News Stories relating to "climate change"
Friday, February 21, 2014
Winter has held North America and Northern Europe in a relentless grip for months, and scientists are saying that we may have to get used to experiencing such prolonged periods of bad weather. Recent research presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Chicago suggests that this is...
Thursday, December 19, 2013
The effects of climate change have caused mass-extinction type events previously in Earth's history, say scientists.
Members of a U.N.-sponsored research team with members from Appalachian State University’s Department of Geology have found evidence for catastrophic oceanographic events associated with climate change and a mass...
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Scientists have been concerned for many years that the collapse of a continental glacier on Greenland or the Antarctic could result in a rapid and dangerous rise in sea levels, and now the surprising condition of an Antarctic glacier has seriously increased that concern.
A group of international scientists recently led a two month-...
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
The first-ever study of air trapped in the deep snowpack of Greenland has yielded surprising results. Current computer models had predicted that levels of carbon monoxide locked into the snowpack would be higher than those recorded in the 1950s, yet it appears that the opposite is true.
A recent paper published in the journal...
Monday, September 30, 2013
A recent study by the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) has proved beyond any reasonable doubt that global warming is not a natural phenomena, but caused directly by the impact of human greenhouse gas production. But how this is affecting climate is still open to question, as the report also states that temperatures have not...
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Can energy from the remnants of exploding stars out in the Galaxy really affect cloud formation in the Earth's atmosphere?
Since 1996, Danish researchers have been attempting to prove that cosmic rays from outer space could play a significant role in cloud formation.
Thursday, September 12, 2013
The central United States continues to experience unusual and unsettled summer weather. Yesterday, record downpours took place along the front range of the Rockies, causing flash flooding in Boulder and Aurora. The rain came so fast and the flooding was so sudden that emergency services were nearly overwhelmed. Hundreds of people left their homes...
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Despite predicting an extremely active hurricane season for this year, climatologists have been astounded by a virtually unprecedented lack of hurricanes. So far this season, which began on June 1st and runs to November 30, a total of eight tropical storms have developed, and typically the first hurricanes have formed by 10th August each year,...
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
While the northern hemisphere bakes, burns and floods, climate extremes of a different sort are striking far to the south. It's deep winter in Peru now, and the southern part of the country has just experienced a record snowfall that has brought activity to a halt, killed tens of thousands of cattle and at least four people. This type of climate...
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
According to scientific expectation, the hottest year on record should have been the most recent year. In fact, the hottest year of the 20th Century was 1998, and since then temperatures have risen only about .02 degrees Fahrenheit. And yet, between 2000 and 2010 human activity has emitted 110 billion tons of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide into...
Monday, August 19, 2013
The Greenland ice sheet is not only melting from above, but also from below. It has been discovered that this is caused by heat flowing up from Earth's mantle. It's variable across Greenland, absent in some places and intense in others. Last summer, NASA satellites revealed that the surface of Greenland's massive ice sheet had melted over an...
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Persistent rainfall and flooding across the central US is being caused by an unusual condition in the jet stream that has meteorologists scratching their heads. Normally in midsummer, the jet stream rises to the north and becomes weaker, flowing over central Canada and occasionally dipping down into the US, bringing outbursts of summer...
Monday, July 15, 2013
Many vertebrate species (that category includes us) would have to evolve about 10,000 times faster than they have in the past to adapt to the rapid climate change expected in the next 100 years.
Scientists analyzed how quickly species adapted to different climates in the past, using data from 540 living species from all major groups...
Thursday, April 25, 2013
With coastal areas bracing for rising sea levels, new research indicates that cutting emissions of certain pollutants can greatly slow down sea level rise this century.
A research team found that reductions in just FOUR pollutants that cycle comparatively quickly through the atmosphere could temporarily forestall the rate of sea...
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Scientists don't understand the recent slowdown in climate change that is occurring, DESPITE a rise in global greenhouse gas emissions.
Is God looking out for us
? (NOTE: ...
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
The circulation of waters
around the Antarctic continent is faltering, and could lead to the failure of currents around the world. If this happens, atmospheric circulation will also fail, with immediate and serious consequences for...
Monday, April 15, 2013
Just as Whitley Strieber and Art Bell predicted in Superstorm
14 years ago, climate scientists are now warning that Europe is about to become the target of gigantic storms, some of them on the scale of...
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Conservative billionaires used a secretive funding route to channel nearly 120 million dollars to more than 100 groups casting doubt about the science behind climate change
. The funds, given out between 2002 and 2010, helped build a vast network of think tanks and activist...
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Despite what's happening in Alaska
and the Midwest, a recent study of centuries of weather suggests we have record warming ahead.
Researchers looking at weather patterns since the end of the last Ice Age predict that average surface temperatures will be at their...
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
As glaciers melt
and sea levels rise, threatening coastal cities, geologists are trying to predict the future by looking at what happened when sea levels rose in the past. Meanwhile,...
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Sudden stratospheric warming has split the polar vortex in two. The polar vortex, which forms as the atmosphere loses heat to space in long Arctic winter night
, was split in two by massive heating from below, as a series of intense storms...
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Climatologists have discovered that West Antarctica is warming TWICE as fast as they previously thought it was.
This unexpectedly big increase adds to fears the ice sheet will thaw, causing the sea level to rise and drown coastal cities all over the world. West Antarctica holds enough ice to raise world sea levels by 11 feet if it...
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
The NOAA-supported Northeast Regional Climate Center is currently reviewing temperature data for 2012 from throughout the 12-state region, and researchers have discovered that for most major sites--including Washington, DC, Boston, Philadelphia and New York City--it was the hottest year ever recorded--something we tend to overlook when we're in...
Thursday, December 13, 2012
We didn't really know--until now. The ocean, which has risen an average of 8 inches since 1900, should rise another 3 feet or so by 2100, but without an accurate record of where we started, we can't know if the melting starts to speed up or (hopefully) slow down.
On the Climate Central website, Michael D. Lemonick quotes researcher...
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Permafrost is thawing all over the planet, and this releases the powerful greenhouse gas methane. Permafrost covers nearly a quarter of the northern hemisphere and may contain as much as 1,700 gigatons of carbon, which is twice the amount that is currently in the atmosphere. As it thaws, it could push global warming past one of the key...
Monday, November 5, 2012
If climate change
continues, coastal cities may drown. Even our Capitol may eventually be under water!
Current trends and predicted increases suggest that our nation's capital is likely to face flooding and infrastructure damage in both the short-...
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
The UK is experiencing weird weather
too--in fact, that country has experienced its "weirdest" weather on record in the past few months, scientists say. The driest spring for over a century led to the wettest April, May and June ever recorded. This could...
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
We know that the sun is only partly the cause of climate change
(most of it, alas, is caused by us
), but periodic solar flares (or coronal mass ejections--CMEs) can have profound "space weather" effects on...
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
can still listen to this provocative interview). The Earth is still alive, despite having had at least two major extinctions in the past.
The most-studied mass extinction in Earth...