our future was at risk.
That letter made headlines 25 years ago, but the world still faces daunting ...Read More →
For a while it looked as if the world might be turning the corner.
But after a three-year stall in their growth, human-caused carbon-dioxide emissions have not, in fact, peaked, an international team of scientists announced this morning.
In 2017, global emissions of CO2 from fossil fuels and industry will once again rise by 2 percent, the scientists project, to a record 37 billion metric tons. ...
It is “extremely likely” that human activities are the “dominant cause” of global warming, according to the most comprehensive study ever of climate science by U.S. government researchers.
The climate report, obtained by NPR, notes that the past 115 years are “the warmest in the history of modern civilization.” The global average temperature has increased by about 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit over that period. Greenhouse gases from industry and agriculture are ...Read More →