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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...

American Way Of Life Affected By Climate Change
2013-01-13 08:43:16

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports — Your Universe Online A 1,000-plus page draft report compiled by US government scientists warns global warming is already having a notable impact on the day-to-day lives of Americans, disrupting their health and their homes, among other things, various media outlets reported on Saturday. According to AP Science Writer Seth Borenstein, the 1,146-page National Climate Assessment, which was commissioned by the federal government, “details in...

New Model Assesses Extent Of Sea Level Rise By 2100
2013-01-07 09:01:17

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Two professors with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have taken on a new approach to assess future sea level rise due to the world´s melting ice sheets. Their study, published this week in Nature Climate Change, is the first of its kind to use structured expert elicitation (EE) along with an approach that mathematically pools other experts´ opinions to gain a clear picture on ice sheet melting....

IPCC Climate Report Leaked Online
2012-12-17 05:46:39

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online An early draft of the forthcoming Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has been leaked online by an environmental blogger, despite requests from the UN-body that the contents of the document remain sealed until their official release in 2014. According to Science Recorder reporter Jessica Lear, part of the report was published online by Alec Rawls, a global warming skeptic who created the blog Stop Green Suicide....

2012-11-30 20:58:51

Climate scientists are still grappling with one of the main questions of modern times: how high will global temperatures rise if the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide doubles. Many researchers are now turning to the past because it holds clues to how nature reacted to climate change before the anthropogenic impact. The divergent results of this research, however, have made it difficult to make precise predictions about the impact of increased carbon dioxide on future warming. An...


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  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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