The combination of high temperatures and humidity could, within just a century, result in extreme conditions around the Persian Gulf that are intolerable to humans, if climate change continues unabated.
Chris Mooney26. This threshold was actually nearly reached in one extreme heat event in Iran in 2015.
The objective of this study was to analyze long-term temperature-related phenomena in the eastern portion of the Middle East, focusing on the coastal region of Qatar. Extreme temperature indices were...
Chris Mooney24. And the real danger here is how this gets expressed in acute heat events. Most alarmingly, a measure called the heat wave index, which analyzes the worst heat wave of each year, increased by 1.57 C per decade from 1983 to 2012 in the area.
Climate change’s effect on sea surface temperature (SST) at the regional scale vary due to driving forces that include potential changes in ocean circulation and internal climate variability, ice cover, thermal stability, and ocean mixing layer...
Scientists have looked to yedoma permafrost - a particularly sensitive type of frozen ground - as a bellwether on the overall arctic climate. The story it's ...
Chris Mooney4. What is special about Eastern Siberia is that not only is there permafrost, but it is an especially thick and icy variety called Yedoma. We created a video explainer here to show you how it formed, and why it contains so much carbon
One significant change in the Arctic region in recent years has been the rapid decline in perennial sea ice. Perennial sea ice, also known as multi-year ice, is the portion of the sea ice that survives the summer melt season. Perennial ice may have...
The change in the mean temperature in Finland is investigated with a dynamic linear model in order to define the sign and the magnitude of the trend in the temperature time series within the last...
Chris Mooney4. That included a tweet from @AriJLaaksonen, a meteorologist in Finland. He pointed out a study that shows pretty definitively that Finland is over 2C, based on detailed records that go all the way back to 1847 (!).
Chris Mooney18. Meanwhile, the impacts are spreading. An ocean heat wave reaching temperatures 1.7 degrees C over anything measured before struck in 2017, killing fish and closing beaches in the capital city of Montevideo.
Chris Mooney19. More recently, Defeo and @IgnacioGianelli documented that the entire catch of fish in Uruguay has undergone a predictable and even expected shift towards more warm water species. This has happened in a tight relationship with warming waters.