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Insurance Industry Report Finds Increasiing Weather Catastrophes

Written by , on September 27, 2013

The leading international insurance and risk management think tank, has released a report showing that “ocean warming has effectively caused a shift towards a ‘new normal” for a number of insurance-relevant hazards’.  Read more »

Temperatures May Rise a Little More Slowly Then Previously Estimated

Written by , on May 20, 2013

Climate scientists agree that temperatures are currently rising faster than they have been for 11,000 years and thet the Earth is continuing to warm rapidly. However, a new analysis taking into account the temperature rise in the most recent decade suggests that the Earth will warm a little more slowly over this century previously thought. […]  Read more »

Which Came First: The CO2 or the Warming?

Written by , on March 4, 2013

Data collected from Antarctic and Greenland ice cores seems to show CO2 levels rising centuries after temperature increases. However, new research suggests that this may be a misinterpretation of the evidence. Scientists have been using bubbles of air trapped in the ice when it was formed to detemine the CO2 level in the air at […]  Read more »

In 2011 …

Written by , on December 31, 2011

Just in case you’re still not sure that the climate is behaving a little strangely, in 2011: Greenhouse gases rose to record levels; Temperatures were the 11th highest ever recorded; The Arctic Sea ice melt almost equalled the 2007 record; The world had its 300th consecutive month of above average temperatures; North America experienced massive […]  Read more »

“The Sea Is Rising” – John Butler Trio

Written by , on June 14, 2011

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New Research Estimates Larger Sea Level Rise

Written by , on May 9, 2011

In 2007, the IPCC projected a maximum sea level rise of 59 centimetres by 2100. The IPCC acknowledged that this was likely to be an under-estimate because understanding of the processes happening on ice sheets was inadequate to enable reliable estimates to be made. A team of researchers led by Eric Rignot from Nasa’s Jet […]  Read more »

Greenland Ice Sheet Not Slipping into the Sea

Written by , on January 27, 2011

Until now, it had been thought that melting ice could form a slippy layer at the bottonm of the Greenland ice sheet causing it to slide rapidly into the sea. Now, a study by Professor Andrew Shepherd of the University of Leeds, has shown that this is not happening. Professor Shepherd’s team used satellite imagery […]  Read more »

Global Temperatures Continue to Rise

Written by , on January 13, 2011

NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, the UK Met Office Hadley Centre and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Climatic Data Center have all reported that 2010 was the warmest year (equally with 2005) since global records were begun in 1880. This is NASA‘s updated graph of global temperatures from 1880 to 2010.  Read more »

Engineering Crops to Reduce Warming

Written by , on November 12, 2010

Researchers at Bristol University are investigating the possibility that developing crop plants, such as wheat, with broad shiny leaves could reflect a substantial amount of sunlight and help to reduce global warming.  Read more »

Help Research Climate from Old Ship Logs

Written by , on October 13, 2010

The Old Weather Project is looking for volunteers to extract data and weather observations from digital versions of handwritten historical ship log books, which are difficult for a computer to read. Covering 280 ships between 1905 and 1929, the information will enable scientists to reconstruct wind speed, weather, cloudiness, precipitation and pressure for a better […]  Read more »