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Estimated Rate of Greenland Ice Melt Halved

Written by , on September 8, 2010

There have been several estimates that Greenland is shedding roughly 230 billion tonnes of ice and West Antarctica around 132  billion tonnes per year and analysts have been concerned that these rates are much faster than predicted by climate models – suggesting that the models may be far too conservative. Now researchers from the US […]  Read more »

More Climate Sceptics Changing Views

Written by , on September 2, 2010

Paul Hanlon, the science editor of Britain’s Daily Mail has been possibly the UK’s most influential climate sceptic. Following a trip to Greenland he writes: "Yes, global warming is real – and deeply worrying". His article continues "I have long been something of a climate-change sceptic, but my views in recent years have shifted. For […]  Read more »

Leading Climate Change Sceptic Changes Tack

Written by , on September 1, 2010

In a book to be published this month, Bjørn Lomborg, the world’s most high-profile climate change sceptic declares that global warming is “undoubtedly one of the chief concerns facing the world today” and calls for a $us100 billion fund to fight it. The self-styled “sceptical environmentalist” is famous for attacking climate scientists, campaigners, the media and […]  Read more »

New Advanced Climate Software Available Free

Written by , on August 20, 2010

The Universities Corporation for Atmospheric Research has released new modelling software which will allow scientists to study climate change in far more detail. The software is available free from the Community Earth Systems Model web site. The Community Earth System Model will be one of the primary climate models used for the next assessment by […]  Read more »

“Unmistakeable” Indicators of Global Warming

Written by , on August 3, 2010

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has published a report detailing ten indicators which “we would unambiguously expect them to increase or decrease if the world were warming.” In a warming world, we would expect the following indicators to increase: land surface air temperature sea-surface temperature marine air temperature sea level tropospheric temperature ocean […]  Read more »

Coral Isands May Be Shifting – Not Sinking

Written by , on June 17, 2010

For years, we have been warned that low-lying coral island states will be drowned by rising sea levels. Now the first analysis of the data broadly suggests the opposite – most have remained stable, while some have even grown, despite rising sea levels, over the last 60 years. Paul Kench at the University of Auckland […]  Read more »

Another Problem from Climate Change

Written by , on May 15, 2010

Climate change is threatening some of our favourite cliches. These are some that we will need to update: Images from Wikimedia Commons: "CO2-Temp" by Hanno, "Richmond Flood" by Iridescent, "Running Hare" by Marlene Thyssen, "Black Sea Oil Spill" by Marine Photobank, "Dead Zone" by Jkeiser and "Flowers of Prunus Tomentosa in May" by Pauk  Read more »

Cyclones to Get Fewer But Fiercer

Written by , on March 21, 2010

A new study on the likely effect of climate change on tropical cyclones, published by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the United States, predicts slightly fewer but much more destructive cyclones. John McBride, principal research scientist for the Bureau of Meteorology says one of the most consistent findings is that the southern hemisphere […]  Read more »

Will Himalayan Glaciers Disappear by 2035?

Written by , on January 18, 2010

In its 2007 report, the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said: “Glaciers in the Himalayas are receding faster than in any other part of the world and, if the present rate continues, the likelihood of them disappearing by the year 2035 and perhaps sooner is very high if the Earth keeps warming at the […]  Read more »

Japan Pledges $US40 billion and Wants 30% Improvement by 2020

Written by , on January 26, 2008

Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda today vowed to cut carbon emissions and help developing nations cope with global warming. Over the next five years, Japan will spend $US30 billion on new environmental technology at home and provide another $US10 billion for developing countries. Fukuda also proposed a 30 percent improvement in energy efficiency globally by […]  Read more »