News Stories relating to "climate change"
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...
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Despite the fact that talk radio
is still denying it
, new research reveals that About 3.7 million Americans live within a few feet of high tide and risk being hit by more frequent coastal...
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
NASA reports that a recent lull in the sun's activity did not prevent the Earth from absorbing more solar energy than could escape back into space. This means that climate change
is mainly caused by...
Thursday, February 16, 2012
may not roast us--it may freeze us instead. We may even be heading for a mini ice age like the one that occurred in the 17th Century. In other words, we may soon have a REAL reason...
Monday, February 6, 2012
While in some cases, climate change is causing animals to locate to new places
, it's mostly regular migration: Every fall, tiny hummingbirds face high winds and bad weather to migrate from Canada and the northern United States to as far south as Mexico, then back again in the spring--an...
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
In their search for a low greenhouse gas emissions fuels, scientists have done a lot of embarrassing things: They have measured kangaroo farts
and cow farts
. Now they are collecting giraffe manure.
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Have you seen an owl in your yard lately? Arctic Snowy Owls are moving south into the lower 48 states in numbers never before witnessed. A leading researcher has called the numbers "unbelievable." Most of the birds are younger owls, and it is believed that the migration is being caused by a fundamental failure of food supplies in the...
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Over the past 15 years, a mass of fresh water from ice melt has been building under the Arctic ice cap. The water is trapped under the Beaufort Gyre in the western Arctic, and presently represents about 10% of all the fresh water in the Arctic. It appears in the form of a bulge under the ice, and is kept in place by the permanent anti-cyclonic...