Climate change campaigners have been arrested after closing off several major roads in Edinburgh city centre as part of a week-long protest. Police said “a small number of arrests” were made on Lothian Road, where six people were staging a road block.
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Boaty McBoatface’s maiden outing has made a major discovery about how climate change is causing rising sea levels. Scientists say that data collected from the yellow submarines’s first expedition will help them build more accurate predictions in order to combat the problem. The mission has uncovered a key process linking increasing Antarctic winds to higher sea temperatures, which in turn is fuelling increasing levels. Researchers found that the increasing winds are cooling water on the bottom of the ocean, forcing it to travel faster, creating turbulance as it mixed with warmer waters above. Experts said the mechanism has not been factored into current models for predicting the impact of increasing global temperatures on our oceans, meaning forecasts should be altered.
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More than half of the world could see new temperature records set in every single year by the end of the century if global warming is not curbed, a study finds. And new heat records could be set in two-thirds of the world’s least developed countries each year by 2100 under the same scenario, the research adds.
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The Arctic spring thaw has begun with a bang, with extensive melting of the Greenland ice sheet and sea ice loss that is already several weeks ahead of normal, scientists said. A record early date for such extensive melting, which has been measured by satellites since 1979. In 2012, an exceptionally warm year in the Arctic, there was slightly greater melting a few days later in June. Greenland’s ice sheet is more than a mile thick, and although a recent study showed it was melting much faster than thought, it is in no danger of disappearing anytime soon. If the entire ice sheet melted, it would raise sea levels by about 20 feet; the same study showed that melting since the early 1970s had raised sea levels by about a half inch.
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British scientists have identified a way in which President Trump could save thousands of American lives from the US heat peril. All he needs to do is honour the Paris Agreement of 2015 to keep global warming to “well below” 2°C above the planetary average that has endured for most of human history. Even in rich, air-conditioned America, people die in extreme heat. This US heat peril means more will die. Political decisions will decide how many more.
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