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2008-01-16 11:20:54

Climatologists at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York City have found that 2007 tied with 1998 for Earth's second warmest year in a century. Goddard Institute researchers used temperature data from weather stations on land, satellite measurements of sea ice temperature since 1982 and data from ships for earlier years. The greatest warming in 2007 occurred in the Arctic, and neighboring high latitude regions. Global warming has a larger affect in polar areas, as...

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2007-09-23 18:00:00

WASHINGTON - Climate scientist Michael Mann runs down the list of bad global warming news: The world is spewing greenhouse gases at a faster rate. Summer Arctic sea ice is at record lows. The ice sheets in Greenland and West Antarctica are melting quicker than expected. Is he the doomsayer global warming skeptics have called him? Mann laughs. This Penn State University professor - and many other climate scientists - are sunny optimists. Hope blooms in the hottest of greenhouses. Climate...

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2007-09-13 18:30:00

WASHINGTON -- The government's climate change research is threatened by spending cuts that will reduce scientists' observations from space and on the ground, a study says. A major problem, the National Research Council said Thursday, is the program director's lack of authority to organize spending and research among the 13 different agencies that study the impacts of climate. Nonetheless, the report said, the U.S. Climate Change Research Program has made good progress "in documenting the...

2007-05-30 20:09:01

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An earth sciences professor at Ohio State University was named Tuesday to receive a National Medal of Science from the White House, the university announced. Lonnie Thompson, a glaciologist, received the medal for his work providing evidence of global climate change. He is one of eight researchers who will receive the award this summer during a White House ceremony. Thompson has worked for nearly three decades, leading more than 50 research expeditions to ice caps and...

2007-02-10 13:08:45

Climatologists at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York City have found that 2006 was the fifth warmest year in the past century. Other groups that study climate change also rank these years as among the warmest, though the exact rankings vary depending upon details of the analyses. Results differ especially in regions of sparse measurements, where scientists use alternative methods of estimating temperature change. Goddard Institute researchers used temperature...

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2007-01-30 18:00:00

PARIS - The Eiffel Tower's 20,000 flashing lights will go dark for five minutes Thursday evening, hours before scientists and officials unveil a long-awaited report on global warming. The darkening of the landmark in the City of Light comes at the urging of environmental activists and is timed to coincide with Friday's release of the major report warning that Earth will keep getting warmer and presenting new evidence of humanity's role in climate change. Ahead of the report by the...

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2007-01-22 16:20:00

WASHINGTON -- Human-caused global warming is here - visible in the air, water and melting ice - and is destined to get much worse in the future, an authoritative global scientific report will warn next week. "The smoking gun is definitely lying on the table as we speak," said top U.S. climate scientist Jerry Mahlman, who reviewed all 1,600 pages of the first segment of a giant four-part report. "The evidence ... is compelling." The first phase of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change...

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2007-01-11 00:35:00

MAMMOTH LAKES, Calif. -- The effects of global warming are being felt around the world and unless international efforts are launched within the next 10 years species will disappear and the earth will be a vastly less habitable planet by the end of the century, according to NASA scientist James E. Hansen. "Global warming is already starting, and there's going to be more of it. I think there is still time to deal with global warming, but we need to act soon. Humans now control global climate,...

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2006-11-10 09:18:35

NAIROBI, Kenya - The world's oceans are becoming more acidic, which poses a threat to sea life and Earth's fragile food chain, a climate expert said Thursday. Oceans have already absorbed a third of the world's emissions of carbon dioxide, one of the heat-trapping gases blamed for global warming, leading to acidification that prevents vital sea life from forming properly. "The oceans are rapidly changing," said professor Stefan Rahmstorf on the sidelines of a U.N. conference on climate change...

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2006-11-02 03:55:00

By JOHN HEILPRIN, Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON - Two federal agencies are investigating whether the Bush administration tried to block government scientists from speaking freely about global warming and censor their research, a senator said Wednesday. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (news, bio, voting record), D-N.J., said he was informed that the inspectors general for the        Commerce Department and        NASA had begun...