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Global Temperatures Continue to Rise

Written by , on January 13, 2011

NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, the UK Met Office Hadley Centre and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Climatic Data Center have all reported that 2010 was the warmest year (equally with 2005) since global records were begun in 1880. This is NASA‘s updated graph of global temperatures from 1880 to 2010.  Read more »

Engineering Crops to Reduce Warming

Written by , on November 12, 2010

Researchers at Bristol University are investigating the possibility that developing crop plants, such as wheat, with broad shiny leaves could reflect a substantial amount of sunlight and help to reduce global warming.  Read more »

Help Research Climate from Old Ship Logs

Written by , on October 13, 2010

The Old Weather Project is looking for volunteers to extract data and weather observations from digital versions of handwritten historical ship log books, which are difficult for a computer to read. Covering 280 ships between 1905 and 1929, the information will enable scientists to reconstruct wind speed, weather, cloudiness, precipitation and pressure for a better […]  Read more »

Painting the Andes to Save the Planet

Written by , on June 22, 2010

Four men from the remote village of Licapa in Peru have decided to combat global warming by painting the Andes white. In the last 35 years, rising temperatures have reduced the size of glaciers in the Peruvian Andes by 22%. The hope is that the whitewash will reflect heat away and stop the glaciers melting. […]  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 »

IEA: Climate Inaction Would Cost $500 billion per annum

Written by , on November 11, 2009

The International Energy Agency, which provides energy statistics and projections to 28 industrialised countries, has issued a report warning that every year of inaction in cutting carbon emissions will cost the world an additional $US500 billion. The IEA estimates that in order to limit the rise in global temperatures to 2 degrees, non-fossil fuels will […]  Read more »

Scientists Say Warming May Cause Earthquakes

Written by , on October 2, 2009

Scientists at  a conference in London have concluded that global warming could result in increased volcanic activity, earthquakes and tsunamis. The conference on Climate Forcing of Geological and Geomorphological Hazards suggests that climate change could tip the planet’s delicate balance and unleash a host of geological disasters – and that attempts to stall global warming […]  Read more »

Climate Scientists Want People in Graveyards

Written by , on July 31, 2009

Scientists are encouraging people to hang out in cemeteries in a bid to fight climate change. The idea is that by monitoring the effects of acid rain on marble headstones, researchers will be able to find out more about pollution levels. Professor Peter Cawood, president of the Geological Society of Australia, says the EarthTrek project […]  Read more »

Scientist Wants to Paint the Town White

Written by , on January 18, 2009

A Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory scientist, Hashem Akbari, is poised to launch a campaign to paint the world white. Inspired by the whitewashed villages around the Mediterranean, he argues that if we turn enough of the world’s dark urban landscape white, it would reflect sufficient sunlight to delay global warming and give us some precious […]  Read more »

NASA Study: Phase out Coal by 2050

Written by , on September 16, 2008

James Hansen and Pushker Kharecha of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies have published a study showing that the rise in carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels can be kept below dangerous levels as long as emissions from coal are phased out globally within the next few decades. Professor Hansen is head of the Goddard Institute […]  Read more »