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East Asia Climate Change: Typhoon are getting more intense

East Asia Typhoon Intensity on the Rise as G20 Leaders Meet in China

East Asia typhoons have been increasing in intensity, a trend that is expected to continue and take a heavier toll throughout the western Pacific rim and posing greater challenges to regional and world leaders.

Using satellite data researchers find effect of melting Arctic sea ice has greater impact on global warming than expected

Melting Arctic Sea Ice Causing More Warming Than Expected

Scientists have long modeled the expected warming due to the decreased albedo effect as melting Arctic sea ice exposes more open ocean. As early as the 1960’s climate researchers have predicted how this phenomenon will amplify global warming. Arctic ice melt, albedo and global warming Albedo is measured as a percentage, in this case the percentage of solar radiation a…

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Climate Impact of Biomass, Fossil Fuel Burning Underestimated

Today’s best climate models are significantly underestimating the effects of burning biomass and fossil fuels, an international research team has found. In large part the discrepancy arises from new findings to do with how much heat is absorbed by “brown carbon” emissions that result from incomplete carbon fuel combustion.

Research Shows Increasing Rate of Ocean Acidification

Often lost in the debate over climate change and CO2 emissions is the link between rising carbon dioxide levels and ocean chemistry. Since the early 19th century, scientists have understood carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas. Late in the 19th century researchers began to suspect that CO2 emissions could alter climate. For at least the past three decades the link…

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Data Suggests Thinning Clouds Accelerate Warming Oceans

A new study suggest that ocean warming is accelerated by thinning clouds, and the thinning clouds is caused by warming oceans, thus setting up a positive feedback loop further accelerating climate change.