• New Study: The World Is Safer From Climate-Related Disasters Than Ever

    • Date: 17/01/20
    • Climate Discussion Nexus

    During the last 30 years the mortality risk from climate-related disasters plunged more than six-fold and the economic loss rates went down five-fold. A paper published in the scientific literature in July 2019 had the refreshingly plain-language title “Empirical evidence of declining global vulnerability to climate-related hazards”. Care to guess what it’s about? In slightly […]

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  • Empty Planet: How Declining Populations Kill Economic Growth

    • Date: 16/01/20
    • Livemint

    Slowing population growth may hurt the discovery of new ideas and lead to economic growth stagnating, finds new study Across the world, falling fertility rates are driving down population growth rates. In some countries, populations could actually soon decline because of negative population growth rates. Slower and negative population growth, as countries such as Japan […]

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  • Wind Farms Built To Tackle Climate Change Could Be Final Nail In Coffin For Seabirds, RSPB Warns

    • Date: 16/01/20
    • The Daily Telegraph

    Wind farms built to tackle climate change could be the “final nail in the coffin” for sea birds, the RSPB has warned as it publishes a new report into their feeding hotspots. The UK is a globally crucial place for these birds, as it contains 8 million breeding pairs. They are in fast decline – seabirds have faced […]

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  • Ex-Judge To Investigate Ocean Acidification Research Controversy

    • Date: 10/01/20
    • Times Higher Education

    Australian university scrutinises former student’s research record, as whistleblowers refute ocean acidification theory An Australian university has launched an investigation into the research record of a discredited scientist it educated, as findings by academics who supervised her doctoral training are challenged in the journal Nature. James Cook University said it has appointed an external panel to look […]

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  • False Alarm: Study Refutes Findings that Acidification Affects Fish Behavior

    • Date: 09/01/20
    • The Scientist

    New experimental results refute a decade of research suggesting that increased ocean acidification—the process by which increasingly available atmospheric carbon dioxide is absorbed by the ocean, lowering its pH—alters the behavior of coral reef fish, researchers reported today in Nature.  The researchers saw no significant difference in the animals’ behavior in several different laboratory-based tests in […]

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  • Global Deaths From Natural Disasters Drop To Record Low

    • Date: 08/01/20
    • Munich Re

    Globally, in 2019, about 9,000 people lost their lives in natural catastrophes compared with 15,000 in 2018. This confirms the overall trend towards lower numbers of victims thanks to better prevention measures. 820 natural catastrophes caused overall losses of US$ 150bn, which is broadly in line with the inflation-adjusted average of the past 30 years. A smaller […]

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  • There’s Only One Way To Make Bushfires Less Powerful: Take Out The Stuff That Burns

    • Date: 08/01/20
    • Professor Rod Keenan, The Conversation

    As monstrous blazes overwhelm Australia’s south-east, the need for a national bushfire policy has never been more urgent. Active land management such as hazard-reduction burning and forest thinning must lie at the core of any such policy. Done well, controlled burning limits a bushfire’s spread and makes suppression easier, by reducing the amount of flammable […]

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  • 2019 Was 3rd Warmest Year; Warming Trend Unchanged

    • Date: 04/01/20
    • Roy Spencer

    2019 was the third warmest year (+0.44 deg. C) in the 41 year satellite record, after 2016 (+0.52 deg. C) and 1998 (+0.48 deg. C). The Version 6.0 global average lower tropospheric temperature (LT) anomaly for December, 2019 was +0.56 deg. C, statistically unchanged from the November value of +0.55 deg. C. The yearly rankings […]

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