Thinning out: Accelerating climate change could wipe out Amazon’s tree species that are unable to keep up with changing conditions. | Image credit: Huffpost.com

Amazonian trees can’t keep up with rising temperatures: Study

Global warming is changing the makeup of the Amazonian rainforest, a study has found. The species of trees that love moisture are dying because of droughts, while those adapted to living in dry conditions are likely to survive, the study says. Deforestation for agriculture is intensifying the droughts, which is exacerbating the effects already being caused by global climate change,

Antarctic’s future in deep water  after plan for world’s biggest marine reserve is blocked

Russia, China and Norway have blocked a plan to turn a huge tract of the Antarctic Ocean (five times the size of Germany) into the world’s biggest marine reserve, which would have banned fishing in the vast area that is home to penguins, killer whales and leopard seals. The other 22 members of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources backed the proposal.

Arctic ‘no safe harbour’ for breeding birdsA new Science study has warned that species of ground-nesting birds in the Arctic are no longer safe, as global warming is helping expand their predators’ territories further north. Foxes, snakes and lizards are now becoming more of a threat to the birds’ survival, and several endangered species may even go extinct as a result.

Wealthy  may donate less money than the poor to tackle climate change: Study

Wealthier people may be contributing less money to fight climate change compared to poorer people, that’s the main conclusion of the new study published in the journal PLOS ONE by researchers from three European universities. The study, which collected data from residents  of Barcelona, revealed that “people with fewer resources were prepared to contribute significantly more for  public good than wealthier people, sometimes up to twice as much.”

Climate change made California wildfire “more hellish”

Camp Fire, the most destructive wildfire in California’s history, has killed42 people, gutted over 1,05,000 acres, while the search for survivors continues. Los Angeles fire chief Daryl Osby said climate change made the fire more devastating, an assessment that scientists and environmentalists agree with.  The deadliest fires ever in California state are a clear signal of a warming planet. ‘This is not the new normal, this is the new abnormal’, said Gov. Jerry Brown.

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