Climate change is driving the scale and impact of recent wildfires that have raged in California, say scientists. Their analysis finds an “unequivocal and pervasive” role for global heating in boosting the conditions for fire. California now has greater exposure to fire risks than before humans started altering the climate, the authors say. Land management issues, touted by President Donald Trump as a key cause, can’t by themselves explain the recent infernos.
BBC 25th Sept 2020 read more »
Rising sea levels could claim 40 per cent of beaches on Hawaii’s most visited island by 2050, according a new study. Researchers from the University of Hawaii’s Mānoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) found that in 30 years, more than a third of beaches in O’ahu could be lost.
Independent 23rd Sept 2020 read more »