• Economists Ponder Human Adaptation To Climate Change

    • Date: 04/01/10

    The Wall Street Journal: As scientists struggle to predict exactly how global climate change will affect our environment, economists are grappling with another question: How well can humans adapt? Judging from the history of wheat production in North America, the answer is very well, says Paul Rhode of the University of Michigan. In a paper done […]

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  • CFC Theory Casts Doubt On CO2 Warming

    • Date: 24/12/09

    Research accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal, Physics Reports, casts doubt on the conventional explanation that changing atmospheric concentrations of CO2 are responsible for global climate change through the Greenhouse Effect. Qing-Bin Lu is a professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Waterloo who has a history of studying the chemistry of […]

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  • Soot’s Dominant Role in the Himalayas

    • Date: 16/12/09

    Tiny soot particles, also known as black carbon, are released into the air from the large South Asian cities. When fossil fuels are burned without enough oxygen to complete combustion, one of the byproducts is black carbon, an aerosol that absorbs solar radiation (most classes of aerosols typically reflect incoming sunlight, causing a cooling effect.) […]

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  • Himalayan Glacier Melt Timetable “Mistake”

    • Date: 05/12/09

    The UN panel on climate change warning that Himalayan glaciers could melt to a fifth of current levels by 2035 is wildly inaccurate, an academic says. J Graham Cogley, a professor at Ontario Trent University, says he believes the UN authors got the date from an earlier report wrong by more than 300 years. He is astonished […]

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  • Antarctic May Cause Global Sea-Level Rise

    • Date: 01/12/09

    Global sea levels could rise by about 1.4 m by 2100 if Antarctic ice melts according to a review of climate change in the continent carried out by the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR.) This is twice as much as predicted two years ago (IPCC: 0.59 m) due to ocean expansion at higher temperatures, […]

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  • Medieval Warm Period Warmer Than Today

    • Date: 27/11/09

    At first reading the message one takes from this research just published in the journal Science is that Michael Mann of Penn State University has shown that the Medieval Warm Period and the Little Ice Age do in fact exist. This is in contrast to his earlier work that produced the now infamous hockey stick […]

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  • Current Clash

    • Date: 26/11/09

    Over the past few decades anthropogenic climate change has been happening in the Southern Hemisphere. There has been a strengthening of the circumpolar westerly winds and a weakening of the mid-latitude westerlies all the way from the stratosphere down to the Earth’s surface. This time however, greenhouse gasses are not considered to be to blame. […]

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  • Fifth Hottest Year On Record?

    • Date: 25/11/09

    Sometimes journalists can wander too far from the relatively safe grounds of reporting and analysis and into the shifting sands of spin. This can be done with what the reporter says, or neglects to say. In both cases the result is a misleading message given to an increasingly confused public. The recent BBC News Online […]

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