Global flood risk could increase five-fold with a 4-degree C temperature rise

A new report looks at flood risk and economic damages under different global warming scenarios with temperature increases of 1.5 degrees Celsius, 2 degrees Celsius and 4 degrees Celsius. It...

Harvests in the US to suffer from climate change

Some of the most important crops risk substantial damage from rising temperatures. To better assess how climate change caused by human greenhouse gas emissions will likely impact wheat, maize and...

Art engages people with climate change - our film

HELIX sponsored a major climate change communication event to engage the general public, seen by nearly 26k people. Respond: Climate Change was a unique exhibition in October 2017, bringing...

Saiful Islam's Expectations from the Marrakesh Climate Summit

The Paris Agreement entered into force yesterday, as the minimum required number of countries ratified the Convention. Accounting together for at least an estimated 55% of the total global...

Engaging children with climate change through Theatre

HELIX is sponsoring two major climate change communication events to engage the general public. On Saturday 22 October at the Norwich Science Festival in the UK is the participatory discovery...

The hottest month in history

Under high-end scenarios, our regional temperature increase could be between 3.7C and 5.7C, writes Professor Saiful Islam of the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET),...

We've made a list of our recent publications

We think this a good list for a research project that is now half-way through. These are publications from authors who work within HELIX. For publications arising from HELIX funding, please...

El Niño-driven record CO2 rise led to early passing of 400ppm

The rising concentration of atmospheric carbon dioxide has passed a symbolic threshold early due to the fastest annual increase on record The human-caused rise in atmospheric concentration of...

Communicating climate science @CORDEX 2016

`You are all climate communication heroes!’, with this statement Asher Minns started the Early Career Scientists side-event on science communication during the ICRC-CORDEX conference held in...

HELIX EXPERT Workshop: Challenges and Opportunities for Bangladesh After Paris Agreement

30 April 2016, Council Bhaban, BUET, Dhaka, Bangladesh Climate change is a reality now and being demonstrated across the globe through various climate events. Warming up of our earth with...

The long and short of 1.5oC

by Professor Richard Betts , University of Exeter and Met Office Hadley Centre The Paris Agreement aims to limit global warming to well below 2°C above pre-industrial, and to ‘pursue...

CO2 emissions stalled in 2015 - but CO2 concentrations will still rise

Prof Richard Betts , University of Exeter and Met Office Hadley Centre On 6 th December, the Sunday Times ran an article headlined "Revealed – greenhouse gases to fall "  In my...

Working Paper: The challenge of communicating unwelcome climate messages

With the probability that global temperature rise can be kept below the 2°C target continuing to diminish, citizens as well as economic and political decision makers need to engage with knowledge...

Is CO2 fertilisation our get-out-of-jail-free card?

Response to Matt Ridley by Richard Betts In Monday's Times newspaper, Matt Ridley wrote an article entitled: "Now here’s the good news on global warming: Activists may want to shut down...

Poster: Flood risk assessment in Europe at 4ºC global warming

In this work, ensemble projections of river streamflow based on seven EURO-CORDEX RCP 8.5 scenarios are combined with recent advances in European flood hazard and risk mapping to assess changes in...

Annual flood damages up to 100 billion Euro by 2080

Lorenzo Alfieri at the EC’s Joint Research Centre has published two papers on the frequency and cost of river floods in Europe.

See Storify for our annual Assembly

Our Assembly this year includes a public discussion exploring potential connections between environmental migrants and climate change, you can see us at Storify . We are this year at...

4 degrees C – an unavoidable catastrophe?

By Richard Betts If global greenhouse gas emissions do not begin to decline in the next few years, the chances are that global warming will exceed the 2°C “guardrail” that the EU and UN aim...

The impact of high-end climate change scenarios over Europe, poster @climatparis2015 conference

The latest scientific evidence suggest that the increase in global mean temperature is likely to exceed the 2 degrees and target the 4 to 6 degree Celsius by the end of the 21st century....

Improving glacial behaviour for climate modelling, poster @climatparis2015 conference

Livelihoods and ecosystems in Northern South Asia are influenced by the behaviour of Himalayan glaciers as they move and melt and feed the river valleys with runoff. Sarah Shannon at the...

Communicating unwelcome climate messages, poster @climatparis2015 conference

People from a range of disciplinary and organisational backgrounds discussed how the challenges of ‘high-end’ climate scenarios can most effectively be communicated. Participants suggested...

HELIX activities at the Our Common Future Conference in Paris

A number of researchers from the HELIX Project will be participating in the Our Common Future Under Climate Change conference in Paris. We provide here a programme of the sessions they...

Asher Minns’ blog forays into the unthinkable with climate research beyond 2oC

An enduring memory of mine from the wreck that was the Copenhagen climate conference in 2009 is the image of a sobbing climate campaigner being consoled by her friends at the train station. Was...

Returning to the language of 'climate refugees'

In this opinion piece, 'One good reason to speak of 'climate refugees'  HELIX researcher, Francois Gemenne argues that Climate change is rooted in the inequalities between rich...

High-end climate is new territory for the European Conference on Climate Adaptation

HELIX researchers are this week presenting in Copenhagen at the major European Conference on Climate Adaptation ( ECCA2015 ) where around 1000 experts gather to present and discuss their...

100 year floods twice as likely in the next three decades at current high-end emissions

Early HELIX results from Lorenzo Alfieri suggest that European flood risk could be higher than previously thought under the highest emissions scenario of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate...

The Challenge of Communicating Unwelcome Climate Messages - see the live scribed visual record

Our workshop, 16-17 April 2015, mixed together climate scientists, social scientists, policymakers and planners, development, artists, psychologists, media people, and communication...

IMPRESSIONS, HELIX, RISES-AM to organise European Adaptation Conference 2017 in Glasgow

Glasgow has won a bid to host the 3rd European Climate Change Adaptation Conference (ECCA) in 2017, it was announced today (Tuesday 28 April 2015). This is a leading climate change conference...

HELIX research: Accounting for risk of tipping points implies increased carbon pricing

Accounting for the possibility of climate change tipping points in economic models leads to a substantial increase in the "optimal" carbon price, suggests a new paper published in Nature Climate...

Hiatus delays unprecedented warming rates

Blog post by  Richard Betts   (with Figure 3 by Ed Hawkins ) Current global temperatures are often discussed in terms of their unprecedented nature when compared to the...