Climate Change

Rising Seas Will Erase More Cities by 2050

Denise Lu and Christopher Flavelle.  Rising seas could affect three times more people by 2050 than previously thought, according to new research, threatening to all but erase some of the world’s great coastal cities. The authors of a paper published Tuesday developed a more accurate way of calculating land elevation based on satellite readings, a standard way of estimating the […]

Adapt now: a global call for leadership on climate resilience

Global Commission on Adaptation Climate change is one of the greatest threats facing humanity,with far-reaching and devastating impacts on people, the envi- ronment, and the economy. Climate impacts affect all regionsof the world and cut across all sectors of society. People whodid the least to cause the problem—especially those living in poverty and fragile areas—are most at risk. Consider: Without […]

WMO Statement on the State of the Global Climate in 2018

WMO’s latest report on global temperatures, extreme weather and climate change indicators and socio-economic impacts is “yet another strong wake-up call” on the need for more ambitious climate action, according to United Nations Secretary General António Guterres. The WMO Statement on the State of the Global Climate in 2018 was formally launched at a joint press conference with the UN Secretary […]

Climate change: Where we are in seven charts and what you can do to help

Source: BBC Representatives from nearly 200 countries are gathering in Poland for talks on climate change – aimed at breathing new life into the Paris Agreement. The UN has warned the 2015 Paris accord’s goal of limiting global warming to “well below 2C above pre-industrial levels” is in danger because major economies, including the US and the EU, are falling […]

Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change

Source: The New York Times. “This narrative by Nathaniel Rich is a work of history, addressing the 10-year period from 1979 to 1989: the decisive decade when humankind first came to a broad understanding of the causes and dangers of climate change. Complementing the text is a series of aerial photographs and videos, all shot over the past year by […]

Planet at risk of heading towards “Hothouse Earth” state

Stockholm Resilience Center. An international team of scientists has published a study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) showing that even if the carbon emission reductions called for in the Paris Agreement are met, there is a risk of Earth entering what the scientists call “Hothouse Earth” conditions. A “Hothouse Earth” climate will in the long term […]

Deltares: “Gevolgen versnelde zeespiegelstijging hacken”

Deltares, 18 april 2017. Drie meter zeespiegelstijging binnen honderd jaar en nog eens vijf meter honderd jaar later. Nieuwe studies laten zien dat de Antarctische ijskappen veel sneller voor een zeespiegelstijging zorgen dan eerder werd gedacht. Zulke sterke zeespiegelstijging roept vragen op: zijn er grenzen aan de klimaatadaptatie in de Nederlandse Delta? Waar krijgen we mee te maken als de […]

Global CO2 emissions increase

The Global Carbon Project (GCP) studies the integrated picture of the carbon cycle and other interacting biogeochemical cycles, including biophysical and human dimensions and their interactions and feedbacks. This broad objective is covered by three themes: a) Diagnostics – Patterns and variability of natural and anthropogenic carbon sources and sinks; b) Vulnerability – Processes and feedbacks of the biophysical-human system; […]

Rotterdam Awarded Global Centre of Excellence on Climate Adaptation

By Arnoud Molenaar. In early 2017, The Netherlands announced it would work with Japan and UN Environment to establish a Global Centre of Excellence on Climate Adaptation (GCECA) to help countries, institutions and businesses adapt to a changing climate. And now, we are excited to share that this international knowledge centre will be hosted in two Dutch cities: Rotterdam and […]

Increasing risk over time of weather-related hazards to the European population

The report by Giovanni Forzieri, Alessandro Cescatti, Filipe Batista e Silva and Luc Feyen highlights the impact of climate change on health and safety of Europeans. It is clear from this Lancet RELX research, that a huge impact is estimated and in this study calculated. A scala of public risks are quoted throughout the document. The article in The Independent is very clear in the […]

Flooding: Prioritizing protection?

Article By Pascal Peduzzi, | 31 July, Nature Climate Change. With climate change, urban development and economic growth, more assets and infrastructures will be exposed to flooding. Now research shows that investments in flood protection are globally beneficial, but have varied levels of benefit locally.

A Region at Risk

The human dimensions of climate change in Asia and the Pacific. This report by Asian Development Bank and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research is noteworthy because of its thorough approach of crucial correlations. What happens in Asia can be considered as an example –  a pars pro toto – for the rest of the world. The approach of managing […]

Understanding extreme sea levels for broad-scale coastal impact and adaptation analysis

Source: Nature. Authors: T. Wahl, I.D. Haigh, R.J. Nicholls, A. Arns, S. Dangendorf, J. Hinkel & A.B.A. Slangen One of the main consequences of mean sea level rise (SLR) on human settlements is an increase in flood risk due to an increase in the intensity and frequency of extreme sea levels (ESL). While substantial research efforts are directed towards quantifying […]

The Dutch Have Solutions to Rising Seas. The World Is Watching.

By Michael Kimmelman, New York Times.  In the waterlogged Netherlands, climate change is considered neither a hypothetical nor a drag on the economy. Instead, it’s an opportunity. “It is, in essence, to let water in, where possible, not hope to subdue Mother Nature: to live with the water, rather than struggle to defeat it. The Dutch devise lakes, garages, parks and […]

Coral reef – our ocean delivery room – under great stress

Source: Arc Centre of Excellence Coral Reef Studies For the second time in just 12 months, scientists have recorded severe coral bleaching across huge tracts of the Great Barrier Reef after completing aerial surveys along its entire length. In 2016, bleaching was most severe in the northern third of the Reef, while one year on, the middle third has experienced […]

Climate change: global reshuffle of wildlife will have huge impacts on humanity

Source: The Guardian. Mass migration of species to cooler climes has profound implications for society, pushing disease-carrying insects, crop pests and crucial pollinators into new areas, says international team of scientists. Global warming is reshuffling the ranges of animals and plants around the world with profound consequences for humanity, according to a major new analysis. Rising temperatures on land and sea […]

Climate breaks multiple records in 2016, with global impacts

By World Meteorological Organization The year 2016 made history, with a record global temperature, exceptionally low sea ice, and unabated sea level rise and ocean heat, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Extreme weather and climate conditions have continued into 2017. WMO issued its annual statement on the State of the Global Climate ahead of World Meteorological Day on […]

Climate change, impacts and vulnerability in Europe 2016

Europe’s regions are facing rising sea levels and more extreme weather, such as more frequent and more intense heatwaves, flooding, droughts and storms due to climate change, according to a European Environment Agency report published today. The report ‘Climate change, impacts and vulnerability in Europe 2016’ by the European Environment Agency assesses the latest trends and projections on climate change and […]

Malta Seminar: Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction

Trends and Economic Challenges in Malta as part of the ‘Climate Change Research Seminar Series’. Date: Tuesday 29th November 2016 Organisation: by the Climate Change Research Platform of the University of Malta* and PRIMO** Venue: IT Services Building, Room VC102, Malta University The Climate Change Platform (CCP) was set up, under the auspices of the Islands and Small States Institute, […]

The Institute for European Studies

In preparation of the Malta Think Tank ‘From Global to Local’ PRIMO agreed to a dedicated partnership with The Institute for European Studies to address and elaborate the specific theme of climate change. This institute within the University of Malta is focused on multi-disciplinary teaching. It runs an evening Diploma course, as well as full-time courses leading to the Bachelor of […]

High and Dry: Climate Change, Water and the Economy

By World Bank Group From Executive Summary: “The impacts of climate change will be channeled primarily through the water cycle, with consequences that could be large and uneven across the globe. Water-related climate risks cascade through food, energy, urban, and environmental systems. Growing populations, rising incomes, and expanding cities will converge upon a world where the demand for water rises […]

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Antarctic model raises prospect of unstoppable ice collapse

Source: Nature Choices that the world makes this century could determine the fate of the massive Antarctic ice sheet. A study published online this week in Nature1 finds that continued growth in greenhouse-gas emissions over the next several decades could trigger an unstoppable collapse of Antarctica’s ice — raising sea levels by more than a metre by 2100 and more than 15 metres by […]

UN Climate Change Paris Agreement signed

During the 2016 Opening for Signature of the Paris Agreement, held at United Nations Headquarters in New York on 22 April 2016, 175 States signed the Agreement, and 15 States deposited instruments of ratification. An historic meeting. The agreement was approved by the 196 Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention of the Climate Change (UNFCCC) in COP21 in Paris […]

Climate Change in Malta

An article from the Malta Resources Authority, published in 2012, but more than ever actual: “The Maltese Archipelago (Malta, Gozo and Comino) covers a total land area of approximately 320 km2 and a 140 km coastline. Malta, which is the largest of the three islands, has an area of 245 km2 (and a coastline of approximately 100 km), while Gozo […]