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Wave Patterns In The Atmosphere Help Explain Weather Extremes
2013-02-26 11:51:00

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In recent years, the world has suffered from severe regional weather extremes such as the heat wave in the US in 2011, or the one in Russia in 2010 that coincided with the unprecedented Pakistan flood. There is one common physical cause behind these individual events, according to a new study from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research [PIK]. The findings of the study, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of...

Relationship Explored Between Climate Change And Severe Weather
2013-02-15 18:38:27

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online This morning, Donald Wuebbles, a professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, presented his talk, “Severe Weather in the United States Under a Changing Climate”, at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Boston. Wuebbles drew his inspiration for his talk not only on the data showing a lopsided representation of record high...

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...

United States May See Extreme Changes In Climate Within 50 Years
2012-12-18 07:14:49

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online With the recent history of extreme droughts and super storms, many are wondering what the future holds for the climate of the eastern United States. New research from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has taken the guesswork out of it. The results of this study, published in a recent issue of Environmental Research Letters, show that the region will be hotter and wetter in the future. The research team consisting of Joshua...

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2012-07-12 16:04:05

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While a new study warned about the increasing odds of heat waves sweeping the earth, it also suggested the controversial nature and political undertones of climate studies. The study, led by National Oceanographic and Atmospheric (NOAA) scientists and issued in coordination with the U.K. Met (Meterology) Office, said that global warming made the 2011 Texas heat waves from March through August 20 times as likely as they would have been...

Extreme Weather Tied To Global Warming
2012-07-11 09:48:16

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Global warming could be leading to extreme weather events in several areas around the world, but in some areas scientists have not been able to find any link between the two at all, according to new analyses released Tuesday. Record heat waves in the UK, extreme flooding in Russia, and record drought in Texas, may have been the result of climate change, yet researchers are stopping short of blaming any single event on global...

2012-07-05 10:31:31

A study carried out by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland indicates that extreme weather conditions cost EU transport system at least 15 billion a year. Currently, the greatest costs incurred are from road accidents, with the associated material damage and psychological suffering. However, costs arising from accidents are expected to decrease in volume, though time-related costs attributable to delays are projected to increase. In part, this is due to climate change, whose impact on...

Americans Finally Warming Up To Climate Change
2012-04-19 04:49:07

After experiencing several years of severe weather, including extreme heat, droughts and tornadoes in unusual locations, it seems the public has finally come around to the idea of global warming. A poll released on Wednesday reveals many Americans believe the wild weather of late has been magnified due to global warming. The majority of Americans believe the weather has been getting worse, by a margin of 2 to 1. This survey is the most detailed of its kind, measuring the public´s...


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