Climate change will have a long-term effect on the future of a third of the bird species studied.
A study published by the British Trust for Ornithology has looked at the impact of climate change on individual bird species. Lead author of the study James Pearce-Higgins says some species will lose out, but others will benefit from the changes.
The transformation of the weather disrupts the established schedules of migratory birds: plants flower sooner and insect populations decline by the time the birds get on the way, with the result that young birds and those exhausted by the migration do not get sufficient food, which may have fatal consequences.
On the other hand, birds that winter in Britain are increasing their populations as milder weather and in particular warmer winters improve their chances of survival.
The researchers also emphasised that despite its great significance, climate change is not the only factor driving the decline of bird populations – changes in land use and decreasing habitats are also important factors, so we can do a great deal for endangered species by addressing also these issues.
From Alaska to California, the temperature of the Pacific Ocean is well above average.
Since measurements began in Czechia almost two and a half centuries ago, there has not been a summer as hot as this year’s in Prague, when daily average temperatures reached 22.9 degrees Celsius.
In her opening address at the 42nd Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council, Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, expressed grave concern about the condition of the global environment.
Climate change is making Germany’s climate warmer, with a series of new high temperature records and heat waves making people’s lives more difficult. In response to the changes, the German Trade Union Confederation has proposed introducing the siesta break to protect workers.
The country’s average temperature has increased by 0.47 degrees Celsius each decade since 1976.
The European skiing industry has to reckon with much less snow and much shorter seasons as a result of climate change. Skiing resorts are responding to the challenge by using snow cannons and employing innovative snow production technologies – a practice that environmentalists believe to be particularly harmful.
It is a lesser known fact that climate change is also making the oxygen levels of the oceans drop. Over the last 50 years, the average oxygen content of the world’s oceans has dropped by almost 2%, which may have dramatic consequences.
A study by researchers at the University of Colorado claims that along with new types of psychological problems such as climate anxiety and ecological grief, climate change has many other unfavourable consequences for human health, such as the chronic kidney disease that is becoming increasingly common among agricultural workers.
Europe is warming up faster than expected, with climate change increasing the number of extremely hot days while reducing the number of extremely cold ones, reported researchers at ETH Zürich University in their study published in the journal of the American Geophysical Union, the Geophysical Research Letters.
The hydrography research group of the Russian Navy’s Northern Fleet has discovered five islands in the region of Franz Josef Land in the Arctic Ocean, the website of the Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported.