The youngest are the most vulnerable

A comprehensive study confirms that low concentrations of environmental contaminants may pose health risks to vulnerable groups, especially the developing fetus and very young children. Fish and marine mammals are major contributors to dietary exposure to contaminants in the Arctic; however, dietary advice should be nuanced because these foods are also rich sources of important nutrients.

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Climate Service Adaptation Programme Kicks off in Africa

Kick-off meetings have taken place in the United Republic of Tanzania and Malawi to launch the Climate Services Adaptation Programme in Africa, which aims to build resilience in disaster risk management, food security, nutrition and health. (14/02/14)

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The Carbon Footprint of Hydropower

Most hydropower stations are really benign, while the majority of emissions is created by a few plants.  (11/02/14)

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Will drivers of change in the Arctic interact and amplify?

Adapting to climate change in the Arctic requires understanding how climate change interacts with other environmental and socio-economic drivers. The Arctic Council is on the case.  (11/02/14)

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Climate affects cultural heritage sites

"Cultural heritage sites along the coast are at risk when sea levels rise," says Kari Larsen, a cultural heritage researcher.  (11/02/14)

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Air pollution classified as carcinogenic

International Agency for Research on Cancer now classifies outdoor air pollution as carcinogenic. (11/02/14)

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Productivity is good for the climate

The little local bakery and the small family farm are not the climate winners.  (06/08/13)

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Climate change catching up with small island nations

The UN's convention on refugees doesn't cover people fleeing from rising sea levels. But one day climate change will catch up with inhabitants of small island nations, and then wealthy countries won't be able to run away from their responsibility. (11/02/14)

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Time travel in the aquarium

Take a female shrimp carrying eggs and put her in water that’s a little too warm for comfort. Add CO2 and oil. No, it’s not the recipe for an unconventional prawn cocktail, but climate change research. Scientists in Stavanger are trying to find out what is in store for shrimps and corals in our seas. (06/05/13)

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When women are affected, everyone is affected

Village women in Senegal are responsible for their families, food, fuel and water, while the men control the telephones, crops and money. This makes climate adaptation difficult. (14/05/12)

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Will Norway become Europe’s green battery?

The EU Renewable Energy Directive will have an enormous impact on Norway. Not only will Norwegians have to increase their already high consumption of renewable energy, but several European countries want to use Norwegian reservoirs for power storage.  (11/07/11)

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Expect no increased production

Less ice in the Arctic will open up for increased activity, but most likely there won’t be any large increase in the extraction of Arctic oil and gas towards 2050, according to a new study.  (29/06/11)

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Studying effective cooperation

Making the world’s energy supply more climate-friendly is a formidable challenge, not only technically but politically as well. The CICEP research centre will investigate which policy instruments can effectively stimulate such change.  (04/06/11)

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Rising sea levels – but where?

Even if the Greenland Ice Sheet melts sufficiently to raise the average global sea level by one metre, Norway will barely be affected. It is poor countries that will be hardest hit by rising sea levels. (01/06/11)

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Green Bond Principles

CICERO welcomes the Green Bond Principles developed by a consortium of investment banks as a solid step in shifting investments towards greener activities. (16/01/14)

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Interview: John Ritch, WNA

John Ritch, director general with World Nuclear Association, believes that as world electricity consumption triples in the first half of the 21st Century, there is simply no other technology than nuclear power that offers the same combination of affordability and (20/06/11)

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Less ice, more emissions

What will happen to the Arctic if the region is opened up to more industry and shipping? The NORKLIMA project “ArcAct” will investigate just how sensitive this region is to changes in human activity. (11/05/11)

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It’s like talking to the wall

We would like to believe that if we just give people the right information, they will grasp the scope of the climate problem. That’s naive thinking. (27/09/10)

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If a country sinks beneath the sea, is it still a country?

Rising ocean levels brought about by climate change have created a flood of unprecedented legal questions for small island nations and their neighbors. (24/08/10)

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CICERO Second Opinions on Green Bond Investment Frameworks

As an independent, not-for-profit research institute, CICERO (Center for International Climate and Environmental Research - Oslo) provides second opinions on institutions' frameworks for selecting eligible projects for green bond investments, and assesses the framework’s robustness in meeting the institutions’ environmental objectives. (27/11/13)

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Riddle of the abrupt climate changes during the Ice Age

During the last Ice Age, steep rises in temperature occurred in the North Atlantic area at least 20 times, with increases of up to 15 degrees Celsius. But each time the cold temperatures returned. The explanation for the increases in temperature seems to be that as the air and ocean surface became colder and colder, the deep ocean became warmer and warmer. (01/02/12)

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Solar variability and the climate

The Earth’s climate and weather would vary even if the Sun did not. But this does not mean that the climate is unaffected by solar variability. (17/08/11)

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International trade may offset reported carbon emission reductions

An increasing share of global emissions is from the production of internationally traded goods and services, according to a new study published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Due to current reporting practices, this has allowed some countries to increase their carbon footprints while reporting stabilized emissions. (25/04/11)

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Obama gets a menu of climate actions he can take without Congress

President Obama could invoke strong climate policies, like gasoline carbon limits, without congressional input before world leaders convene this fall to negotiate an international global warming treaty, a research group says in a plan provided to the administration. (06/08/10)

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Deforestation and REDD+ in Brazil, What’s going on?

Brazil has over the last ten years become a global forerunner in curbing deforestation. (28/10/13)

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The Arctic might be at a tipping point

Major climate changes are occurring in the Arctic. The air temperature is increasing two to four times faster than the global average, and this is why the Arctic is where we can expect the first and greatest changes in the ecosystem. The question is whether this will occur gradually or if we will see an abrupt regime shift. (03/01/12)

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CICERO.uio.no in English

Please, let us know what kind of content you miss on our English web - and we'll try to make more CICERO research available to you. (17/08/11)

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Global emissions rebound to record levels after Global Financial Crisis

Following the dampening effect of the 2008-2009 Global Financial Crisis, global carbon emissions from fossil fuel combustion have reached a record high of 9.1GtC1 in 2010. When including emissions from land-use change, the total emissions reached 10.0GtC. (05/12/11)

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Cars and planes dominate the climate impact from travel

The wealthiest top 10% of the German population is responsible for almost 20% of the total climate impact of travel, finds a new study by researchers from CICERO and IIASA. Yet two-thirds of climate impact comes from the broad middle classes. (05/08/13)

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Fishermen observe changes

Fishermen in Belize say they are seeing changes in climate and weather patterns. But their future is uncertain mainly due to environmental and ecological change as well as a lack of jobs in the coastal communities.  (17/11/11)

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Understanding the islanders

The climate debate tends to take place over the heads of ordinary people. Consequently people from island communities may end up being defined as “climate refugees” without even knowing it. A group of researchers travel to the Indian Ocean to hear the islanders’ side of the story. (22/08/13)

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Study identifies travel choices for a smaller carbon footprint

Planes, trains, or automobiles: what’s the most climate-friendly way to travel? A new study by researchers from IIASA and CICERO brings better estimates of how much personal travel impacts the climate. (18/06/13)

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Trade a driver of Brazilian deforestation

Trade and global consumption of Brazilian beef and soybeans is increasingly driving Brazilian deforestation.  (04/04/13)

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How mountain plants make decisions

Plants play a key role in the carbon cycle - during photosynthesis they bind carbon from the atmosphere and make it available to the rest of the ecosystem. But how do plants prioritize the use of this vital resource? Are their priorities affected by the climate and climate change? And what are the implications of the plants’ choices for carbon storage and biodiversity? (02/04/13)

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Waiting for the green locomotives

A group of the world's emerging economies are refusing to act as international locomotives of green growth. Their reluctance is easy to understand. (02/04/13)

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Towards a renewable society – through Norwegian natural gas

The EU has set ambitious goals for its climate and energy policy, and it wants to use Norwegian hydropower to pave the way towards a renewable society. Norway, however, hopes that the road to a renewable society runs through Norwegian natural gas fields. (14/03/13)

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Polluted communication

We can think for ourselves. Still, our attitudes and beliefs are shaped by those around us more than by science-communication.  (18/10/12)

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Complicated cost estimate

Why is it so difficult to estimate the price of carbon capture and storage?  (07/11/11)

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Comprehensive study of Arctic Ocean acidification

The Arctic Ocean is rapidly accumulating carbon dioxide leading to increased ocean acidification – a long-term decline in seawater pH. This ongoing change impacts Arctic marine ecosystems already affected by rising temperatures and melting sea ice. (06/05/13)

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Larger footprint from the production stage

When it comes to greenhouse gas emissions, the production of electric equipment has taken on greater importance in very recent years, in part because we replace perfectly good equipment with newer models. (27/10/11)

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No built-in «off» switch

A fully rational species might react with alarm and redoubled efforts to negotiate a climate change-mitigation treaty as a response to disappearing sea ice in the Arctic Ocean. When we avoid to respond this way it is because we are unsustainable by nature. Evolution - both genetic and cultural has made us this way. (18/10/11)

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An open landscape reflects sunlight

In the short term, increasing the harvest from Norwegian boreal forests for production of transport biofuels would have a positive impact on the climate. (14/10/11)

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CO2 from Arctic soil

When temperatures rise, enormous amounts of organic material in the soil can break down and release CO2. Studies show that peat soils in the Arctic contains especially large amounts of degradable organic material.  (11/10/11)

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So what are these new scenarios?

The Representative Concentration Pathways (RCP) is the latest generation of scenarios that provide input to climate models. Read our guide to Representative Concentration Pathways! (26/09/13)

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After Doha - the big picture

The likelihood of negotiating a new, ambitious global agreement in less than two years seems slim. So what are the most promising ways forward? (20/08/13)

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Oslo sets the agenda on climate transformation

An innovative conference in Oslo next week aims to generate new knowledge on climate transformation. – Science will not save us, says science policy researcher Heide Hackmann. (17/06/13)

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Climate communicators have geared up

«Gearing up for AR5» was a two-day conference in Oslo in May 2013 hosted by CICERO to launch the new network of European Climate Communications Officers (ECCO). (27/05/13)

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Conference: Arctic Ocean Acidification

The Arctic ocean is rapidly accumulating carbon dioxide, leading to increased ocean acidification. This will influence a fragile Arctic ecosystem already weakened by higher temperatures and melting sea ice. (22/04/13)

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Foresight intelligence

They want to create and implement strategies for shifting human cultures and institutions towards sustainable practices and an equitable and satisfying future. They are The Millennium Alliance for Humanity and the Biosphere. (12/04/13)

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The effect of climate policy on emissions

Constant energy use does not mean constant emissions, says Taoyuan Wei, Senior Research Fellow at CICERO.  (27/02/13)

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EU climate policy at a crossroads

Lunch seminar and Book Launch 21 February 2013 - Norway House, Brussels. (29/01/13)

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Black carbon larger cause of climate change than previously assessed

Black carbon is the second largest man-made contributor to global warming and its influence on climate has been greatly underestimated, according to the first quantitative and comprehensive analysis of this issue. (16/01/13)

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A Global Forecast for the Next Forty Years

REVIEW: 2052 is exactly the form of forward-thinking and provocative analysis that is needed for achieving sustainability. (18/10/12)

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