Scientists at the Norwegian Polar Institute have found an unprecedented reduction in Svalbard’s population of reindeer in 2019.
The researchers found more than two hundred reindeer carcasses, and the loss was caused by climate change: the milder winters have increased rainfall in the region, and that made the ground so icy that the animals could no longer dig up vegetation from underneath.
The Arctic is particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change: surface air there is warming at twice the rate of the rest of the planet. Longyearbyen, the largest town of the Svalbard archipelago, is considered the fastest-warming settlement on Earth.
The extent of Arctic and Antarctic sea ice hit a record low in July 2019. This occurred in the month that was also the hottest ever July on record since meteorological records were begun in 1880, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has announced.
A monument is to be erected to honour the glacier that was first lost to global warming in Iceland. The plaque will feature a note to future generations, as well.
According to the 2018 global report of the International Energy Agency, demand for air conditioning will triple by 2050, which will increase electricity consumption and carbon dioxide emissions and thereby accelerate the rate of global warming.
The situation is worse than we thought – not only in the case of coral reefs, but also in freshwater fish populations.
Scientists have studied mortality data in 27 Chinese cities with high population densities to get an accurate estimate of the effect that global warming of 2 instead of 1.5 degrees Celsius would have on the mortality rate.
An amazing interactive map produced by the BBC allows us to check temperatures projected for 2100 around the globe.
Alpinist Bryan Mestre took an astonishing photo at the end of June, showing a lake in the French Alps that was probably created due to the heat wave that swept Europe.
28,338 species on the planet are threatened with extinction according to the latest red list of the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
The absolute temperature record was broken at one of Canada’s northernmost weather stations: 21 degrees Celsius was measured in Nunavut District beyond the Arctic Circle.
According to data from NASA, this year’s was the hottest ever month of June, and July is well on the way to setting the record for the hottest month ever.