Subjects: Climate issues
Evidence of Antarctic glacier’s tipping point confirmed for first time
Researchers have confirmed for the first time that Pine Island Glacier in West Antarctica could cross tipping points, leading to a rapid and irreversible retreat which would have significant consequences for global sea level.
Examining the impact of climate change on Siberia’s stores of permafrost
Northumbria University is to play a leading role in a major study to assess the long-term impact of global warming on Siberia’s thawing permafrost.Permafrost is frozen ground that stores vast amounts of fossil carbon. Given that permafrost holds twice as much carbon as the atmosphere, and that almost a quarter of the Northern Hemisphere is covered in permafrost, this frozen land plays an essential
Fungi in a warmer world – research project will explore impact of global warming on fungi species
Scientists from universities in the UK, US and Argentina are joining forces in a $1m research project to discover what impact an increase in global temperatures could have on the millions of species of fungi around the world.
Blanket of rock debris offers glaciers more protection from climate change than previously known
A new study has revealed that the expanse of rock debris on glaciers, a factor that has been ignored in models of glacier melt and sea level rise, could be significant. The Northumbria University study is published in Nature Geoscience this week and is the first to manually verify the rock debris cover on every one of the Earth’s glaciers.
New discovery: Evidence for a 90-million-year-old rainforest near the South Pole
Researchers have found unexpected fossil traces of a temperate rainforest near the South Pole 90 million years ago, suggesting the continent had an exceptionally warm climate in prehistoric times. Their findings are published today (1 April) as the lead story in the scientific journal Nature.
Antarctic ice walls protect against rising sea levels
A vital role that floating Antarctic ice shelves play in preventing catastrophic sea level rises has been proven for the first time in a new study, published in the scientific journal Nature.
Climate change could shrink vital tropical rainfall belt
A tropical rainfall belt providing critical summer rains to billions of people is at risk of shrinking due to future climate warming, according to new research.
First evidence that Antarctica's thinning ice shelves are causing more ice to move from the land into the sea
Researchers have produced the first physics-based quantifiable evidence that thinning ice shelves in Antarctica are causing more ice to flow from the land into the ocean. Their findings have been published in Geophysical Research Letters.
Northumbria scientist embarks on ambitious mission to Antarctica’s Thwaites Glacier
A Northumbria University researcher is one of almost 100 scientists and support staff who have travelled to Antarctica this week (15 November 2019) for the most ambitious mission to date for Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica.
£4m study to investigate if climate change will drive the Antarctic Ice Sheet towards a tipping point
A major £4 million EU-funded study to investigate how changes in Antarctica’s ice sheets and shelves may lead to a large and irreversible rise in global sea level over the coming decades is about to begin. Experts from the UK, Norway, Germany and France will work together to investigate the likelihood of abrupt changes in the movement of ice in the Antarctic region over the next 100 years.
Global channel broadcasts academics’ Antarctic footage
The international news channel Bloomberg is broadcasting stunning footage of Antarctica’s landscape captured by a Northumbria University academic who was undertaking research on the continent.
Tackling global challenges at North East summit
International development experts from across the world gathered in Newcastle upon Tyne this week for the fourth annual Global Challenges Summit.
EXPERT COMMENT: Climate change: real estate worth billions could become obsolete – unless owners act now
Kevin Muldoon-Smith, Lecturer in Real Estate Economics and Property Development, and Paul Michael Greenhalgh, Professor of Real Estate and Regeneration, both at Northumbria University, discuss real estate in relation to climate change.
Adjusting carbon emissions to the Paris climate commitments would prevent thousands of heat-related deaths
Thousands of annual heat-related deaths could be potentially avoided in major US cities if global temperatures are limited to the Paris Climate Goals compared with current climate commitments, according to a new study published today in Science Advances.
Large Antarctic Ice Shelf, home to UK research station, is about to break apart
Glaciology experts have issued evidence that a large section of the Brunt Ice Shelf in Antarctica, which is home to the British Antarctic Survey’s Halley Research Station, is about break off.
Disaster risk experts join forces to make cities safer in future
Cities of the future could be better able to withstand multiple hazards such as floods, earthquakes or landslides, thanks to a £20 million initiative, of which Northumbria University is a key partner.
New technologies for renewable energy to be developed by region’s universities
The North East’s reputation for renewable energy research has received a major boost, with confirmation that the UK’s next generation of doctoral researchers in this field will train in the region.
EXPERT COMMENT: How climate change caused the world’s first ever empire to collapse
Dr Vasile Ersek, a senior lecturer in Physical Geography, writes for The Conversation about the discovery of new evidence of a drought that finished off the Akkadian Empire 4,000 years ago.
Northumbria University recognised in UK’s Best Breakthroughs List
Northumbria's research on Antarctica’s Thwaites Glacier celebrated for its contribution to understanding the impact of climate change on global sea levels.