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2011-02-21 11:15:53

By Adam Voiland, NASA's Earth Science News Team An assessment report to be released this week by the United Nations Environment Program and the World Meteorological Organization shows that reducing emissions of two common air pollutants -- black carbon and gases integral to the production of ground-level ozone -- could slow the rate of climate change markedly over the next half-century. For decades, scientists have known both substances harm human health. More recently, evidence has emerged...

2011-02-17 21:26:48

How should a new 'IPCC for biodiversity' work? Leading world scientists offer prescription Scientific advice on the consequences of specific policy options confronting government decision makers is key to managing global biodiversity change. That's the view of leading scientists anxiously anticipating the first meeting of a new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)-like mechanism for biodiversity at which its workings and work program will be defined. Writing in the journal...

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2011-02-16 10:00:00

New University of Washington research has found that the world is already committed to a warmer climate because of emissions that have occurred up to now. The researchers said that there would continue to be warming even if the most stringent policies were adopted because there would still be some emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide and methane. The team found that even if all emissions were stopped now, temperatures would remain higher than pre-industrial...

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2011-01-26 07:18:58

The La Nina weather pattern circulating through the eastern-central Pacific Ocean, which is behind the floods and extreme conditions in Australia, Asia, Africa and South America is one of the strongest ever and could last for four more months, according to the UN weather agency. "In atmospheric terms it has to be termed one of the strongest ever La Nina episodes," Rupa Kumar Kolli, head of world climate services at the UN's World Meteorological Organization (WMO), told the AFP news agency....

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2011-01-20 09:00:00

The average global temperatures recorded throughout the year place 2010 in a tie with 1998 and 2005 for the title of warmest year ever recorded, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) announced in a press release on Thursday. The WMO's findings corroborate a Wednesday report by the US-based National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), which also found that last year's global surface temperatures were the co-hottest noted by meteorologists since they began keeping track of such...

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2010-12-03 06:15:00

The year 2010 is on track to be one of the three hottest years on record, capping off a record-setting decade that provides further evidence that the planet is warming, said the United Nation's World Meteorological Organization (WMO) on Thursday during climate talks in Cancun, Mexico. "2010 is almost certain to be in the top three warmest years on record," said WMO Secretary General Michel Jarraud during a press conference. "The decade from 2001 to 2010 has set a new record, it will be the...

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2010-11-25 06:10:00

Concentrations of greenhouse gases approached record levels in 2009 and could set off even greater methane emissions from the Arctic, the UN's weather agency warned Wednesday. "Greenhouse gas concentrations have reached record levels despite the economic slowdown. They would have been even higher without the international action taken to reduce them," Michael Jarraud, secretary general of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), said in a Wednesday press release. "In addition, potential...

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2010-11-23 06:05:00

United Nations leaders will insist on solid results from the upcoming Cancun climate summit as global warming accelerates, an event organizer with the UN said Monday. The next Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report on global warming will be much worse than the last one, Robert Orr, UN secretary general for planning, told AFP. He said that negotiators attending the Cancun summit "need to remind themselves, the longer we delay, the more we will pay both in terms of lives and in...

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2010-10-12 06:19:44

The U.N. weather agency said on Monday that the disruptive La Nina weather pattern in the Pacific basin should strengthen over the next four to six months, bringing on stronger monsoons and more hurricanes. Rupa Kumar, World Meteorological Organization climate services chief, said a "moderate to strong" La Nina was now well established. Kumar Kolli told reporters that forecasts showed "rather a strengthening of this La Nina episode for the next four to six months." La Nina is the opposite...

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2010-09-17 12:51:43

Scientists with the United Nations (UN) announced Thursday they found that the Earth's protective ozone layer in the upper atmosphere has stopped thinning out and should be mostly restored by the middle of this century thanks to a ban on dangerous chemicals that float up into the air. The "Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion 2010" report said a 1987 international treaty that prohibited further use of chlorofluorocarbons (CFC) had been overly successful. CFC was widely used in...


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negawatt
  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.