Ocean warming threatens coral reefs and soon could make it harder to restore them

Hundreds of organizations are working around the world to restore damaged coral reefs. New research shows that rapid ocean warming threatens these efforts.

Shawna Foo, Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Arizona State University • conversation
Aug. 7, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: climate-change coral-bleaching coral-reefs significant-figures restoration-ecology ocean-warming remote-sensing reef-restoration

Coronavirus lockdown will have 'negligible' impact on the climate – new study

My research shows we'll need transformative change not just temporary lockdowns for COVID-19 to make much difference to the climate.

Piers Forster, Professor of Physical Climate Change; Director of the Priestley International Centre for Climate, University of Leeds • conversation
Aug. 7, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: climate-change carbon-emissions coronavirus lockdown climate-science greenhouse-gas-emissions

Wind farms built on carbon-rich peat bogs lose their ability to fight climate change

We discovered wind farms in Spain that had carved up peat bogs, causing them to release carbon to the atmosphere.

Nicholas Midgley, Lecturer in Physical Geography, Nottingham Trent University • conversation
Aug. 5, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  climate-change  spain  wind-power  carbon-sequestration  carbon-sinks  renewable-energy  wind-farms  peatlands  peat-bog

Sea level rise: three visions of a future summer holiday at the coast

Sea levels could be two metres higher by 2100. How will our relationship to the drowned coast change?

David Jarratt, Senior Lecturer in Coastal Tourism, University of Central Lancashire • conversation
July 31, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: climate-change sea-level-rise holidays travel beach tourism coasts rewilding coastal-ecosystems vacation

Are young trees or old forests more important for slowing climate change?

The age of a forest can influence how effectively it offsets our emissions.

Tom Pugh, Reader in Biosphere-Atmosphere Exchange, University of Birmingham • conversation
July 30, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: climate-change trees forests deforestation reforestation tree-planting carbon-cycle natural-climate-solutions

Climate denial hasn't gone away – here's how to spot arguments for delaying climate action

New research exposes the common tropes of bad faith arguments about climate change.

Stuart Capstick, Research Fellow in Psychology, Cardiff University • conversation
July 30, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  climate-change  misinformation  climate-crisis  climate-change-denial

Coronavirus shows how to get people to act on climate change – here’s the psychology

To fight climate change, we need to take people's cognitive biases into account.

Laura McGuire, Research Fellow in Education, Edge Hill University • conversation
July 29, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: public-health climate-change covid-19 psychology coronavirus-2020 confirmation-bias cognitive-bias optimism-bias

Flight shaming: how to spread the campaign that made Swedes give up flying for good

The Swedish 'flight shame' campaign was a runaway success. We asked those it affected how it influenced their travel behaviour.

Avit K Bhowmik, Assistant Professor, Karlstad University, and Research fellow in Planetary Boundaries Research Network, Stockholm University • conversation
July 27, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: climate-change greta-thunberg air-travel aviation airplane-emissions air-travel-and-global-warming flight-shame flygskam

Flight shame – how the campaign that persuaded Swedes to give up flying could capitalise on COVID-19

The Swedish 'flight shame' campaign was a runaway success. We asked those it affected how it influenced their travel behaviour.

Avit K Bhowmik, Assistant Professor, Karlstad University, and Research fellow in Planetary Boundaries Research Network, Stockholm University • conversation
July 27, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: climate-change greta-thunberg air-travel aviation airplane-emissions air-travel-and-global-warming flight-shame flygskam

Just how sensitive is the climate to increased carbon dioxide? Scientists are narrowing in on the answer

New study shows low levels of future global warming are far less likely than previously thought. Very high warming is also slightly less likely.

Timothy Andrews, Research Scientist in Atmospheric Physics, Met Office Hadley Centre • conversation
July 22, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: climate-change climate-science climate-sensitivity

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