Ocean life threatened by mass extinction as acidification rate nears 300 million year max

A newly published paper in the journal Science provides a worrisome report – the world’s oceans are acidifying at a rate, which if set to continue, will be unprecedented in the last 300 million years. The scientists report that this comes as a direct consequence of the alarming ever increasing carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere, which also gets absorbed by

Harsh winters linked to Arctic ice melting

A recent study performed by a team of American/Chinese scientists shows that there’s a direct link between the progressive shrinking ice in the Arctic and in the increasingly harsher snowy winters in the  US, Europe and China. In the year 2007, the  level of Arctic sea ice hit a record low, which hasn’t recovered to this day. Since then, there’s been much more

The first horse was the size of house cat and got even smaller as climate warmed 56 million years ago

Bergmann’s rule states that mammals of a given genus or species are smaller in hotter climates, and bigger in colder climates. Adapted, when faced with climate change cycles, mammals shirk as temperature rises and scale back up in size, once the cycle ends and makes room for cooling. Simple correlation, based on fossils and temperature readings from their given periods, seems

Classrooms become battlefield for climate talks

For decades, classrooms were caught in a debate between creationism and evolution, and now, teachers will once again be caught in a somewhat similar discussion regarding climate change. Planting the seeds of ignorance Recently leaked documents from The Heartland Institute, a conservative think tank, revealed plans to pay a non-climate scientist to create school curricula designed specifically to plant the

First human induced climate change may have occured 3,500 years ago

While there are still a lot of climate change skeptics out there that argue that the human influence exerted upon Earth’s climate is minimal, if not non-existent, a myriad of research studies tackling the subject would say otherwise. Fossil fuels usage yields the most greenhouse gas into the atmosphere, out of all other human-induced pollutant activities. As the industrial age

NASA’s global temperature in 2011 – the big picture

In terms of temperature and not only, 2011 was one of the hottest years in human history – and things aren’t slowing down. Recently, researchers from the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies announced their annual analysis of global temperatures. The picture pretty much speaks for itself; the map shows temperature anomalies, or changes, by region in 2011 and one

Simple, cheap measures could reduce global warming and save many lives

An international team of scientists showed that simple, inexpensive measures to cut emissions of two common pollutants will significantly slow global warming, boost crop production throughout the world and save many lives in the process. The climate change debate is traditionally centered around carbon dioxide emissions – one of the major problems and causes of the greenhouse effect which leads

Vulnerable underdeveloped countries fear measures against global warming

Researchers lately pointed out that delaying measures against climate change will make them more expensive and less effective; however, countries most vulnerable to global warming are startled by recent proposal received from rich or major emerging economies to delay a global deal to curb greenhouse gases until at least 2020. With the Herculean task of protecting the world’s environment, leaders

Climate change in NY likely to increase diseases

As global warming is starting to be felt more and more, secondary side effects are being predicted and reported throughout the whole world. Recently, a new report published by researchers from Cornell, Columbia University, and Hunter College painted a dire picture for New York, predicting disproportionate effects of climate change in the following decades, which will lead to a number

Delaying measures against anthropic climate change will mean higher costs

If the current pledges under the UN flag to cut carbon emissions are not improved, then it is estimated that the cost of meeting the world’s targets regarding global warming will rise by half, according to OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development). Basically, these things have to be done, sooner or later, until it is too late; if we

Irene Makes Her Case

The 2011 Hurricane Irene (there was an Irene in 1999 too) was formed on August 20 and eventually dissipated nine days later. It’s stint affected the Caribbean and eastern North America. The storm, which developed and escalated quickly, sent many scrambling for hardware, catastrophic health insurance, food supplies and evacuation. Irene devastated caused quite a bit of damage and the

CIA requested to be more transparent about climate change

In 2009, a rather controversial new wing of the CIA was formed under the climate center moniker. This division was, and still is apparently, although absolutely no tangible results have been shown to the public, responsible for studying the  effects of climate change on political and economic developments and their implications for U.S. national security. Now, one of the U.S.’s

Asia responsible for biggest spike ever in global warming gases

Amid all the talk about Asia’s economic growth and their stable financial future, two major problem arise to cloud their bright dawn: climate change and pollution. With way more than half of the world’s population, Asia has more to lose than any other continent; and considering the ways adopted by some of the most developed countries (China, for example) –

Independent, skeptic climate change study finds global warming is real

The Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature team has concluded its study, which had the objective of analyzing global temperatures ever since the 1950s. Their conclusion – since then, global average temperatures have risen by almost two Fahrenheit degrees, which is a lot. Yeah sure we’ve heard this a million times before, but why is this time special? First of all, the

Climate change causes animals to shrink

Global warming has significant consequences to Earth’s ecosystems, each effect triggering another one in a slew of chain reactions. Frighting enough, rising temperatures and changed global weather patterns has caused certain types of plants and animals to become smaller, claims a new study published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change. Warmer and drier weather causes plants and animals to reach smaller

Melting polar ice makes way for new shipping routes

Record low ice volumes in the arctic caused by global warming have been reported this year, and if there are still some climate skeptics among you, recent events concerning trading in the region might provide proof enough of dramatic change. Supertankers and giant cargo ships could next year travel regularly between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans via the Arctic, after

Global warming put on hiatus by deep ocean absorption

In the past decade global warming levels have remained stable, despite no significant improvements in green house emissions have been observed. A lot of explanations have been hypothesized by scientists as to why this is happening, offering various factors like aerosol deflection of radiation or soot absorption, however according to a recently released report by scientists at the National Center

Pole to pole flights give grim image of greenhouse gases

A three year survey that comprised of research flights from the Arctic to the Antarctic comes to an end, successfully depicting greenhouse gases unlike ever before. Greenhouse gases are gases that absorb and emit radiation within the thermal infrared range; they have a huge impact on our planet’s temperature, and any increase in the amount of greenhouse gases leads to

Warming waters bring giant crabs to Antarctica, huge danger for local ecosystem

For the first time, king crabs have been found on the edge of Antarctica, probably as a result of global warming, which has made this environment suitable for them, researchers claim. They suggest the crabs were washed in during an upsurge of warmer water, and that this can be extremely damaging to the local ecosystem as crabs are “voracious crushers

Hurricane Irene and the staggering costs of global warming

Hurricane Irene is believed to be the 10th billion dollar disaster of 2011, which makes it a new record holder, taking down 2008, which only had 9 such disasters; and hey, we still have 4 months to go! Hopefully, by now, people will start to understand the cost of man’s impact on the plaet ever since the industrial age. Practically,