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New Research Shows Greenland Ice Sheet Movement is Decreasing Despite Warming

October 29, 2015


Study Shows Greenland Ice Sheet Movement Decreasing Despite Warming

A newly published study from the University of Edinburgh shows that the movement of the southwest portion of the Greenland Ice Sheet that terminates on land has been slowing down despite decades of increasing temperatures and surface melting. The study is published in the journal Nature. Researchers derived their results by tracking ice sheet movement […]

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The Unintended Consequences of Geoengineering a Cooler Atmosphere

September 9, 2015


Stimulating Ocean Phytoplankton Growth to Reduce Global Warming

In a newly published study, scientists from MIT reveal unintended consequences of an idea to stimulate ocean phytoplankton growth in order to geoengineer a cooler atmosphere. Like the leaves of New England maples, phytoplankton, the microalgae at the base of most oceanic food webs, photosynthesize when exposed to sunlight. In the process, they absorb carbon […]

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NOAA: July 2015 The Warmest Month Ever Recorded

August 22, 2015


July 2015 The Warmest Month Ever Recorded

A new report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reveals that July 2015 had the all-time highest monthly temperature in the 1880–2015 record, at 61.86°F (16.61°C), surpassing the previous record set in 1998 by 0.14°F (0.08°C). Global highlights: July 2015 The July average temperature across global land and ocean surfaces was 1.46°F (0.81°C) above […]

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Study Shows Greenland’s Undercut Glaciers Melting Faster than Thought

July 22, 2015


New Research Shows Greenland’s Undercut Glaciers Melting Faster than Thought

In a newly published study, a team of researchers reveal that Greenland’s glaciers are likely melting faster than previously thought. Greenland’s glaciers flowing into the ocean are grounded deeper below sea level than previously measured, allowing intruding ocean water to badly undercut the glacier faces. That process will raise sea levels around the world much […]

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NASA Study Reveals Oceans Temporarily Hide Global Warming

July 12, 2015


Oceans Temporarily Hide Global Warming

A newly published NASA study shows that the recent extra heat from greenhouse gases has been trapped in the waters of the Pacific and Indian oceans, accounting for the slowdown in the global surface temperature trend observed during the past decade. Researchers Veronica Nieves, Josh Willis and Bill Patzert of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), […]

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Demise of Laurentide Ice Sheet Due to Sudden Shift in “Radiative Forcing”

June 23, 2015


A study of the demise of the Laurentide Ice Sheet that once covered Canada may help scientists better understand shrinking ice fields today - like this melting ice margin in Greenland.

Researchers at Oregon State University studied the cause of the demise of the massive Laurentide Ice Sheet during the last ice age, looking for clues as to how a warming climate may impact ice sheets on Greenland and Antarctica. A new study has found that the massive Laurentide ice sheet that covered Canada during the […]

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New Detailed Global Climate Change Projections from NASA

June 9, 2015


Detailed Global Climate Change Projections

A new dataset from the NASA Earth Exchange shows how temperature and rainfall patterns worldwide may change through the year 2100 because of growing concentrations of greenhouse gases in Earth’s atmosphere. The dataset, which is available to the public, shows projected changes worldwide on a regional level in response to different scenarios of increasing carbon […]

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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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