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Climate Change

It's real. It's us. It's serious. So what now?

The Earth is getting warmer, and scientists are shouting from the rooftops to tell us that time is running out to prevent the worst effects this century. But behind the headlines, how much of the science do you really know and understand?

Do you really know about all of the mechanisms that make the climate change? Or why the overwhelming majority of climate scientists around the world agree that our greenhouse gases are changing the climate today?

What challenges does industry face here and now? What might our world look like in 2050 when we wake up and draw the curtains in the morning?

Realistically, what are our chances of achieving the goal of the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to below two degrees? And what happens if we do not?

In this series, ScienceNordic and our partners at ForskerZonen—meaning "Researcher Zone" in Danish, part of our Danish sister site, Videnskab.dk—attempt to answer these questions and more as part of our special theme on climate change, brought to you from scientists in the Nordic countries.

Bookmark this page to stay up to date with the theme and all of our articles on climate, here at ScienceNordic.

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Magnetic fridge cuts electricity bill in half

Using magnetism to create a cooling effect requires very little energy. It’s also possible to use water instead of harmful greenhouse gases to transport heat and cold.

Warmer climate – fewer storms

Diminishing sea ice in the Arctic Ocean could mean fewer storms. Researchers have gained new insight into the relationship between climate change and storms caused by polar low-pressure systems.

No invasion of trees to the Arctic

The treeline is expected to move further north, as the climate gets warmer. But we can hardly speak of an invasion.

Should we blame the Sun?

Is climate change man-made or is global warming due to solar insolation? Norwegian researchers have looked into a hypothesis that claims the Sun is to blame.

Disappearing palsas

There used to be many hummocks in the bogs around Neiden in northern Norway. But these hills, called palsas, are now disappearing as a result of climate change.

Tiny polar creature must deal with competition

Calinoid copepods are tiny creatures of vital importance to the northern polar marine ecosystem. If temperatures in the Arctic Ocean rise, the balance between the species may change.

CO2 map provides quality control for climate research

A new atlas depicts the actual amounts of CO2 in the surface water of all the oceans. It will be used to control climate models and aims to make IPCC reports more reliable.

Ten percent of us can stop climate change

If only ten percent of us are able to change our mentality and lifestyle, we can stop climate change. So says Professor Karen O'Brien, who helped write the new UN report.

Effects of climate change on the spruce bark beetle

OPINION: More storms and drought periods may result in more frequent outbreaks of bark beetles. Warmer summers with more beetles can double attacks on the forests.

Arctic plants face an uncertain future

A warmer climate will cause a substantial loss of habitat for most Arctic plants. Some species will cope, while others will experience an irrevocable loss of genetic diversity.