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2012-11-08 00:45:21

MIT researchers develop tool to assess regional risks of climate change, potential impacts on local infrastructure and planning. Climate scientists cannot attribute any single weather event – whether a drought, wildfire or extreme storm – to climate change. But extreme events, such as Hurricane Sandy, are glimpses of the types of occurrences the world could be more vulnerable to in the future. As the devastation left by Sandy continues to reverberate, decision-makers at every...

What Triggered Earth's Last Big Freeze
2012-11-06 09:53:08

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Climate scientists have long debated whether floodwaters from melting of the Laurentide Ice Sheet flowed northwest into the Arctic first, or east via the Gulf of St. Lawrence to weaken ocean thermohaline circulation and have a frigid effect on global climate. This debate concerning the melt, which ushered in the last major cold episode about 12,900 years ago, has been raging for about 30 years. A research team from the University of...

Sea Levels Rising Fast
2012-11-02 08:28:50

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Global warming is causing sea levels to rise faster than previously expected and geologist Bill Hay from the University of Colorado Boulder has a theory to explain why. The most recent IPCC report released in 2007 projected a global sea level rise between 0.2 and 0.5 meters by 2100, but current sea level measurements meet or exceed the high end of that range. This suggests a rise of one meter or more by the end of the century....

Future Rainfall Uncertain In South Pacific
2012-10-29 04:17:59

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Two different competing climatic effects -- increasing temperatures and changes in atmospheric water transport -- will determine how much (or how little) rainfall the South Pacific islands will receive in the future, claims a new study published in Sunday's online issue of the journal Nature Climate Change. According to the study, which was written by Matthew Widlansky and Axel Timmermann of the International Pacific Research...

Solar Geoengineering Methods Should Be Targeted
2012-10-22 09:40:50

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Sometimes, the best solution to a problem is the easiest one. The real difficulty lies in the application of said solution. Take, for instance, the issue of global warming and greenhouse gasses. The simplest solution to these matters is to somehow block some of the sun´s harmful rays from the Earth, bringing the temperature down and, ideally, stop the melting of the polar ice caps and other effects of global warming. The...

Ocean Acoustics Changing
2012-10-19 14:07:43

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Along with negatively impacting marine life and global climate change, the acidification of the Earth´s oceans could have the unintended side effect of changing the acoustics beneath the water´s surface. New research suggests that a future, more acidic ocean would resemble the one that existed around 110 million years ago, when dinosaurs still roamed both the land and sea. Climatologists have been raising concerns in recent...

Geoengineering Iron Dump Raises Concerns
2012-10-17 20:00:28

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online In a plot that could have been yanked from the script of the upcoming James Bond film, American entrepreneur Russ George has released over 100 tons of iron sulphate into the Pacific Ocean in an attempt to foster a massive plankton bloom that would capture carbon dioxide and sink to the bottom of the ocean, thereby effecting climate change–U.K. news organization The Guardian has reported. Besides having a potential impact on...

2012-10-17 11:55:56

Scientists argue for adaption policies Governments and institutions should focus on developing adaption policies to address and mitigate against the negative impact of global warming, rather than putting the emphasis on carbon trading and capping greenhouse-gas emissions, argue Johannesburg-based Wits University geoscientist Dr Jasper Knight and Dr Stephan Harrison from the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom. "At present, governments' attempts to limit greenhouse-gas emissions...

Europe’s Wet Summers Blamed On Atlantic Ocean Warming
2012-10-08 09:36:10

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online It has been long known that ocean temperatures play a significant role in influencing weather patterns around the world. Therefore, it is no surprise that a recent barrage of wet summers that have plagued northern Europe is being blamed on substantial warming of the North Atlantic Ocean through the late 1990s. A new study carried out by researchers at University of Reading, Berkshire, and published in the journal Nature...


Latest Effects of global warming Reference Libraries

Climate Change
2013-04-01 11:05:27

Climate change is a substantial and lasting change in the statistical distribution of weather patterns over periods of time ranging from decades to millions of years. It might be a change in the average weather conditions, or in the distribution of weather around the average conditions. Climate change is a result of factors that include oceanic processes, biotic processes, variations in solar radiation received buy Earth, volcanic eruptions, and plate tectonics, and human induced alterations...

Current Sea Level Rise
2013-04-01 10:39:21

The sea levels all around the world are rising. Current sea-level rise has the potential to affect human populations and the natural environment. Two key factors have contributed to the observed sea level rise. The first is thermal expansion: as the ocean water warms, it expands. The second is from the influence of land-based ice because of increased melting. The major store of water on land is found in the glaciers and the ice sheets. The rising of sea levels is one of several lines of...

Weather Reference Library
2012-07-19 19:12:29

If you live Honolulu Hawaii or the surrounding low elevation area’s this is what you can roughly expect to see with impacts of the three features below when it comes to your heating and cooling budget. The above graph shows the situations that occurred during previous phases of all three events such as normal conditions along with EL-Nino and La-Nina. During a normal cycle it is easy to see that the cooling degree days during March were around 355.5 days. During the same month of March...

Weather Reference Library
2012-06-18 22:12:26

El-Nino is marked with having warmer waters in the Pacific Ocean, so how can it have impacts on Austin Texas. This is a look at what occurred during an EL-Nino event as we evaluate three months of the cycle. January 2012- March 2012 La-Nina Impacts on Austin TX Climate January 2012 Normal temperatures for the month are usually around 40-60F. Examining what occurred during the month of January during an EL-Nino event the temps where average 40% of the month. While, 21% of the month...

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