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How Does Climate Change Affect Animals?
2012-08-19 06:57:39

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online As part of an effort to better understand and predict how animals will respond to changing environmental conditions associated with global warming, researchers at the University of California-Berkeley (UC Berkeley) have published a pair of studies investigating why some species move in response to climate change and where they go. According to Sarah Yang of the school's media relations department, the first study, published August...

Generation X Surprisingly Unconcerned About Climate Change
2012-07-18 11:42:25

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The generation defined by Tupac´s “Me Against the World” and Nirvana´s “Nevermind” is still slacking when it comes to saving the environment, according to a new report by the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research. The survey of about 3,000 adults between 32 to 52 years old found that only 5 percent are "alarmed" and 18 percent are "concerned" about climate change. About two-thirds of...

2012-05-07 13:35:30

A modeling study from the European Alps suggests that population declines to be observed during the upcoming decades will probably underestimate the long-term effects of recent climate warming on mountain plants. A European team of ecologists around Stefan Dullinger from the Department of Conservation Biology, Vegetation and Landscape Ecology of the University of Vienna presents a new modeling tool to predict migration of mountain plants which explicitly takes population dynamic processes...

Americans Finally Warming Up To Climate Change
2012-04-19 04:49:07

After experiencing several years of severe weather, including extreme heat, droughts and tornadoes in unusual locations, it seems the public has finally come around to the idea of global warming. A poll released on Wednesday reveals many Americans believe the wild weather of late has been magnified due to global warming. The majority of Americans believe the weather has been getting worse, by a margin of 2 to 1. This survey is the most detailed of its kind, measuring the public´s...

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2012-03-29 11:45:45

In order to explain some of the weird weather occurring across the world over the past few years, scientists have begun to research the loss of arctic sea ice. They believe this ice is being lost due to greenhouse gases released by humans. Odd and sometimes dangerous weather phenomenon has scientists left without answers as to why these things are happening. Last year´s unusually hot summer has led into an unusually mild winter. Recently, spring seems to have sprung a bit early across...

2012-03-26 13:14:20

The past decade has been one of unprecedented weather extremes. Scientists of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in Germany argue that the high incidence of extremes is not merely accidental. From the many single events a pattern emerges. At least for extreme rainfall and heat waves the link with human-caused global warming is clear, the scientists show in a new analysis of scientific evidence in the journal Nature Climate Change. Less clear is the link between warming...

2012-01-30 09:17:43

Oceanographers have identified a series of ocean hotspots around the world generated by strengthening wind systems that have driven oceanic currents, including the East Australian Current, polewards beyond their known boundaries. The hotspots have formed alongside ocean currents that wash the east coast of the major continents and their warming proceeds at a rate far exceeding the average rate of ocean surface warming, according to an international science team whose work is published in...

2012-01-09 12:06:01

The decade from 2000 to 2009 was the warmest since global climate has been measured, and while localized studies have shown evidence of changes in mountain plant communities that reflect this warming trend, no study has yet taken a continental-scale view of the situation — until now. With the publication of "Continent-wide response of mountain vegetation to climate change," scheduled for Advance Online Publication (AOP) in Nature Climate Change on 8 January, researchers from 13...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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