Climate Change Impacts

Arctic Report Card 2018: effects of persistent Arctic warming continue to mount

Continued warming of the Arctic atmosphere and ocean are driving broad change in the environmental system in predicted and, also, unexpected ways. New emerging threats are taking form and highlighting the level of uncertainty in the breadth of environmental change that is to come. A report tracking sea ice, snow cover, air temperature, ocean temperature, the Greenland ice sheet, vegetation and ecosystem changes during the 2018 calendar year.

The future of Antarctica we want

The future of Antarctica we want

What will Antarctica look like in 2070? Two different scenarios explore how Antarctica and the Southern Ocean will change over the next 50 years. Choices made in the next decade will determine long-term consequences for Antarctica and the rest of the globe, according to a research recently published on Nature.

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Arctic tourism: how the Great North is becoming the new exotic

The killing of a polar bear by a cruise guard in the Svalbard islands in late July has sparked global criticism of Arctic tourism. Insights from the author of the “The Battle for the Great White North” about a new and increasing trend affecting the Arctic Circle.

Cities: pushing for an ecosystem approach

Cities: pushing for an ecosystem approach

Cities as ecosystems? The benefits of this approach are manifold, including water purification, improved public health, reduced disaster exposure, enhanced resilience and social justice. But to move cities – and so the planet – into a sustainable future, this approach must become more integrated and pragmatic, and applied also in the global south, says on Nature Xuemei Bai, professor at the Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University in Canberra.