Antarctic Climate: Short-term Spikes, Long-term Warming Linked To Tropical Pacific
August 15, 2008 09:28 AM - National Center for Atmospheric Research

Dramatic year-to-year temperature swings and a century-long warming trend across West Antarctica are linked to conditions in the tropical Pacific Ocean, according to a new analysis of ice cores conducted by scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and the University of Washington (UW).

Oil and gas projects in western Amazon threaten biodiversity and indigenous peoples
August 13, 2008 10:54 AM - Public Library of Science

According to a new study, over 180 oil and gas "blocks" — areas zoned for exploration and development — now cover the megadiverse western Amazon, which includes Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and western Brazil. These oil and gas blocks stretch over 688,000 km2 (170 million acres), a vast area, nearly the size of Texas.

Climate change may boost Middle East rainfall
August 13, 2008 09:35 AM - University of New South Wales

The prospect of climate change sparking food and water shortages in the Middle East is less likely than previously thought, with new research by an Australian climate scientist suggesting that rainfall will be significantly higher in key parts of the region.

Hot subways to floods, all part of NYC climate risk
August 13, 2008 09:32 AM - Reuters

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Tuesday announced an in-depth study of perils the city faces from climate change, ranging from overly hot subways to shoreline floods. With 506 days left before his second and final term ends, Bloomberg is eager to cement his legacy by shoring up the city's finances and devising long-term plans.

Meltdown in the Arctic is speeding up
August 11, 2008 11:02 AM -

Scientists warn that the North Pole could be free of ice in just five years' time instead of 60

UK climate protesters fail to stop E.ON output
August 9, 2008 02:29 PM - Reuters

Climate protesters scaled security fences to enter the site of a coal-fired power station in southeast England on Saturday but German firm E.ON, which runs the plant, said output had not been disrupted. The protesters oppose plans for two new coal units at the facility, which will also be operated by E.ON.

Torch relay enters final leg under hazy skies
August 8, 2008 08:51 AM - Reuters

China kicked off the last leg of its Olympic torch relay on Friday under hazy skies and with a threat of rain complicating plans for the opening ceremony. Beijing has spent heavily to curb pollution, clearing over half the city's cars from its streets and closing dozens of factories, but the air quality for the start of the Games is expected to be only just within the guidelines for safe levels.

U.N. to tighten rules on earning carbon offsets
August 6, 2008 11:22 AM - Reuters

The U.N.'s climate change agency on Wednesday proposed to make it more difficult for speculators to earn carbon offsets from emissions-cutting projects which were already profitable.

Software predicts where El Niño will strike next
August 5, 2008 12:24 PM - New Scientist Tech

El Niño events periodically wreak havoc on the world's weather, increasing the risk of hurricanes and flooding in some regions, and droughts and forest fires in others. But despite telltale signs of their presence in the Pacific Ocean, including a reversal of ocean currents and large temperature rises, it can be hard to tell where else El Niños are having an effect.

Lost world frozen 14m years ago found in Antarctica
August 5, 2008 12:18 PM -

A lost world has been found in Antarctica, preserved just the way it was when it was frozen in time some 14 million years ago.

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