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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

Aircraft can trigger snow above airports, says study

Aircraft can trigger snow above airports, says study

Posted Thu, 30 Jun 2011 18:00:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Research out in Science today points to aircraft as the source of a little extra snow locally, with the 'hole-punch' clouds that they create in low-lying cloud cascading the formation of ice crystals. Wings and props both seem to seed snow-producing cloud, which may mean that climate scientists need to adjust for the effect in airport weather-data records - especially near to the poles

Aircraft can trigger snow above airports, says study

How wallabies from 'down-under' can help in climate-change fight

How wallabies from 'down-under' can help in climate-change fight

Posted Thu, 30 Jun 2011 18:00:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Wallabies have been shown to make use of helpful green bacteria, as part of their solution to turning grass and leaves into energy, says a new study. They produce 80% less methane than cows or sheep. The latest research from down-under, published in the new Science, may lead to better ways to control livestock emissions, which is the third-largest source of climate-altering methane in the US.

How wallabies from 'down-under' can help in climate-change fight

Arctic sea-ice loss lets Pacific sea-life into Atlantic

Arctic sea-ice loss lets Pacific sea-life into Atlantic

Posted Sun, 26 Jun 2011 15:31:01 GMT by Martin Leggett

The news that the fabled North-west passage, across the Arctic, has become a reality for Pacific marine life, is just of many worrying signs reported from Europe's seas for an ongoing marine monitoring project. The shifting fortunes of Europe's seas, under the impact of climate change, is revealed today in a release from Project CLAMER, a collaboration between 17 European marine-study institutes.

Arctic sea-ice loss lets Pacific sea-life into Atlantic

Unseasonal Floods - Climate Change?

Unseasonal Floods - Climate Change?

Posted Wed, 22 Jun 2011 06:57:00 GMT by Michelle Simon

It was 5am when I threw my feet over the 11°C heated bed and landed in -3°C mini-stream of water. I fumbled in the dark half-asleep, thinking I'd left the tap open but then tuned back into the thumping sounds of the constant almost 24-hour rains. The unusual occurrence of winter rainstorms had caused the overflow saturating the garden and making its way into the house.

Unseasonal Floods - Climate Change?

Unprecedented sea-level rise over 20th century pins down future of rising oceans

Unprecedented sea-level rise over 20th century pins down future of rising oceans

Posted Mon, 20 Jun 2011 19:02:01 GMT by Martin Leggett

North Carolina's salt-marsh back-waters have helped scientists to show that the 20th century has seen seas rising by more than 8 inches per century – a rate unparalleled in 2000 years of data. The results, published today by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, will help climate scientists better constrain future predictions of the ocean's relentless rise – as global warming progresses.

Unprecedented sea-level rise over 20th century pins down future of rising oceans

Act now to prime the green growth pump says WWF

Act now to prime the green growth pump says WWF

Posted Sun, 19 Jun 2011 16:07:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Governments need to act quickly and in concert to direct private enterprise towards the clean technologies needed for a greener future says world wildlife charity. Enabling the Transition - Climate Innovation Systems for a Low Carbon Future, calls for concerted action from governments, working together to back the private sector in developing clean technologies.

Act now to prime the green growth pump says WWF

Sun spot decrease is not an ice age say scientists

Sun spot decrease is not an ice age say scientists

Posted Sun, 19 Jun 2011 14:52:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

The Sun seems to be about to enter a period of decreased activity say a team of American scientists who have been moved by the fuss their work has caused to deny that they are predicting a global cooling.

Sun spot decrease is not an ice age say scientists

Farmer's count the cost of drought

Farmer's count the cost of drought

Posted Thu, 16 Jun 2011 14:00:00 GMT by Laura Brown

Wheat yield down 15% thanks to abnormally dry spring. The National Farmer's Union says it expects the UK's wheat harvest to drop by at least 15% this year, blaming drought conditions in the early part of 2011.

Farmer's count the cost of drought

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Sea ice helps carbon absorption

Posted Mon, 22 Sep 2014 16:59:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Climate change affects islands, but one snail hangs on.

Posted Tue, 09 Sep 2014 09:14:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Soil carbon is lost with global warming

Posted Thu, 04 Sep 2014 09:52:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

WMO and others at Montreal climate change conference

Posted Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:30:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Trees lose out to climate change

Posted Fri, 15 Aug 2014 10:01:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Relicts are natural ecological laboratories

Posted Wed, 13 Aug 2014 06:11:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Oceania sinks, and like New Zealand, we have to help

Posted Tue, 12 Aug 2014 05:48:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

New Atlantic/Pacific climate links cause US and island calamity

Posted Mon, 04 Aug 2014 09:09:00 GMT by JW Dowey

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

Sea cow teeth point to a wetter Eocene and a 'greenhouse earth'

Posted Thu, 21 Apr 2011 18:02:01 GMT by Martin Leggett

New age for ice spotters as satellites map Antarctic

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

Climatic cycles add to the chance of extinction

Posted Thu, 29 Sep 2011 19:22:01 GMT by Dave Collier

Paleoclimatologists question climate change limits

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

Sceptic tanks, of the non-thinking variety

Posted Wed, 02 Oct 2013 10:45:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

COP19 descends to walk-outs

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

Unprecedented sea-level rise over 20th century pins down future of rising oceans

Posted Mon, 20 Jun 2011 19:02:01 GMT by Martin Leggett

Greenhouse gases 'warmed Earth billions of years ago'

Posted Wed, 28 Mar 2012 17:00:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

COP 17: Week 2

Posted Mon, 05 Dec 2011 21:24:00 GMT by Michelle Simon