Sea ice cover in the polar oceans has a key role in climate, ecology and society. It influences global ocean circulation, the radiation budget, global climate sensitivity and ice sheet mass loss; it offers habitats for plankton and wildlife; and it provides a vital lifeline for native communities. Sea ice extent (SIE, the total surface […]

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WMO report shows every climate indicator broken The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) “State of the Global Climate 2023” report confirms that last year broke every single climate indicator to be, by far, the warmest year on record. The report finds that, in 2023, concentrations of greenhouse gases continued to rise; ocean heat content and sea […]

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The UK’s plans for adapting to the effects of the climate crisis “fall far short” of what is required, the government’s statutory adviser has said. The Climate Change Committee (CCC) has examined the national adaptation programme published by ministers last July, intended to set out how people, buildings and vital national infrastructure such as water, transport, energy […]

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A new paper led by Plymouth Marine Laboratories (PML) investigated the expansion of the non-native Pacific oysters in a hotter Europe, considering the varying possible climate scenarios that we may face in the future. The study was led by PML researcher Dr Robert Wilson, who said: “Our study addressed a simple question: What matters the […]

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Europe is the fastest warming continent in the world, and climate risks are threatening its energy and food security, ecosystems, infrastructure, water resources, financial stability, and people’s health. According to the European Environment Agency’s (EEA) assessment, many of these risks have already reached critical levels and could become catastrophic without urgent and decisive action. Extreme […]

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2023 was the hottest year on record, approaching 1.5°C increase compared to pre-industrial temperatures. Preparing businesses and infrastructure to climate risks is therefore crucial. Climate change is no longer a future problem. Flooding, heatwaves, draughts and other climate-related disasters are disturbing supply chains and working conditions, as well as damaging buildings and threatening the environment […]

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New satellite data from the European Copernicus Climate Change Service shows the global average sea surface temperature in February was 21.06C, higher than the previous record of 20.98C set in August 2023. Maps released by the organisation show huge areas of the world’s ocean were much warmer than the long-term average. The Atlantic was particularly warm, including the […]

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