Fact of the week

  • ‘Average’ hurricane season upped by NOAA

    April 12, 2021

    NOAA – Increased hurricane activity over the past three decades will see the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center (CPC) raise its meaning of the word ‘average’ when it comes to the Atlantic hurricane season. Using 1991-2020 as the new 30-year period of record, the updated averages for the Atlantic hurricane season […]

  • Climate change cut global ag growth by 21 per cent in past 60 years

    April 1, 2021

    Cornell University –  Global farming productivity since the 1960s is 21 per cent lower than it could have been without climate change, despite other important agricultural advances in the past 60 years, according to a new study led by Cornell University. This is the equivalent of losing about seven years of farm productivity increases over […]

  • Regional water scarcity can have global implications

    March 26, 2021

    Tufts University – Droughts may lead to localized water shortages, but the impact of dry conditions can also have both positive and negative ripple effects on the global economy, according to a new study led by Tufts University. “We’re finding that water scarcity dynamics are more complicated than traditionally acknowledged,” said Flannery Dolan, a graduate […]

  • European summer droughts since 2015 unprecedented in past two millennia

    March 16, 2021

    University of Cambridge – Recent summer droughts in Europe are far more severe than anything in the past 2,100 years, according to a new study. An international team, led by the University of Cambridge, studied the chemical fingerprints in European oak trees to reconstruct summer climate over 2,110 years. They found that after a long-term […]

  • Mixed climate patterns highlight new ‘climate norms’

    March 9, 2021

    WMO – Mixed climate patterns in both the northern hemisphere winter and southern hemisphere summer saw below-average temperatures in some parts of the world. However, the gradual introduction of updated “climate norms” gives rise to the question as to what is an average temperature. For boreal winter, the region of mostly above average temperatures covered […]

  • UN outlines member states’ climate change plans

    March 2, 2021

    United Nations – The United Nations (UN) released a report on Feb. 26 outlining the plans for 75 of its member states to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in compliance with the goals set out in the Paris Agreement. The NDC (nationally determined contributions) Synthesis Report is comprised of 48 new or updated NDCs submitted […]

  • UN report calls for making peace with nature

    February 23, 2021

    UNEP– The world can transform its relationship with nature and tackle the climate, biodiversity and pollution crises together to secure a sustainable future and prevent future pandemics, according to a new report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) that offers a comprehensive blueprint for addressing our triple planetary emergency. The report, Making Peace with […]

  • Carbon rich topsoil lost across one-third of U.S. Corn Belt

    February 16, 2021

    University of Massachusetts Amherst – Erosion has depleted carbon-rich topsoil across a third of the United States Midwestern Corn Belt, or 100 million acres, according to a new study from the University of Massachusetts Amherst that indicates the U.S. Department of Agriculture has significantly underestimated the true magnitude of farmland erosion. In a paper published […]

  • World ice disappearing at faster pace

    February 8, 2021

    University of Leeds – The Earth lost 28 trillion tonnes of ice between 1994 and 2017, as the rate at which ice is disappearing across the planet sped up, according to new research led by the University of Leeds. The lost ice over the reporting period was the equivalent to a sheet of ice 100 […]

  • Summer weather influences winter honey bee survival

    February 2, 2021

    Penn State – Winter survival of honey bee colonies is strongly influenced by summer temperatures and precipitation in the prior year, according to research conducted by Pennsylvania State University. The findings suggest honey bees have a “goldilocks” preferred range of summer conditions outside of which their probability of surviving the winter falls. Using several years […]




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