Climate Change

France sees hottest year on record in 2022

France this year experienced the hottest year since records began, the country's national weather service said Wednesday, as global warming stokes temperatures globally. A cascade of extreme weather exacerbated by climate change devastated communities across the globe this year, including sweltering heat and drought across Europe that wilted crops, drove forest fires and saw major rivers shrink to a trickle.
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Clouds may be less climate-sensitive than assumed

In a major field campaign in 2020, Dr. Raphaela Vogel who is now at Universität Hamburg's Center for Earth System Research and Sustainability (CEN) and an international team from the Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique in Paris and the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg analyzed observational data they and others collected in fields of cumulus clouds near the Atlantic island of Barbados. Their analysis revealed that these clouds' contribution to climate warming has to be reassessed.
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Climate change: US to pay $75m to relocate tribes facing flood threat

US President Joe Biden's administration will help fund the move of three tribal communities facing urgent threats from climate change. The three tribes will receive $75m (£62m) divided equally between them, Mr Biden announced on Wednesday. All are located along coastal areas and rivers in the states of Alaska...

Climate change already impacting human health in Pakistan

Flooded areas in Pakistan have seen a spike in waterborne illnesses like malaria, and health experts worry about skyrocketing malnutrition rates among children. The WHO warns that as temperatures rise, more people will die of malaria, malnutrition, diarrhea and heat stress. The World's environment correspondent reports from the hard-hit Dadu district in southern Pakistan.

Passamaquoddy Tribe gets $5 million in federal funds for climate change planning

A new federal program announced Wednesday aims to help tribal communities that are severely impacted by climate change. It includes $5 million for Maine's Passamaquoddy Tribe. The Department of the Interior is committing $115 million to 11 tribes, for climate change relocation programs and adaptation planning. The funds are coming from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act.

Food system investment needed to equip farmers for climate change

A new report from the Farm Journal Foundation finds that increased U.S. investments in agricultural development and innovation are needed to make global food systems more resilient. While climate change impacts agriculture worldwide, its effects are "substantially more severe" in warm regions, including Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. The...
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In an ancient reindeer forest, one woman has found a way to slow climate change

This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate. MUDDUSJÄRVI, Finland - Pauliina Feodoroff walks through one of the world's last ancient forests, with lingonberries, wild mushrooms and reindeer droppings crunching gently beneath her dirt-caked boots. But her stride falters as she enters a clearing littered with tree stumps, limbs and branches. Chainsaws mowed down this section last winter, and now it's off-limits for the hundreds of reindeer who once helped it blossom. Feodoroff - a member of the Sámi Indigenous group, a community that revolves around the reindeer and their habitats - wants to buy this land back, and summon the reindeer to return.

Rising Sea Levels Could Accelerate Over 30 Years, NASA Warns

Low-lying coastal communities in the US may face flooding much more regularly in the following decades, according to NASA, which stated that sea levels are likely increasing faster than previously thought. According to a study that looked at three decades' worth of satellite data, sea levels around the coastlines of...

Climate change may bring more fungal lung infections

HealthDay News -- Fungal lung infections are spreading to parts of the United States where they were once never seen — likely a result of climate change, experts say. To the average person, the term fungal infection may conjure up thoughts of athlete's foot or toenail problems. But some fungus species cause potentially severe respiratory infections, when a person inhales microscopic spores from fungi in the soil. In the United...

Extreme Weather Changes

Climate change is a real and serious matter. Our planet, as a whole, is warming up at a speed that has increased over time. You may ask, “Why?” There is a multitude of reasons, but the simple answer would be; humans. What We Have Done. According to the...

Being Frank Commentary: Climate Change Forces Tribes to Leave Traditional Lands Behind

Native nations are on the front lines of climate change. The impacts have reached our shores and are forcing us to leave traditional lands behind. Sea level rise, flooding, erosion, intensity of storm surges and threats of tsunamis have made it unsafe for us to continue to live in low-lying areas near rivers or on the coast. Although we are place-based communities, we have no choice but to move our homes and buildings to higher ground. These efforts will take years, if not decades, and millions of dollars.

Climate change likely playing role in 40 percent drop in Pacific gray whale population

Scientists are investigating the causes of a nearly 40 percent decline in the Pacific gray whales that pass along the Oregon Coast each winter and spring on their way from Baja, Mexico, to the Arctic. One primary suspect is food scarcity with Arctic feeding grounds impacted by warming temperatures and the loss of sea ice from human-caused climate change. The whales reached a population high of about 27,000 in 2016, but have since dropped to 16,650, according to new data from the National Oceanic and...

U.N. Climate Change Conference makes a breakthrough agreement

TWH – The Paris Agreement of 2015 may be the most well-known agreement of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC). Every year, its major decision-making body, the Conference of Parties (COP) meets to monitor progress on its agreements. This year marked its 27th annual meeting, hence the acronym COP27.

Climate change will cause Pacific’s low-oxygen zone to expand even more by 2100

WASHINGTON, November 29, 2022 — For thousands of kilometers along the western coasts of the Americas, low-oxygen waters known as oxygen minimum zones stretch out into the Pacific. In part due to climate change, this oxygen-starved region is likely to get wider and deeper, expanding by millions of cubic kilometers by the end of the century, models in a new study predict. Larger oxygen minimum zones threaten marine ecosystems and species, along with the industries that depend on them.