Clearing mulga woodland in Queensland to open up land for cattle during drought.
We're going to have to adapt to climate change, but some of the options on the table could do more harm than good if they destroy the ecosystems that protect us.
Damage to the New Jersey coast caused by Hurricane Sandy.
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Recent maps shows many Australian cities will be affected by sea level rise, but how should we plan for these dire forecasts.
In the aftermath of 2012’s deadly Hurricane Sandy, New York launched a US$20 billion plan to defend the city against future storms as well as rising sea levels.
Managing the impacts of rising seas for some communities is being made more difficult by the actions of governments, homeowners – and even some well-intentioned climate adaptation experts.
The low-lying islands of the Pacific such as Kiribati are vulnerable to sea level rise.
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Australia need to take responsibility for the consequences of its fossil fuel consumption and exports.
Caution: climate change can affect tectonic plates, too.
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Our climate is changing. But many of the devastating repercussions are little understood.
Antarctica is vital to the planet’s climate system.
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Why should we care if the polar ice sheets melt hundreds of years in the future? Because they are vital for maintaining our current climate.
Mangroves put their roots down where few other plants will.
Mangroves - one of the most important trees - are threatened by rising seas. While these forests can adapt, human development is getting in the way.
How much staying power? A calving front of the Antarctic ice sheet.
If we burned all fossil fuels, the loss of ice in Antarctica would raise sea levels 160 to 200 feet, but even our current trajectory could lead to dramatic sea level rise.
More frequent disasters – such as Cyclone Pam which struck Vanuatu this year – will leave Pacific islands struggling to recover.
As Prime Minister Tony Abbott attends the Pacific Island Forum summit today, attention has again turned to how the low-lying islands will deal with global warming.
Sea level rise is one of the biggest worries of climate change. This image is from the Witness King Tides project, which aims to visualise sea level rise using large tides and storm surges.
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Sea level rise represents one of the most worrying aspects of global warming, potentially displacing millions of people along coasts, low river valleys, deltas and islands.
Levees in New Orleans were unable to prevent flooding during Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Delta cities in both rich and poor countries face uphill, and potentially costly, battle in containing risk from flooding.
Study raises new questions over the rate of ice melting, and thus sea level rise.
NASA's former climate chief, James Hansen, is lead author on a paper that predicts rapidly rising seas this century, but not all climate scientists believe the study's models are convincing.
A green turtle hatches in the lab.
Immersion in seawater kills sea turtle eggs, suggesting that sea turtles are increasingly at risk from rising seas, according to research published today in Royal Society Open Science.
Raise the (Thames) Barriers!
With the sea level set to rise up to 1m by 2100, cities around the world must adapt, if they're to avoid disaster.
Acehnese fishers are among the quarter of the world’s population who live on the coast, and for whom climate-driven changes to the oceans would make life much harder.
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Failing to stick to the world's agreed global warming limit of 2C won't just affect the atmosphere - it will play havoc with the oceans too, potentially ruining ecosystems on which much of humanity depends.
OK, but which sea’s level? And how do you know what it is?
The tides come in, the tides come out. But what is a sea's level? Technology has evolved since we first started gauging the height of the ocean in comparison to the land.
Every year millions of birds migrate between Australia and the northern Hemisphere.
Five million shorebirds migrate between Australia and the northern hemisphere, threatened by habitat destruction, and rising seas. How can we protect this natural marvel?
Rising sea levels are one of the clearest and most widespread manifestations of climate change.
Since 1993, satellites have been used as well as tidal gauges to monitor sea level. A new calibration of this satellite record now shows that the rise in sea level is gathering pace.
With sea levels rising, a managed retreat from the coastline is necessary.
In areas vulnerable to sea level rise and storm surges, developments are at increasing risk of inundation and permanent damage over coming years.
The Totten Glacier, the largest in East Antarctica, has deep channels running beneath it that may allow relatively warm water into its belly.
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Researchers in East Antarctica have surveyed an area the size of New South Wales to study the behaviour of the region's biggest glacier - and the secrets below the ice that could speed up its melting.