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UN Report Climate Change Man Made
2013-08-19 09:50:41

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new report from a United Nations panel on climate change scales back some previous predictions but still states humans are responsible for global warming with more certainty than ever, according to a version of the draft acquired by Reuters. The upcoming report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the primary reference guide for governments considering energy, coastal infrastructure and agricultural policies....

Manhattan Heat-Related Deaths Expected To Increase
2013-05-20 05:20:42

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Increasing temperatures could cause heat-related deaths in Manhattan to increase by one-fifth by the end of the decade, and nearly double before the end of the century, according to new research published in this week´s edition of the journal Nature Climate Change. In the study, scientists from the Columbia University's Earth Institute and the Mailman School of Public Health report that deaths related to global warming could...

Climate Change Needed More Than Ever In The Face Of Melting Glaciers
2013-05-14 15:34:35

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Our world is shrinking, or at least the icy parts of it are. And new studies only pile on to the growing evidence of how climate change is altering the shape of this planet. Scientists presented findings at the Meeting of the Americas in Cancún, Mexico about how the snow and ice covering Mount Everest is retreating. Glaciers on the mountain have shrunk by 13 percent in the last 50 years and the snow line has shifted...

UN Report Highlights Disturbing Signs Of Climate Change
2013-05-03 09:57:53

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The United Nations´ official weather agency, the World Meteorological Organization,“¯has announced that last year saw record-low levels of Arctic sea ice — yet another troubling sign of changing global climate patterns. The WMO also found that 2012 was the ninth-warmest year since official records started in the 1850s, according to a report released by the organization on Thursday. It also stated that every year...

Plants Are Natural Air Conditioners
2013-04-29 10:10:18

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online It has long been understood that plants are able to mitigate the forces of climate change by absorbing carbon dioxide from the air. However, a new study adds another dimension to the role played by plants in curbing global warming by showing that they also“¯emit gases that assist in cloud formation and atmospheric cooling. According to the study, which was recently published in the journal“¯Nature...

Microorganisms In Sea Spray Alter Ability Of Ocean To Seed Clouds
2013-04-23 11:09:06

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The ability of sea spray to form clouds over the ocean is influenced by ocean biology which alters the chemical composition of the spray. A team of scientists from the University of California, San Diego, is using a new approach to study tiny atmospheric particles called aerosols. These aerosols can influence climate by absorbing or reflecting sunlight and seeding clouds. "After many decades of attempting to understand how the ocean...

Natural Climate Swings Contribute More To Increased Monsoon Rainfall
2013-03-21 10:52:49

University of Hawaii “‘ SOEST Natural swings in the climate have significantly intensified Northern Hemisphere monsoon rainfall, showing that these swings must be taken into account for climate predictions in the coming decades. The findings are published in the March 18 online publication of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Monsoon rainfall in the Northern Hemisphere impacts about 60% of the World population in Southeast Asia, West Africa and North...

Study Highlights Complex Interplay Between Global Warming And Rainfall
2013-01-31 09:51:24

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An international group of scientists has shown that global warming from greenhouse gases affects global rainfall patterns differently than global warming from solar heating. Using computer model simulations, the research team showed that global rainfall has increased less over the present-day warming period than during the Medieval Warm Period between 950 and 1250 AD despite the fact that temperatures today are higher than...

Global Warming May Not Be Quite As Bad As Feared
2013-01-25 13:39:58

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New estimates from a Norwegian research project show that policymakers attempting to contain global warming at less than 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit have an attainable target. While most news that comes out about global warming is typically negative and ominous, this study has put a slightly more positive twist on the unfolding story of climate change. “These results are truly sensational,” said Caroline Leck of Stockholm...

Great Lakes, Midwest To Feel The Effects Of Global Warming
2013-01-19 05:49:50

[ Watch the Video: What is Global Warming ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Because of global warming, heat waves will become harsher and intense rainstorms will become more common in the US Midwest over the next couple of decades, claims a new report released by the federal government last week. The Midwest chapter of the over 1,100 page National Climate Assessment also revealed that the region would be subject to degrading air and water quality, an...