Fact of the week

  • Record large Antarctic ozone hole closes

    January 11, 2021

    WMO – The record-breaking 2020 Antarctic ozone hole finally closed at the end of December after an exceptional season due to naturally occurring meteorological conditions and the continued presence of ozone depleting substances in the atmosphere, according to a report from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The 2020 Antarctic ozone hole grew rapidly from mid-August […]

  • Combo of ag and solar energy can mitigate climate change

    January 5, 2021

    Oregon State University – Co-developing land for both solar photovoltaic power and agriculture could provide 20 per cent of total electricity generation in the United States with an investment of less than one per cent of the annual U.S. budget, a new paper by Oregon State University researchers found. Wide-scale installation of agrivoltaic systems could […]

  • 2020 closes a decade of exceptional heat

    December 24, 2020

    World Meteorological Association – As 2020 draws to an end, it closes the warmest decade (2011-2020) on record, according to the World Meteorological Organization. This year remains on track to be one of the three warmest on record, and may even rival 2016 as the warmest on record. The six warmest years have all been […]

  • Climate change to lead to shifts in global precipitation patterns

    December 18, 2020

    Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz – The Earth’s climate system is largely determined by the differences in temperature between the tropics and the poles. Global warming is likely to cause global atmospheric circulation to change and progressively revert to a situation similar to that of 5,000 to 10,000 years ago, according to a new study published […]

  • Record Atlantic hurricane season comes to an end

    December 1, 2020

    WMO – The extremely active 2020 Atlantic hurricane season officially ended on Nov. 30 with a record-breaking 30 named tropical storms, including 13 hurricanes and six major hurricanes, according to a report from the World Meteorological Organization. There were 12 landfalling storms in the continental United States. That marked the most storms on record, surpassing […]

  • World CO2 levels keep rising, despite lockdown measures

    November 24, 2020

    WMO – Lockdown measures imposed worldwide to slow the spread of COVID-19 over the past year have led to some reductions in carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gas emissions, but levels are still record high with any changes on the year in line with typical fluctuations, according to a report from the World Meteorological […]

  • Researchers create framework for studying weather/environmental influence on COVID-19

    November 17, 2020

    WMO – In an effort to help streamline policy creation and disease monitoring amid a rapidly changing landscape a framework for research linking weather, climate and COVID-19 has been published in Nature Communication. “Early studies of weather, seasonality, and environmental influences on COVID19 have yielded inconsistent and confusing results. To provide policy-makers and the public […]

  • Changes to food system needed to slow global warming

    November 9, 2020

    UC Santa Barbara – Changes to world agricultural production will be needed to slow global warming, as reducing the usage of fossil fuels will not be enough to meet targets, according to research from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). Reductions in meat consumption and fertilizer usage were two of the strategies highlighted in […]

  • Warming of 2°C would release billions of tonnes of soil carbon

    November 2, 2020

    University of Exeter – Global warming of 2°C would lead to about 230 billion tonnes of carbon being released from the world’s soil, according to a new study led by the University of Exeter. Global soils contain two to three times more carbon than the atmosphere, and higher temperatures speed up decomposition – reducing the […]

  • WWF reports threats on Canadian watersheds

    October 27, 2020

    WWF-Canada – A recent report on Canada’s watersheds from World Wildlife Fund Canada (WWF-Canada) showed Canadian watersheds face a series of significant threats, though the data was not sufficient to draw conclusions regarding their overall heath. The watersheds were assessed on their levels of pollution, habitat loss, habitat fragmentation, overuse of water, invasive species, and […]




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