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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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2010-03-07 09:55:00

The UK Met office says that it is becoming clearer that human activities are causing climate change. The office says that the evidence is stronger now than when the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change carried out its last assessment in 2007. The review has assessed 110 research papers on the subject. The analysis, which was published in the Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews Climate Change Journal, said the Earth is changing rapidly, most likely due to greenhouse gases. The IPPC's report...

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2010-02-25 13:20:00

Climate scientists said on Thursday that the pace of global warming continues unabated, despite images of Europe crippled by a deep freeze and parts of the United States blasted by blizzards, Reuters reported. Some have been led to question if global warming has stalled, due to the bitter cold, with more intense winter weather forecast for March in parts of the United States. Experts say estimating consumption of energy supplies, such as demand for winter heating oil in the U.S. northeast,...

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2010-02-06 14:40:15

A claim made by the UN climate change panel in 2007 that half of the country of the Netherlands was below sea level, is being contested by the country itself. Dutch authorities estimate that only 26 percent of the country is below sea level and will be asking the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to check its figures, environment ministry spokesman Trimo Vallaart told AFP. The IPCC's calculation that 55 percent of the Netherlands was below sea level came from adding the actual...

2010-01-27 15:56:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ahead of the State of the Union address and in the wake of recent and ongoing climate science scandals, President Obama should appoint an independent panel of experts to evaluate the purported climate change-national security link, urged Adm. James A. Lyons, Jr., USN (Ret.), former Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet and Chairman of the Center for Security Policy's Military Committee. "The supposed relationship between climate change and...

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2010-01-27 14:15:00

Officials at the Mount Washington Observatory said Tuesday that New Hampshire's Mount Washington has lost its distinction as the site of the fastest wind gust ever recorded on Earth, The Associated Press reported. The World Meteorological Organization posted a snippet on its Web site showing a panel of experts reviewing extreme weather and climate data that turned up a 253 mph gust on Australia's Barrow Island during Cyclone Olivia in 1996. New Hampshire conceded its title three days later...


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