Termites love global warming, the pace of their wood munching gets significantly faster in hotter weather

Wood feeding termites (Microcerotermes spp) inside their nest. Credit: Johan Larson, author provided When we consider termites, we may think of the danger they can pose to our houses once they settle in and start eating wood. But in fact, only about 4% of termite species worldwide are considered pests that might, at some point, … Read more

Warming, other factors worsening Pakistan floods, study finds

A displaced family wades through a flooded area after heavy rainfall, in Jaffarabad, a district of Pakistan’s southwestern Baluchistan province, Aug. 24, 2022. A new study says human-caused climate change juiced the rainfall that triggered Pakistan’s floods by up to 50%. But the authors of the Thursday, Sept. 15, study say other social issues that … Read more

Global warming doubled the risk for Copenhagen’s historic 2011 cloudburst

Cars stuck in flooding during historic cloudburst over Copenhagen, Denmark on July 2, 2011. Credit: Lisa Risager from Denmark, CC BY-SA 2.0 creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0, via Wikimedia Commons Researchers at the University of Copenhagen, in collaboration with the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI), have used detailed weather models to clearly tie increased temperatures to the historic cloudburst over … Read more

Pakistan fatal flooding has hallmarks of warming

A displaced man wades through a flooded area after fleeing his flood-hit home, on the outskirts of Peshawar, Pakistan, Aug. 28, 2022. The flooding has all the hallmarks of a catastrophe juiced by climate change, but it is too early to formally assign blame to global warming, several scientists tell The Associated Press. Credit: AP … Read more

Risk of catastrophic California ‘megaflood’ has doubled due to global warming, researchers say

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain Even today, as California struggles with severe drought, global warming has doubled the likelihood that weather conditions will unleash a deluge as devastating as the Great Flood of 1862, according to a UCLA study released Friday. In that inundation 160 years ago, 30 consecutive days of rain triggered monster flooding that … Read more

Warming oceans may force New Zealand’s sperm and blue whales to shift to cooler southern waters

by Frédérik Saltré, Flinders University; Karen A Stockin, Massey University, and Katharina J. Peters, University of Canterbury, The Conversation Sperm whales (left) and blue whales (right) are both affected by rising ocean temperatures. Author provided The world’s oceans are absorbing more than 90% of the excess heat and energy generated by rising greenhouse gas emissions. … Read more

The world’s biggest ice sheet is more vulnerable to global warming than scientists previously thought

Credit: titoOnz / shutterstock The eastern two thirds of Antarctica is covered by an ice sheet so large that if it melted the sea would rise by 52 meters. Most scientists had once thought this ice sheet was largely invulnerable to climate change, but not any more. And our new research, published in Naturereveals the … Read more

Why keeping warming under 1.5 C is a life-or-death matter for tidal marshes

Credit: Pamela Marcum, GTM Research Reserve, Florida, Author provided It may not always be clear why global temperature rise must be kept below 1.5℃, compared to 2℃ or 3℃. Research published today in the journal Science Shows this apparently small distinction will make all the difference for the world’s tidal marshes. Tidal marshes fringe most … Read more

Limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius would reduce risks to humans by up to 85%

Flooding in Key Haven caused by hurricane Wilma on 10/24/2005. Credit: Marc Averette/Wikipedia New research led by the University of East Anglia (UEA) quantifies the benefits of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius and identifies the hotspot regions for climate change risk in the future. The study calculates reductions in human exposure to a … Read more