Climate change is any long-term significant change in the “average weather” that a given region experiences. Average weather may include average temperature, precipitation and wind patterns. It involves changes in the variability or average state of the atmosphere over durations ranging from decades to millions of years. These changes can be caused by dynamic processes on Earth, external forces including variations in sunlight intensity, and more recently by human activities.In recent usage, especially in the context of environmental policy, the term "climate change" often refers to changes in modern climate (see global warming). For information on temperature measurements over various periods, and the data sources available, see temperature record. For attribution of climate ...
There might be feedbacks in the climate system that we aren't aware of yet.
The amount of carbon in the oceans and atmosphere changes suddenly and dramatically. The oceans are acidified and significant extinctions result. On land, global temperatures increase anywhere from five to nine degrees Celsius, causing widespread habitat disruptions. Despite the sudden onset of the event, its impact lingers for 100 thousand years.
his might sound like a worst-case situation for the current anthropogenic influences on climate, but it's actually an historic event that the public is generally unaware ...
There is "absolutely no scientifically proven basis for the premise that man can affect what the climate does" is absurd. Our libraries are full of carefully compiled and critically reviewed scientific research that makes it clear that global warming is real, is caused by human activity and is significantly and rapidly changing the world's climate.The research conclusions of dozens of respected scientific organizations such as the American Geophysical Union, the American Physical Society, the National Academies of Science and the American Meteorological Society are easily available online.Our ...
Presentation of scary stories about global warming in the popular media makes us unnecessarily frightened. Even worse, it terrifies our kids.Al Gore famously depicted how a sea-level rise of 20 feet (six meters) would almost completely flood Florida, New York, Holland, Bangladesh, and Shanghai, even though the United Nations estimates that sea levels will rise 20 times less than that, and do no such thing. When confronted with these exaggerations, some of us say that they are for a good cause, and surely there is no harm done if the result is that we focus even more on tackling climate change. ...
Zoologists name new discoveries after rainforest advocate Zoologists from Berne’s Natural History Museum have named two newly discovered animal species after Bruno Manser, a Swiss rainforest advocate who went missing in Borneo more than 14 years ago. Manser would have celebrated his 60th birthday on Monday. The Bruno Manser Fund said that a goblin spider collected by a Dutch-Swiss research expedition in the Malaysian state of Sarawak in the 1990s has been named Aposphragisma brunomanseri. The scientists also dedicated the Murud black slender toad, Ansonia vidua, to Manser. Stefan Hertwig from the Natural History Museum of Bern and Bern University’s Institute for Ecology and Evolution had discovered the toad on the Gunung Murud mountain in the region where Manser went missing in 2000. Manser was most famous for his support of the Penan people, South East Asia’s last nomadic hunter-gatherers, who live in the Malaysian rain forest. He had been fighting against the destruction of the rain forests all of his life. Bruno ... Show more
Global calls for a sanctuary to protect the Arctic 4 September, 2014
4 September 2014 (Copenhagen) — International
polling today revealed overwhelming public support for a formally protected
area in the High Arctic for mammals and other marine life.
A study, commissioned by Greenpeace, found three in
four (74%) people worldwide support the creation of a protected sanctuary in
the international waters surrounding the North Pole. In the UK, this rises to
nearly four in five (78%). Currently only 1.5% of the Arctic Ocean is protected
— less than any of the world’s oceans.
In the past two months, more than 900 influential
people have signed Greenpeace’s Arctic
Declaration, calling for a sanctuary around the High Arctic,
including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Emma Thompson, Sir Richard Branson, Sir Paul
McCartney and many UK political figures.
In the coming weeks, delegations lead by Greenpeace
will present these demands along with the list of signatori
On the Germany-Poland border, thousands are protesting a huge coal mine All rights reserved. Credit: Jörg Gläscher / Greenpeace
Lignite mining near Jaenschwalde, Germany
Lignite mining near Jaenschwalde, Germany
Today, several thousand people have joined hands across the German-Polish border, forming a human chain that passes through towns and villages that stand on the front-line of the fight against climate change.
This is an act of solidarity with the more than 6,000 people who will be forced from their homes by massive new coal mines proposed by utilities Vattenfall and PGE. It also marks a line in the sand for all those who realise that coal has no future in our energy system if we are serious about tackling climate change.
The two proposed mines would each be the size of Manhattan and target a rich seam of lignite, a type of coal that was recently
Engineering branch bolsters recruitment strategy after immigration vote The Swiss engineering industry is turning to young people, women and older workers to meet a dire need for employees in the coming years. Its trade organisation says the February vote limiting immigration from Europe has compounded its recruitment woes. “With the [immigration] initiative, the skills shortage issue has taken on a new dimension,” said Hans Hess, the president of Swissmem, as the mechanical industry association is known. He adds that 75% of Swissmem members struggled to recruit qualified workers even before the passage of the initiative calling for quotas on immigrants from the European Union. On Wednesday, Swissmem announced its recruitment strategy going forward would involve offering more flexible work terms such as job sharing and telecommuting in order to attract workers currently lacking in the industry. In particular, the trade association hopes to attract more women – which currently make up only a quarter of its workers – as well as older ... Show more
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