Scientists say methane emitted by humans ‘vastly underestimated’

Scientists say methane emitted by humans ‘vastly underestimated’

NIWA researchers have helped unlock information trapped in ancient air samples from Greenland and Antarctica that shows the amount of methane humans are emitting into the atmosphere from fossil fuels has been vastly underestimated.

The Big (yet Hidden) Consequences of Antarctica's Record Heat

The Big (yet Hidden) Consequences of Antarctica's Record Heat

But step into the Martian-like dry valleys and you’ll be treading on a bustling community of tiny organisms, like nematode worms and ultra-hardy water bears and mites.“Really, that's the charismatic megafauna of continental Antarctica,” says evolutionary ecologist Byron Adams of Brigham Young University, who is currently surveying life on the continent.

Zuck's Lost Notebook, Marsupial Trouble, and More News

Zuck's Lost Notebook, Marsupial Trouble, and More News

In the early days of Facebook, founder Mark Zuckerberg was always scrawling away in a notebook.But a new book by WIRED's Steven Levy describes more than a dozen pages Levy obtained from that very notebook.A new report shows that antechinus is ill-prepared for a warming world .

This Marsupial Dies After Marathon Mating. Now It's Got Bigger Worries

This Marsupial Dies After Marathon Mating. Now It's Got Bigger Worries

This is highly influenced by temperature: An adult antechinus’ metabolism shifts to expend less energy when it’s cold during the winter, and there isn’t much insect prey for it to hunt.

Hottest November on record: NIWA climate scientists

Hottest November on record: NIWA climate scientists

The previous record for the hottest November on record was jointly reached in 1954 and 2013 when the temperature was 1.38ᵒC above average.On 27 November, Wairoa recorded a high of 34.1°C, the equal fourth-highest November temperature on record in New Zealand.

Hot weekend awaits

Hot weekend awaits

NIWA forecaster Ben Noll says much warmer than average temperatures will spill onto the South Island on Saturday, and continue on Sunday and Monday.The heat will peak in the North Island on Sunday and Monday, but above average temperatures are likely to persist for much of the first 10 days of the month.

Rare weather phenomenon possible

Rare weather phenomenon possible

Called a Sudden Stratospheric Warming (SSW), it occurs when the temperature of the stratosphere (30-50km above ground) over the South Pole rises by more than 25ᵒC.The Southern Hemisphere is characterised by a cold Antarctic continent surrounded by relatively warm seas.

Don't Ask How to Pay for Climate Change. Ask Who

Don't Ask How to Pay for Climate Change. Ask Who

Any serious policy response to global warming needs to transfer some of the costs from voters to the fossil fuel interests, where they belong. To fight global warming, we need to organize a broad public counterweight against the sectoral interests that are trying to block action.

The Side Effects of Solar Geoengineering Could Be Minimal

The Side Effects of Solar Geoengineering Could Be Minimal

The Side Effects of Solar Geoengineering Could Be Minimal JPL/NASA It sounds like a drastic course of action: inject stuff high into Earth’s atmosphere to reflect a little sunlight and help counteract global warming.

Oceans Are 'Spiking a Fever' With Record Heat Waves

Oceans Are 'Spiking a Fever' With Record Heat Waves

The number of heat waves affecting the planet’s oceans has increased sharply, scientists have revealed, killing swathes of sea life like “wildfires that take out huge areas of forest.” The damage caused in these hotspots is also harmful for humanity, which relies on the oceans for oxygen, food, storm protection and the removal of climate-warming carbon dioxide the atmosphere, they say.

New Game of Thrones Images Show ... Umm, the Furs Are Great

New Game of Thrones Images Show ... Umm, the Furs Are Great

Emily Dreyfuss, Senior Writer: Having read all the books and watched every episode of this show, I have to admit that I still can't remember what's happening at this point of HBO's Game of Thrones . Dreyfuss: Jon Snow (Kit Harington) looks like he just realized Daenerys is his sister … five minutes after they slept together.

We Need Massive Change to Avoid Climate Hell

We Need Massive Change to Avoid Climate Hell

Meaning, we’re looking at unprecedented change, what is essentially the restructuring of civilization.“The report has sent a very clear message that if we don't act now and have substantial reductions in carbon dioxide emissions over the next decade, we are really making it very challenging to impossible to keep warming below 1.5 degrees,” said the IPCC’s Jim Skea at a press conference announcing the report, a massive survey by almost 100 authors (and 1,000 reviewers) citing 6,000 studies.The 2015 Paris Agreement included the 1.5 goal at the urging of island nations, which rising seas are threatening to drown.

Climate Crisis Spurs UN Call for $2.4 Trillion Fossil Fuel Shift

Climate Crisis Spurs UN Call for $2.4 Trillion Fossil Fuel Shift

The world must invest $2.4 trillion in clean energy every year through 2035 and cut the use of coal-fired power to almost nothing by 2050 to avoid catastrophic damage from climate change, according to scientists convened by the United Nations.

Weatherwatch: slower tropical storms are raising flood threat

Weatherwatch: slower tropical storms are raising flood threat

Falls in the average tracking speeds of hurricanes and typhoons, attributed to global warming, put more lives at risk Research published in Nature earlier this year showed that the average speed at which tropical storms track has slowed down by 10% since 1949.

Climate change means Hurricane Florence will dump 50% more rain

Climate change means Hurricane Florence will dump 50% more rain

Hurricane Florence is set to bring 50% more rainfall to the US east coast due to human-induced climate change, according to a landmark forecast that has outlined the influence of warming temperatures upon the looming storm.

Warming oceans are changing the world's rainfall | John Abraham

Warming oceans are changing the world's rainfall | John Abraham

A new study finds that warming in the Atlantic Ocean is changing rain patterns in the Amazon Previous researchers who have looked at the Amazon and its changing precipitation have found that the southern part of the rainforest has experienced a long-term increase in rainfall.

Hurricane Florence: How climate change is increasing the threat from tropical storms

Hurricane Florence: How climate change is increasing the threat from tropical storms

James Kossin of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration published a study in the journal Nature in June suggesting that slow-moving tropical cyclones, which would include those like Florence and Harvey, have become more common over the last 70 years, dropping in speed by 10 per cent in that time.

Fossil fuel dependence poses 'direct existential threat', warns UN chief

Fossil fuel dependence poses 'direct existential threat', warns UN chief

United Nations secretary general António Guterres has warned that the world is facing “a direct existential threat” and must rapidly shift from dependence on fossil fuels by 2020 to prevent “runaway climate change”.

BBC admits ‘we get climate change coverage wrong too often’

BBC admits ‘we get climate change coverage wrong too often’

It then states: “Manmade climate change exists: If the science proves it we should report it.” In the section warning on false balance it says: “To achieve impartiality, you do not need to include outright deniers of climate change in BBC coverage, in the same way you would not have someone denying that Manchester United won 2-0 last Saturday.

When We Almost Stopped Climate Change

When We Almost Stopped Climate Change

And if you’re interested in advertising with “The Daily,” write to us at [email protected] do I listen to ‘The Daily’?July 16, 2018Nathaniel Rich contributed reporting.“When We Almost Stopped Climate Change” was produced by Clare Toeniskoetter, with help from Michael Simon Johnson, and edited by Paige Cowett and Lisa Tobin.“The Daily” is produced by Theo Balcomb, Annie Brown, Jessica Cheung, Paige Cowett, Lynsea Garrison, Michael Simon Johnson, Andy Mills, Rachel Quester, Ike Sriskandarajah and Clare Toeniskoetter, with editing help from Larissa Anderson.

Here’s how forests rebounded from Yellowstone’s epic 1988 fires – and why that could be harder in the future

Here’s how forests rebounded from Yellowstone’s epic 1988 fires – and why that could be harder in the future

Historically, high-severity fires kill trees but do not destroy the forest. In Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, fires in 2016 burned young forests that regenerated from fires in 1988 and 2000.

Ancient civilisation? Was prehistoric global warming caused by pre-human species

Ancient civilisation? Was prehistoric global warming caused by pre-human species

Was prehistoric global warming caused by pre-human speciesA new study from a climatologist and a professor of astrophysics has revealed a massive spike in global warming 56 million years ago.This spike was discovered in a dramatic change in the geological composition buried deep beneath Earth’s surface in an era known as the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM).To investigate the idea of a possible pre-historic intelligent civilisation, the duo, Professor Adam Frank, of the University of Rochester and Gavin Schmidt, director of Nasa's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), examined what evidence we, as humans, would leave behind if we were to become extinct.Writing in The Atlantic, Professor Frank said: “There is a conundrum here.

UK weather warning: World to experience EXTREME heat for next FOUR YEARS

UK weather warning: World to experience EXTREME heat for next FOUR YEARS

UK weather warning: World to experience EXTREME heat for next FOUR YEARS SCORCHING heatwaves like the one we have just experienced will be with us annually for the next four years at least, scientists have warned.

Have these scientists just SOLVED GLOBAL WARMING? New mineral EATS carbon dioxide

Have these scientists just SOLVED GLOBAL WARMING? New mineral EATS carbon dioxide

This is a process which takes hundreds to thousands of years in nature at Earth's surface."The second thing we have done is to demonstrate a pathway which speeds this process up dramatically.Have these scientists just SOLVED GLOBAL WARMING?

'Very worrying' Endless summers to strike UK and USA due to global warming warn scientists

'Very worrying' Endless summers to strike UK and USA due to global warming warn scientists

SUMMER weather patterns are increasingly set to get stuck in Europe, North America and parts of Asia in future after a new climate study revealed how Arctic warming is creating global heatwaves and torrential rainfall which can have a dangerous and devastating impact on human health.

Turns Out Cities Can't Sue Oil Companies for Climate Change

Turns Out Cities Can't Sue Oil Companies for Climate Change

That case had the same outcome, this time from Judge William Alsup of the Northern District1 of California: “Although the scope of plaintiffs’ claims is determined by federal law, there are sound reasons why regulation of the worldwide problem of global warming should be determined by our political branches, not by our judiciary,” he writes.