Global Warming

Sense and Climate Sensitivity – More Evidence We’re in For a Hot Future

May 13th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: Arguments that the climate is relatively insensitive to the increased greenhouse effect have become the last best chance for climate contrarians, but a new study from Texas A&M University hammers a big nail in the coffin of that argument. With overwhelming evidence that humans are the main cause of global warming, and with arguments that modest warming

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A Paradise Going to Hell — Thanks to Global Warming

May 8th, 2014 | By

Just past Johnny Depp’s private island in the Caribbean sits Lee Stocking Island, a little piece of paradise that’s going to hell. The coral reefs that surround it are some of the healthiest in the Atlantic. And they’re dying. They’re dying in so many different ways, from so many different causes, it’s hard to imagine

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Global Warmth Trend Hides Local Variants

May 7th, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: US scientists have studied the obvious and found some surprises. The average rise in global temperatures because of rising levels of greenhouse gases is just that, an average – but it masks some unexpected variations. Zhaohua Wu and colleagues at Florida State University report in Nature Climate Change that they looked at 100 years of

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Global Warming: Big Government Versus Good Government

May 1st, 2014 | By

The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) insists that unless global warming is addressed, the planet promises to suffer all manner of evil. Courtesy coastal flooding and storm surges, urban populations are especially susceptible to the risk of death, injury, and disrupted livelihoods, activists say, lamenting that the Indian government, preoccupied with elections, has

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Global Effort Needed to Curb Rising Global Temperature

Apr 29th, 2014 | By

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s recent report on Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability has clearly unveiled that the world is unprepared for many of the impacts of climate change. Canadian researchers involved with the study said that Canadian government as an IPCC member is well aware of the dangers of climate change. But politicians in

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Corn Biofuels Worse Than Gasoline on Global Warming in Short Term – Study

Apr 21st, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a new study shows, challenging the Obama administration’s conclusions that they are a much cleaner oil alternative and will help combat climate change. A $500,000 study – paid for by the federal government and released Sunday

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Global Warming: Too Warm For Comfort

Apr 14th, 2014 | By

CLIMATE change and global warming are here, no doubt about it,” an editorial by the BusinessMirror declares.  Sen. Loren Legarda agreed: “Climate change is now a clear and present danger and a national security concern for our country.” Climate change has become, in recent years, the most fashionable horror story of science.  Scientists, politicians and laymen are alarmed

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Warmer UK Will Face Unequal Death Risk

Apr 2nd, 2014 | By

The Guardian: Even in Britain, an island kingdom in a temperate zone, global warming will take its toll. And the greatest threat could be to the comfortable home counties of southern England which cluster round London. According to research in Nature Climate Change, an average rise in summer temperatures of 2°C – and 2°C is the limit

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8 Reasons to Worry About Global Warming

Mar 30th, 2014 | By

If you have already read “12 Pieces of Practical Advice from Housecats,” now you can move on to “8 Reasons to Worry about Global Warming.” A United Nations panel of scientists is joining the list craze with what they call eight “key risks” that are part of broader “reasons for concern” about climate change. It’s

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13 of 14 Warmest Years on Record Occurred in 21st Century – UN

Mar 24th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: 13 of the 14 warmest years on record occurred this century, according to the UN. Publishing its annual climate report, the UN’s World Meteorological Organisation said that last year continued a long-term warming trend, with the hottest year ever in Australia and floods, droughts and extreme weather elsewhere around the world. Michel Jarraud, the WMO’s secretary-general,

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Global Warming to Hit Asia Hardest, Warns New Report on Climate Change

Mar 23rd, 2014 | By
Farmers in Asia

The Guardian: People in coastal regions of Asia, particularly those living in cities, could face some of the worst effects of global warming, climate experts will warn this week. Hundreds of millions of people are likely to lose their homes as flooding, famine and rising sea levels sweep the region, one of the most vulnerable on

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Earth Will Cross the Climate Danger Threshold by 2036

Mar 20th, 2014 | By

“Temperatures have been flat for 15 years—nobody can properly explain it,” the Wall Street Journal says. “Global warming ‘pause’ may last for 20 more years, and Arctic sea ice has already started to recover,” the Daily Mail says. Such reassuring claims about climate abound in the popular media, but they are misleading at best. Global warming continues unabated, and

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Global Warming Policy Foundation Optimism is Unjustified, but a Positive Step

Mar 11th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: The UK anti-climate policy advocacy group Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) has published a report written by Nic Lewis and Marcel Crok claiming “the IPCC hid the good news” regarding climate sensitivity (how much the climate will warm in response to the increased greenhouse effect). Lewis is an amateur researcher and retired financier who has published a few

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Human-caused Global Warming Theory Weakening

Mar 5th, 2014 | By

The primary evidence linking human activity to global warming is getting shakier every year. There should have been about +0.4°C of surface warming since 1998 brought on by an accelerating rise in CO2 levels, according to IPCC models. There has not been. This is a big deal; the IPCC says earth’s temperature has risen only +0.85°C

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Hotter Extremes Belie Warming ‘Pause’

Mar 2nd, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: If global warming has paused, nobody told the thermometer. Although global average temperature rises have not kept pace with greenhouse gas emissions in the last decade, the mercury has been higher than ever for longer than ever over increasingly larger areas of land, according to a new study in Nature Climate Change. Sonia

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Heat Extremes Increase Despite Global Warming Hiatus: Scientists

Feb 27th, 2014 | By

Reuters: Heat extremes are among the damaging impacts of climate change as they can raise death rates, especially among the elderly, damage food crops and strain everything from water to energy supplies. “Observational data show a continued increase of hot extremes over land during the so-called global warming hiatus,” scientists in Switzerland, Australia and Canada wrote

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Sun-Dimming Volcanoes Partly Explain Global Warming Hiatus

Feb 24th, 2014 | By

(Reuters) – Small volcanic eruptions help explain a hiatus in global warming this century by dimming sunlight and offsetting a rise in emissions of heat-trapping gases to record highs, a study showed on Sunday. Eruptions of at least 17 volcanoes since 2000, including Nabro in Eritrea, Kasatochi in Alaska and Merapi in Indonesia, ejected sulfur whose

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Arctic ‘is Set to Reach 13°C by 2100′

Feb 20th, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: US scientists say that by the end of this century temperatures in the Arctic may for part of each year reach 13°C above pre-industrial levels. Global average temperatures have already risen by about 0.8°C over the level they were at in around 1750. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said in its

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Arctic Thaw Significantly Worsens Global Warming Risk

Feb 18th, 2014 | By

New Scientist: Melting ice is cooking the planet. Shrinking Arctic sea ice means the ocean is absorbing more energy from the sun, and it’s now clear the effect is twice as big as thought – adding significantly to heating from greenhouse gases. Arctic temperatures have risen 2 °C since the 1970s, leading to a 40 per

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The ‘Pause’ in Global Warming is Not Even a Thing

Feb 12th, 2014 | By
Global warming ‘pause’ due to unusual trade winds in Pacific ocean, study finds

The Guardian: The idea that global warming has “paused” or is currently chillaxing in a comfy chair with the words “hiatus” written on it has been getting a good run in the media of late. Much of this is down to a new study analysing why one single measure of climate change – the temperatures on

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Climate Slowdown? Just Wait Until the Wind Changes

Feb 10th, 2014 | By

New Scientist: Powerful winds in the Pacific are largely responsible for the recent slowdown in global warming. The intense winds have encouraged heat to sink into the oceans. But as soon as the winds die down, the heat will escape again. Over the past 20 years, the trade winds that gust westwards across the Pacific have

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There’s no Warming Standstill Says WMO

Feb 5th, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: The planet is continuing to warm, with implications for generations ahead, and temperatures are set to rise far into the future, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reports. It says 2013 was among the ten warmest years since modern records began in 1850, equalling 2007 as the sixth warmest year, with a global land and ocean

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Global Warming is ‘Almost Definitely’ Caused by Humans, UN Report Claims

Feb 3rd, 2014 | By

Global warming is unequivocal and human influence has been the dominant cause since the mid-20th century, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The IPCC’s full and final findings on the state of the planet’s climate have been published and the report, which was put together for the UN, says that limiting climate

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Penguins Feel Climate Change’s Impacts

Feb 2nd, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: Climate change is bad for penguin chicks. If rain doesn’t soak their feathers and kill them with cold, then extremes of heat could finish them off with hyperthermia. Over a 27-year research project in the world’s largest colony of Magellanic penguins, on the arid Argentine coast, researchers have seen a greater number

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Disappearing Snow Increases Risk of Collapsing Ice Shelves in Antarctica

Jan 30th, 2014 | By

A number of floating ice shelves in Antarctica are at risk of disappearing entirely in the next 200 years, as global warming reduces their snow cover. Their collapse would enhance the discharge of ice into the oceans and increase the rate at which sea-level rises. A rapid reduction of greenhouse gas emissions could save a

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Global Cooling? The World is Still Warming Says US Agency

Jan 23rd, 2014 | By

US scientists say 2013 was the fourth warmest year globally since records began in 1880. The National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), part of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, says in its Global Analysis of the last year that 2013 ties with 2003 as globally the fourth warmest year on record. The annual global combined land

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UK has Made Largest Contribution to Global Warming Says Study

Jan 19th, 2014 | By

The UK is more responsible for global warming than any other country – if global carbon dioxide emissions are allocated using  per capita calculations. Based on this formula, the UK is rated the world’s top carbon polluter, followed closely by the USA, Canada, Russia and Germany. China, currently the world’s leading emitter, lies in 19th position.

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Global Warming’s “Biggest Offenders” Named

Jan 17th, 2014 | By

The US and China are among the 7 countries most accountable for the world’s temperature increase, according to a new Concordia University study. When it comes to global warming, there are seven big contributors: the United States, China, Russia, Brazil, India, Germany and the United Kingdom. A new study published in Environmental Research Letters reveals that

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Parts of Europe ‘ 5°C Warmer’ by 2100

Jan 12th, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: With exquisite timing, as parts of Europe endure the worst storms for decades, researchers have issued a highly topical warning. By the end of this century, they say, summer temperatures in parts of southern Europe are expected to be up to 5°C higher than they were from 1961 to 1990, with droughts

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Study Finds Geoengineering Research ‘Free for All’

Jan 11th, 2014 | By

The ‘plan B’ of using geoengineering to rescue humanity from the impact of climate change exists in a ‘vacuum’ of international regulations, according to a recent review. Proposals to counteract the effects of global warming by engineering the planet, with methods such as spraying chemicals into the atmosphere to block solar radiation, are largely theoretical

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It’s Getting Hotter in Oz

Jan 5th, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: It’s official – Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology says 2013 ranked as the country’s warmest year since records began more than a century ago, with the annual national mean temperature 1.2°C above the average. Along the way, several new temperature records were set: the summer was the warmest on record as was Australia’s spring, while winter

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World Went on Warming in 2013

Jan 4th, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: The global average temperature in 2014 is expected to make it one of the warmest years on record, according to the UK Met Office. It says in its annual global temperature forecast that 2014 will probably be between 0.43°C and 0.71°C warmer than the long-term (1961-1990) average of 14.0°C, with a central

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Warming Climate May Cut Cloud Cover

Dec 31st, 2013 | By

Climate News Network:  Australian and French scientists believe they have cracked one of the great puzzles of climate change and arrived at a more accurate prediction of future temperatures. The news is not good, according to Steven Sherwood of Australia’s Centre for Excellence for Climate System Science at the University of New South Wales. If carbon

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Global Warming vs Global Cooling: What is Happening to the Earth?

Dec 30th, 2013 | By

According to, the increase in hurricanes and tornadoes have many believing that the cause if the increase in global warming, but it’s actually global cooling that’s the problem. “Weather such as hurricanes and tornadoes goes in cycles, always has, always will. Fact is the planet has been cooling for the past 15 years,” the

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Global Warming Scientist Warns Florida Will Be Under Water

Dec 25th, 2013 | By

A senior scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund, Jane Long, has warned Florida residents that global warming will lead to them being under water. The remarks were made at a recent three-day conference targeting journalists and addressing the issue of global warming and worldwide climate change at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Though there

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Global Warming Will Intensify Drought, Says New Study

Dec 23rd, 2013 | By

The Guardian: When scientists think about climate change, we often focus on long term trends and multi-year averages of various climate measures such as temperature, ocean heat, sea level, ocean acidity, and ice loss. But, what matters most in our day-to-day lives is extreme weather. If human-caused climate change leads to more extreme weather, it would make

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Turning Up The Volume on Climate Change Isn’t Changing Behaviour

Dec 18th, 2013 | By
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The Guardian: On discovering that their mother tongue is not shared by everyone, tourists have been known to redouble their efforts to communicate by raising their voices. This comical failure to grasp the difference between a message not being heard and not being received also has a tragic side, because we appear to be doing something

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The Ocean Thermometer Reveals Global Warming Lies

Dec 10th, 2013 | By

American Thinker: The UN IPCC and others with a vested interest in the global warming scare have not bothered to check what sea level evidence says about global temperature changes. Sea levels are very sensitive to temperature changes, and the oceanic indicators are currently reading “steady”. So are all other thermometers. Apart from bubbles of

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Study Rebuts IPCC, Calls For More Severe Emissions Cuts

Dec 5th, 2013 | By

Climate Central: The globally agreed upon political goal of limiting global warming to 3.6°F (2°C) above preindustrial levels would bring “potentially disastrous impacts,” and a far more ambitious plan to slash emissions of global warming gases is needed, according to a new study by an interdisciplinary group of scientists and economists. The study, published Tuesday in PLOS One,

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Global Warming at Work: How Climate Change Affects The Economy and Labour

Dec 2nd, 2013 | By

The Star: It is a sticky wicket and Hassan Yussuff knows it. The secretary-treasurer of the Canadian Labour Congress is talking about the labour force and its role in the environment, and Alberta’s oilsands crop up — the much-disparaged oilsands that also provide employment to tens of thousands of people. It’s a conundrum. “These things

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Even If Emissions Stop, Carbon Dioxide Could Warm Earth for Centuries

Nov 26th, 2013 | By

Science Daily: Even if carbon dioxide emissions came to a sudden halt, the carbon dioxide already in Earth’s atmosphere could continue to warm our planet for hundreds of years, according to Princeton University-led research published in the journal Nature Climate Change. The study suggests that it might take a lot less carbon than previously thought to

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No Time for Delay in Cutting Greenhouse Gas Emissions : IPCC Scientists

Nov 24th, 2013 | By

As the end of the second week of climate talks draws nigh in Warsaw, a group of high profile scientists have laid out what needs to happen to stay below two degrees of global warming. The answer? Deep greenhouse gas cuts, and no more excuses for delay. A matter of urgency In its latest report, the

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Just 90 Companies Caused Two-Thirds of Man-Made Global Warming Emissions

Nov 21st, 2013 | By
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The Guardian: The climate crisis of the 21st century has been caused largely by just 90 companies, which between them produced nearly two-thirds of the greenhouse gas emissions generated since the dawning of the industrial age, new research suggests. The companies range from investor-owned firms – household names such as Chevron, Exxon and BP – to state-owned and

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Global Warming: UN Climate Chief Says Coal Can be Part of Solution

Nov 19th, 2013 | By

The Guardian: Coal power can be part of the solution to tackling global warming, the UN climate chief told a major coal industry summit on Monday. Her remarks, at a summit that takes place as the second week of UN climate negotiations get under way in Warsaw, prompted strong criticism from the head of the UK’s

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Peru’s Pastoruri Glacier: A New Symbol of Climate Change?

Nov 14th, 2013 | By

The Pastoruri Glacier was a popular tourist destination in the past, but now climate change has caused substantial melting. Now, promoters are hoping visitors will come to witness firsthand the devastation of climate change. The once-majestic Pastoruri Glacier is now— quite literally— a fraction of what it once was. According to Fox News Latino, the glacier has

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IPCC Report More Certain About Global Warming

Oct 7th, 2013 | By

Scientists are 95 per cent certain that humans have caused recent temperature rises The seas are set to reach higher-than-expected levels by the end of the century But experts fear the report will fail to spur serious government action Development experts and scientists have reacted cautiously to leaked versions of the first part of the

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Bubble May Burst for Fossil Fuel Giants

Oct 7th, 2013 | By
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CNN: The giant corporations powering the fossil fuel industry are warned that they face a damaging backlash if they try to resist the mounting pressures of climate change legislation and high-profile campaigning The financial and economic muscle of the global fossil fuel industry’s corporate behemoths will not protect them from the costly effects of negative

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Climate Change May Speed Up Forests’ Life Cycles

Sep 13th, 2013 | By
Trees in rainforests, such as these in the Ecuadorian Amazon, might end up absorbing as much carbon as they release because of global warming.

Science Daily: Many climate studies have predicted that tree species will respond to global warming by migrating via seed dispersal to cooler climates. But a new study of 65 different species in 31 eastern states finds evidence of a different, unexpected response. Nearly 80 percent of the species aren’t yet shifting their geographic distributions to

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Earth Is Warming Up But Not As Rapidly As Predicted

Sep 9th, 2013 | By

The Hindu: New IPCC report raises questions over urgency or seriousness of climate change The climate has not been warming over the past 15 years at rates predicted earlier, the latest report of the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), to be released September end, is going to say. The report is also going

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Worse Floods Ahead As Climate Warms

Jul 24th, 2013 | By

CNN: “Atmospheric rivers”, airborne corridors of concentrated moisture which carry huge volumes of water, are set to get wider and longer, causing more frequent and catastrophic floods as the atmosphere warms. Heavy and prolonged rainfall will cause both more frequent and more severe flooding across the United Kingdom and the rest of north-west Europe as

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Climate Change Led To Decline Of Ice Age Trees: Study

Jun 11th, 2013 | By

One World SA: Sustained global warming will wipe out an uncountable number of plant and animal species, says a new report based on a path-breaking study of similar climatic changes through the ice age. In a study that could show how rapid changes in climate could devastate global ecosystems, a group of British scientists have

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Antarctic Ice Loss Less Severe Than Previous IPCC Estimates: Research

Jun 6th, 2013 | By
Photo: Antarctic ice loss less severe than previously thought, new research suggests. (Matt Low: AFP/Australian Antarctic Division)

The review – Ice-sheet mass balance and climate change, published in the journal Nature – confirms that Antarctica and Greenland are both losing ice and contributing to rising sea levels. But it found that Greenland is losing twice as much ice as Antarctica, and that Antarctic ice loss is likely to be less extreme than

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Old Data Reveals Warming Oceans

Jun 3rd, 2013 | By

CNN: Indications the rate of warming in oceans is greater than previously thought. In 1872 the H.M.S. Challenger, converted from a British fighting vessel to a floating laboratory, set off on what was to be the first scientific survey of life in the world’s oceans. Now scientists are using data collected during the Challenger’s four

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Mount Everest Region Glaciers Retreating As Climate Warms

May 30th, 2013 | By
This undated photograph shows unidentified mountaineers as they walk past the Hillary Step whilst pushing for the summit of Mount Everest as they climb the south face from Nepal. (TSHERING SHERPA , AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

Even the world’s tallest mountain – first conquered by man 60 years ago today – cannot escape climate change. A recent study led by a graduate student at the University of Milan in Italy reveals declining snow amounts and retreating glaciers in the Mount Everest region, reaffirming fears that many scientists hold – increasing global

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We’re In The Danger Zone

May 27th, 2013 | By
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CNN: The first scientist to warn the US Congress of the threat of climate change retired earlier this year. But that has not stopped him continuing to try to alert the world to the dangers he sees ahead. Professor James Hansen, often described as the world’s most prominent climate scientist, has also chosen to be

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A Cooler Century? Wait And See

May 23rd, 2013 | By

CNN: New research suggesting that the Earth may be warming a little more slowly than expected certainly does not  mean climate change is a false alarm, experts say. Several leading authorities on climate change have given a guarded welcome to research suggesting the Earth may warm more slowly than scientists had expected. An international research

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Global Warming Has Not Stalled

May 20th, 2013 | By
James Hansen: 'The deniers want the public to be confused.' Photograph: Murdo Macleod for the Guardian

Guardian: Global warming has not stalled, insists world’s best-known climate scientist. Prof James Hansen warns public not to be fooled by ‘diversionary tactic’ from deniers. from “deniers” who want the public to be confused over climate change, according to the world’s best-known climate scientist. Prof James Hansen, who first alerted the world to climate change

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Comprehensive Survey Of Scientific Consensus On Human Induced Global Warming

May 17th, 2013 | By

EJNet: The most comprehensive survey of the scientific consensus on human-caused global warming ever done reveals a 97.1 per cent consensus. The research team surveyed the abstracts of over 12,000 scientific articles published between 1991 and 2011 on the subjects of “global climate change” or “global warming” to see to what extent they endorsed or

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400 PPM And Drought

May 16th, 2013 | By

I thought that it would be time to stop writing about the environment, specifically about climate change, that my previous articles had  lambasted and even backed up with actions to mitigate,enhance,restore and rehabilitate our natural resources. However, today’s extreme heat prompted me back to writing. The day’s temperature was over 37-degrees  Centigrade. Frankly, without exaggeration,it

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Climate Change To Shrink Animal And Plant Habitats Dramatically, Study Forecasts

May 13th, 2013 | By

Huffingtonpost: The habitats of many common plants and animals will shrink dramatically this century unless governments act quickly to cut rising greenhouse gas emissions, scientists said on Sunday after studying 50,000 species around the world. The scientists from Britain, Australia and Colombia said plants, amphibians and reptiles were most vulnerable as global temperatures rise and

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