Mark Stafford Smith - Chair Dr Mark Stafford Smith is the Science Director of CSIRO’s Climate Adaptation Flagship in Canberra, Australia, where he oversees a highly interdisciplinary programme of research on many aspects of adapting to climate change.
By now you are likely aware that carbon dioxide levels have reached 400 parts per million in Earth's atmosphere .
Predictions of rising temperatures due to human-induced climate change have proved accurate.
19-Year-Old Student Develops Ocean Cleanup Array That Could Remove 7,250,000 Tons Of Plastic From the World's Oceans19-year-old Boyan Slat has unveiled plans to create an Ocean Cleanup Array that could remove 7,2500,000 tons of plastic waste from the world’s oceans.
(Phys.org) —Warm nights might be more important than hot days in determining how species respond to climate change. "Rising minimum temperatures may be the best way to predict how climate change will affect an ecosystem," said Robert Warren, assistant professor of biology. "Cold extremes that once limited warm-adapted species will disappear in a warming global climate."
In the United States, only 3.6 percent of the people surveyed selected the environment as the nation's most pressing issue, as opposed to 15 percent of the people in Norway, which had the highest level of environmental concern. (Credit: "nail biting" via Shutterstock )
Thinking about a Mediterranean vacation? Might want to go sooner rather than later.
"We underestimate the vulnerability of mammals to climate change when we look at projections of areas with suitable climate but we don't also include the ability of mammals to move, or disperse, to the new areas," says study author Carrie Schloss.
The Spice experiment would have injected 150 litres of water into the atmosphere from a weather balloon via a 1km pipe tethered to a ship A controversial geoengineering experiment to simulate the cooling effect of volcanoes has been cancelled due to concern over a perceived conflict of interest with some of the researchers.
The world's biodiversity is down 30 percent since the 1970s, according to a new report, with tropical species taking the biggest hit.
Crowds of vacationers are seen here at the Haeundae beach in Busan, South Korea, in 2007. The spiralling global population and over-consumption are threatening the future health of the planet, according to conservation group WWF. The spiralling global population and over-consumption are threatening the future health of the planet, according to conservation group WWF.
Elon Musk, the chief executive of spacecraft company SpaceX, believes we need to reinvigorate popular interest in space colonization, not just to boldly go where no man has gone before, but to save life from extinction. In an interview with Nature , Musk asserts that “I think we need planetary redundancy to protect against the unlikely possibility of natural or man-made Armageddon.” He joins recent pleas from physicist Steven Hawking and science journalist William Burrows , who have both argued that the only way to save Earth is to leave it.
The Washington Post deserves enormous credit for the editorial on climate change it ran this weekend.
Workers unload bananas from a truck at a local market in the mountain region of Elgon, Uganda.