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Can coral reef islands survive sea level rise?

Sea-level rise will expose coastal communities around the world to increasingly destructive coastal erosion and flooding. This is especially true for coral reef islands, which are low elevation accumulations of loose sand and gravel that have become populated throughout the tropics. For atoll nations like... click to read more

  • Eddie Beetham | Coastal scientist at Tonkin and Taylor International Ltd., Auckland, New Zealand
  • Gerd Masselink | Professor of Coastal Geomorphology at School of Biological and Marine Sciences, University of Plymouth, UK
  • Paul Kench | Professor of Earth Science at Department of Earth Sciences, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada
Views 714
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Dec 21, 2020
More droughts, more war?

Historically, violent conflicts tend to predominantly erupt in bad years, when droughts, floods, or heatwaves put the functioning of societies to the test. Does this mean that violent conflicts will become more frequent as extreme weather becomes increasingly common, globally, because of climate change? While each... click to read more

Views 861
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Dec 14, 2020
Hot currents: Global ocean circulation speeds up

The Earth has experienced rapid warming in recent decades. This warming is caused by increased emissions of greenhouse gases related to human activities, as found by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The ocean is an important player in this process, as it is... click to read more

  • Shijian Hu | Professor at Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Wenju Cai | Director, Professor at Centre for Southern Hemisphere Oceans Research, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisati
Views 692
Reading time 2.5 min
published on Dec 4, 2020
Corals display bright colours to fight bleaching

A seemingly endless sea of ghostly white corals more and more often replaces a once-thriving reef. The image of mass coral bleaching is a striking portrait of how climate change is threatening marine ecosystems' survival and the millions of people they support. Coral bleaching occurs... click to read more

  • Elena Bollati | Research Fellow at Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore, Singapore 117558, Singapore
  • Cecilia D’Angelo | Lecturer at Coral Reef Laboratory, University of Southampton, Waterfront Campus, European Way, Southampton SO14 3ZH, UK
  • Jörg Wiedenmann | Professor at Coral Reef Laboratory, University of Southampton, Waterfront Campus, European Way, Southampton SO14 3ZH, UK
Views 945
Reading time 4 min
published on Dec 3, 2020
Extreme glacier melt and climate change

Glaciers around the world are melting faster than in any previous decade since measurements began. Glaciers form when snow accumulates over many years and compresses into ice. Glaciers accumulate snow in the winter, and then melt ice in the summer. Cold temperatures, more snow, or both,... click to read more

  • Lauren J. Vargo | Research Fellow at Antarctic Research Centre, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
Views 848
Reading time 3 min
published on Nov 10, 2020