Arctic

The Oceanic Conveyor Belt: Climate Change Tipping Points Being Reached in the Arctic, Western Boundary Ocean Currents

Two new research papers by authoritative climate research teams were announced this week — one on climate change tipping points being reached in the Arctic and a second on warming of long-distance, poleward-moving ocean currents. The results of the studies show that warming of both the Arctic and western boundary currents is happening faster than has been anticipated, prompting the researchers to publicly urge …

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Melting Arctic Ice is Releasing Massive Amounts of Methane

Researches ignite escaping methane gas from the melting ice

The melting Arctic ice is causing huge quantities of methane gas to be released into the atmosphere. Concerns about climate change-inducing greenhouse gases are often centered on carbon dioxide (CO2), but methane is a greenhouse gas that is 20-30 times more potent than CO2. Each methane molecule is actually about 70 times more potent in terms of trapping heat than a molecule of carbon dioxide, however, methane …

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Enviro News Wrap: Rushing the Tar Sands Pipeline; Raining Mercury; Spilling Oil; Melting Ice, and more…

GlobalWarmingisReal contributor Anders Hellum-Alexander wraps-up the climate and environmental news headlines for the past week: In the spending bill that just passed the US Congress, the Republicans forced in a rider that sets a deadline of 60 days for Obama to make a decision about the Tar Sands XL pipeline. If Obama approves the pipeline it will be without a full environmental review of the pipeline’s path …

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Escalating Costs of Global Warming All Too Evident as UN Climate Treaty Talks Open

Evidence of global warming, and its escalating costs, continues to mount as some 15,000 delegates attended the opening of the UNFCCC's COP 17 climate change conference in Durban, South Africa yesterday. Nature seemed to weigh in, buffeting the coastal Indian Ocean city with an unseasonable torrential rain.

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White Spruce Growing Well in Face of Warming Climate at Alaska Firth River Study Site

White spruce at a study site along Alaska's Firth River are adapting well to a warming climate, according to a Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory research team. That's in stark contrast to white spruce populations in the rest of the state. The team matched tree ring growth, wood density data and climate data dating back to 1067 in carrying out their study.

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Effects of Global Warming Posing Threats from the Arctic to Australia

Arctic sea ice - 2011

It seems climate change deniers will try every trick in the book and go to almost any lengths to spread their message and gain supporters. You can't deny what people and all forms of life around the world are experiencing, however, or the growing mountain of evidence supporting climate change theory being amassed by good, honest climate science for that matter.

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Warming Climate Brings Sea Level Rise, Land Loss and Marine Migrations to Europe’s Seas

Sea level rise

Europe's seas are changing at an unprecedented rate, much faster than climate scientists anticipated. Seawater temperatures have been rising around 10-times faster than average over the past 25 years, while wind speeds have also been increasing. The combination of rising sea levels and stronger winds has resulted in the loss of 15% of Europe's coasts, according to recently completed EU-sponsored marine research.

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