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Researchers Find Cooling Effect In Warming Arctic lakes
2014-08-07 03:47:42

University of Minnesota Scientists have known for a while that warming global temperatures are causing Arctic lakes to release methane, a potent greenhouse gas that leads to even more warming. In a new study published in the journal Nature, a team of researchers including U of M researcher Jacques Finlay, found that Siberian lakes have actually pulled more greenhouse gasses from the atmosphere than they have released into it since the last Ice Age, causing an overall slight cooling...

2014-08-04 16:20:42

HAMPTON, Va., Aug. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Tuesday, Aug. 5 at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, atmospheric scientist Norman Loeb will present "The Recent Pause in Global Warming: A Temporary Blip or Something More Permanent?" at 2 p.m. in the Reid Conference Center. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Loeb's presentation will provide a summary on recent research related to a slow-down in surface warming referred to as the "Global...

2014-08-01 10:38:59

Stanford School of Engineering New study quantifies the degree of contribution to global climate caused by slash-and-burn agriculture and wildfires, and finds bigger than expected impact It has long been known that biomass burning – burning forests to create agricultural lands, burning savannah as a ritual , slash-and-burn agriculture and wildfires – figures into both climate change and public health. But until the release of a new study by Stanford University Civil and...

2014-07-30 12:21:21

-- Company's 2013 "Committed to More" Sustainability Report Highlights Energy, Efficiency and Humanitarian Achievements -- More Commitment to Transparency by Becoming One of First U.S. Companies to Adopt New Comprehensive Level of Sustainability Reporting -- More Reductions as absolute carbon emissions decrease 1.5% -- More Lower-Emission Vehicles Hitting the Road as fleet logged 55 million miles and avoided the use of 5.8 million gallons of...

2014-07-28 10:19:39

Oregon State University Scientists have long been concerned that global warming may push Earth's climate system across a "tipping point," where rapid melting of ice and further warming may become irreversible -- a hotly debated scenario with an unclear picture of what this point of no return may look like. A newly published study by researchers at Oregon State University probed the geologic past to understand mechanisms of abrupt climate change. The study pinpoints the emergence of...

Pause In Global Warming Reflects Natural Fluctuation
2014-07-24 03:38:04

McGill University Statistical analysis of average global temperatures between 1998 and 2013 shows that the slowdown in global warming during this period is consistent with natural variations in temperature, according to research by McGill University physics professor Shaun Lovejoy. In a paper published this month in Geophysical Research Letters, Lovejoy concludes that a natural cooling fluctuation during this period largely masked the warming effects of a continued increase in man-made...

2014-07-23 12:26:26

Planting trees as part of its green initiative, ReviMedia looks to offset its GHG emissions NEW YORK, July 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Lead generation powerhouse ReviMedia announced today a new corporate responsibility program to offset its greenhouse gas emissions by planting 3,500 trees in the deforested region of Veraguas, Panama. Over the last 2 years, ReviMedia's team has planted over 5,000 trees in an effort to reduce its impact on the environment as a business, and to raise...

heatwave
2014-07-23 07:33:52

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The month of June set a new all-time heat record with an average global temperature of 61.2 degrees – five percent higher than the old record, which was set in 2010, officials from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced on Monday. According to CBS and Associated Press (AP) reports, last month’s average global temperature was 1.3 degrees higher than the 20th century average. In addition, ocean...

cows impact climate
2014-07-23 04:49:26

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online For many people, nothing beats eating a good burger or steak, but two recently-published studies caution that those carnivorous culinary habits could have a significant impact on the environment and contribute to climate change. In the first study, researchers from the Carnegie Institution for Science and the University of Siena in Italy reported in the journal Climatic Change that greenhouse gas emissions of livestock are on the...

2014-07-22 12:21:11

Airline offers customized emissions reporting program and carbon offset options for large-scale corporate shippers CHICAGO, July 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines today announced the launch of CarbonChoice(SM), a new business tool for corporate cargo customers to easily track and offset the emissions associated with their air freight accounts. Cargo customers with large-scale, regular shipments on United can receive customized emissions reports with simple options to offset...


Latest Climatology 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...

Impact Of Growing Degree Days For Baltimore In March
2013-01-13 08:26:45

Growing Degree Days are another huge part of our lives even though we may not deal with them directly. Growing degree days have to deal with the growing of fruits and vegetables along with other various crops that are grown throughout the United States for our personal use. As we examine the Baltimore Maryland area we can see how the impacts of a normal, El-Nino and La-Nina cycle have an impact on just the one month of March. These numbers are based on 50F which is the base number used for...

Climate Impact On Your Budget For Bismarck, North Dakota
2012-09-18 13:29:03

If you live in or around Bismarck North Dakota the graph shows you what you can roughly expect when it comes to heating and cooling your house during the ENSO Phases. Bismarck North Dakota, with its northern latitude, does have an impact on what type of heating and cooling it sees. During an Normal Phase the HDD for the region hits about 1348 on average. When the region enters into an El-Nino they can expect the amount of HDD’s to decrease to around 970 which really helps cut down on the...

ENSO Effects On Ocean Waters
2012-09-14 11:46:45

The above graph highlights how the ENSO has an impact on water temps. Northern Gulf of Mexico during EL-Nino: The first part of March during this EL-Nino cycle saw water temps in the 56-60F range, while the 8-14th saw water temps warm to the 60-64F range. By the third week of March temps had maintained 60-64F. The last week of March the temps dropped back to around 56-60F. Northern Gulf of Mexico during LA-Nina: The first week of March saw water temps approach the 70-72F range, by the...

Weather Reference Library
2012-09-03 15:50:59

Honolulu is located in the Pacific Ocean and has a mostly marine time climate. Honolulu has a pretty consistent temperature average from month to month. This is a look at the La-Nina impacts on the local area. January 2010: For the month of January it is typical to see average high temps in the 80’s while overnight lows drop into the 70’s. During the El-Nino event January temps were 60% of the month at the normal, while 40% of the month was marked with above temps and 0% of the month...

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Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'