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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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2010-08-30 13:05:00

A new review released Monday says that the U.N.'s climate panel needs to "fundamentally reform" its structure in order to try and prevent the embarrassing errors found in a 2007 study on global warming. A U.N.-requested investigation of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) discovered that the Nobel Prize-winning body was successful, despite the "Climategate" scandal that took place before the Copenhagen meeting last fall. The five-month review plans to replace the IPCC's...

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2010-08-19 08:23:50

UN climate and weather agencies said Wednesday that climate scientists must take an urgent stance on studying the changes in atmospheric currents that have been linked to flooding in Pakistan and wildfires in Russia.Ghassem Asrar, director of the World Climate Research Program, told AFP that changes -- known as blocking episodes -- in the currents can prevent humidity or hot weather from dispersing as it should.Those events can lock heavy rain or heat waves over a particular region, in turn...

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2010-07-07 05:40:00

La Nina is likely to cool the tropical Pacific waters in the months ahead, causing stronger monsoons throughout Asia and eastern Australia, according to an update released Tuesday by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). These conditions are also likely to promote the development of storms in the tropical Atlantic. "Below average sea temperatures exist beneath the surface of the central and eastern equatorial Pacific, and forecast models continue to predict further decreases in the...

2010-06-26 04:06:47

The small number of scientists who are unconvinced that human beings have contributed significantly to climate change have far less expertise and prominence in climate research compared with scientists who are convinced, according to a study led by Stanford researchers. In a quantitative assessment "“ the first of its kind to address this issue "“ the team analyzed the number of research papers published by more than 900 climate researchers and the number of times their work was...

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2010-03-31 05:13:44

On Tuesday, weather experts said that El Nino has peaked and would probably disappear by mid-year. "The most likely outcome by mid-year 2010 is for the El Nino event to have decayed and near-neutral conditions to be re-established across the tropical Pacific," World Meteorological Organization expert Rupa Koumar Kolli told the AFP news agency. El Nino is a weather anomaly that wrecks havoc around the Pacific and east Africa.  It is an occasional seasonal warming of the central and...

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2010-03-10 10:05:00

The struggling Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has given an outside science group complete control to review its rules, procedures and reports on global warming. The InterAcademy Council, a Netherlands-based organization of the science academies of 15 nations, will undertake the task of reviewing the IPCC's reports by independently choosing reviewers, a scientist close to the situation, who asked not to be named, told the Associated Press (AP). The IPCC has had several troubling...


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barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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