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Seeing Is Believing as Scientists Trace Greenhouse Effect

High-precision field instruments in the U.S. have provided the first real-time “action shots” of the increasing impact of CO2 on global warming.

Posted on Mar 1, 2015 READ MORE



Acid Attack on Algae Damages Ocean Ecosystem

Increasing acidity in the Southern Ocean is having a serious effect on the growth of a small but hugely important food source for marine life.

Posted on Feb 27, 2015 READ MORE



Climate Change Opens New Doors to Deadly Diseases

Scientists warn that humans will face epidemics of diseases never encountered before as global warming drives animals and parasites into new habitats.

Posted on Feb 23, 2015 READ MORE



Mediterranean Sardines Swim North to Keep Cool in a Changing Climate

Fish species in subtropical European waters are migrating to northern waters to escape the warming seas—leaving fishers who rely on them for a living with empty nets.

Posted on Feb 20, 2015 READ MORE



Climate Change Affects European Farmers’ Yields

Scientists says changes in temperature and snow or rainfall are key factors in the stagnation of wheat and barley yields across Europe since the early 1990s.

Posted on Feb 19, 2015 READ MORE



Arid Areas of the U.S. Face Prospect of ‘Megadroughts’

Scientists are predicting extended droughts in the U.S. worse than those believed to have played a part in ending the once-flourishing Pueblo culture in the 12th and 13th centuries.

Posted on Feb 16, 2015 READ MORE



Ancient Shells Offer Evidence of How Ice Age Ended

Ocean sediment reveals that release of carbon stored deep in the sea is linked to the rise in atmospheric CO2 that caused the world to warm.

Posted on Feb 15, 2015 READ MORE



Climate Data Gives Mixed Message on Storm Forecasts

New research suggests that climate change won’t lead to more storms after all—but the bad ones could be even more devastating.

Posted on Feb 8, 2015 READ MORE



Climate Change Triggers Threats to Marine Ecosystems

Just as marine commerce could soon exploit the opening of the fabled north-west or north-east passages between the two great oceans, so could at least 80 species of fish.

Posted on Feb 7, 2015 READ MORE



Greenland’s Hidden Meltwater Lakes Store Trouble

Scientists find evidence of vast “storage tanks” of water deep below the melting Greenland ice sheet that could have a major effect on sea level rise.

Posted on Feb 6, 2015 READ MORE



Climate Cranks Up Extinction Threat to Borneo Mammals

Endangered species in one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots face even greater peril as climate change adds to loss of habitat caused by deforestation.

Posted on Feb 3, 2015 READ MORE



Destructive Effects of El Niño and La Niña Could Intensify

International scientists say global warming could double the frequency of the extreme La Niña weather phenomenon that triggers floods and hurricanes.

Posted on Feb 1, 2015 READ MORE



Chimps’ Survival Hopes Jeopardized by Climate Change

One of our closest animal relatives is at risk of being wiped out as changing rainfall patterns threaten to destroy its Central African habitat.

Posted on Jan 30, 2015 READ MORE



Social Conscience Is Key to Cutting Household Energy

Researchers in Los Angeles find that advertising the prospect of saving money is not the most powerful way to persuade people to reduce the electricity they use.

Posted on Jan 25, 2015 READ MORE



No Prospect of Relief From Constant Nuclear Headache

Keeping nuclear waste safe costs billions of dollars a year, but what to do with it in the long-term is still no nearer being resolved.

Posted on Jan 24, 2015 READ MORE



Scientists Say Rise in Sea Levels Is Faster Than Feared

Harvard researchers find that there has been an almost threefold annual increase in global sea levels over the last quarter of a century.

Posted on Jan 22, 2015 READ MORE



Record Temperatures Underline Danger to Planet

As statistics confirm that 2014 was the hottest year ever recorded, leading scientists say climate change trends are dominated by human emissions of greenhouse gases.

Posted on Jan 21, 2015 READ MORE



The World We are Shaping Is Feeling the Strain

The world risks being destabilised by human activity, scientists report, most of it the work of a wealthy minority of us.

Posted on Jan 16, 2015 READ MORE



Higher Social Costs Bolster Case for Emissions Curbs

Scientists in the U.S. estimate that economic damage caused by CO2 could be six times higher than the figure used to guide current energy regulations.

Posted on Jan 15, 2015 READ MORE



Trapped Methane Escapes as Pacific Depths Warm Up

Oceanographers in the U.S. warn that volumes of methane equivalent to a major oil spill are rising to the surface each year as warmer waters heat the frozen ocean bed.

Posted on Jan 11, 2015 READ MORE



Ocean Warming Speeds Up Cycle of Climate Change

British and German scientists have identified another consequence of global warming that is likely to accelerate climate change still further.

Posted on Jan 9, 2015 READ MORE



U.S. Coastal Cities Warned of Daily High Tide Floods

Scientists report that many cities near the coasts of the U.S. should prepare for daily flooding at high tide by mid-century because of rising sea levels.

Posted on Jan 5, 2015 READ MORE



U.S. Must Face Up to the Dark Side of Climate Change

As global temperatures rise, scientists warn that more cities in the U.S. face the threat of power blackouts caused by fierce and frequent hurricanes.

Posted on Jan 1, 2015 READ MORE



Satellite Provides Sharper Picture of Shrinking Ice Sheet

The most detailed study yet of the Greenland ice sheet illustrates the complex process that is causing billions of metric tons to melt ever year.

Posted on Dec 27, 2014 READ MORE



Climate’s Impact on Agriculture Could Lead to Calamity

Widespread hunger and poverty are predicted unless strategies are developed to cope with the drop in crop yields climate change will cause.

Posted on Dec 22, 2014 READ MORE



Loss of Rainforests Is Double Whammy Threat to Climate

New research spells out the devastating impacts that complete destruction of tropical forests would have on global temperatures, weather patterns and agriculture.

Posted on Dec 20, 2014 READ MORE



Weather Extremes Rise as Planet Gets Hotter and Colder

Scientists predict that lethal heat waves in Europe, and ice storms and big freezes across the globe, could become regular events if greenhouse gas emissions are not controlled.

Posted on Dec 18, 2014 READ MORE



Climate Change Raises Specter of Space Centre Invasion

Rising sea levels and repeated storm damage to natural coastal defenses pose an increasing threat to the famous Cape Canaveral rocket launch site in Florida.

Posted on Dec 15, 2014 READ MORE



Deep Concern Over Invisible Threat to Antarctic Glaciers

As ocean temperatures rise, warmer currents are attacking the Antarctic ice sheet from below and adding to the threats posed by a melting rate that has trebled in the last two decades.

Posted on Dec 13, 2014 READ MORE



Not Long to Wait Till Released CO2 Turns Up Temperature

Scientists have determined the precise time lag before warming from newly-released greenhouse gases starts to show up on the planet’s thermometer—and it’s much shorter than previously suspected.

Posted on Dec 7, 2014 READ MORE



Tribal Lands Are Vital for Amazon Forest Carbon Sink

As land rights of indigenous peoples are increasingly being violated, new research shows that destruction of the Amazon rainforest is a major threat not only to cultural identity but also to the global climate.

Posted on Dec 6, 2014 READ MORE



Scientists Hammer Out Warning on Climate Change Risks

A group of international experts says time is rapidly running out to take serious steps to avert the impact of global warming by prioritizing a switch to clean energy systems.

Posted on Dec 5, 2014 READ MORE



High-Tech Mirror: Cool New Answer to Air Conditioning Problem?

As extremes of heat increasingly threaten to become the norm, scientists have invented a new way to reflect sunlight and beam heat away from buildings straight back into space.

Posted on Dec 1, 2014 READ MORE



Canada’s Polar Bears Face Food Crisis by 2100

Due to the shrinkage of the sea ice, the survival of polar bears in Canada’s Arctic Archipelago is doubtful in around 80 years’ time.

Posted on Nov 30, 2014 READ MORE



Geoengineering Could Worsen Climate Change

Resorting to geoengineering to tackle climate change would be an admission of failure, UK scientists say.

Posted on Nov 29, 2014 READ MORE



Warming World Spells Trouble for Growing and Aging Populations

As average temperatures rise an increasing global population—with many more elderly people—is going to be more vulnerable to extreme weather, UK scientists say.

Posted on Nov 28, 2014 READ MORE



Iron’s Mixed Blessing for Health of Oceans

New research shows that iron fertilization stimulates growth of the plankton that help transport carbon dioxide to the deep ocean—but swells the number of small creatures who feed on plankton and whose shells put CO2 back into the atmosphere.

Posted on Nov 17, 2014 READ MORE



Science Offers New View of Hopes for Human Survival

Astrophysicists say questions about the sustainability of civilization on our high-tech planet may soon be answered scientifically as a result of new data about the Earth and other planets in its galaxy.

Posted on Nov 16, 2014 READ MORE



Diet’s Effects on Emissions Give Food for Thought

American researchers confirm that a shift to vegetarian, Mediterranean or fish-based diets would cut greenhouse gases, conserve forests and savannah, and have a big impact on obesity-linked health problems.

Posted on Nov 15, 2014 READ MORE



Scientist Acts Out Dramatic Effect of Climate Change

A spellbinding solo performance by veteran climate scientist Chris Rapley puts the climate debate center stage—and earns the admiration of London theater critics.

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 READ MORE



Climate Change Will Send Pollen Count Soaring

Bad news for hay fever and asthma sufferers as U.S. researchers demonstrate that man-made rises in CO2 emissions could lead to a 200 percent increase in levels of pollen from grasses.

Posted on Nov 9, 2014 READ MORE



Why Warnings on Climate Spark Aggressive Denials

A new book argues that death threats and abuse illustrate how climate change messengers are being demonized in a way that is without parallel in the history of science.

Posted on Nov 8, 2014 READ MORE



Salt’s Poisonous Effect Is a Growing Threat to Crops

Each week the world loses an area of land the size of Manhattan to salt degradation thanks to poor soil management, bad drainage and other problems.

Posted on Nov 1, 2014 READ MORE



Arctic Melting Sends Winter Warning to Europe and Asia

Patterns of winds and pressure systems traced by researchers to the decline in Arctic sea ice can transport cold air further south and create harsher winters in Eurasia.

Posted on Oct 31, 2014 READ MORE



Global Hydropower Boom Threatens Rivers Worldwide

Scientists predict a doubling in production of renewable energy from hydropower over the next 20 years, but building new dams will have a damaging effect on some of the world’s major rivers.

Posted on Oct 30, 2014 READ MORE



Climate Change Linked to Reduced Size of Alpine Chamois

Scientists have found strong evidence that declining body size in herds of the chamois mountain goats that are hunted in the Italian Alps is linked to warmer spring and summer temperatures.

Posted on Oct 27, 2014 READ MORE



Sea Rise May Still Pose Man-Sized Threat

Although new research discounts the likelihood of a two-meter sea rise this century, the predicted impacts of global warming are still bad news for the many millions of people living at or near sea level.

Posted on Oct 23, 2014 READ MORE



Air Pollution Compounds Effects of Climate Change

Reduced monsoon rainfall and increased river flow are two extremes that new research has linked to man-made impacts on climate caused by air pollution.

Posted on Oct 13, 2014 READ MORE



Wind Turbines May Lure Bats Into Fatal Errors

Hi-tech thermal surveillance techniques have enabled U.S. researchers to home in on the likelihood that mistaking wind turbines for trees may be the cause of many bat deaths.

Posted on Oct 12, 2014 READ MORE



World of Clean Energy ‘Feasible’ by Mid-Century

International researchers, in what they believe is the most comprehensive global assessment of clean energy’s potential, report that a low-carbon system could supply the world’s electricity needs by 2050.

Posted on Oct 10, 2014 READ MORE


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