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Great lettuce crisis is a taste of climate crop chaos to come. Redirect?url= Redirect?url= Redirect?url= Redirect?url= Animals threatened by climate change. Report - DARA. Download the Report Complete Report (42.7MB) Front Matter: Executive Summary, Findings, Recommendations, Research Process, Key Issues (2MB) Executive and Technical Summary (976kb)

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Arctic sea ice volume, now tracking record low, stars in data visualization. Environment | Research | Science | UW Today blog July 7, 2016 The Arctic Ocean is gaining open water each summer, with some scientists predicting that the warming planet will see an Arctic Ocean that’s completely ice-free in late summer by around the middle of this century.

Arctic sea ice volume, now tracking record low, stars in data visualization

So far, this summer’s melt season is following the overall downward trend in sea ice area, as seen from NASA satellites. A University of Washington tool tallies a related value — the volume of floating Arctic ice. As of this week, it found the total mass of ice in the Arctic Ocean is at its second-lowest recorded volume for the beginning of July. Arctic sea ice, as seen from an ice breaker ship in 2014.Bonnie Light/University of Washington “The ice seems to be pretty thin,” said Axel Schweiger, a polar scientist with the UW’s Applied Physics Laboratory.

PIOMAS ice numbers starred in an animated graphic posted this week by a climate scientist at the University of Reading:

Ongoing Losses

Climate News Network -Climate News Network. Gary Braasch’s Images of Change: Documenting a Warming World. My work as a professional journalist and environmental photographer led me to climate change 11 years ago when I found my first independent funding source – a small environmental foundation – and established World View of Global Warming.

Gary Braasch’s Images of Change: Documenting a Warming World

This science-based photojournalistic documentation project is about global warming and its broader implications around the world. It is a witness, in words and pictures, to the scientific evidence of Earth’s significant changes affecting people and landscapes, as well as a chronicle of solutions undertaken. The project goals are to educate, to inspire and to influence the public, policy makers and young people about the science of climate change and its full meaning. Throughout the work, my objectives were to report what scientists were seeing and to document locations they found, which were already changing under global warming’s influence.

As a result, I immediately discovered many people living at risk from climate change impacts. Global Warming Effects Map - Effects of Global Warming. Home - CoralWatch. CoralWatch is a citizen science project based at The University of Queensland, in Brisbane, Australia.

Home - CoralWatch

CoralWatch helps non-scientists around the globe understand and support effective reef management by using engaging tools that provide people with accessible information and hands-on-experience collecting scientific data about the health of corals using the Coral Health Chart. This chart standardises changes in coral colours, and provides a simple way for people to quantify coral health and contribute to the CoralWatch global database. The Coral Health Chart is used by dive centres, scientists, school groups, and tourists.

To get involved simply download a Do it Yourself Kit, or the CoralWatch Apps (Android and Apple), request a Coral Health Chart and you are ready to start monitoring. The lucky ones: Native American tribe receives $48m to flee climate change. The tiny Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw tribe has called the coastal marshlands of southern Louisiana home ever since their ancestors settled there to avoid forced relocation under the Indian Removal Act of 1830.

The lucky ones: Native American tribe receives $48m to flee climate change

But the close-knit community of Isle de Jean Charles has grown increasingly fragmented as their island slowly disappears beneath their feet and powerful storms ravage their homes and crops. A potent combination of accelerating sea level rise, salt water intrusion and subsidence of the land has caused devastating erosion and flooding, exacerbated further by regional oil and gas development and the shipping industry. Today, less than a quarter of the original inhabitants still live on the island, which has lost 98% of its landmass since the 1950s. Most inhabitants resettled in nearby parishes, but even the few miles distance have diminished cultural knowledge long nurtured by the relative isolation of island life. Newtok voted 20 years ago to relocate. 7 Species Hit Hard by Climate Change—Including One That's Already Extinct. Climate change is doing "widespread and consequential" harm to animals and plants, which are struggling to adapt to new conditions, according to a major report released Monday.

7 Species Hit Hard by Climate Change—Including One That's Already Extinct

The report, from the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), finds that many life-forms are moving north or into deeper waters to survive as their habitats shift. They're also being forced to change their behaviors. For instance, many birds are nesting, breeding, and migrating earlier as spring arrives sooner than before. (Related: "Ten U.S. Species Feeling Global Warming's Heat. ") "Evidence of climate change impacts is strongest and most comprehensive for natural systems," the report said. The Center for Health and the Global Environment. Climate change alone is expected to threaten with extinction approximately one quarter or more of all species on land by the year 2050, surpassing even habitat loss as the biggest threat to life on land.

The Center for Health and the Global Environment

Species in the oceans and in fresh water are also at great risk from climate change, especially those that live in ecosystems like coral reefs that are highly sensitive to warming temperatures, but the full extent of that risk has not yet been calculated. Climate change is a threat because species have evolved to live within certain temperature ranges, and when these are exceeded and a species cannot adapt to the new temperatures, or when the other species it depends on to live cannot adapt, for example its food supply, its survival is threatened. The IPCC has predicted that by 2100, assuming that current trends in burning fossil fuels continue, the surface of the Earth will warm on average by as much as 6 degrees Celsius (around 11 degrees Fahrenheit) or more.