Climate Change

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 […]

US is not ‘us’ anymore

By Jack Kruf. The decision of president Donald Trump (another one per decree and not via political and democratic debate and decision lines) to undo existing policies, pledges and contracts related to the commonly Paris agreed and signed innovative climate change approach, must give other countries reason to reconsider the trustworthiness and credibility of the United States. Where promises, commitments and contracts […]

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 […]

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 […]

Oscar Winner Leonardo DiCaprio on Climate Change

Source The Washington Post. On Sunday night while accepting a long-anticipated Oscar for best actor, for his role in “The Revenant,” Leonardo DiCaprio seized the moment to highlight the plight of the planet. (video outside US residents) “Making “The Revenant” was about man’s relationship to the natural world,” DiCaprio said. “A world that we collectively felt in 2015 as the hottest year in recorded history. Our […]

Stunning Acceleration of Sea Level Rise

The scientists reported in a paper published Monday 22nd of February 2016 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that they have greater than 95 percent certainty that at least half of more than 5 inches of sea level rise they detected during the 20th century was directly caused by global warming. If we stop polluting now the rise will be […]

Breaking the Tragedy of the Horizon – climate change and financial stability

Mike Carney, Governor of the Bank of England Chairman of the Financial Stability Board, gave its speech at  Lloyd’s of London, 29 September 2015. He focuses on the facts and the consequences for our architecture of government, safety, insurance and financial stability of the world economy. A quote: “There are three broad channels through which climate change can affect financial […]

Public Perceptions of Climate Change as a Human Health Risk

Surveys of the United States, Canada and Malta International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health “We used data from nationally representative surveys conducted in the United States, Canada and Malta between 2008 and 2009 to answer three questions: Does the public believe that climate change poses human health risks, and if so, are they seen as current or future risks? […]