The world's tropical regions are home to the widest range of plants and animals, but research from the University of Queensland (UQ), Australia, reveals that climate change is pushing species away, and fast.
Founded in 2008 and given European Research Infrastructure Consortium status by the EU Commission in 2015, the Integrated Carbon Observation Systems (ICOS) is a network of 130 carbon-measuring stations (along with expertise centers and laboratories) set up to measure greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere, as well as how carbon fluxes between the atmosphere, Earth and oceans.
Twice a year, glaciologist Lauren Vargo and her colleagues set up camp beside two small lakes close to New Zealand’s Brewster glacier. Each time the trek to carry the measuring stakes takes a little bit longer as the glacier’s terminus gets further away.
Penguins have been in the news for all the right reasons recently. Some time back, the birds from Kansas City Zoo in Missouri made headlines when they visited the nearby Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, wandering around, admiring the artworks during the lockdown.
To combat the COVID-19 pandemic and the “looming existential threat of climate disruption”, the only credible response is “brave, visionary and collaborative leadership” anchored in multilateralism, the UN Secretary General António Guterres, said during an international discussion focused on climate change.