Climate change an imminent threat to glass sponge reefs. Warming ocean temperatures and acidification drastically reduce the skeletal strength and filter-feeding capacity of glass sponges, according to new research. The findings indicate that ongoing climate change could have serious, irreversible impacts on the sprawling glass sponge reefs of the Pacific Northwest and associated biodiversity -- the only known reefs of their kind in the world. Source 6m.
Climate change is clearly real and happening now. The extent to which governments will act globally to halt it is a matter of opinion. My guess is that most governments will think there is a different local crisis of their own, with more a immediate impact and that will always need addressing before climate change is.
Climate change and food demand could shrink species' habitats by almost a quarter by 2100. Mammals, birds and amphibians worldwide have lost on average 18% of their natural habitat range as a result of changes in land use and climate change, a new study has found. In a worst-case scenario this loss could increase to 23% over the next 80 years. Source 6r.
COVID-delayed Arctic research cruise yields late-season data. Researchers studying the Bering and Chukchi seas for three weeks in October found no ice and a surprisingly active ecosystem as they added another year's data to a key climate change record. Source 7e.
Satellite images confirm uneven impact of climate change. Researchers have been following vegetation trends across the planet's driest areas using satellite imagery from recent decades. They have identified a troubling trend: Too little vegetation is sprouting up from rainwater in developing nations, whereas things are headed in the opposite direction in wealthier ones. As a result, the future could see food shortages and growing numbers of climate refugees. Source 7a.
The climate changed rapidly alongside sea ice decline in the north. Researchers have shown that abrupt climate change occurred as a result of widespread decrease of sea ice. This scientific breakthrough concludes a long-lasting debate on the mechanisms causing abrupt climate change during the glacial period. It also documents that the cause of the swiftness and extent of sudden climate change must be found in the oceans. Source 9q.
Forests and climate change: 'We can't plant our way out of the climate crisis'. Some climate activists advocate large-scale tree-planting campaigns in forests around the world to suck up heat-trapping carbon dioxide and help rein in climate change. Source 3z.