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Changing Local Climates
The wetter the better for daddy longlegs -- and birdsScienceDaily.com | 06 Apr 2011
Keeping moorland soils wet could prove vital in conserving some of Britain's important upland breeding bird species -- by protecting the humble daddy longlegs, according to new research. In spring, thousands of adult crane-flies (daddy longlegs) emerge from the peat soils of UK mountains and moorland, providing a vital food source for breeding birds, such as Golden Plover, and their chicks.
Rare alpine insect may disappear with glaciersScienceDaily.com | 06 Apr 2011
Loss of glaciers and snowpack due to climate warming in alpine regions is putting pressure on a rare aquatic insect -- the meltwater stonefly, according to a new study.
Will the Gulf Stream slow down?Guardian Unlimited | 29 Mar 2011
The Gulf Stream and North Atlantic Drift - which are part of the Atlantic thermohaline circulation – bring warm water, and with it warm air, from the tropical Atlantic to northern Europe. This helps keep the UK several degrees warmer than it would otherwise be. Although this system is unlikely to pack up entirely, the IPCC deems a slowdown of it "very likely" over the next century.
Haven't we had 'global cooling' lately?Guardian Unlimited | 28 Mar 2011
The planet did cool slightly from the 1940s to the 1970s, mainly in the northern hemisphere and most likely a result of the post-war boom in industrial aerosol pollutants that bounce sunlight away from the Earth. Despite a flurry of 1970s media reports on an imminent ice age, there was never anything approaching a scientific consensus on the likelihood of further cooling, and it appears that greenhouse warming has long since eclipsed the mid-century cool spell.
2010 Russia heat wave due to natural variability: U.SReuters | 09 Mar 2011
The 2010 Russian heat wave that killed thousands and cut into that country's grain harvest was primarily due to natural variability, not human-spurred climate change, U.S. scientists said on Wednesday.
Dry lake reveals evidence of southwestern 'megadroughts'ScienceDaily.com | 01 Mar 2011
There's an old saying that if you don't like the weather in New Mexico, wait five minutes. Maybe it should be amended to 10,000 years, according to new research. Scientists report that the Southwest region of the United States undergoes "megadroughts" -- warmer, more arid periods lasting hundreds of years or longer.
Blame human emissions for British floodsNew Scientist | 16 Feb 2011
Al Gore famously had his knuckles rapped for implying that human-induced climate change had caused hurricane Katrina. The scientific party line then was "No single weather event can be attributed to climate change". It's a line that has held strong but is beginning to fray.
Extinction predictor to help protect coral reefsScienceDaily.com | 14 Feb 2011
More than a third of coral reef fish species are in jeopardy of local extinction from the impacts of climate change on coral reefs, a new scientific study has found. A new predictive method developed by an international team of marine scientists has found that a third of reef fishes studied across the Indian Ocean are potentially vulnerable to increasing stresses on the reefs due to climate change.
Asia-Pacific at risk from climate migration: reportReuters | 07 Feb 2011
Governments in the Asia-Pacific region face the risk of unprecedented numbers of people displaced by floods, storms and other impacts of climate change, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said in a report on Monday.
Weatherwatch: On snow storms and scampering haresGuardian Unlimited | 15 Jan 2011
Where there are thick woods and hedgerow, and above all, running water, birds and beasts can find dry earth to peck and scratch. "But on the great chalk-downs, a heavy snow-storm seems to drive from the open country every living creature that dares to move at all," writes CJ Cornish in Wild England...
Dramatic ocean circulation changes caused a colder Europe in the pastScienceDaily.com | 15 Jan 2011
The unusually cold weather in Europe this winter has been caused by a change in the winds. Instead of the typical westerly winds warmed by Atlantic surface ocean currents, cold northerly Arctic winds are influencing much of Europe. However, scientists have long suspected that far more severe and longer-lasting cold intervals have been caused by changes to the circulation of the warm Atlantic ocean currents themselves.
The world's most important coralsGuardian Unlimited | 11 Jan 2011
Towering furry pillars, glowing tentacles and species that look like human brains are listed among the 10 most important coral species that conservationists say are in most urgent need of saving.
Letters: Keeping it arboreal - the truth about our forestsGuardian Unlimited | 06 Jan 2011
In 1972, some 50 years after the Forestry Commission started its afforestation enterprise, a booklet entitled East Anglian Forests was published by the HMSO (If we lose our forests, our culture will suffer..., G2, 5 January). In its introduction much emphasis was laid on "the new value of the pine...
Corals provide evidence of changes to oceanic currentsScienceDaily.com | 04 Jan 2011
Examination of deep sea corals reveals that there have been drastic changes to oceanic currents in the western North Atlantic since the 1970s. The influence of the cold water Labrador Current, which is in periodic interchange with the warm Gulf Stream, has been decreasing continually since the 1970s. Occurring at the same time as Global Warming this phenomenon is unique in the past 2000 years.
India's hidden climate change catastropheThe Independent | 02 Jan 2011
Naryamaswamy Naik went to the cupboard and took out a tin of pesticide. Then he stood before his wife and children and drank it. "I don't know how much he had borrowed. I asked him, but he wouldn't say," Sugali Nagamma said, her tiny grandson playing at her feet. "I'd tell him: don't worry, we can...
Small islands in the Pacific: Duel between freshwater and sea waterScienceDaily.com | 15 Dec 2010
It is said that the first refugees of climate change will come from the Pacific. In the midst of this ocean's tropical regions are scattered 50,000 small islands, 8,000 of them inhabited. They are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of global warming. These effects include rising sea-water levels, drought and diminishing stocks of freshwater.