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. ...
O'Malley doubles down ISIS-climate change connection Des Moines Register: Martin O'Malley doubled down Saturday on a claim earning him some ridicule from Republicans: The threat of Islamic State terrorism and climate change are most likely linked.
The Democratic presidential hopeful told Iowans during a stop at Peace Tree Brewing Co. that the rise of the violent radical group was spurred by tensions from a major drought that hit Syria in 2007. The U.S. needs to focus its intelligence efforts on better predicting how natural disasters will affect countries and use its...
Swiss scientists take brain imaging to the next level For years, doctors have relied on non-invasive imaging techniques to track brain activity without surgery. A breakthrough by Swiss researchers has brought brain mapping into much sharper focus. Since functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) came into widespread use in the 1990s, doctors have been able to identify patterns of neural activity by measuring blood flow to different regions of the brain. Now, by combining fMRI with a new computational method, researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) and the University of Geneva (UNIGE) have managed to turn fuzzy brain maps into real-time, colour-coded outlines of up to 13 distinct neural networks. These findings could mean much more than just nicer-looking brain scans: more precise knowledge of how normal neural networks interact could be a big advantage for research on brain disorders. Dimitri Van De Ville, a professor at both EPFL and UNIGE and co-author of the study published in ...
Ditching energy efficiency is a false economy 23 July, 2015
Commenting on the government
decision to stop financing the Green Deal, Greenpeace UK head of energy
Daisy Sands said:
Green Deal was far from being a success, but coming right after the scrapping
of the zero-carbon homes target, this latest move suggests ministers are giving
up on efficiency. This would be a false economy. Fixing our heat-leaking homes
is a triple-win policy that can bring down bills, cut carbon emissions, and
reduce our dependence on energy imports.
"Better home efficiency will deliver far more energy security and cheaper bills than fracking ever will. Yet ministers are ditching the former whilst going all out for the latter. If ministers really want to cut emissions at the lowest price for consumers, they can't afford to ditch energy efficiency. A new, ambitious programme for warmer homes is sorely needed." ENDS
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International agreement restricts fishing in Arctic Ocean - Greenpeace reaction 16 July, 2015
Oslo, 16 July, 2015 -- A new international agreement to
prevent unregulated fishing in the Arctic Ocean was today signed in Oslo.
Greenpeace welcomed the move as a small step towards Arctic protection but
lamented the failure to make the deal permanent.
Reacting to the agreement, Greenpeace Arctic campaigner
Sophie Allain said:
“With this agreement, the Arctic states have recognised that
the Arctic ocean is an extraordinary environment which requires far better
scientific understanding. But sadly they have missed the chance to deliver the
permanent protection this area desperately needs.
It’s clear that most of these countries are motivated by
resource extraction, not protection, and see the melting of the ice sheet as an
opportunity to fish further north.
Millions of people around the world agree that there should
never be industrial fishing in the Arctic high se
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