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Google a Reef and Help Save It

By making 360-degree panoramic underwater vision available to anyone who has a computer, scientists hope to alert many more people to the plight of the world’s coral reefs.

Posted on Aug 24, 2013 READ MORE



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Australia’s Floods Had Global Effects

Puzzled oceanographers who wondered where the sea level rise went for 18 months now have their answer. It went to Australia.

Posted on Aug 23, 2013 READ MORE



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Early Birds and Insects May Go Hungry

British butterflies which appear early in the year may soon run out of time to adapt to ever-earlier springs, researchers say.

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Earth’s Inner Heat Melts Greenland Ice

Greenland’s icesheet is melting, at the surface and at its base, due to the normal warmth of an active rocky planet.

Posted on Aug 18, 2013 READ MORE



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More Heatwaves by 2020 ‘Almost Certain’

Heatwaves will inevitably become fiercer and more frequent over much of the planet by 2040 because of the greenhouse gases already in the atmosphere, climate scientists say.

Posted on Aug 16, 2013 READ MORE



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A Tale of Two Planets

It’s official: Global warming could get worse – almost unimaginably worse. Conditions on planet Earth mean that in theory, at least, there could be a runaway greenhouse effect.

Posted on Aug 15, 2013 READ MORE



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Putting an Umbrella Over Coral Reefs

The world’s coral reefs are under threat. Some scientists say doses of cloud brightening could solve the problem.

Posted on Aug 12, 2013 READ MORE



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Himalayas to Be Wetter and Warmer Over Next Century

There have been dire warnings about melting glaciers in the Himalayas leading to falling flows in some of Asia’s major rivers. Now scientists are turning some of their original research on its head.

Posted on Aug 11, 2013 READ MORE



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Signs of Forests Adapting to Growing CO2 Levels

Trees may be exploiting higher levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. If so, then the carbon dioxide fertilisation effect—predicted by theorists and observed in laboratory experiments—could be real.

Posted on Aug 10, 2013 READ MORE



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Arctic Albedo Loss Threatens Wildlife

The rapid thawing of the region’s sea ice is affecting virtually every species of Arctic wildlife—and a new study of how the rate of melting is accelerating shows the problem is set to worsen.

Posted on Aug 8, 2013 READ MORE



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Bank Curbs Won’t Slow Coal’s Comeback

World coal use is growing and set to grow much more, despite the announcement by several large banks of more stringent conditions on lending to coal-burning power plants.

Posted on Aug 1, 2013 READ MORE


Drowning in Denial

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Posted on Jul 31, 2013 READ MORE



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Let Us Now Sing About the Warmed Earth

There are four elements of dystopia—ecological, political, sociological, and economic—as it relates to climate change, and news that the release of methane from beneath the Siberian permafrost would cost $60 trillion globally promises to create one.

Posted on Jul 29, 2013 READ MORE



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Warmer Climate Will Hit Volta River Levels

The cost of climate change for one of West Africa’s most densely populated regions is likely to be severe, with food, energy supplies and industrial growth all at risk.

Posted on Jul 28, 2013 READ MORE



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Climate Warming Slows: No Surprise Yet

British scientists have confirmed that global warming has slowed down earlier than they thought it would, but say it is within the limits of uncertainty they had expected.

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Arctic Methane Melt ‘Could Cost $60 Trillion’

If the Arctic Ocean warms enough to release much of the methane trapped beneath the seabed, the cost could run close to the value of the global economy, experts say.

Posted on Jul 25, 2013 READ MORE



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Photosynthesis Could Be a Climate Change Solution

Researchers say “one of the most common [biological] processes on Earth” is also “one of the most promising means of extracting atmospheric carbon dioxide” on a scale potentially large enough to reduce the risk of catastrophic global warming.

Posted on Jul 22, 2013 READ MORE



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Ice-Free Arctic Pinpointed 40 Years Ahead

The melting of the Arctic ice cap has become so fast and so certain that researchers can now confidently predict when the region will become ice free to within four years.

Posted on Jul 22, 2013 READ MORE



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Plants Wilt as Heat Increases Ozone

Plants are significantly less able to absorb low-level ozone during a heat wave, researchers have found, with implications tied to more than 2 million deaths worldwide by air pollution from human causes.

Posted on Jul 21, 2013 READ MORE


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Ocean Iron Study Means Climate Rethink

New research shows that scientists’ earlier estimates of how much iron was dissolving into seawater off the world’s coastlines may have been wide of the mark.

Posted on Jul 20, 2013 READ MORE



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Scientists Still Puzzle Over Polar Ice

New research shows that glaciologists still cannot say for certain whether the Earth’s north and south polar ice is melting faster as the years pass.

Posted on Jul 18, 2013 READ MORE



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Antarctic Ice Loss Alters Ocean Ecology

Creatures that lived for centuries or longer undisturbed in the waters around Antarctica are having to cope with entirely new conditions as the ice retreats.

Posted on Jul 17, 2013 READ MORE



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Sea Levels ‘Are Set for Continuing Rise’

Predictions of global temperature increase by the end of this century suggest that sea levels could rise by more than 2 meters, much higher than scientists had thought.

Posted on Jul 16, 2013 READ MORE



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SoCal Fish Populations Dropped 78 Percent Over Last 40 Years

Scientists sifting through records of fish caught in the cooling systems of five coastal power plants confirmed “there has been a steep, ongoing drop in a wide variety of fish in the region over several decades,” the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday.

Posted on Jul 11, 2013 READ MORE



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Climate Chaos ‘Needn’t Happen—If …’

Two reports suggest that it may be possible to avoid serious climate change, or even to reverse it. But both come with key qualifications—conditions that will have to be met if they are to prove correct.

Posted on Jul 11, 2013 READ MORE



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Greenland Faces ‘Modest’ but Risky Melt

Although scientists believe Greenland’s contribution to sea level rise may be less than had been thought, they say the impacts could still be serious.

Posted on Jul 10, 2013 READ MORE



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CO2 Storage ‘Needs Tailoring to Geology’

Some hope we can lessen the climate impact of CO2 emissions by trapping and storing them underground. But researchers say potential sites vary so much that each will need separate appraisal.

Posted on Jul 9, 2013 READ MORE



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2°C Climate Target ‘Is Half What’s Needed’

Swiss scientists say attempts to stop the rise in global average temperature exceeding 2°C over preindustrial levels are far too timid.

Posted on Jul 5, 2013 READ MORE



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A Warming Climate Will Alter the Soil That Feeds Us

One of the main species of microbes that hold the soil together is likely to be affected by rising temperatures, with unpredictable consequences for fertility and erosion.

Posted on Jul 4, 2013 READ MORE



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More Storms, More Heat Says World Meteorological Association

In the first decade of this century global sea level rise increased at about double the rate of the preceding hundred years, the World Meteorological Organization says.

Posted on Jul 3, 2013 READ MORE



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Double Disasters Batter Pacific Islands

An escalating crisis caused by the simultaneous disasters of floods and drought is threatening the Marshall Islands, leading the Pacific nation’s government to appeal to world leaders for action on climate change.

Posted on Jul 2, 2013 READ MORE


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Insurers Given Severe Weather Warning

The huge cost of claims resulting from a rise in extreme weather events has led analysts in the multibillion dollar insurance industry to warn that it must now pressure governments to take action on greenhouse gas emissions.

Posted on Jun 29, 2013 READ MORE



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Desert Yields Clues to Species’ Survival

Research into one of the world’s oldest and driest deserts has unearthed evidence of the evolutionary timeline for species that have avoided extinction by adapting to dramatic climate change.

Posted on Jun 27, 2013 READ MORE



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Conflicts Fuel Caucasus Climate Fears

The melting snows of Mount Ararat are a stark warning of growing problems in a fragile region so fragmented by conflict that unified efforts to address climate change are severely restricted.

Posted on Jun 26, 2013 READ MORE



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Climbing Concern for the Caucasus Climate

There are often hailstorms in Armenia and throughout the rugged and mountainous Caucasus region. But the ferocity of this one—happening in mid- May when crops were just coming to life—was highly unusual.

Posted on Jun 21, 2013 READ MORE



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Acid Seas Make Corals Feeble

Two important habitats for marine life, coral reefs and eelgrass meadows, will endure warming and acidifying seas. But they will become vulnerable.

Posted on Jun 20, 2013 READ MORE



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Greenland’s Great Melt Is Pinned on Climate Change

The forensic search for the mysterious agent that almost melted Greenland goes on. The latest suspect to be rounded up for questioning is the jet stream, scientists in the U.K. say.

Posted on Jun 19, 2013 READ MORE



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Climate Change Puts Lake Life at Risk

Lakes are warming on both sides of the Atlantic—and this is bad news both for water quality and the fish.

Posted on Jun 18, 2013 READ MORE



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Climate Change Puts Even ‘Safe’ Species at Risk

Work by 100 scientists over five years reveals that more than half of species studied are endangered by a warming planet.

Posted on Jun 14, 2013 READ MORE


Climate Change Summit

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Once in a Century Floods Due Every 10 Years

Once-rare severe flooding events could occur as frequently as once a decade by the end of this century.

Posted on Jun 13, 2013 READ MORE



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Bloomberg’s Climate Change Plan Appears Grossly Inadequate

The New York mayor’s $20 billion proposal to protect America’s most populated city from the ravages of global warming seems to ignore the worst predictions of sea level rise reported in the respectable press.

Posted on Jun 12, 2013 READ MORE



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Catastrophic Oil Spill Threat to Canadian River Basin

A vast, globally important river basin in Canada five times the size of France is at great risk from a potential catastrophic oil spill from the mining of tar sands.

Posted on Jun 12, 2013 READ MORE



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More Sunshine in Spain Not Always Good News

A study shows that cloud cover has been falling in Spain since the 1980s leading to new opportunities in solar power generation but also increased risks of desertification and harm to human health.

Posted on Jun 11, 2013 READ MORE



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Coral Fights Back Slowly From Ocean Heating

The good news is that some coral can recover from periodic warming of the oceans. The bad news is it might take too long.

Posted on Jun 7, 2013 READ MORE


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