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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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Arctic Melt Season is Lengthening by Several Days Each Decade

April 2, 2014

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New Study Shows Arctic Melt Season Lengthening

A new study by NSIDC and NASA researchers reveals that length of the melt season for Arctic sea ice is growing by several days each decade. The length of the melt season for Arctic sea ice is growing by several days each decade, and an earlier start to the melt season is allowing the Arctic […]

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Smoke from Wildfires and Forest Emissions Explain Why the Pliocene Was So Hot

February 7, 2014

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Forest Emissions and Wildfires Explain Why Ancient Earth Was So Hot

Using sophisticated Earth system modeling, new research from Yale University reveals that the release of forest emissions and smoke from wildfires 3 million years ago had a far greater impact on global warming than ancient atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide. The research provides evidence that dynamic atmospheric chemistry played an important role in past warm […]

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Climate Models Predict 21st Century Temperature and Precipitation Changes

September 27, 2013

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Climate Models Predict 21st Century Temperature and Precipitation Changes

This four minute video shows climate model estimates on how global temperature and precipitation patterns will change throughout the 21st century given current rising greenhouse gas levels. Models used by the IPCC estimate global temperature and precipitation patterns will change throughout the 21st century given current rising greenhouse gas levels. This video depicts a scenario […]

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Study Reveals Climate Change is Occurring at an Increased Pace

August 5, 2013

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Climate Change on Pace to Occur 10 Times Faster

According to scientists at Stanford University, climate change is on pace to occur 10 times faster than any change recorded in past 65 million years. The planet is undergoing one of the largest changes in climate since the dinosaurs went extinct. But what might be even more troubling for humans, plants and animals is the […]

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Planetary ‘Runaway Greenhouse’ Climates More Easily Triggered than Previously Thought

July 30, 2013

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Runaway Greenhouse Climates More Easily Triggered than Previously Thought

A newly published study suggests that planetary “runaway greenhouse” climates are more easily triggered than previously thought. It might be easier than previously thought for a planet to overheat into the scorchingly uninhabitable “runaway greenhouse” stage, according to new research by astronomers at the University of Washington and the University of Victoria published July 28 […]

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Century-Old HMS Challenger Expedition Data Helps Confirm Ocean Warming

May 29, 2013

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Century Old Challenger Expedition Helps Confirm Global Warming

A new study using ocean data from the 135 year old HMS Challenger oceanographic expedition combined with modern measurements of ocean temperatures reveals that warming of the planet can be clearly detected since 1873 and that our oceans continue to absorb the great majority of this heat. A new NASA and university analysis of ocean […]

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