Coping With Climate
December 31, 2008 09:28 AM - Newsweek
Developing nations will bear the brunt of global warming. Public-private partnerships can help. Even if the world were to take steps to quickly and dramatically limit greenhouse-gas emissions, the levels already in the atmosphere will continue to alter our climate in the coming decades. As the focus of the debate on global warming shifts to assessing the impact of rises in temperature and coping with their effects, it has become increasingly clear that the developing world will face some of the greatest challenges. Dealing with this problem will require broad partnerships between public, private and nonprofit organizations.
2009 to be one of warmest years on record: researchers
December 31, 2008 09:14 AM - Reuters
LONDON (Reuters) - Next year is set to be one of the top-five warmest on record, British climate scientists said on Tuesday. The average global temperature for 2009 is expected to be more than 0.4 degrees celsius above the long-term average, despite the continued cooling of huge areas of the Pacific Ocean, a phenomenon known as La Nina.
Malibu's vanishing Broad Beach a sign of rising sea levels, experts say
December 31, 2008 08:58 AM - LA Times
As wealthy homeowners build sandbag walls and plan more extensive, costly measures, scientists say the ocean could eventually defeat all such efforts.
Seawater science can help climate change forecasts
December 29, 2008 09:24 AM - Reuters
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - A team of scientists has come up with a new definition of seawater which is set to boost the accuracy of projections for oceans and climate. Oceans help regulate the planet's weather by shifting heat from the equator to the poles. Changes in salinity and temperature are major forces driving global currents as well as circulation patterns from the surface to the seabed.
'Japanese Inuit' warns of climate change danger
December 29, 2008 08:44 AM - Asahi
As the fields of ice surrounding his home rapidly become thinner, Ikuo Oshima knows firsthand that the effects of global warming are not a problem of the distant future, but a present danger.
Sierra Warming: Later snow, earlier melt: High anxiety
December 26, 2008 11:47 AM - www.sacbee.com
After weeks of waiting, mountain residents awoke to their first glimpse of winter on Dec. 13, a few fluffy inches of powder that clung to the tops of boulders like chefs' hats. More fell over the past two weeks, enough to bury the camel-colored meadow grass and wine-red willows in a deepening blanket of white. The magic, though, came late, just days before Christmas — one of the tardiest winter debuts ever.
Obama team primed to push climate change agenda
December 23, 2008 10:15 AM - Reuters
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President-electBarack Obama's new "green dream team" is committed to battling climate change and ready to push for big policy reforms, in stark contrast with the Bush administration, environmental advocates said on Monday. "If this team can't advance strong national policy on global warming, then no one can," said Kevin Knobloch, president of the Union of Concerned Scientists, referring to Obama's picks for the top energy and environment jobs in his administration, which takes office on January 20.
Rudd's climate call
December 23, 2008 09:03 AM - Otago Daily Times
New Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd resembled nothing so much as a white knight ranged on his charger against the dark forces of global climate change as he assumed office. He had campaigned for a world-leading role in the battle to save the world and had appeared to have received a resounding mandate.
'Obama move will lure India into climate change fight'
December 22, 2008 11:38 AM - www.hindu.com
London (IANS): US president-elect Barack Obama's groundbreaking move to appoint two global warming specialists as his main scientific advisers is the first step towards persuading India, China and Brazil to join the fight against climate change, says a leading British scientist. Obama Saturday nominated Harvard physicist John Holdren as his scientific adviser and marine biologist Jane Lubchenco to head the US oceanic research body.
Abrupt climate shifts may move faster than thought
December 22, 2008 09:53 AM - The Earth Institute at Columbia University
San Francisco-- The United States could suffer the effects of abrupt climate changes within decades—sooner than some previously thought--says a new government report. It contends that seas could rise rapidly if melting of polar ice continues to outrun recent projections, and that an ongoing drought in the U.S. west could be the start of permanent drying for the region. Commissioned by the U.S. Climate Change Science Program, the report was authored by experts from the U.S. Geological Survey, Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and other leading institutions. It was released at this week's meeting of the American Geophysical Union.