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2009-09-25 10:44:42

The Earth's temperature is projected to increase 6 degrees by the end of the century even if global greenhouse gas emissions are reduced, says a United Nations press release. Scientists reviewed emission proposals from 192 countries and calculated future global warming. The projections account for 80% of pollution reductions globally by 2050. Carbon dioxide is the main cause of global warming. The world's temperature has increased 1.4 degrees since the 19th century.  The majority of...

2009-09-16 10:22:21

So you're a manufacturer about to introduce a new consumer product to the marketplace. Will that product or the manufacture of the product contribute to global warming through the greenhouse effect? Until now, there was no clear way to answer that question. Scientists are reporting development of a new method for screening molecules and predicting how certain materials, ranging from chemicals used in carpeting to electronics, will contribute to global warming. Their study is scheduled for the...

2009-09-03 14:39:14

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at a Swiss conference a global warming pact should be finalized in the face of ongoing climate change. Appearing at the World Climate Conference in Geneva, Ban told assembled officials Thursday he witnessed firsthand the melting of glaciers due to climate change during a recent visit to the Arctic, a U.N. release reported. It has been said that the Arctic is our barometer -- the canary in the coal mine. But it is much more than that. Changes...

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2009-08-31 13:10:00

Officials from the United Nations met on Monday to discuss setting up a worldwide weather surveillance system that would see all nations receiving earlier and more accurate warnings about hurricanes, droughts and floods, the Associated Press reported. The weeklong meeting in Geneva attracted around 1,500 officials, diplomats and scientists interested in helping the world better adapt to climate change. Some 15 heads of state, including those from Cameroon, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Slovenia,...

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2009-08-25 14:35:00

The UN's top climate scientist says he supports ambitious goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In an interview with AFP, Rajendra Pachauri, Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), said that his position does not allow him to make recommendations. "But as a human being I am fully supportive of that goal. What is happening, and what is likely to happen, convinces me that the world must be really ambitious and very determined at moving toward a 350 target," he...

2009-08-19 09:30:00

Targeted investments in climate science could lead to major benefits in reducing the costs of adapting to a changing climate, according to new research published by scientists from the UK's National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS). Published in the scientific journal, the Bulletin for the American Meteorological Society, the study shows that investments made now, can lead to as much as 10-20% improvement in climate predictions for the UK and Europe in the coming decades, and up to 20%...

2009-07-27 09:26:55

Fossil coral data and temperature records derived from ice-core measurements have been used to place better constraints on future sea level rise, and to test sea level projections.The results are published today in Nature Geoscience and predict that the amount of sea level rise by the end of this century will be between 7- 82 cm "“ depending on the amount of warming that occurs "“ a figure similar to that projected by the IPCC report of 2007.Placing limits on the amount of sea...

2009-07-07 08:26:27

Suffering among the world's poorest people due to climate change is intensifying the need to find ways of adapting to warmer temperatures and potentially more droughts, floods and sea level rise, a University of Arizona professor wrote in a new report by the organization Oxfam International."Because the effects of climate change have unequal impacts, there is a clear need for strategies and funds for adaptation," Diana Liverman wrote in the foreword to Oxfam's July 6 report, "Suffering the...

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2009-06-19 05:35:00

The US is already experiencing extreme weather, drought and heavy rainfall as a result of human-induced climate change, and the changes are likely to continue into the future, leading climate scientists reported on Wednesday. The report "Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States" forecasts hotter, drier conditions, resulting in "significant effects on the environment, agriculture and health" for the southwest region, according to experts from 13 US government science agencies,...

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2009-05-01 11:25:00

In a new report from the National Science Foundation, researchers outline signs of global warming discovered "from the icy expanses of the polar regions of Earth to its equatorial ecosystems." The 114-page report titled "Solving the Puzzle: Researching the Impacts of Climate Change Around the World," addresses key research findings from the Earth elements of sky, sea, ice, land, life and people. "Climate is a fundamental factor in ecosystem health," researchers wrote. "While most species can...


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