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New age for ice spotters as satellites map Antarctic

New age for ice spotters as satellites map Antarctic

Posted Fri, 19 Aug 2011 15:25:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

A NASA project has for the first time mapped the glacial flows of Antarctica, providing vital information in the monitoring of climate change. The map they have created shows glaciers as they snake their way from the desolate Antarctic interior to the southern oceans.

New age for ice spotters as satellites map Antarctic

North and south, changes to polar ecology racking up

North and south, changes to polar ecology racking up

Posted Thu, 11 Aug 2011 20:00:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Not all of the changes ongoing in the Arctic and Antarctic are big and dramatic. Small-scale changes to the bugs and soils are likely to change the face of the poles too, says a presentation to the Ecological Society of America, made in Texas yesterday.

North and south, changes to polar ecology racking up

Managed forests can soak up more carbon

Managed forests can soak up more carbon

Posted Wed, 10 Aug 2011 15:08:00 GMT by Kieran Ball

Researchers discover that forests with younger, more diverse, species of trees are more effective at soaking up carbon than their older trees. Forests act as CO2 sponges, soaking up to 2.4 billion tonnes of greenhouse gases annually - almost a third of all CO2 released through the burning of fossil fuels each year.

Managed forests can soak up more carbon

Horn of Africa faces more extreme future - a tale from the lake

Horn of Africa faces more extreme future - a tale from the lake

Posted Thu, 04 Aug 2011 18:00:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

While the drought crisis still rages in the Horn of Africa, a study published in Science today provides snapshots of how such droughts have played out over the last 20,000 years. Researchers have been able to connect muddy layers in a lake in Kenya to the ragged fluctuations of the El Nino/ La Nina cycle in the Pacific; the story confirms that a future both wetter, and more drought-prone, is likely.

Horn of Africa faces more extreme future - a tale from the lake

Fire in the north: burning tundra heralds new warming worries

Fire in the north: burning tundra heralds new warming worries

Posted Wed, 27 Jul 2011 17:00:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

A paper out in Nature today suggests that the touch-paper for runaway global warming could be lit by increased fires in the previously damp tundra soils of the Arctic. Such fires have been absent for 11,000 years - their reappearance could help cause permafrost to melt more readily, in a chain-reaction of CO2 emissions that would boost global warming.

Fire in the north: burning tundra heralds new warming worries

Ice shelf collapse causes glacial surge

Ice shelf collapse causes glacial surge

Posted Wed, 27 Jul 2011 14:50:00 GMT by Melanie J. Martin

Just how much does the collapse of an ice shelf affect glaciers? Glacial ice may surge into the ocean for many years after an ice shelf's collapse. New research studying two ice shelf collapses provides the most accurate data yet on this phenomenon.

Ice shelf collapse causes glacial surge

Is carbon capture kaput?

Is carbon capture kaput?

Posted Fri, 22 Jul 2011 16:44:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

News of AEP's cancellation of its carbon capture trial after mixed success have added to worries that CCS (Carbon capture and Storage) is struggling to match hopes for helping with the global carbon conundrum. And a new report into reusing CO2 - released yesterday by the UK's Center for Low Carbon Futures - is a reminder that potential their may also be too little too late.

Is carbon capture kaput?

Arctic sea-ice in race to bottom

Arctic sea-ice in race to bottom

Posted Wed, 20 Jul 2011 16:17:01 GMT by Martin Leggett

2011 is shaping up to be another year of danger for the Arctic ice cap, with levels of sea-ice cover nudging below those for the record ice-loss of 2007. The final minimum won't be known until September, but the volume of ice is already thought to be lower than any previous year - leaving the climate, and polar bears, as big losers.

Arctic sea-ice in race to bottom

Forests still sucking it up, when it comes to carbon

Forests still sucking it up, when it comes to carbon

Posted Thu, 14 Jul 2011 18:00:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Forests world-wide have maintained their levels of carbon-storing, despite the twin assaults of tropical deforestation and climate change. New tropical forest growth in previously cleared areas, as well in the temperate forests of the US and China, have helped keep an uneasy balance in the carbon accounts of global forested areas - which helps take the edge off of our climate change-threatening emissions.

Forests still sucking it up, when it comes to carbon

Oceans struggling to soak up CO2

Oceans struggling to soak up CO2

Posted Sun, 10 Jul 2011 17:00:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Warming oceans may be finding it harder to take their share of our CO2 emissions, says an upcoming study out in Nature Geoscience today. The three-decades of North Atlantic data analyzed suggest, for the first time, that climate change is causing the oceans to pass the CO2 buck straight back to us.

Oceans struggling to soak up CO2

Looking for the climate's future in the distant past

Looking for the climate's future in the distant past

Posted Thu, 07 Jul 2011 15:06:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Scientists have turned to fossils from a previous time of high CO2 concentrations and found that previous temperature predictions have probably been too high. The team studied growth rings in the shells of molluscs and tested other material found in the fossils.

Looking for the climate's future in the distant past

China's double-edged climate weapon

China's double-edged climate weapon

Posted Wed, 06 Jul 2011 13:21:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

A paper published yesterday, in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, suggests that the same coal-powered stations helping to bump up greenhouse gas emissions may be helping to hold temperatures back too. The cooling-sulfates from China's coal-fueled economic boom are being removed to stop local pollution - but could that give global warming an alarming kick upwards?

China's double-edged climate weapon

Sea-levels to be driven higher by warming currents undermining ice-shelves

Sea-levels to be driven higher by warming currents undermining ice-shelves

Posted Sun, 03 Jul 2011 17:00:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Warming ocean currents could eat into polar ice-sheets from beneath, increasing the rate at which they flow into the sea, say researchers in a paper out in Nature Geoscience today. Their state-of-the-art climate models suggests a sea-level rise of 36 inches or more is on the cards by 2100.

Sea-levels to be driven higher by warming currents undermining ice-shelves

Ozone likely to threaten European forests as climate warms

Ozone likely to threaten European forests as climate warms

Posted Fri, 01 Jul 2011 15:18:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Researchers from Sweden say that damage from ozone is likely to badly affect European forests and agriculture by the end of this century, reducing yields. Ozone is very important to life on Earth as any green veterans will remember. In the higher atmosphere - the ozone layer helps keep out harmful ultraviolet solar radiation.

Ozone likely to threaten European forests as climate warms

Urgent action needed to feed growing population in warmer world

Urgent action needed to feed growing population in warmer world

Posted Fri, 01 Jul 2011 12:14:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

The Crop Society of America warns that action must be taken quickly to help agriculture adapt to changing climate - both by finding new crops and by changing the ways we farm. According to the CSSA, drought will affect production from more than half of the planet's arable land within the next half-century and there is an urgent need to develop crop species and agricultural systems which can make the best use of scarce water.

Urgent action needed to feed growing population in warmer world

Using icebergs to solve southern European water shortages

Using icebergs to solve southern European water shortages

Posted Thu, 30 Jun 2011 21:49:00 GMT by Michael Evans

Global warming is causing water shortages in Southern Europe as well as causing large lumps of ice to break off the polar icecap. What if these icebergs could be towed south to solve the water shortage? A French study says that they could.

Using icebergs to solve southern European water shortages

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The emperor has no ice

Posted Tue, 01 Jul 2014 07:20:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Ice influence will prevent some cold spells

Posted Mon, 16 Jun 2014 07:26:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Even more carbon emitted from tropical forests!

Posted Mon, 26 May 2014 07:40:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Melting Antarctic ice and sea levels

Posted Fri, 09 May 2014 14:41:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Climate change and permafrost loss

Posted Mon, 24 Mar 2014 06:35:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Costing 21st Century coastal flooding

Posted Wed, 05 Feb 2014 14:16:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Winners and losers in the great warming!

Posted Fri, 03 Jan 2014 09:55:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Remember November? it was HOT

Posted Wed, 18 Dec 2013 08:00:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

COP19 descends to walk-outs

Posted Thu, 21 Nov 2013 10:16:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

The players on the Warsaw pitch

Posted Tue, 12 Nov 2013 10:55:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

That oil palm problem - again?

Posted Tue, 09 Oct 2012 10:58:27 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Unique fish are dealt a dodgy deal

Posted Tue, 14 Feb 2012 14:09:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Global predictions: before they destroy us!

Posted Sat, 13 Apr 2013 08:01:43 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Extreme weather motivates greener behaviour

Posted Mon, 21 Mar 2011 09:21:00 GMT by Laura Goodall

Climate Change Has Huge Effect On Birdlife

Posted Thu, 24 Mar 2011 12:27:00 GMT by Kieran Ball

Will drought in Mexico spur surge in emigration to the US?

Posted Sat, 03 Dec 2011 15:25:44 GMT by Michael Clark

Paleoclimatologists question climate change limits

Posted Fri, 09 Dec 2011 13:59:00 GMT by Dave Collier

Climate change causes tree 'migration'

Posted Fri, 04 Nov 2011 16:25:00 GMT by James Mathews

History may hold the key to future climate change consequences

Posted Mon, 17 Jan 2011 09:30:01 GMT by David Hewitt

Bringing soot and methane on board, post-Kyoto

Posted Thu, 12 May 2011 18:30:01 GMT by Martin Leggett