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Modern industrialisation killed ocean cooling

Ocean temperatures were cooling for almost two millennia but then human industrialisation came along.

How to save the oceans and the food they provide

Seven key issues face the oceans, among them climate change and over fishing. Read the whole list here and get the scientists’ best ideas on how to save both the oceans and the food they provide.

New particle accelerator will be completely climate neutral

Large research facilities such as CERN use huge amounts of energy to accelerate particles up to high speed. But a new research facility have plans to be climate neutral and even lower CO2 reductions in the local area.

Urban planners have little sway on lowering use of cars

Environmentally friendly cities with densely populated downtown centres offering a comprehensive array of services are not what changes people’s use of cars; the key lies with the residents themselves.

Tundra shrubs can speed warming

A rapidly warming climate is boosting the growth of shrubs on the tundra. These absorb more solar heat and intensify global warming.

Volcanoes linked to cultural upheaval since early Roman times

Large volcanic eruptions have cooled the global climate many times in the last 2,500 years and coincided with devastating famine across Europe, new research shows.

Declining winter sea ice near Greenland spells cooler climate for Europe

OPINION: Loss of winter sea ice around Greenland and Iceland is affecting ocean circulation there, and could lead to a cooler climate for western Europe.

Northern nature under stress

High northern latitudes are increasingly exposed to the combination of extreme winter climate and deposition of long-distance dispersed nitrogen pollution. These combined pressures may over time drive changes in plant composition and carbon uptake.

Spring is arriving earlier

Around the globe, leaves are popping and fruit trees are blooming earlier than before. Norwegian records show that the temperature in mid-May is about one degree higher today than it was 40 years ago.

Climate scientists: Plant woodland when we're draining wetlands

Wetlands can best be exploited as woodland if we intend to drain them anyway.