PEOPLE in the UK are being blinded by the freak snowfall to the much more worrying Arctic heatwave that has caused it, an Oxford climate expert has warned. Ian Curtis, of Oxford’s Environmental Change Institute, said the real weather story at the North Pole may have far more long-term significance for climate science. He said: “The Arctic news is massively extreme: our media coverage has been all about our local weather but the really worrying thing is what’s going on there.” The influx of warm air into the Arctic Circle last month pushed temperatures in Siberia up 35C above historical averages . Greenland, meanwhile, has already seen 61 hours of temperatures above freezing in 2018, more than three times as many hours as in any previous year. Although the cause is not yet understood, the fear is that global warming may have eroding the polar vortex – powerful winds which insulate the Arctic circle. Mr Curtis, who works at Oxford … [Read more...] about Global warming ‘could be to blame’ for Beast from the East
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Home / News / UK and world by Press Association January 31, 2018, 2:26 pm FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter Global temperatures could reach 1.5 Celsius above pre-industrial levels in the next five years, a forecast by the Met Office has warned. The world’s first comprehensive climate treaty, the Paris Agreement, commits countries to holding global temperatures to “well below” 2C above pre-industrial levels and to strive to curb increases to 1.5C. But the new long-range forecast suggests that the world could already, temporarily, hit the 1.5C threshold in the next few years. Average temperatures around the world are likely to be more than 1C higher than those seen in the pre-industrial era, measured as between 1850 and 1900, and could reach 1.5C higher during the period 2018 and 2022. There is also a small – around 10% – chance that one of the next five years could see global temperatures soar to more … [Read more...] about More global warming over next five years, Met Office warns
0 Have your say So there’s good news and bad news when it comes to predicting how hot the planet will get as a result of climate change, according to new research. Scientists from the University of Exeter and the UK’s Centre of Ecology and Hydrology have developed a new method they claim can more accurately estimate the likely global temperature rise due to greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Their findings have narrowed the previously accepted, fairly wide, range by 60 per cent. Experts at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has forecast warming of between 1.5C and 4.5C if the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide is stabilised at double pre-industrial levels. But the latest study suggests a smaller range of 2.2C to 3.4C, based on analysis of year-on-year temperature fluctuations instead of warming trends to date.So it could be better, but also could be worse – depending on what the world does next.Exeter’s Professor Peter Cox explains: … [Read more...] about Ilona Amos: There’s some good news – and bad – about global warming
In 2015, something strange happened as nearly 90% of saiga antelopes living in central Kazakhstan dropped dead in a matter of three weeks. The mysterious demise of some 200,000 antelopes, which is 62% of the global population of the critically endangered animal, took the world by storm at that time. Now, a group of UK-based researchers has got some insights into what may have triggered the mass tragedy. When saiga antelopes started dying at an alarming rate, scientists from different parts of the world came together to study the dead animals and conduct autopsies. Soon, they figured out that all of them suffered from internal bleeding or blood poisoning, a condition called Hemorrhagic septicaemia caused by a bacterium called Pasteurella multocida. As the bacterium, found in the tonsils of saigas, is typically harmless, researchers had no clue how it became deadly enough to harm the animals. The mystery stood for three long years until an international team of researchers posited a … [Read more...] about Did global warming kill 200,000 critically endangered saiga antelope in just three weeks?
140 scientists from all over the world are participating in global conference on climate change 0SHARES Share Tweet Email PHOTO: FILE ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said that the government has set aside more than 8% of budget for climate-related actions. The PM was speaking at the inaugural session of the Science-Policy Conference on Climate Change organised on Monday by the Ministry of Climate Change’s research wing, the Global Change Impact Studies Centre (GCISC). Pakistan needs access to global funds to cope with climate change Other institutions that collaborated in the endeavour included the US-Pakistan Centre for Advanced Studies in Water (USPCAS-W), the Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (MUET), the University of Utah, the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS), the Higher Education … [Read more...] about Global warming: 8pc allotted for climate actions, says PM