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2010-06-06 07:23:08

Vegetation around the world is on the move, and climate change is the culprit, according to a new analysis of global vegetation shifts led by a University of California, Berkeley, ecologist in collaboration with researchers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service. In a paper published today in the journal Global Ecology and Biogeography, researchers present evidence that over the past century, vegetation has been gradually moving toward the poles and up mountain slopes, where...

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2010-05-14 10:50:00

The head of the United Nation's climate change panel defended its case against an academic council charged with reviewing its research methods after a string of challenges to its findings. Rajendra Pachauri, a chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), said there was an error made when warning that the Himalayan glaciers could melt by 2035.  However, he said there was some value to the findings. "Alright, there was this error, but there is a whole lot of valid...

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2010-05-02 07:57:56

NSF-supported climate scientist Mark Flanner and colleagues find differences in the rates for spring warming and snow cover decline in Eurasia and North America, and are studying whether aerosols are a key factor Over the past 30 years, springtime snow melt and warming appear to be proceeding at a faster rate in Eurasia than in North America. Climate scientist Mark Flanner, an assistant professor at the University of Michigan and a recent Advanced Study Program graduate at the National...

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2010-03-12 10:02:49

They may be more tolerant of droughts than previously thought A new NASA-funded study has concluded that Amazon rain forests were remarkably unaffected in the face of once-in-a-century drought in 2005, neither dying nor thriving, contrary to a previously published report and claims by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. "We found no big differences in the greenness level of these forests between drought and non-drought years, which suggests that these forests may be more tolerant...

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2010-03-10 10:05:00

The struggling Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has given an outside science group complete control to review its rules, procedures and reports on global warming. The InterAcademy Council, a Netherlands-based organization of the science academies of 15 nations, will undertake the task of reviewing the IPCC's reports by independently choosing reviewers, a scientist close to the situation, who asked not to be named, told the Associated Press (AP). The IPCC has had several troubling...

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2010-03-08 13:06:55

The International Monetary Fund, an organization that does not normally propose environmental policies, is proposing a plan for the world's governments to work together to raise money needed for climate change research. IMF's Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn told the Associated Press (AP) they are concerned about how much money is needed and the effect that it will have on the global economy. He said the proposal could help efforts to come to an agreement on climate change later this...

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2010-03-07 09:55:00

The UK Met office says that it is becoming clearer that human activities are causing climate change. The office says that the evidence is stronger now than when the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change carried out its last assessment in 2007. The review has assessed 110 research papers on the subject. The analysis, which was published in the Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews Climate Change Journal, said the Earth is changing rapidly, most likely due to greenhouse gases. The IPPC's report...

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2010-02-25 13:20:00

Climate scientists said on Thursday that the pace of global warming continues unabated, despite images of Europe crippled by a deep freeze and parts of the United States blasted by blizzards, Reuters reported. Some have been led to question if global warming has stalled, due to the bitter cold, with more intense winter weather forecast for March in parts of the United States. Experts say estimating consumption of energy supplies, such as demand for winter heating oil in the U.S. northeast,...

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2010-02-22 15:45:00

A 2009 claim that sea levels would rise up to 32 inches by the end of the century, is being retracted, as the original report's author says the real estimate is still not known. Scientists have discovered mistakes that undermine the projected sea level increase that would be affected by global warming. The study, published in the journal Nature Geoscience, confirmed the conclusions of a 2007 report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The 2009 study collected data from the...

2010-02-17 09:30:00

Blockbuster disclosures of IPCC flawed information - more Congressmen join legal action ATLANTA and WASHINGTON, Feb. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following on the heels of last week's Petition for Judicial Review filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and the December 23, 2009 filing of a 28-page Petition for Reconsideration with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Southeastern Legal Foundation (SLF) today filed an important Third Amendment to the...


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