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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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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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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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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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Discovery May Lead to the Creation of Biofuel from CO2 in the Atmosphere

March 26, 2013

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Discovery May Allow Scientists to Make Fuel From CO2

Scientists at the University of Georgia have discovered a way to transform carbon dioxide trapped in the atmosphere into useful industrial products, possibly allowing scientists to make biofuels from CO2 in the atmosphere. Athens, Georgia – Excess carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere created by the widespread burning of fossil fuels is the major driving […]

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Amazon Area Twice the Size of California Still Suffering from the Effects of a Megadrought

January 18, 2013

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Severe Climate Jeopardizing the Amazon Forest

A new study from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory found that 700,000 square kilometers of forest in southwestern Amazonia is still suffering from a megadrought that began 2005. Pasadena, California – An area of the Amazon rainforest twice the size of California continues to suffer from the effects of a megadrought that began in 2005, finds […]

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Soot’s Role in Climate Change Underestimated

January 16, 2013

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Soots Impact on Climate Change Underestimated

A new comprehensive and quantitative analysis of the role of black carbon, aka soot, in the climate system found that the direct warming effect of black carbon could be about twice that of previous estimates. Soot is the second largest man made contributor to global warming and its influence on climate has been greatly underestimated, […]

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Deepwater Horizon Disaster Payout Announced by US Justice Department

January 4, 2013

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Transocean will help fund Gulf of Mexico science and restoration as part of its settlement of civil and criminal charges related to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. Credit: Wikimedia

A new cash settlement will be given to the Gulf of Mexico science and restoration project, due to the federal charges related to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The company that operated the drilling rig for BP, Transocean Deepwater, has agreed to pay $1.4 billion in civil and criminal fines and penalties for the […]

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Urine Used as Fertilizer to Boost Crop Yields

December 24, 2012

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Roshan Shrestha of UN-HABITAT inaugurates urine bank in Siddhipur, Nepal. Credit: Flickr/Sustainable sanitation

Last year, in Sotang, Nepal, the Dzi Foundation helped build over 1,000 toilets for the nearly 6,500 residents of the village. The villagers were given the option of using a regular squatting pan or a dual-hole pan, which allowed for the collection of urine to be used as a fertilizer. Urine is mostly water, mixed […]

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