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What Caribbean coasts can tell us about the future of climate change

Today's climate change is driving geological changes such as coastal erosion and expansion of arid areas. It is also threatening our planet. Such dramatic climate changes happened before in the planet's history. These past events may teach us to forecast what the ongoing events are... click to read more

  • Lucas Vimpere | PhD student at University of Geneva, Switzerland
Views 544
Reading time 3 min
published on Jan 28, 2021
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 975
Reading time 3 min
published on Nov 10, 2020
Global warming blamed for Earth’s largest mass extinction

The industrial burning of fossil fuels is adding greenhouse gases to the atmosphere, trapping heat near the planet's surface and warming the oceans. A major effect of warming is to reduce the amount of dissolved oxygen (O2) found in the sea. This effect arises for... click to read more

  • Justin Penn | PhD student at University of Washington, School of Oceanography, Seattle, USA
Views 4228
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Oct 28, 2019
Cascading effects of a marine heatwave impact dolphin survival and reproduction

Extreme weather events such as droughts, heavy rainfalls or extreme temperature fluctuations are occurring more frequently around the globe associated with global climate change. In early 2011, the western Australian coastline was hit by an unprecedented marine heatwave, which turned the coastal waters into a... click to read more

  • Sonja Wild | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Max Planck Institute of Animal Behaviour, Radolfzell, Germany; Cluster for the Advanced Study of Collective Behaviour, University of Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany
Views 1882
Reading time 4 min
published on Sep 20, 2019
For polar bears the cost of living is rising

A warming Arctic is causing reductions in sea ice thickness and increasing its drift speed. Compositional and dynamic changes in sea ice could have impacts on the ability of ice-dependent vertebrates to acquire and amass energy needed for maintenance, growth, and reproduction. Knowledge of how... click to read more

  • George Durner | Research Zoologist at US Geological Survey, Alaska Science Center, Anchorage, Alaska, USA
Views 4036
Reading time 4 min
published on Mar 13, 2018