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Christmas in July

More proof our weather is out of whack: When it's winter in the US and Europe, it's summer in Australia, which normally has temperatures of around 86 degrees Fahrenheit at this time of year, but just like the UK,...
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BRRR!

It's been a COLD winter in the UK. Climate change experts are warning that if humans don't moderate our use of fossil fuels, there is a real possibility that we will face the environmental, societal and economic consequences of climate change faster than we can adapt to them. At the same time, the UK (which is on an extreme Northern latitude but...
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Melt at the Top of the World

Pollution at the top produces melting there too. As the ice-capped Arctic Ocean warms, ship traffic will increase at the top of the world. And if the sea ice continues to melt, a new route connecting...
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Wind Power? No Wind

One of the main substitutes for green-house gas emitting energy is WIND POWER, but we'd better build more wind turbines soon, because climate change can cut down on wind and make this technology useless. The prevailing winds in the "free" atmosphere about 1,000 meters above the ground are maintained by a temperature gradient that...
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Climate Change Means More Allergies

Bad news for 35 million allergy sufferers: ragweed, fungal spores and poison ivy are thriving due to rising carbon dioxide levels. Additionally, leaves fed by heightened levels of carbon dioxide enable fungi to reproduce more rapidly and spread more allergenic spores, leading to higher rates of allergies and asthma. Plant physiologist Lewis Ziska...
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Climate Change: Blame the Cities

All over the world, people are moving into cities from the countryside, because young people want jobs and older people want a more convenient lifestyle. These changes could significantly affect global emissions of carbon dioxide over the...
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If We Can't Get Rid of Greenhouse Gases

Let's STORE Them! - New discoveries (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show) are being made all the time: An unusual substance known as "dry water," which resembles powdered sugar, could provide a new way to absorb and store carbon dioxide, the major greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming. This would help...

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Climate Could get Cooler

A LOT Cooler - What's happening with the Sun? (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show). First, the Gulf Stream is slowing down, which means markedly colder winters are on the way, from the US Mid-Atlantic states to the countries surrounding the North Sea. Second, it appears that the Sun's magnetic field is weakening,...

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Or Will It?

What's going on with our weather? (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show). It's just logical that a decrease in solar activity --which is going on now--cools the Earth, while increase sunspot activity warms it up, but in fact, it seems to work the OPPOSITE way.

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Yes It WAS Hot This Summer!

August 2010 was the second hottest August in the 32-year satellite temperature dataset, with a global average temperature that was only a tiny percentage cooler than the record set in August 1998.

According to atmospheric science researcher Dr. John Christy, that difference is well within the error range of the measurement, however, so...

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Melt Rate

Speeding Up AND Slowing Down - The world works in mysterious ways: While Arctic sea ice has been diminishing in recent decades, ice in the Antarctic has been increasing slightly. Something strange is going on out there.

Researcher Jiping Liu says, "We wanted to understand this apparent paradox so that we can better...

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Can the Economy Clean Up its Act?

Or is it too late? One researcher thinks that looking at the dollar figures might spur big companies (and big government) to ACT.

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If the Military is So Concerned about Climate Change

Maybe they should all just GO HOME - That climate variability in one region can have an effect on more distant areas is known in the climate research literature, the challenge being to locate these far-connections and understand their projections. The Sahel region of Africa suffered drought over more than 20 years, from the...

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Global Warming: Can We Spray it Away?

A group of scientists, venture capitalists and conservative think tanks is talking about solving the climate change problem by injecting sulfur dioxide into the stratosphere to counter climate change. Is it safe to put such a big project into the hands of Big Business? We can't forget what happened the last time we did this.

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Oceans Heating Up

Here's something we'd better not forget: There's enough heat stored in the ocean to heat up the Earth as if 500 100-watt light bulbs were turned on at the same time by each of the 6.7 billion people on the planet.

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Surprising Cause of Climate Change

Climate change: First it was cow farts, now it's the anesthesia they give you in the hospital? (Next thing you know, it will be blamed on vampires!)

Inhaled anesthetics widely used for surgery, particularly the anesthetic desflurane, make a measurable contribution to global warming. In fact, the anesthetics used by a busy hospital...

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Climate Change Leads to War

As the weather heats up, conflicts between nations may heat up as well, at a time when less ice covers the than at any time in recent geologic history. It turns out that, despite past government denials about climate change, the military has been studying this threat for a long time.

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Heat Wave in the Cities

But the suburbs are EVEN HOTTER: Here's why - Cities like New York are sweltering this summer, but if you live in suburbia, you're in for a hot summer too! The number of very hot days is increasing worldwide, but the rate of increase is more than double in the most sprawling suburban-style metropolitan regions compared with...

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Deadly Fungus

Coming our way? - Climate change may be responsible for the spread of a potentially deadly fungus among animals and people in the US and Canada. Since freezing can kill the fungus, climate warming have something to do with it showing up along the Pacific Coast.

It started out infecting farm animals and then pets. When it...

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Climate Change: Missing Heat

What's going on here? Much of the substance that makes up our universe appears to be missing, and the same thing is true for climate change. Scientists can only account for roughly half of the heat that is believed to have built up on Earth in recent years. Scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) think we need to pay...

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In the Past it was Fast

Scientists are trying to understand the impending changes in our climate by studying what happened in the past.

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Quickwatch Update

Whitley has updated Quickwatch to show you how our climate may be changing: During the past 2 years, Europe, Siberia and the US were having their coldest winters in years, while the warming trend remained in place at the poles. According to Whitley, "This is not consistent with global warming predictions, which anticipate continuous warming,...

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What Can Cities Can Do to Reduce Greenhouse Gases

Paint roofs white & install boom boxes - With all the emergencies hitting the world right now, thank goodness there are also some amazing new solutions, both high tech and low. In order to make skyscraper roofs reflect sunlight, rather than absorb it, so we don't need so much air conditioning (or we can make sure they...

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Why Trees Don't Help

While governments around the world continue to explore strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, a new study suggests policymakers should focus on what needs to be achieved in the next 40 years in order to keep long-term options viable for avoiding dangerous levels of warming. The trouble is, one of the most obvious things to do is to...

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Huge Iceberg Breaks in Two

Could hasten climate change - An iceberg the size of a small European country has broken off from a glacier in Antarctica after being rammed by another giant iceberg. This could effect the circulation of the jet stream in the ocean, which would in turn affect climate change. It could also be lead to starvation for the local...

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Will We Drown?

Not yet - Before coastal cities around the world shore up their banks, we need to take action. One suggestion is to connect flood plains to rivers so that overflow is no longer a problem. And while, over time, global warming can cause melting glaciers that lead to rising sea levels, scientists in Israel think we'll be able to...

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Not as Bad as Predicted

But scientists don't know why not - It's hotter than ever, and we may have to choose between reducing global warming and solving the problems of the recession. Scientists predict more drought in the Southwest as temperatures rise, but they also can't figure out why things aren't as bad right now as their predictions said they...

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Can We Afford to Stop Global Warming?

Measures being proposed at the Copenhagen conference to curb greenhouse gas emissions are unlikely to affect potential long-term economic growth in the United States.

Economist Martin Ross says that adopting climate legislation would only cause slight changes in the nation's Gross Domestic Product. A study which assessed the impacts of...

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Chinese Glaciers Melting Too

Despite this, China has withdrawn from Climate talks - Who knew that there are glaciers in China as well as at the poles? And just like glaciers everywhere, they are melting! Which is why it's such a shame that China is not cooperating with UN climate negotiations in Cophenhagen.

In fact, the world's third largest ice...

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Hotter Than Ever

As countries all over the world gather in Copenhagen for a summit meeting on climate change, there has been controversy over some intercepted emails from the UK in which climate scientists admit to overstating the case for global warming. The whole topic is confusing, but in fact the news is bad: According to world meteorologists, the first...

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