News Stories relating to "climate change"
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...
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
The US isn't the only country facing the coal conundrum
, meaning we have plenty of coal, but don't want to burn it, because it causes pollution and climate change.
On oilprice.com, Charles Kennedy reports that the Australian state of Queensland could become the seventh...
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
For the last 60 years, the Arctic has warmed twice as fast as the rest of the Earth, and some Asians business people are taking advantage of this fact. The thawing at the top of the globe gives access to incredible mineral wealth and drastically shorter shipping routes to the Atlantic through the now reopened...
Thursday, September 20, 2012
One of the world's leading ice experts has predicted the final collapse of Arctic sea ice in summer months within four years. That's earlier than the Earth's predicted demise in December of 2012
, but it could be a major cause of it.
In the September 17th...
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
The Antarctic Ice Sheet may be a major source of the potent greenhouse gas methane. Old organic matter frozen beneath it may have been converted to methane by micro-organisms living there under oxygen-deprived conditions, and as the ice melts, the methane will be released.
Planetary scientist Slawek Tulaczyk says, "It is easy to...
Friday, August 31, 2012
If we can't get human beings to stop contributing to climate change, maybe we need to re-eingineer humans. Many contactees
can still listen to this interview) think "the Grays" are...
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Nearly one-tenth of hemisphere's mammals are unlikely to outrun climate change
A safe haven could be out of reach for 9% of the Western Hemisphere's mammals, and as much as 40% in certain regions, because the animals just won't move...
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
When it comes to bad weather, heat waves kill more people than tornadoes, blizzards or hurricanes, which doesn't bode well for global warming. For instance, during 3 excruciating weeks in August of 2003, an epic heat wave broiled parts of Europe and killed an estimated 70,000 people. It was so hot electrical cables melted, nuclear reactors could...
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
The US is going through the worst drought in half a century. Since we feed the world, this could lead to a global crisis as crop shortages push food prices up. The US supplies half the world's corn exports and a large amount of its soybeans and wheat. We even sell Texas-grown rice to Asian countries.
In the July 20th edition of the...
Monday, July 23, 2012
dried out Colorado--hardly any snow fell in the winter, then spring rains didn't come. A spark was all that was needed to start a raging wildfire.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Milk comes from contented cows, and the decline in milk production due to climate change varies across the country, since there are humidity and temperature swings between night and day vary as well. The humidity and hot nights make the Southeast the most unfriendly place for dairy cows. The Economist quotes economist Yoram Bauman as saying,...
Monday, July 2, 2012
Despite pressure from big business and power companies, a federal appeals court upheld first regulations that will reduce the gases blamed for global warming. This may be the most significant decision on climate change since a 2007 Supreme Court ruling that greenhouse gases could be controlled as air pollutants.
The rules will reduce...
Monday, June 18, 2012
As the US experienced the warmest spring since records began to be kept in 1895, scientists warned that the planet could be reaching a tipping point
beyond which temperatures will soar to disastrous heights, producing an...
Monday, May 14, 2012
Sauropod dinosaurs could have produced enough of the greenhouse gas methane
to warm the climate 150 million years ago, at a time when the earth was warm and wet. Does this mean, now that humans rule the planet, we should avoid eating beans?
Thursday, May 3, 2012
New research suggests that global warming
is causing the cycle of evaporation and rainfall over the oceans to intensify more than scientists had expected, meaning there will be more extreme weather in the coming years. It implies that the water cycle could quicken by...
Thursday, April 19, 2012
A climate change
prediction that Whitley Strieber used as research for his book Nature's End thirty years ago has proved to be not only accurate, but to have understated the intensity of global warming by 30%.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
March was an example of what some people call "weather weirding"--searing hot weather one week, then cold weather the next. This was a predicted result of climate change
In the March 29th edition of the New York Times, Justin Gillis and...
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Why do we get the flu in the winter? It's basically because cold air and central heating both try out our nasal passages, so that we can't "catch" viruses before they get into our body and make us sick. Flu season can begin as early as October, and it usually ends in March or sometimes not until April. The average flu death rate per...