climate change


Antarctic Sea Ice Growth: A Climate Change Paradox

On Sept. 19, 2014, the five-day average of Antarctic sea ice extent exceeded 20 million square kilometers for the first time since 1979, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center. The red line shows the average maximum extent from 1979-2014. Credits: NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio/Cindy StarrOn Sept. 19, 2014, the five-day average of Antarctic sea ice extent exceeded 20 million square kilometers for the first time since 1979, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center. The red line shows the average maximum extent from 1979-2014. Credits: NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio/Cindy Starr

Over the course of the last few years, the growth of Antarctica’s sea ice was well­ documented while the Arctic has experienced ice melt. Different accounts have been given for the paradox at Earth’s poles.

How Climate Change is Affecting the Forests of the Sierra Nevada

Map showing the study area in the northern Sierra Nevada ecoregion, California, USA, above 914 m elevation (3000 feet).Map showing the study area in the northern Sierra Nevada ecoregion, California, USA, above 914 m elevation (3000 feet). Source: Wright et al., 2016.

Climate change is causing certain key species in the Sierra Nevada mountains to change where they are growing according to a study published by the journal California Fish and Game.

Oregon Judge Rules that Climate Change Inaction Violates Rights of Today’s Youth

A national group called Our Children’s Trust has made serious progress in their fight against climate change in April, when a judge in Eugene, Oregon turned down government motions for dismissals and recommended that the federal government must take further, immediate actions to combat greenhouse gas emissions and associated climate changes which threaten future generations.

Climate Refugees

Map showing the regions where natural disasters will occur due to climate change (global warming). The schematic was based on the Environmentally Induced Migration map from GRID Arenal.Map showing the regions where natural disasters will occur due to climate change (global warming). The schematic was based on the Environmentally Induced Migration map from GRID Arenal.

Another kind of refugee situation is growing, one that has nothing to do with politics or wars that displaces people almost indiscriminately, and without regard to factors other than geographic circumstance. This is climate change, and the people who are displaced by rising tides and devastating weather changes are climate refugees.