News Stories relating to "climate change"
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...
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...