Visioning a Climate Ready Biosphere
Climate change increases risk of harsh Eurasian winters
Along with the rest of Europe and norther Asia, the UK can expect harsher winters over the next decades as a result of climate change.
Participants in our Climate Ready Biosphere initiative are starting to formulate their vision for what a Climate ready Biosphere will look like. The vision will then be put to the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere Board in late November.
We have used this approach with great success in previous area based adaptation projects, such as Climate Ready Clyde.
Read more about the Climate Ready Biosphere
Read more about the vision for a Climate Ready Clyde
ALE participants look at how to engage others
Participants in our Adaptation Learning Exchange took part in the third workshop of the series, looking at how other public sector organisations approach adaptation and explored how to design engagement for effective decision making.
In the coming weeks we will publish a practical guide to communicating adaptation as well as a report outlining the lessons learnt during the ALE process.
Online climate trends tool
Scotland's Climate trends handbook has been complemented by an online tool to analyse climate trends. The tool gives the user access to local data.
Both the online tool and the updated handbook are developed from Sniffer's original Climate trends handbook from 2006.
Access the tool
Read the handbook
Citizen science climate mapping commended at planning awards
A community mapping project delivered by Sniffer, Perth and Kinross Council and the Carse of Gowrie Sustainability Group has been commended by the judges at the National Awards for Quality in Planning 2014. The judges said the project was inspiring and exciting.
The project built on the longstanding cooperation between Sniffer and Perth and Kinross Council and the community, initiated through the Adaptation Scotland Programme.
The counter-intuitive finding is the result of climate change melting the Arctic ice cap and causing new wind patterns that push freezing air and snow southwards.
Climate change communication not reaching young people
A new report from COIN, Climate Outreach and Information Network, shows that although young people care deeply about the environment, current climate engagement and communication fails to reach them.
The researchers have trialled a number of narratives to gain insight into the best climate communications with young people.
Online course on climate change
The university of Reading is offering an online course on how our climate has changed and the risks and opportunities this bring.
Over five weeks, participants will explore how climate shapes the way we live, the food we eat, the water we drink and the cities we live in.
Microbes play key part in climate change as permafrost soils thaw.
A new study led by the University of Arzona has found that tiny soil microbes are among the world's biggest potential amplifiers of human-caused climate change.
The findings will help scientists improve their simulations of future climate by replacing assumptions about the different greenhouse gases emitted from thawing permafrost with new understanding of how different communities of microbes control the release of these gases.