Climate

Australia's PM hands over Kyoto papers in Bali
December 12, 2007 01:31 AM - By Supriyatin, Reuters

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (Reuters) - Australia's new prime minister handed over documents ratifying the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations in Bali on Wednesday and said his own country was already suffering from global warming.

Climate change drying up Western Rockies
December 12, 2007 01:17 AM - Reuters

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - By 2040, climate change will have melted the glaciers of Glacier National Park in Montana and the spring snowpack in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, scientists said on Tuesday.

"People talk about a tipping point, but we've been there and done that," said Tim Barnett, a researcher at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in California and speaker at a meeting of the American Geophysical Union.

New study increases concerns about climate model reliability
December 11, 2007 10:27 AM - Wiley-Blackwell

A new study comparing the composite output of 22 leading global climate models with actual climate data finds that the models do an unsatisfactory job of mimicking climate change in key portions of the atmosphere.

This research, published on-line Wednesday in the Royal Meteorological Society’s International Journal of Climatology*, raises new concerns about the reliability of models used to forecast global warming.

“The usual discussion is whether the climate model forecasts of Earth’s climate 100 years or so into the future are realistic,” said the lead author, Dr. David H. Douglass from the University of Rochester. “Here we have something more fundamental: Can the models accurately explain the climate from the recent past? “It seems that the answer is no.”

Bali rainman seeks to keep climate talks dry
December 11, 2007 02:28 AM - Reuters

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (Reuters) - As a U.N. conference in Bali seeks ways to slow long-term climate change, a Balinese Hindu rainman has more immediate worries -- shielding the 10,000 delegates from tropical downpours.

Greenland ice sheet melting at record rate
December 11, 2007 12:56 AM - Reuters

"The amount of ice lost by Greenland over the last year is the equivalent of two times all the ice in the Alps, or a layer of water more than one-half mile deep covering Washington DC," said Konrad Steffen of the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Subtropical storm Olga forms in Caribbean
December 10, 2007 10:35 PM - Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Subtropical storm Olga formed over the Virgin Islands on Monday, and prompted a tropical storm warning for the Dominican Republic as it headed west over the Caribbean, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

Democrats' report: White House misleads on climate
December 10, 2007 04:15 PM - By Deborah Zabarenko, Environment Correspondent, Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With U.S. policy at the center of debate at a Bali climate change meeting, Democrats in Congress said on Monday that the White House manipulated science for years to cast doubt on reality of global warming.

Fourteen dead as ice storm sweeps U.S. Plains
December 10, 2007 02:39 PM - By Carey Gillam, Reuters

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) - A deadly ice storm sweeping through the U.S. Plains left more than 400,000 people without power as temperatures plunged and was blamed for at least 14 deaths, authorities said on Monday.

Nobel winners say science must transcend borders
December 10, 2007 12:05 PM - By Sarah Edmonds, Reuters

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Scientists must break through the boundaries between disciplines and nations to find solutions to some of the great unanswered questions, some of 2007's Nobel prize winners said on Friday.

Spain unveils green home plan to beat global warming
December 10, 2007 10:15 AM - Reuters

Spain plans to give people grants to make their homes more environmentally-friendly, the prime minister said on Monday, a sign the government wants to push the green issue ahead of March's general election.

Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero on Monday said the Socialist government would hand out 1 billion euros ($1.47 billion) in direct subsidies to renovate old, energy-inefficient homes in 2008-2012, 200 million euros more than previously announced.

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