Climate change occurring 10 times faster than at any time in past 65 million years

The planet is undergoing one of the largest changes in climate since the dinosaurs went extinct. But what might be even more troubling for humans, plants and animals is the speed of the change. Stanford climate scientists warn that the likely rate of change over the next century will be at least 10 times quicker than any climate shift in the past 65 million years.

Could planting trees in the desert mitigate climate change?

As the world starts feeling the effects of increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide and consequent global temperature rise, researchers are looking for a Plan B to mitigate climate change.

Surprise species at risk from climate change

Most species at greatest risk from climate change are not currently conservation priorities, according to an International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) study that has introduced a pioneering method to assess the vulnerability of species to climate change.

The sharp political divide of climate change

US residents who believe in the scientific consensus on global warming are more likely to support government action to curb emissions, regardless of whether they are Republican or Democrat.

Republicans get serious about climate change

In a recent survey of Republicans and Republican-leaning Independents conducted by the Center for Climate Change Communication (4C) at George Mason University, a majority of respondents (62 percent) said they feel America should take steps to address climate change.

Coral bleaching could hit three quarters of world's reefs

The majority of coral reefs could be experiencing mass bleaching events by 2045, says an international team of scientists.

Working less could help solve climate crisis

Want to help save the planet? Turn that PC off, sit back and put your feet up, says Washington thinktank the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR).

US coastal areas 'at risk'

Climate change is threatening the health and safety of US coastal communities, according to a report.

Flu set to worsen, thanks to climate change

Americans should brace themselves for earlier and more severe flu seasons, say scientists, thanks to the effects of climate change.

Walden Pond flowers reveal effects of global warming

A hundred and fifty years after his death, Henry Thoreau has helped demostrate the effects of global warming on plant life in the US.

2012 was US's hottest year on record

Last year was the ninth warmest since 1880, say NASA scientists, and the warmest recorded by far for the continental US.

Black carbon worse for climate than thought

Black carbon - soot to you and me - turns out to be causing twice as much global warming as previously thought.

A new way to predict future sea levels

A new method for predicting future sea levels that mathematically pools expert predictions is being used by climate scientists.

El-Nino events are difficult to predict

New data from taken from coral records suggests that future El Nino events will be 'unpredictable'.

Human evolution driven by sudden climate change

Erratic changes in the East African climate around two million years ago may have been the driving force behind human evolution, say researchers at Penn State and Rutgers University.

Western Antarctica experiences rapid warming

The western part of Antarctica is warming three times faster than the average global temperature increase.

Climate change could trigger more volcanic eruptions

As if hurricanes and heat waves weren't enough, a new study indicates that climate change can cause volcanic eruptions too.

Extreme weather forecast for Eastern US

The US East Coast is set for a big rise in heat waves and storms, a study using the world's fastest supercomputer has shown.

Arctic hurricanes are a force to be reckoned with

New research suggests arctic hurricanes should be included in climate models.

Doha conference extends Kyoto Protocol

The UN climate change talks in Doha have ended with a commitment from developed countries that they'll help pay for the costs of climate change for poorer nations.