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2014-04-14 10:45:48

New report describes climate change risks for northern Michigan forests In the last 100 years, Michigan has become warmer, with more rain coming through heavy downpours. Climate models suggest that the state will continue to warm and variability in precipitation patterns will increase, which will have consequences for the state’s forests. A new U.S. Forest Service report describes the potential risks and opportunities of climate change for forests in the eastern Upper Peninsula and...

IPCC Update Will Highlight Extreme Dangers Of Unchecked Climate Change
2014-03-25 09:18:17

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A body of the UN is set to deliver an update on the impacts of climate change, an update that highlights the growing dangers of global warming if no actions are taken to reverse its effects. Ahead of the upcoming IPCC report, due out on March 31, 2014, scientists and government representatives are meeting in Yokohama, Japan this week to work out the details of a 29-page summary that will be part of the first new IPCC update in...

Maps Reveal Expected Redistribution Of Global Species Due To Climate Change
2014-02-11 17:06:51

University of California, Santa Barbara An international team of scientists tracks how fast and in which direction local climates — and species — have shifted As climate change unfolds over the next century, plants and animals will need to adapt or shift locations to follow their ideal climate. A new study provides an innovative global map of where species are likely to succeed or fail in keeping up with a changing climate. The findings appear in the science journal Nature. As...

2013-11-20 17:40:07

Maximizing returns on financial investments depends on accurately understanding and effectively accounting for weather and climate risks, according to a new study by the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Policy Program. The study also found that weather events create and exacerbate risks to financial investments by causing 1) direct physical impacts on the investments themselves, 2) degradation of critical supporting infrastructure, 3) changes in the availability of key resources, 4)...

Summer Heat Extremes Will Quadruple In Intensity By 2040
2013-08-15 08:17:59

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Extreme heat waves, such as the one that blanketed the US last year and baked Russia in 2010, are expected to continue, becoming much more frequent and widespread in the coming years. Within three decades, extreme heat waves could triple to quadruple in intensity, in frequency and in area regardless of the amount of carbon dioxide we try to keep out of the atmosphere. Just 20 years ago heat waves were few and far between. But as...

Estuaries Feeling The Effects Of Climate Change
2013-08-08 04:36:02

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Ocean Service reveals the nation's 28 National Estuarine Research Reserves (NERR) are experiencing the negative effects of human and climate-related stressors. The NERR System serves as a network of "living laboratories" around the country. Each represents a unique biogeographically diverse coastal ecosystem. The national study, Climate...

2013-07-26 18:42:17

Diverse approaches and techniques may be the key to revealing the complex relationships between plants and wide-scale biological changes Recently, climate change, including global warming, has been a "hot" news item as many regions of the world have experienced increasingly intense weather patterns, such as powerful hurricanes and extended floods or droughts. Often the emphasis is on how such extreme weather impacts humans, from daily heat index warnings to regulating CO2 emissions. While...

Causes Of A Rapid Warming In The Upper Subtropical Oceans Of The Southern Hemisphere Identified
2013-07-23 13:04:07

CSIRO They partly attribute the observed warming, and preceding cooling trends to ocean circulation changes induced by global greenhouse gas emissions and aerosols predominantly generated in the Northern Hemisphere from human activity. The research, by scientists from CSIRO and the University of NSW, was published today in Scientific Reports. Mr Tim Cowan, lead author of the study, says his group was initially interested in the three decade long cooling below the surface of the...

2013-05-16 12:40:10

People with negative feelings toward climate change seek out more information, study finds Sixty-two percent of Americans now say they believe that global warming is happening, but 46 percent say they are “very sure” or “extremely sure” that it is not. Only 49 percent know why it is occurring, and about as many say they´re not worried about it, according to the April report of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication. Because information about...

2013-02-11 16:24:57

Scientists identify security risks from climate change, and recommend investments in monitoring and forecasting to prepare for growing threats Increasingly frequent extreme weather events such as droughts, floods, severe storms, and heat waves have focused the attention of climate scientists on the connections between greenhouse warming and extreme weather. Because of the potential threat to U.S. national security, a new study was conducted to explore the forces driving extreme weather...