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Climate Change..... After the Day After II

Posted: 08-30-2007 10:48 AM
by Janus232
'Catastrophe, Apocalypse, Tragedy'
"According to the Greek financial daily Imersia the inferno has destroyed 4,5 million olive trees, killed 60,000 sheep and goats and burnt down 510 houses. Up to 190,000 hectares of forest were burnt between Friday and Tuesday alone" ... 33,00.html

International Antarctic Conference at UCSB
"the levels of greenhouse gases currently found in the Antarctic are at least two times higher than they have ever been before" ... ence-ucsb/

Phoenix sets record for days over 110 degrees ... 9e90d32155

Entering into the “greenhouse century”
"The anomalously warm seasons allow a “preview” of conditions that may occur with greater frequency in the future" ... 0144.shtml

'More Food Needed Now Than In All Recorded History'
“Land degradation and desertification may be regarded as the silent crisis of the world, a genuine threat to the future of humankind”

Ireland warming at double the rate of the rest of the world
"The report highlighted that the changes would lead to a longer growing season for Irish farmers with potential for new crops that should be exploited, but it warned that flooding would increase"

Posted: 08-31-2007 10:19 AM
by Janus232
No line 30 Aug 07 - Peter Horrocks: head of BBC TV News
"In the Edinburgh session the possibility of the BBC doing a "consciousness-raising" event about the subject, possibly called Planet Relief, was raised"

Flaring Burns Off Gas Worth $40 billion, US Study Reveals ... tml#Story0

Climate change: A guide for the perplexed
"With so much at stake, it is right that climate science is subjected to the most intense scrutiny. What does not help is for the real issues to be muddied by discredited arguments or wild theories" ... ge/dn11462

Arctic Habitats Melting Away
"The mercury is rising twice as fast as elsewhere on the planet" ... 02-ak-0000

Flooding: Inevitable fate or avoidable phenomenon?
"Recent events have highlighted that around the world the frequency and severity of floods is increasing. During the next few decades in the UK, climate change is predicted to result in milder, wetter winters and hotter, drier summers. The fact that the UK has just experienced its wettest summer on record underlines the increased variability of climate patterns. Combined with rising sea levels, these factors will lead to new and increased risks of flooding, particularly within the lifetime of planned new developments" ... _1_n.shtml

Melting of floating ice and sea level rise
"Contrary to popular belief, the melting of floating ice (in the form of ice shelves, icebergs and sea ice) may have a non-zero impact on sea level. This is because the melting process cools and dilutes the oceans on average, and unless these opposing effects exactly balance each other there will be a net change in the ocean density. We discuss how these subtle effects can be quantified and put bounds on the potential sea level rise associated with melting of the ice masses that are currently afloat in the world's oceans" ... 0784.shtml

Antarctic icebergs teem with diverse life
"One important consequence of the increased biological productivity is that free-floating icebergs can serve as a route for carbon dioxide drawdown and sequestration of particulate carbon as it sinks into the deep sea"

Posted: 09-01-2007 06:11 AM
by Janus232
Indonesia proposes rainforest nations climate group
"Brazil, Cameroon, Congo, Costa Rica, Gabon, Indonesia, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea" ... H11xi7Oryw

Targets Agreed for Greenhouse Emissions in Post-Kyoto Era
"The scale of the climate change problem is clear, the technology is available, and solutions are financially affordable" ... -31-01.asp

Lowest Streamflows in More Than 110 Years for Some North Carolina Rivers as Drought Worsens
"streamflow temperatures in August were about 4 degrees greater than average"

Irminger Water variability in the West Greenland Current
"We examine the historical variability of Irminger Water (IW) along 3 sections across the West Greenland Current over 1950–2005. Significant variability in the salinity, size and position of the IW core are seen over time. Some of the saltiest and warmest IW ever recorded have been seen since 1995 (comparable to previous maximums in the 1960s)" ... 0419.shtml

Strong Evidence Points to Earth's Proximity to Sun as Ice
"The team found a correlation between ice age onsets and terminations, and variations in the season of Earth's closest approach to the sun. Earth's closest pass, or perihelion, happens to fall in June about every 23,000 years" ... 4053.shtml

EPA awards 1-year deal to SAIC
" The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded San Diego's SAIC a contract to provide technical and outreach support services for domestic and global climate-change programs. The one-year contract, which has options to extend the work four additional years, could be worth as much as $27 million" ... zbrfs.html

Posted: 09-04-2007 11:00 PM
by Janus232
Explaining the record US warmth of 2006
"We conclude that the record warmth was primarily due to human influences"
NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory ... 0643.shtml

Twin Storms Pack Dangerous Winds
"Today hurricanes are becoming increasingly violent. For example, water from the Carribean, the ocean, is two degrees hotter than before" ... 60,00.html

Sunflowers brighten life near North Pole
"It turned out that Blomstrand is an island -- the glacier retreated and in 1994 you could circumnavigate it"

Loss of Arctic ice leaves experts stunned
"If you asked me a couple of years ago when the Arctic could lose all of its ice then I would have said 2100, or 2070 maybe. But now I think that 2030 is a reasonable estimate. It seems that the Arctic is going to be a very different place within our lifetimes, and certainly within our childrens' lifetimes" ... matechange

Posted: 09-05-2007 12:20 AM
by Janus232
Atlantis Effect? Rising Sea Level Worries Wash. Shoreline Areas
"I think people are still in denial" ... /83194.htm

Posted: 09-07-2007 07:46 AM
by Janus232
Global warming stunts second-crop cultivation
“In the future, second-crop cultivation may have to be limited at only twice a year while it has traditionally been five times in two years......... In November-December when the temperature drops by 1-4 degrees_celcius, pollination is also impossible"

Rwanda: Weather Changes Affect Farming Season
"It's really dry and the soils are not favourable for agriculture"

UN holds desertification summit in Spain
"the greatest environmental challenge of our times" ... &channel=0

No more drought: it's a 'permanent dry'
"We are trying to avoid the term 'drought' and saying this is the new reality" ... 15754.html

Record rise in wheat price
"...potential for social tension, leading to social reactions and eventually even political problems” ... 1078.shtml

Pacific rim nations eke out climate change agreement
"It is an aspirational goal, not a binding commitment........ Even though there is a numerical target, APEC is not a binding organisation" ... xnSxgsfpbQ

Posted: 09-09-2007 02:01 AM
by Janus232
Future regional Arctic sea ice declines
"we find considerable evidence for loss of sea ice area of greater than 40% by 2050" ... 0808.shtml

Posted: 09-09-2007 02:24 AM
by Psychicwolf
Melting ice cap triggering earthquakes

The Greenland ice cap is melting so quickly that it is triggering earthquakes as pieces of ice several cubic kilometres in size break off.

Scientists monitoring events this summer say the acceleration could be catastrophic in terms of sea-level rise and make predictions this February by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change far too low. ... matechange

Posted: 09-11-2007 01:39 AM
by Janus232
Recent extreme near-surface permafrost temperatures on Svalbard
"The 2006 mean ground temperature at the permafrost table in a monitored borehole in bedrock was 1.8°C higher than the mean for the previous six years, and this corresponded to a 40% reduction in accumulated annual negative degree-days at that depth. The thermal response was detectable to a depth of at least 15 m. In future, a greater frequency of high-temperature anomalies such as this, superimposed on a warming trend, is likely to cause potentially hazardous irregular acceleration in near-surface permafrost thawing" ... 1002.shtml

Posted: 09-12-2007 12:23 AM
by Janus232
Lakes Boiling With Methane Discovered In Alaska
"It is unlikely that this methane plume was related to permafrost thaw" ... 092139.htm

Mediterranean's rich marine life under threat
"a national crisis" ... 6iidTQ5PpA

Rate of melting glaciers has doubled in ten years
“Chile currently has 2.7 percent of the world’s glaciers. Still, its glacier melt is accounting for 7.7 percent of the rise in the world’s ocean levels" ... rmato=HTML

Under The Sea
"Greetings from Charleston's underwater future" ... id%3A33008

Global warming threatens Indonesia's Borobudur temple
"We are racing against the weather" ... rldupdates

Posted: 09-13-2007 07:05 AM
by Janus232
Munich Re among the founding signatories to the ClimateWise initiative
"As climate change progresses, the insurance industry must reassess its exposure to risk, but, with the support of its expert knowledge, it is well-equipped to use this as a basis for developing new opportunities too. We see openings for substantial additional business in technologies like the booming sector of renewable energy and in the flexibility mechanisms outlined in the Kyoto Protocol" ... 16449.html

The sea-ice is getting thinner - A closer look at the climate and ecosystem of the Arctic Ocean
"50 scientists have been on board the Research Vessel Polarstern for two and a half months, their main aim: to carry out research on the sea-ice areas in the central Arctic. Amongst other things, they have found out that not only the ocean currents are changing, but community structures in the Arctic are also altering" ... 695/f/196/

Nobel laureate urges China and U.S. to act on gas emissions
"The fact that we have more floods than before, and each of them is worse than before means something" ... 140014.asp

Asymmetry of tropical precipitation change under global warming
"A clear trend of tropical precipitation changes induced by global warming is found in hemispherical averages of most climate model simulations as well as from observation. It is observed that in response to global warming, an asymmetric pattern develops between tropical precipitation changes in the northern and southern hemispheres, and this asymmetry is locked with the seasonal cycle of tropical convection. In boreal summer (winter), the northern hemispherical average departure from tropical mean increases (decreases), while the departure of the southern hemispherical average decreases (increases). This implies an enhanced seasonal precipitation range between rainy and dry seasons and an increased precipitation difference between northern and southern hemispheres" ... 0327.shtml

'Life On Earth Is Disappearing'
"Gorillas, vultures, corals, Asian crocodiles and even seaweeds are joining thousands of other species on the slide towards extinction, according to the latest edition of the Red List, the international catalogue of threatened wildlife, published yesterday"

Posted: 09-14-2007 10:23 AM
by Janus232
The US chief scientist has told the BBC that climate change is now a fact
"You only have two choices; you either have advanced technologies and get them into the marketplace, or you shut down your economies and put people out of work"

Rotating Electric Machines Modeling Tool Supports Design Of High-Temp Superconducting Power Generator
"Generators based on HTS technology could increase global energy output by around 7%. This would be equivalent to roughly another 40 conventional power stations" ... TCOOKIE=NO

Drivers of declining sea ice in the Arctic winter: A tale of two seas
"The hemispheric-mean decline in winter ice extent is due in large part to increasing sea-surface temperatures in the Barents Sea and adjoining waters, which are consistent with increased concentrations of greenhouse gases" ... 0995.shtml

Station-level Metadata Records for Ionospheric Data
"The National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) has created 57 station-level metadata records for the international ionosonde network. Ionospheric data, from a subset of the network (~30 sites), is received, processed, and disseminated in real time to support space weather operations at both the NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center (formerly the Space Environment Center) and the Air Force Weather Agency. Data from the full network, received in either real time or non real time, is archived with NGDC and made available to the scientific research community via the Space Physics Interactive Data Resource"

Posted: 09-14-2007 07:27 PM
by Shirleypal
Hi Janus, reading this information everyday is so depressing but appreciate your posting it, very important that we know.:)

Posted: 09-14-2007 08:34 PM
by Psychicwolf
What Will Become of Tuvalu's Climate Refugees?

By Anwen Roberts
International legal experts are discovering climate change law, and the Pacific island nation of Tuvalu is a case in point: The Polynesian archipelago is doomed to disappear beneath the ocean. Now lawyers are asking what sort of rights citizens have when their homeland no longer exists.

Shuuichi Endou is photographing every single citizen in a country. It may sound ludicrous but it is entirely plausible. After all, the Pacific island nation of Tuvalu only has about 11,000 inhabitants, and the 41-year-old Japanese photographer has already captured the images of the 340 people who live on the Nukulaelae atoll. By the time next year's G-8 Summit in Japan rolls around, the other 10,500 portraits should be finished. Endou wants to use them to give the rich and powerful a jolt, so that they finally understand the need to reduce emissions and stop global warming. ... 19,00.html

Posted: 09-16-2007 01:50 AM
by Janus232
Move to identify climate change security hotspots
"the implosion of one or more major cities" ... matechange

Dust storm activity over the Tibetan Plateau recorded by a shallow ice core from the north slope of Mt. Qomolangma
"The normalized time series of the winter North Atlantic Oscillation index shows a significant inverse correlation with the mass concentration of insoluble particle implying a possible connection between the winter North Atlantic Oscillation and the dust storm activity over the Tibetan Plateau" ... 0853.shtml

Permanent water restrictions for NSW
"We know [that] unless we do something now ... then we're not setting ourselves up for the future" ... 19895.html