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Study Identifies Which Fossil Fuels Must Remain in the Ground to Limit Global Warming

January 8, 2015


Some Fossil Fuels Must Remain in the Ground to Limit Global Warming

New research led by the University College London shows that a third of oil reserves, half of gas reserves and over 80% of current coal reserves globally should remain in the ground and not be used before 2050 if global warming is to stay below the 2°C target agreed by policy makers. The study funded […]

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New Research Reveals the Missing Piece of the Climate Puzzle

November 11, 2014


MIT Reveals Missing Piece of the Climate Puzzle

In a newly published study, MIT researchers show that a canonical view of global warming tells only half the story and reveal the missing piece of the climate puzzle. In classrooms and everyday conversation, explanations of global warming hinge on the greenhouse gas effect. In short, climate depends on the balance between two different kinds […]

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Research Shows Human Contribution to Glacier Mass Loss Has Steadily Increased

August 18, 2014


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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New Climate Model Suggests Boreal Forests to Shift North and Relinquish More Carbon Than Expected

May 8, 2013


As Climate Changes Boreal Forests to Shift North

New climate change research from the Berkeley Lab suggests that boreal forests will likely shift north and will relinquish more trapped carbon than most current climate models predict. It’s difficult to imagine how a degree or two of warming will affect a location. Will it rain less? What will happen to the area’s vegetation? New […]

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Politics – The Single Most Important Factor in Limiting Global Warming

January 5, 2013



A new analysis finds that swift action by politicians is the single most important factor in limiting global warming. The costs of delays outweigh any possible benefits of waiting for more scientific research into the mechanisms of climate change. The scientists published their findings in two studies in the journal Nature ¹ ². This contradicts […]

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Hong Kong Temperatures to Rise by 2-3 Degrees Celsius in 30 Years

January 2, 2013


temperature map of Kowloon

The temperature in the inner urban areas of Honk Kong, China, is predicted to rise by two to three degrees Celsius in the next 30 years, according to researchers at the Department of Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics (LSGI) of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU). The scientists used remote sensing technology as well as satellite […]

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Smaller Ski Resorts Threatened By Warmer Winters

December 22, 2012



Northern exposure, aggressive snowmaking and hard manmade snow crystals are helping some of the bigger ski resorts deal with climate change, but smaller operations are under threat as the warmer winters will lead to less snow on the ground. The scientists published their findings in the journal Tourism Management. Regional operations at lower elevations that […]

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Invasive Species King Crabs Could Wipe Out Antarctic Ecosystems

December 18, 2012



Colder temperatures have kept crabs out of Antarctic seas for 30 million years, but warmer waters from the ocean depths are now intruding onto the continental shelf, and this seems to be changing the delicate ecological balance. An analysis¹ has suggested that 1.5 million crabs already inhabit Palmer Deep, an ocean floor valley. Native organisms […]

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Shallow Undersea Methane Hydrate Deposit Found in Arctic

December 10, 2012



In the Arctic Circle, on the continental slope off Canada in the Beaufort Sea, the shallowest known deposit of methane hydrate has been discovered. The crystalline solid is comprised of methane molecules trapped in an ice-lattice structure. The scientists presented their findings at the annual meeting of the Geophysical Union in San Francisco, California. The […]

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Carbon Locked in Arctic Permafrost Will Contribute to Global Warming

December 7, 2012



Fresh concerns are being expressed about the carbon locked in the Arctic’s permafrost. New studies presented at the American Geophysical Union quantify the amount of soil carbon at about 1.9 trillion metric tons, indicating that previous estimates underestimated the climate risk if this carbon is released due to warming temperatures. New laboratory experiments that are […]

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A Comprehensive Review on the Ice Melt in Antarctica & Greenland

November 30, 2012



A new study has come up with the most accurate estimate yet for the melting of the polar ice sheets, possibly ending decades of uncertainty about whether the sheets will melt further or actually gain mass in the face of climate change. The scientists published their findings in the journal Science. The ice sheets in […]

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Deforestation Adds More Atmospheric CO2 than the Sum Total of Cars & Trucks on the World’s Roads

November 14, 2012

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Deforestation in tropical rainforests adds more carbon dioxide to the Earth’s atmosphere than the sum total of cars and trucks on the world’s roads. Cars and trucks account for 14% of global carbon emissions, while most analysts attribute 15% to deforestation. One of the reasons why logging is bad for the climate is that when […]

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It’s Impossible to Stop the Seas from Rising Completely

November 5, 2012



Global sea levels have risen about seven inches in the past hundred years, and that pace is steadily accelerating thanks to climate change. This rise in sea levels threatens most coastal areas, and makes storm surges much worse, as in the case of hurricanes as well as smaller storms. Scientists published their findings in the […]

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Asteroid Dust Could Shield Earth from Harmful Solar Radiation

October 3, 2012



Scottish scientists have proposed to use a giant space-based dust cloud, blasted off an asteroid, to shade the Earth from the sun. Deliberately manipulating the Earth’s climate with large-scale engineering projects is called geoengineering and these proposals are always controversial because of the risk that they entail. The scientists will publish their findings in the […]

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Carbon Absorption by Plants Limited by the Abundance of Soil Nutrients

October 2, 2012



As carbon dioxide levels continue to climb in the Earth’s atmosphere, most current climate models project that the world’s oceans and trees will keep soaking up more than half of the extra CO2. However, researchers have spotted a problem with the capacity of plants to absorb more CO2. It’s now expected that this capacity will […]

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Report Claims 100 Million Will Die from Climate Change by 2030

September 27, 2012



A new report commissioned by 20 different governments states that more than 100 million people will die by 2030 if nothing is done to tackle climate change. Global economic growth will also be cut by 3.2% of gross domestic product (GDP). The report was authored by the humanitarian organization DARA. Global temperatures are on the […]

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Study Examines How Global Warming Will Affect Tropical Rainfall

September 17, 2012


Tropical Storm Fay in 2008

A new study from scientists at MIT uses model simulations and observations to estimate the how global warming will affect extreme precipitation, finding that with every 1 degree Celsius rise in temperature, tropical regions will see 10 percent heavier rainfall extremes. Extreme precipitation in the tropics comes in many forms: thunderstorm complexes, flood-inducing monsoons and […]

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