Sechstageregen bringt Europa schon das zweite „Jahrhunderthochwasser“ innerhalb von 12 Monaten

Deutscher Wetterdienst (Mai 2014): Das Weltzentrum für Niederschlagsklimatologie (WZN) im DWD hat Ähnlichkeiten und Unterschiede der hydro-meteorologischen Randbedingungen der Überschwemmungen auf dem Balkan im Mai 2014 mit dem Hochwasser in Deutschland im Juni 2013 untersucht. Die Bilder der Überschwemmungen an Donau und Elbe im letzten Jahr sind noch nicht aus dem Kopf, da wird Europa…

New mechanism uncovered, causing potentially rapid Antarctic Glacier melt

An Australian-led research team found that sea levels may rise much faster than previously predicted by models, because changes by disruptive westerly winds, weren’t taken into account. Conservative estimates so far, projected irreversible melting in the course of a few centuries, depending on the temperature increase. Related Each degree of global warming might ultimately raise…

The Runaway Glaciers in West Antarctica

NASA/JPL press release, May 12, 2014: A new study by researchers at NASA and the University of California, Irvine, finds a rapidly melting section of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet appears to be in an irreversible state of decline, with nothing to stop the glaciers in this area from melting into the sea. The study presents…

No One Is Immune: IPCC Study Offers Bleak Climate Change Outlook

A new massive report on global warming says dangers will worsen as the climate changes. Related IPCC Climate Change Report The Five Key Points IPCC Report: Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis IPCC Report: Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability New York Times: Climate Study Puts Diplomatic Pressure on Obama

IPCC Climate Change Report The Five Key Points

The Guardian recently summarized the five keypoints of the new IPCC AR5 Impact Report. The world faces threat to food supply, conflicts over water rights and growing inequality. The only option to is cut emissions By Suzanne Goldenberg (The Guardian): 1. Food threat Climate change is already taking a sizeable chunk out of global food supply…

Spot on! Michael Mann: The irreversible impacts from Climate Change

Mann’s interview starts at 15 minutes in. Mike Mann discusses his new piece in Scientific American, which outlines critical thresholds in climate warming in the not-too-far-off future, based on the sensitivity of Earth climate. Scientific American: Most scientists concur that two degrees C of warming above the temperature during preindustrial time would harm all sectors of…

The Rate of Sea-Level Rise

A new study paper out in nature (Nature Climate Change / 2014 / doi:10.1038/nclimate2159), explores why the rise of sea-level has slowed in the last decade. Unsurprisingly the slow-down coincidences with the observed climate hiatus (IPCC AR5, Ocean heat content uptake). Because  heat is distributed differently, depending on the state of ENSO (between El Nino or La Nina). Abstract: Present-day sea-level…

Climate Effects on Human Evolution

This article explores the hypothesis that key human adaptations evolved in response to environmental instability.  This idea was developed during research conducted by the Smithsonian’s Human Origins Program. Natural selection was not always a matter of ‘survival of the fittest’ but also survival of those most adaptable to changing surroundings. By the Smithonian  Background Paleoanthropologists – scientists who…