Piazza San Marco during Venice’s acqua alta (flooding).
For many world heritage sites, flood risks are increasing. But what about places that don't have the funds for protection?
Bombarding people with scientific information has little effect. Something else is needed to jolt us out of our current climate trajectory.
Devastation from Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Florida, Oct. 12, 2018. Residents whose homes have suffered major damage in multiple storms could eventually be offered buyouts, but the process can take several years.
AP Photo/Gerald Herbert
Government agencies spend millions of dollars yearly to buy and demolish homes sited in floodplains. But the program is slow, cumbersome and doesn't always help those who need it most.
One African city trying to manage rising sea levels is Cape Town.
Without action about 50 African countries and surrounding islands will be affected by rising sea levels.
The process of laying internet cables on the sea floor is particularly sensitive at the coastlines.
Comparing the locations of key internet data centers and cable routes with maps of expected sea-level rise suggests it's time to shore up internet connections in the face of a changing climate.
Malcolm Turnbull promised to ‘step up’ Australian engagement with the Pacific last year. Will it continue now that he’s gone?
A key question heading into the Pacific Islands Forum is whether Australia can negotiate a new regional security agreement that heeds Pacific leaders' concerns.
Beach erosion in Nags Head, North Carolina, photographed May 15, 2005.
Many US coastal towns are building defenses to protect against rising seas and storms. This can encourage people to stay in place when they should be moving inland.
A woman gets back into her flooded car on the Toronto Indy course on Lakeshore Boulevard in Toronto on July 8, 2013. Housing developers are building housing on known flood plains in cities around the world.
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Cities around the world, including Toronto, are building housing on flood plains knowing the risks in the era of climate change. Here's why that will contribute to growing inequality in our cities.
The northeast edge of the Venable Ice Shelf, near Antarctica’s Allison Peninsula.
Last summer one of Antarctica's floating ice shelves calved an iceberg the size of Delaware – but scientists say other less dramatic changes reveal more about how and why Antarctica is changing.
Australian forces will need to be prepared for natural disaster relief missions.
Damian Pawlenko/Dept of Defence
Australia faces many security issues driven by climate change, including more international migration and an increase in defence personnel being sent on disaster relief missions, a Senate inquiry has found.
Scientists on Arctic sea ice in the Chukchi Sea, surrounded by melt ponds, July 4, 2010.
Climate change is transforming the Arctic, with impacts on the rest of the planet. A geographer explains why he once doubted that human actions were causing such shifts, and what changed his mind.
The view from Indonesia’s Rote Island towards Australia.
There is plenty of debate over what route was taken by the first people to reach Australia. New research reveals a likely route through a now submerged chain of islands.
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Long-term climate modelling may appear to focus on the impossibly far future. But the full impact of some climate processes won't be apparent for centuries.
King tides now regularly breach seawalls meant to protect Torres Strait Island communities, and it happened again last week.
King tides and rising seas are an increasing and predictable threat, but adaptation plans to limit the damage to coastal property are still not managing the political obstacles.
Mangroves in the Florida Everglades.
As Earth's climate warms, mangroves are expanding north and south from tropical zones. Mangroves reinforce shorelines and store huge quantities of carbon, so protecting them is an effective climate strategy.
Australia’s coastline has moved before thanks to changes in sea level.
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People have been forced to move in the past thanks to changes in sea levels that affected Australia's coastline.
A motorist drives through “nuisance flooding” in Charleston, SC, Oct. 1, 2015.
AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton
Climate change is raising global sea levels. Now research shows that 'hot spots' where seas rise another 4 to 5 inches in five years can occur along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, further magnifying floods.
Mars NASA JPL Caltech cd f d o.
The race may be on to send humans to live on Mars, but is it worth the effort -- and the spend -- when we have our own problems to deal with on Earth.
If New Zealand introduces a climate refugee visa, 100 Pacific Islanders could be granted access on the basis that their home islands are threatened by rising seas.
New Zealand's plan to create the world’s first humanitarian visa for climate refugees has to consider ways people from Pacific Island nations actually want to be assisted.
Climate fight: a traditional Fijian warrior poses at the UN climate summit in Bonn.
To many people, island nations such as Tuvalu, Kiribati and the Marshall Islands are synonymous with climate catastrophe. But prophesies of doom aren't all that helpful.