Climate change is sending increasingly alarming messages. For instance, sea ice in Northern Alaska disappeared earlier than usual this spring, which has impacted wildlife and fish, too. The early melting was caused by exceptionally warm ocean waters.
The process – which has a negative effect not only on the food web but also on local communities and commerce – is part of the feedback spiral caused by climate change: higher ocean temperatures reduce the quantity of sea ice, which makes the oceans even warmer in turn.
At the time of the warming, many seals died along the western and northern shores of Alaska, while many gray whales perished in the south. According to the expert, it is not known whether the warm water has contributed to that. “Certainly it’s all happening at the same time,” Thoman noted.
The news about climate refugees are alternating sequences of frightening numbers and apocalyptic landscapes that obscure the real face of the problem: the disfigured human fates.
More than a quarter of all mammals are threatened with extinction.
Between 1 May and 30 August, higher than ever temperatures have been measured in 29 countries, on almost 400 occasions in the Northern Hemisphere.
The French falconer Jacques-Olivier Travers has surveyed the glaciers of the Alps using a camera attached to a white-tailed eagle.
The ice floe that the German research boat will be attached to as it drifts around the Arctic for almost a year on the most important Arctic expedition ever has been selected.
Data from European climate researchers indicates that this year’s was the warmest September since the Copernicus Climate Change Service began keeping regular records of meteorological data in 1981.
If the current trend continues, oceanic wildlife is in grave danger.
A report from the investment bank Goldman Sachs claims that climate change is putting the world’s cities in danger.
The most spectacular effects of climate change are associated with waters: as a result of global warming, glaciers melt, oceans rise, greater and greater floods threaten coast dwellers, while elsewhere, drought, desertification and water shortages cause great problems, as shown in these shocking photos.
The winning photos of the Ciwem Environmental Photographer of the Year 2019 Awards are painful reminders of the consequences of climate change and environmental destruction.