Swiss researchers have claimed that mountain ranges may represent a 'safer' place to live during changing climate conditions.

Daniel Scherrer and Christian Korner from the University of Basel, Switzerland used a high-resolution infrared camera and hundreds of soil sensors to monitor the actual temperature experienced by plants in alpine landscapes.

Read more: Mountains may offer species 'refuge habitats' during climate change



SEOUL (BNO NEWS) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday he will try to push the world leaders attending the G-20 summit this week to make progress in such U.N.-led issues as narrowing development gaps and fighting climate change.

"Agenda items that will be dealt with at the Seoul summit are closely related to U.N. activities," he said upon his arrival in Seoul for the summit set for Friday.

Read more: UN Secretary-General vows to pursue progress on development, climate change


Water shortages as a result of rising temperatures will not do as much damage as feared, evidence from ancient trees suggests

AmazonAlthough the study says the Amazon can adapt to a warmer world, it still faces an extreme threat from deforestation. Photograph: Gerd Ludwig/ Gerd Ludwig/Corbis

It is generally acknowledged that a warming world will harm the world's forests. Higher temperatures mean water becomes more scarce, spelling death for plants – or perhaps not always.

According to a study of ancient rainforests, trees may be hardier than previously thought. Carlos Jaramillo, a scientist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), examined pollen from ancient plants trapped in rocks in Colombia and Venezuela. "There are many climactic models today suggesting that … if the temperature increases in the tropics by a couple of degrees, most of the forest is going to be extinct," he said. "What we found was the opposite to what we were expecting: we didn't find any extinction event [in plants] associated with the increase in temperature, we didn't find that the precipitation decreased."

Read more: World's forests can adapt to climate change, study says


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