Originally Published by Environment Research Web — The Harvard team’s study suggests wildfire seasons by 2050 will be about three weeks longer, up to twice as smoky, and will burn a wider area in the western states. The findings are based on a set of internationally recognized climate scenarios, decades of historical meteorological data, and records of past fire activity.
A new report from the World Meteorological Organization lays out a framework for developing adaptation and mitigation measures in response to climate change. An international plan is to be established to build information capacity in developing countries, with up to $US 250 million in spending by 2021.
Glory, a new edition to the A-Train constellation of environmental monitoring satellites, is due to go into space in late February. A monitor and sensor aboard will help scientists better understand the dynamics of global warming, and sort out changes in the sun’s energy from natural and human influences.
The GEO Carbon Strategy is a sweeping plan to multiply measurements of carbon flows and facilitate their conversion into analysis and model-building. The goal is to determine carbon’s fluxes through the environment with enough accuracy to pin-point the regions that are carbon sinks and sources. But the plan needs to secure the resources required to address under-observed regions and ecosystems.