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Runaway Greenhouse Planet
2013-07-30 11:42:08

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online When a planet absorbs too much solar radiation, its atmosphere reaches a tipping point - overheating, boiling its oceans and filling with steam. The result is an uninhabitable world much like Venus. This 'runaway greenhouse' phenomenon typically occurs just inside the habitable zone orbited by planets like Earth, and a new report in Nature Geoscience indicates that reaching the tipping point may be easier than previously thought....

Wildfire Climate Interactions Pose Long Term Problems
2013-05-22 10:46:39

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The US Forest Service voiced its concern on Tuesday over the atmospheric effects of wildfire emissions on climate change, saying the issue is of great importance to scientists and policymakers alike. The warnings are particularly important given recent projections of an average 50-percent increase in wildfires across the US — and over 100 percent in some areas of the West — by 2050, the Service said. The agency...

Manhattan Heat-Related Deaths Expected To Increase
2013-05-20 05:20:42

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Increasing temperatures could cause heat-related deaths in Manhattan to increase by one-fifth by the end of the decade, and nearly double before the end of the century, according to new research published in this week´s edition of the journal Nature Climate Change. In the study, scientists from the Columbia University's Earth Institute and the Mailman School of Public Health report that deaths related to global warming could...

2013-05-09 23:02:01

The Bureau of Reclamation and collaborators developed new downscaled climate projections that allow water managers to incorporate the new Coupled Model Inter-comparison Project Phase 5 data from the World Climate Research Program into their water management planning. The data, representing 234 contemporary climate projections for the contiguous United States, was downscaled to a 12 kilometer resolution in order to be more useful to water managers. Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) May 09, 2013 The...

2013-03-28 22:07:06

Urban warming effect increases scale insects on willow oaks in hotter parts of city Higher temperatures in cities can be a key driver of insect pest outbreaks on trees in urban areas, according to research published March 27 in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Emily Meineke from North Carolina State University and colleagues from other institutions. The researchers found that a scale insect that exclusively feeds on oak trees was 13 times more abundant on willow oaks in the hottest...

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2013-03-27 18:31:41

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online It has long been known that light colors can reflect heat, while dark colors can absorb heat, but it is all a matter of light. This is because light is energy and darker colors have greater absorption, thus more heat. Even light-colored materials, such as cement or concrete, can absorb heat during the day and release it at night. Because buildings are used primarily during the day, it is typically required to cool them during...

2013-02-21 16:21:39

BOULDER, Colo., Feb. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Applying its atmospheric expertise to solar energy, the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is spearheading a three-year, nationwide project to create unprecedented, 36-hour forecasts of incoming energy from the Sun for solar energy power plants. The research team is designing a prototype system to forecast sunlight and resulting power every 15 minutes over specific solar facilities, thereby enabling utilities to...

Jet Stream Affected By Big City Waste Heat
2013-01-28 04:38:32

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Large metropolitan areas could be drastically impacting the weather where you live, even if they´re hundreds of miles away, researchers from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO); the University of California, San Diego (UCSD); Florida State University (FSU); and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) claim in a new study. The researchers, who report their findings in the journal Nature Climate Change,...

2012-10-23 07:24:29

LARGO, Fla., Oct. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- GDT Tek, Inc., (OTC: GDTK) company focused on renewable and sustainable energy technologies. The company has licensed patented waste heat to electric power generation technology and is driving its adoption by power plants, landfills and other waste-heat generating industries announced today that GDT TEK, will begin offering its ORC unit that converts waste heat into electricity (the "Phoenix ORC") for sale in addition to its current business model of...

MAGIC Launches For Yearlong Climate Study
2012-10-01 16:21:46

Climate instruments mounted aboard the Horizon Spirit container ship begin taking data A Horizon Lines container ship outfitted with meteorological and atmospheric instruments installed by U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) scientists from Argonne National Laboratory and Brookhaven National Laboratory will begin taking data today for a yearlong mission aimed at improving the representation of clouds in climate models. The study, a collaborative effort between DOE´s Atmospheric Radiation...


Latest Climate forcing Reference Libraries

Urban Heat Island
2013-04-02 15:35:21

An urban heat island (UHI) is a metropolitan area that is drastically warmer than its surrounding rural areas because of human activities. The phenomenon was first looked into and described by Luke Howard during the 1810s, although he wasn’t the one to name the phenomenon. The difference in temperature is normally bigger at night as opposed to during the day, and it most obvious when winds are weak. Seasonally, UHI is seen during the summer and the winter. The key cause of the urban heat...

Incoming Solar Radiation Impacts By Various Weather Cycles
2012-07-23 11:19:47

The above image looks at the month of March for the three cycles known as Normal Phase, El-Nino, and La-Nina. The data was recorded for the city of Austin Texas. Remember this is just data for one month during these cycles. Normal: During this cycle incoming solar activity was upwards to 60% efficient for the month, producing enough solar energy that only 40% of the month would have not had strong incoming radiation. EL-Nino: This phase provided the area with an extended number of...

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