Groundwater depletion will soon be as important a factor in contributing to sea-level rise as the melting of glaciers other than those in Greenland and Antarctica, scientists say.
According to the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii, concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have reached 400ppm. This should hit home in SA, with our reliance on coal, the most carbon-intensive of all fossil fuels.
Cities around Europe may have to erect flood barriers similar to the Thames Barrier, as climate change takes hold and leads to the danger of much more destructive storms, floods, heavy rainfall and higher sea levels, Europe's environmental watchdog has warned.
“Local government is doing more than we think, but they are not doing enough,” said Lorena Pasquini, postdoctoral researcher at the University of Cape Town, in her lecture ‘Hot, or Not: Local Government and Climate Change Adaptation.’
Animal skeletons scattered everywhere. Not a tree or plant to be seen. Extreme weather conditions further destroy dilapidated houses and buildings. Is this the reality of what awaits our children after climate change has ravaged our beautiful planet?
Renowned biologist George Schaller has been traveling to the Tibetan Plateau for nearly three decades, studying its unique wildlife. But with climate change and overgrazing taking a toll on the landscape, he reports, scientists and the Chinese government are working to preserve one of the planet’s wildest places.
The end of the world? No, the world isn't falling apart, as you might have read lately, but those structures and institutions supporting it as we knew it: capitalist markets, civilized norms, personal autonomy, global cooperation, and democratic processes.
Rivers including the Mississippi and Illinois are expected to remain in “major flood stage” through this weekend, the National Weather Service warned as rain and snow continued to fall on much of the central U.S. Tuesday.
The late Mrs Thatcher arguably did more than any major UK politician at the time to legitimise the environment as a concern at the highest level.
Changing climates and urban development is making flooding more common, and yet no attention is paid to long-term solutions.
Planetary stability must be integrated with United Nations targets to fight poverty and secure human well-being, argue David Griggs and colleagues.
“Ask yourself: Are you thinking of now, or are you thinking of your grandchild’s future?” This was the question posed by climate scientist Inez Fung, a professor of Atmospheric Science at the University of California and co-director of the Berkeley Institute of the Environment.
Snowfall in Gauteng after 31 years. Unprecedented heat waves across the northern half of SA. Tornadoes in Ficksburg and Springs. Devastating hailstorms around the country.
The number of Atlantic storms with magnitude similar to killer Hurricane Katrina, which devastated the U.S. Gulf Coast in 2005, could rise sharply this century, environmental researchers reported on Monday.
"We, in South Africa, certainly have no excuse for not taking a lead in efforts to combat climate change – our country is, after all, blessed with an abundance of renewable energy potential, with some of the world’s best conditions for solar and wind-energy," says Minister of Science and Technology Derek Hanekom (pictured).
It’s not too late to avert a climate crisis but “pervasive human short-termism” makes it highly unlikely that society will do so in the next 40 years.
Meteorologist Paul Douglas is moderating a discussion with artist Cynthia Hopkins, whose climate change-themed show, This Clement World, comes to the Walker next week.
The late eminent Australian scientist Professor Frank Fenner, who helped to wipe out smallpox, predicted humans would probably be extinct within 100 years, because of overpopulation, environmental destruction and climate change.
The choices that we make (or fail to make) in the next few years may determine whether the human species survives, or goes the way of the wooly mammoth and the sabre tooth tiger.
How aware, concerned and active are South Africans about climate change and how does this compare to Europeans and Americans? Who is the good, the bad and the ugly in this unfolding story?
Risk and resilience haven’t typically been part of most companies’ sustainability vocabularies. But Mother Nature’s fury is changing that, as droughts, floods, hurricanes and wildfires disrupt companies and their supply chains.