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Rutgers Study Shows Previous Climate Change Was Caused by the Ocean and the Atmosphere

October 27, 2014

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Past Climate Change Was Caused by the Ocean and Atmosphere

New research from Rutgers University provides a deeper understanding of the mechanisms of climate change, revealing that circulation of the ocean plays an important role in regulating the climate. Most of the concerns about climate change have focused on the amount of greenhouse gases that have been released into the atmosphere. But in a new […]

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New ScienceCast Video: The Cloudy Future of Arctic Sea Ice

October 16, 2014

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The Cloudy Future of Arctic Sea Ice

A new four minute ScienceCast video explores the shrinking coverage of Arctic sea ice and how the reduction could affect worldwide weather. ScienceCasts: The Cloudy Future of Arctic Sea Ice: As climate change continues to hammer Arctic sea ice, pushing back its summertime boundaries to record-high latitudes, NASA is flying an innovative airborne mission to […]

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Worst-Case Scenario 2100 Sea Level Projections

October 14, 2014

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Worst Case Scenario Rising Sea Levels of Just Under two Meters

A team of scientists has calculated the risk for a worst-case scenario upper limit for sea level rise within this century, revealing that the sea level could rise 1.8 meters. The climate is getting warmer, the ice sheets are melting and sea levels are rising – but how much? The report of the UN’s Intergovernmental […]

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Temperature Variability Across the World Alters the Ecological Impacts of Seasons

October 8, 2014

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Study Reveals Climate Change Alters the Ecological Impacts of Seasons

New research from the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology and the University of Wyoming details how changes in temperature variability across the globe are altering the environment. If more of the world’s climate becomes like that in tropical zones, it could potentially affect crops, insects, malaria transmission, and even confuse migration patterns of birds […]

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Satellite Records Show Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches New Record Maximum

October 8, 2014

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Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches New Maximum

Long-term satellite records show that the five-day average of Antarctic sea ice extent reached a new record high this year. This year, Antarctic sea ice reached a record maximum extent while the Arctic reached a minimum extent in the ten lowest since satellite records began. Why are these trends going in opposite directions? Image Credit: […]

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Study Shows Greenland Ice Sheet More Sensitive to Climate Change Than Previously Thought

October 2, 2014

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Greenland Ice Sheet More Vulnerable to Climate Change Than Previously Thought

A new study from the University of Cambridge reveals that the Greenland Ice Sheet, which covers 1.7 million square kilometers and contains enough ice to raise sea levels worldwide by seven meters, is less stable and more sensitive to climate change than previously thought. A new model developed by researchers at the University of Cambridge […]

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How Tiny Imbalances Result in Massive Phytoplankton Blooms

September 30, 2014

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Ocean Data Shows Plankton Movement

New research details how tiny imbalances in the phytoplankton predator-prey relationship, caused by environmental variability, give rise to massive phytoplankton blooms, having huge impacts on ocean productivity, fisheries and carbon cycling. The greens and blues of the ocean color from NASA satellite data have provided new insights into how climate and ecosystem processes affect the […]

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Healthier Diets and Reducing Food Waste is Vital to Reducing Climate Change

September 5, 2014

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Changing Diets is Vital to Reducing Climate Change

A newly published study from University of Cambridge shows that food production is a main driver of biodiversity loss and a large contributor to climate change and pollution. A new study, published today in Nature Climate Change, suggests that – if current trends continue – food production alone will reach, if not exceed, the global […]

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Research Shows Human Contribution to Glacier Mass Loss Has Steadily Increased

August 18, 2014

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Human Contribution to Glacier Mass Loss Has Steadily Increased

By using computer simulations of the climate, researchers have found evidence for anthropogenic glacier mass loss in recent decades. In a paper published in the journal Science, the team reports that about one quarter of the global glacier mass loss during the period of 1851 to 2010 is attributable to anthropogenic causes and that the […]

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NASA to Launch Spacecraft to Keep Track of Global Carbon Dioxide

June 26, 2014

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NASA Preparing to Launch Carbon Observatory

NASA is about to launch the Orbiting Carbon Observatory – a satellite dedicated to the study of global carbon dioxide sources that will help researchers predict the future of climate change. In the lexicon of climate change, one word appears more often than any other: “carbon.” Carbon credits, carbon emissions, carbon sequestration…. These terms are […]

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Computer Simulations Reveal Melting in East Antarctica Yields Unstoppable Sea-Level Rise

May 6, 2014

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Computer Simulations Show Ice Melting in East Antarctica Yields Unstoppable Sea Level Rise

A new study based on computer simulations reveals that the melting of ice on East Antarctica’s shore could result in an unstoppable sea-level rise. The melting of a rather small ice volume on East Antarctica’s shore could trigger a persistent ice discharge into the ocean, resulting in unstoppable sea-level rise for thousands of years to […]

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Yale Study Reveals Parts of Ancient Antarctica Were as Warm as Today’s California Coast

April 28, 2014

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Study Shows Todays Antarctic Region Once as Hot as California and Florida

New research from Yale University shows that parts of ancient Antarctica were as warm as today’s California coast, and polar regions of the southern Pacific Ocean were similar to seawater temperatures near Florida today. Parts of ancient Antarctica were as warm as today’s California coast, and polar regions of the southern Pacific Ocean registered 21st-century […]

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