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2009-12-14 15:57:00

WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Black soot deposited on Tibetan glaciers has contributed significantly to the retreat of the world's largest non-polar ice masses, according to new research by scientists from NASA and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Soot absorbs incoming solar radiation and can speed glacial melting when deposited on snow in sufficient quantities. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Temperatures on the Tibetan Plateau --...

2009-12-10 12:30:00

WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As President Obama prepares to travel to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, 14 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have sent a letter urging the President to seek agreement with world leaders on the need to reduce the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to 350 parts per million. Climate scientists, led by Dr. James Hansen of NASA's Goddard Space Institute, warn that global temperatures will rise to...

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2009-12-05 08:10:00

According to a panel of government scientists, the fact that average annual temperatures in certain regions of North America did not decline last year does not necessarily mean that global warming is abating. In a report released a few days ahead of President Obama's trip to the U.N. climate-change conference in Copenhagen, researchers attempted to counter arguments from global warming skeptics who say that falling temperatures throughout North America have called into question some of the...

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2009-12-03 12:45:00

A NASA climate expert sparked controversy on Thursday when he said that he hoped international climate talks in Copenhagen this month would fail. In an interview with the UK's Guardian, James Hansen, Director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, said it would be better for Copenhagen talks to fail in their effort to create an international legally binding agreement to cut greenhouse emissions. "I would rather it not happen if people accept that as being the right track because it's...

2009-10-22 15:24:35

Soot, ozone and methane need attention to deal with near term impacts on climate When world leaders meet in Copenhagen in December to hash out a treaty limiting carbon dioxide emissions, they should begin planning a future summit to address other pollutants "“ from soot to ozone "“ that don't remain in the atmosphere as long as carbon dioxide, but nevertheless are major contributors to global warming. That is the view of University of California, Berkeley, researcher Stacy C....

2009-09-30 12:23:00

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Boxer-Kerry bill introduced Wednesday will not reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to levels that will avert catastrophic climate change, said the Price Carbon Campaign, a coalition seeking a steadily-increasing revenue-neutral tax on carbon emissions as the best means to achieve a sustainable climate. A report from the United Nations Environment Program last week indicated that global temperatures could climb more than 6 degrees...

2009-06-26 13:14:00

Global Warming Bill Would Kill Jobs, Slow Economy CHARLESTON, W.V., June 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Friday, June 19th, 2009, Massey Energy Chairman and CEO Don L. Blankenship invited Dr. James Hansen to participate in an open discussion about global warming and the economy in West Virginia. While Dr. Hansen was unable to fit a public debate into his schedule this week, Mr. Blankenship has extended the invitation and issued the following statement: "A week ago today, I issued an...

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2009-03-19 15:15:59

NASA scientist and leading climate expert, James Hansen, said on Wednesday that more drastic measures may be needed in order to change the course of climate change policy. "The first action that people should take is to use the democratic process. What is frustrating people, me included, is that democratic action affects elections but what we get then from political leaders is greenwash," said Hansen as he headed to a protest against power firm E.ON in Coventry. "The democratic process is...

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2009-03-12 07:10:00

Renowned climate scientist James Hansen said greenhouse gas emissions must be reduced more rapidly and deeply than previously believed just two years ago in order to avoid dire consequences.  Furthermore, a direct carbon tax is the only realistic means to achieve that goal, he said during an interview with AFP on the sidelines of a climate conference in Copenhagen. New research shows an even gloomier snapshot of global warming than the already sobering United Nations report released in...

2009-02-23 11:51:03

U.S. space agency climatologists say 2008 was the coolest year since 2000 but the ninth warmest since continuous records were started in 1880. Scientists at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York said the Earth's 10 warmest years on record have occurred between 1997 and 2008. GISS climatologists said the planet's average surface air temperature was 0.79 degrees Fahrenheit above the global mean for 1951 to 1980, the baseline period...