5 Startling New Studies on Climate Change

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Climate change is a severe threat to our health, environment, and the longevity of our planet. Here are five startling new studies that detail just how damaging it is and could be:

Climate Change Could Dramatically Alter Fragile Mountain Habitats

A new study out of the University of Manchester suggests that mountain regions of the world are under direct threat from human-induced climate change which could radically alter these fragile habitats, warn an international team of researchers. The international study, which spanned seven major mountain regions of the world, revealed that “decreasing elevation -- descending a mountainside to warmer levels -- provided a 'surrogate' indicator of climate warming and consistently increased the availability of nitrogen from the soil for plant growth, meaning that future climate warming could disrupt the way that fragile mountain ecosystems function.”

Bird Plumage Evolving as a Result of Climate Change

Climate change is causing the plumage of a small European bird, the collared flycatcher or Ficedula albicollis, to evolve, suggests a new study from Sweden. Climate change is having other effects on the birds too. The flycatchers have already shifted their breeding by 10 days compared with the 1980s.

Climate Change Will Hurt Crops More Than Help Them

new study, led by Bernhard Schauberger, a PhD student and researcher at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, along with colleagues from institutes around the world, reaffirms the idea that high temperatures could seriously harm the production of some of the world’s most important food crops, including corn, soybeans and wheat. And that could have big implications for the world’s food supply. Under a business-as-usual warming scenario, the models indicated that exposure to temperatures up to about 97 degrees could cause declines by 49 percent in maize crops, 40 percent in soybeans, and 22 percent in wheat. Those declines could be even worse under higher temperatures.  

Northeast Warming More Rapidly Than Most of US

New England is likely to experience significantly greater warming over the next decade, and beyond, than the rest of the planet, according to new findings by climate scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The region’s temperatures are projected to rise by an average of 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit above pre-industrial levels by 2025.

Ninety-Nine Percent of Coral Reefs to be Impacted by Climate Change

Climate change is having a damaging and long-lasting impact on the health of the ocean’s coral reefs, a new study has found. By the end of the century, 99 percent of coral reefs will be impacted each year by bleaching, a process in which reefs lose their coloring and are more susceptible to disease and death.

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