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2008-12-12 12:19:52

Government researchers said on Thursday that climate changes caused by greenhouse gases are warming the United States. "The continent as a whole is warming, mostly as a result of the energy sources we are using," William J. Brennan, acting administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said at a briefing on the nation's climate since 1951. However, there is a "warming hole" where no change occurred in the center of the country, roughly between the Rocky Mountains and...

2008-11-25 12:17:07

The first comprehensive reconstruction of an extreme warm period shows the sensitivity of the climate system to changes in carbon dioxide (CO2) levels as well as the strong influence of ocean temperatures, heat transport from equatorial regions, and greenhouse gases on Earth's temperature. New data allow for more accurate predictions of future climate and improved understanding of today's warming. Past warm periods provide real data on climate change and are natural laboratories for...

2008-11-12 15:00:13

Dr. Michael Oppenheimer, Princeton University professor and a leading scholar on global warming, will discuss "Dangerous Anthropogenic Interference: The Latest Insights" at World Wildlife Fund on Thursday, November 13, 2008 at 4:30 p.m. The lecture is part of the Kathryn Fuller Science for Nature Seminar series, which brings distinguished scientists from a variety of fields to Washington, D.C. to present cutting edge research of central importance to international conservation. In answer...

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2008-10-23 10:55:05

Some 2,000 scientists contributed to the Nobel Peace Prize-winning IPCC report on global warming. Next week, the local contingent will be honored. On the wall of Professor Kirk Smith's office in the School of Public Health hangs an embossed certificate honoring his contributions to the United Nations' Nobel Peace Prize-winning climate-change organization. Because of his groundbreaking work on the deleterious health effects of air pollution caused by indoor cooking and heating fuels around the...

2008-09-20 12:00:41

By Joe Napsha A Pittsburgh professor and an Alcoa Inc. engineer have shared in a rare honor -- winning a small piece of the Nobel Peace Prize. Alcoa chemical engineer Kenneth Martchek and Carnegie Mellon University professor Edward Rubin were honored by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for their contributions on man-made climate change issues. They are among hundreds of scientists over some 20 years who have created a body of work that the Norwegian Nobel...

2008-09-13 00:00:25

Alcoa Inc. said Thursday that Ken Martchek, manager for environment and sustainability at its North Side corporate center, was one of four employees who were recognized recently by the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change as playing a role in the organization winning a share of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. The intergovernmental panel, based in Switzerland, said the four contributed to the award as lead authors of guidelines nations use to report greenhouse emissions...

2008-09-11 15:00:29

Alcoa announced today that four of its employees played a part in the United Nations Organization's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) win of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. The IPCC, based in Switzerland, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change. The IPCC jointly shared the prize with former U.S. Vice...

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2008-09-02 09:15:00

A new study suggests the controversial 1998 "hockey stick" graph was correct. A team led by Michael Mann analyzed 2,000 years worth of data. They found Northern Hemisphere temperatures are now "anomalously warm". The report was published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The 1998 hockey stick was a series of discussions over man-made global warming. The graph was featured prominently in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) 2001 assessment. The graph reveals...

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2008-08-21 10:30:00

The crusade against global warming continues this week in Ghana as negotiators meet to talk about encouraging developing nations to join the fight. The world's poorest countries are more worried about providing food than the uncertain long-term effects of climate change. The weeklong U.N. climate conference starts Thursday.  Around 1,600 delegates and environmental experts from more than 150 countries will work towards an agreement to regulate emissions of greenhouse gases. Scientists...

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2008-08-13 15:35:00

The prospect of climate change sparking food and water shortages in the Middle East is less likely than previously thought, with new research by an Australian climate scientist suggesting that rainfall will be significantly higher in key parts of the region. Recent projections from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) raised fears that storm activity in the eastern Mediterranean would decline this century if global warming continues on present trends. In turn, that would have...


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