A new study of high-water levels on US coasts in 200 regions brings ominous news for those who live in vulnerable towns and cities. By 2050, floods expected perhaps once every 50 years will happen almost every year in nearly three fourths of all the coasts under study. And by 2100, the kind of extreme high tides that now happen once in a lifetime could wash over the streets and gardens of 93% of these communities, almost every day. The message, from researchers led by the US Geological Survey, is that sea levels will go on rising steadily by millimetres every year, but the number of extreme flooding events could double every five years.
Climate News Network 24th April 2020 read more »
Reductions in air pollution caused by the UK’s coronavirus lockdown could lead to warmer weather across the country, experts have said. The UK has seen significant decreases in air pollution in recent weeks due to transport use plummeting as the public has followed government guidance to stay at home to slow the spread of Covid-19. According to analysis by experts at the University of York, air pollution levels have dropped by more than 40 per cent in a number of UK cities during the lockdown.
Independent 24th April 2020 read more »