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Rainfall is changing: when and where we need to be ready to adapt?

Climate change will affect rainfall patterns around the world. Because rainfall is such a variable quantity, and models still have a hard time providing reliable projections, few studies have to date ventured to evaluate if these future patterns will move the climate outside the range... click to read more

  • Maisa Rojas Corradi | Professor at Departamento de Geofísica, Centro del Clima y la Resiliencia, Universidad de Chile, Santiago de Chile, Chile
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Reading time 4 min
published on Oct 21, 2019
Cascading effects of a marine heatwave impact dolphin survival and reproduction

Extreme weather events such as droughts, heavy rainfalls or extreme temperature fluctuations are occurring more frequently around the globe associated with global climate change. In early 2011, the western Australian coastline was hit by an unprecedented marine heatwave, which turned the coastal waters into a... click to read more

  • Sonja Wild | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Department of Anthropology, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
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Reading time 4 min
published on Sep 20, 2019
Ice sheet melting: it’s not just about sea level rise

You've probably heard that climate change is melting the polar ice caps - but what does this actually mean? It refers to the Greenland and Antarctic Ice Sheets, which are large systems of interconnected glaciers, kilometres thick. They are formed by snow falling on land,... click to read more

  • Kaitlin Naughten | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at British Antarctic Survey, Natural Environment Research Council, Cambridge, UK
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Reading time 4 min
published on Sep 13, 2019
All guts, no glory: ingested microplastics in marine mammals

Microplastics (pieces less than 5 mm in size) have now been discovered in a wide range of aquatic habitats, from deep-sea sediments to seemingly pristine tropical beaches. Their small size and omnipresence mean that microplastics can be eaten by animals at the base of the... click to read more

  • Sarah Nelms | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Plymouth Marine Laboratory, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK
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Reading time 4 min
published on Sep 11, 2019
Mapping industrial and agricultural ammonia hotspots

Because of its role in the formation of particulate matter, atmospheric ammonia is a key driver of air quality, with major impacts on human health and life expectancy. Excess ammonia also affects the entire biosphere through acidification and eutrophication of ecosystems and impacts indirectly climate.... click to read more

  • Martin Van Damme | Postdoctoral Research fellow at Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Service de Chimie Quantique et Photophysique, Bruxelles, Belgium
  • Lieven Clarisse | Research Associate at Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Service de Chimie Quantique et Photophysique, Bruxelles, Belgium
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Reading time 3 min
published on Sep 4, 2019