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Pollution and Climate Change Turning Canadian Lakes Into Jelly

A combination of industrial pollution and climate-change-driven oxygen loss is turning the great Canadian lakes into jelly, according to new research by Cambridge University scientists published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

A "battle of the plankton" between two competing species, Holopedium and the planktonic...
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Rapid Onset Of Climate Change Could Seriously Affect Feeding Patterns In Marine Life

Climate change is already upon us, experts say, and we are already feeling its adverse effects in the form of extreme weather events: scorching temperatures leading to droughts, torrential rains causing widespread flooding, and record freezes bringing feet of snow.

But what of the less obvious effects of global warming?

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Weekender: Forests, The Carbon Cycle and the Sleeping Arctic Giant...

This weekend, hundreds of thousands of people will take to the streets for the People’s Climate March, part of the biggest global protest ever to highlight the issue of climate change.

The march will take place in New York on September 21st, ahead of a major United Nations summit that is bringing together government leaders...
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Weekender: Methane -The Silent Menace That Could Destroy Our Planet

A routine survey of the U.S. Atlantic Coastline recently revealed a strange phenomenon. Multitudes of gas plumes were seen bubbling up to the ocean surface, and though the gas has yet to be analyzed, scientists are almost certain that it is methane.

"We don't know of any explanation that fits as well as methane," said lead...
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First Sign of Methane Outgassing from Arctic Ocean

Scientists from the University of Stockholm have detected gigantic methane plumes escaping from the sea floor of the Laptev continental slope. It is believed that this is due to the melting of methane hydrates that have been frozen on the floor of the ocean. They are now melting and releasing the gas because the Arctic Ocean, along with the rest...
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Climate Change Could Cause "Dust Bowl" Style Exodus, But What Is Really Causing Climate Change?

The "Dust Bowl" era was a devastating period of exceptional droughts and dust storms that had a profound effect on the ecology and agriculture of the U.S. and Canadian prairies in the 1930s. Some regions of the High Plains experienced drought conditions for up to eight years, and tens of thousands of families were forced to abandon their...
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Weekender: Scientists Predict Mass Extinction In 30 Years - How Can We Change This Outcome?

Mass extinctions have happened periodically throughout Earth's history for a variety of different reasons, with the usual culprits being either asteroid hits or climate change. The Eocene extinction was originally thought to have been caused by climate induced issues, but recent evidence has suggested that the changes in the weather occurred due...
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Incoming El Niño Could Break All Previous Records

As already predicted in Unknown Country's Climate Watch, it appears that westerly winds sweeping across the Pacific ocean could produce the first El Niño weather system since 2009-2010. Forecasters warn that it could be one of the most dramatic on record.

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Scientists Explore Unexpected Cause of Greenhouse Gas Pollution


The sound of running water has long been associated with positive health benefits, and the appealing sound of a babbling brook can be found on many recordings intended to aid relaxation and induce sleep. No countryside picnic is complete without the sweet singing of a shallow stream somewhere nearby, and water features that emulate the...
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What is Causing the "Man-Eating" Holes in Indiana's Sand Dunes?

Mysterious holes are appearing across the Indiana sand dunes and nobody knows why.
What is even stranger is that the holes, which are about a foot wide and sometimes immeasurably deep, then fall in on themselves and vanish again within a day of materializing.

The local National Park Service has closed Mount Baldy indefinitely...
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Another Unknown Country Prediction Manifests Into Reality: Unprecedented Flooding In Europe

A few days ago, Unknown Country Climate Watch predicted "extremes of flooding" across the Northern Hemisphere. Those who read this site regularly will know how accurate Climate Watch predictions have proved to be, and this one, unfortunately, is no exception.

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Is Climate Change Threatening National Security?

In the wake of the National Climate Assessment released last week in the United States, global warming is, to pardon the pun, one of the hottest topics in the news at the moment, and with extremely good reason.
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Wondering What the Effects of Climate Change Will Be? They're Already Here, Say Scientists

An important new report released this week has revealed that the United States is being severely affected by human-induced climate change across the whole of the nation.

The report, entitled the National Climate Assessment, was compiled by a large panel of...
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Has Global Warming Caused a State of Emergency in Florida?

A state of emergency has been declared in the state of Florida after a monster storm caused the worst floods in decades.

In some areas over 2 feet of water accumulated in 26 hours, flooding homes and leaving motorists stranded, and the death toll has risen to 35 people across seven states.Tornado warnings have also been posted for...
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Is Climate Change Encouraging the Spread of Dangerous Diseases?

Unprecedented plagues and diseases are threatening crops across the globe, and the results could be disastrous according to scientists.

Bananas are one such crop that has fallen victim to a variety of bugs and fungal infections, which are spreading so rapidly that the government in Costa Rica, one of the biggest suppliers of the fruit...
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New Report States Greenhouse Gases Now At Unprecedented Levels

A new report released last week by the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has further highlighted the fact that emissions of greenhouse gases worldwide have risen to unprecedented levels, despite an increasing number of global measures to reduce climate change.

The report indicates that emissions increased more...
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Unknowncountry Weekender: Does the Horrible Weather Herald a New Ice Age?

This winter's weather broke or equaled snowfall and low temperature records across the United States, and led to epochal flooding in the United Kingdom where the government, working on the theory that climate change isn't happening, had over the previous 5 years cancelled 45 flood control projects. So what DID happen, and does the event qualify as...
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Weekender: Will Global Warming Result in "Endless Winter?"

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...
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Evidence that Climate Change Caused Mass Extinction on Earth

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...
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Unexpected Antarctic Glacial Melt Could Cause Sudden Sea Level Rise

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-...
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First study on Greenland's snowpack reveals unexpected decline in atmospheric CO levels since 1950s

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.

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UN Says We're Behind Global Warming--but All is Not as Expected

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...
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The Universe Changes our Weather--with Cosmic Rays

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.
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As Colorado Floods, the Midwest Broils

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...
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The Hurricane Season Disappears as Earth Unexpectedly Cools

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,...
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As Drought, Fire and Flood Torture Us, Peru Suffers Epic Snows

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...
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The Mystery of Global Warming: What Happened to It?

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...
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Greenland Ice Sheet Melting from Above and Below

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...
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Wobbly Jet Stream Causes US Flooding

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...
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Rate of Extinction Reaches Historic Proportions

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...
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