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2009-12-20 09:25:27

Most Australians believe climate change is happening now and is caused by human activity, according to preliminary results from a new national survey. Preliminary results from the survey by the UNSW City Futures Research Centre for the Australian Climate Change Adaptation Research Network for Settlements and Infrastructure (ACCARNSI) have indicated that a large majority "“ 78 per cent "“ of Australians believe climate change is happening now while a further 14 per cent expect it...

2009-12-16 12:54:09

Advises institutions on delivering climate change findings to public Tom Bowman, an expert in communicating scientific issues to the public and president of Bowman Global Change, has developed a series of graphics that translate key figures from the fourth Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report for public audiences. These new graphics provide non-experts access to the authentic scientific information they need to make informed decisions about climate change risks and...

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2009-12-15 08:34:13

When it comes to nature, timing is everything. Spring flowers depend on birds and insects for pollination. But if spring-like weather arrives earlier than usual, and flowers bloom and wither before the pollinators appear, the consequences could be devastating for both the plants and the animals that feed on them. Global warming has made the early arrival of spring commonplace across the planet, say climate scientists. Plants are blooming earlier, birds are nesting sooner and mammals are...

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2009-12-13 10:20:00

The controversy over leaked emails from climate scientists is being blamed on US business interests and partisan politics, according to a recent AFP report. This issue, dubbed "Climategate," has taken the brunt of the public's attention and seems to be derailing efforts to come up with any deal on cutting emissions. Author James Hoggan told AFP that the controversy "gives voice to dissenters at the table in Copenhagen, like Saudi Arabia and Russia." Hoggan is the author of "Climate Cover-up"...

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2009-12-08 12:35:00

The head of the World Meteorological Organization said at the UN climate talks Tuesday that the first decade of the 21st century is set to be the warmest on record. WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud told journalists that the decade 2000-2009 is very likely to be the warmest on record, warmer than the 1990s, which were in turn warmer than the 1980s. The year 2009 would also likely rank as the fifth warmest since 1850, the beginning of accurate instrumental climate records, Jarraud added....

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2009-12-02 08:55:00

If the Earth's temperature rises by a mere seven degrees, the planet would become a very hostile environment. Experts are now warning that a 7.2 F increase is indeed a likely scenario. If this occurs, oceans would rise 3.25 feet, submerging several island nations. Polar bears would be extinct in the Arctic. Australia would be regularly ravaged by fires. A huge part of the Amazon forest would be decimated. Asia's Himalayan glaciers would almost be completely melted and a fourth of the globe's...

2009-11-30 21:25:03

Since 1985, seawater temperature in Kuwait Bay, northern Arabian Gulf, has increased on average 0.6°C per decade. This is about three times faster than the global average rate reported by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Differences are due to regional and local effects. Increased temperatures are having profound effects on key habitats and on power generation the Arabian Gulf. Researcher Dr Thamer Al-Rashidi of the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, said:...

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2009-11-30 12:40:00

Following the leak of many private emails between some of the world's leading climate experts, scientists at the University of East Anglia (UEA) have admitted to losing much of the raw temperature data it had stored. The UEA's Climate Research Unit (CRU) made the revealing announcement after requests were made for the data under the Freedom of Information Act. Roger Pielke, professor of environmental studies at Colorado University, filed a request for the data. "We do not hold the original...

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2009-11-20 12:50:00

India's Environment Minister, Jairam Ramesh, on Thursday called on the rest of the world to avoid eating beef in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. "The single most important cause of (carbon) emissions is eating beef," said Ramesh, a vegetarian. "My formula is stop eating beef. This would stop the emission of methane," he added. Beef "leads to emission of methane which is 23 times more potent than carbon dioxide," he said. India is known to consume less meat than in Western nations,...

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2009-11-10 14:55:03

Scientists were outraged on Tuesday over comments made by India's environment minister, in which he denied a link between climate change and the melting Himalayan glaciers. On Monday, India Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh said he questioned the theories put forth by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and found no "conclusive scientific evidence" for a link between the melting Himalayan glaciers and global warming. "None of our glaciers under monitoring are recording...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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