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Climate and Atmosphere
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.
The weather in JanuaryGuardian Unlimited | 07 Feb 2011
A period of cold, wintry weather in Scotland up to 11 January was followed by a mild and wet spell across the UK between 12 and 16 January. Anticyclonic conditions early in the month gave way to a prevalence of low pressure, then mild south-westerlies, and between 7 and 17 January there was a lot of rain, some of it heavy. High pressure built again through the second half of the month, leading to a drier, colder last week or so.
"Green" job creation risks backfiring: LomborgReuters | 06 Feb 2011
Investments to create new jobs in clean energies risk backfiring by curbing employment in other parts of the economy, a study commissioned by Danish "Skeptical Environmentalist" Bjorn Lomborg said on Monday.
Why Genghis Khan was good for the planetGuardian Unlimited | 26 Jan 2011
Laying waste to land scrubbed 700m tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. His empire lasted a century and a half and eventually covered nearly a quarter of the earth's surface. His murderous Mongol armies were responsible for the massacre of as many as 40 million people. Even today, his name remains a byword for brutality and terror. But boy, was Genghis green.
Monk's diaries help weather studyYahoo! News | 17 Jan 2011
Ancient weather records including details gleaned from monks' diaries are helping scientists work out how and why climates have changed over the past 500 years.
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...
Satellite eye on EarthGuardian Unlimited | 06 Jan 2011
Snow storms in the States, Europe's big freeze and flooding in Queensland were all captured by Nasa satellites last month.
Government accused of glacial response as UK counts cost of big freezeThe Independent | 03 Dec 2010
Mounting anger over Britain's failure to cope with days of persistent snowfall boiled over yesterday as millions of workers once again stayed at home, costing the economy billions, while stranded rail travellers slept in train carriages, thousands of schools stayed shut and fears grew over fuel supplies.
2010 so far "tied for hottest year"Reuters | 25 Nov 2010
This year is so far tied for the hottest year in a temperature record dating back to 1850 in a new sign of a warming trend, the three major institutes which calculate global warming estimates told Reuters.
What's the impact of washing clothes?Guardian Unlimited | 25 Nov 2010
Depending on how you do it, and how many loads you get through each week, laundry can contribute a surprising amount to your carbon footprint. Washing and drying a load every two days creates around 440kg of CO2e each year, which is equivalent to flying from London to Glasgow and back with 15-mile taxi rides to and from the airports.
2010 so far "tied for hottest year"Yahoo! News | 24 Nov 2010
This year is so far tied for the hottest year in a temperature record dating back to 1850 in a new sign of a warming trend the three major institutes which calculate global warming estimates told Reuters.
New Labour peer Bryony WorthingtonGuardian Unlimited | 19 Nov 2010
Appointment of environmentalist bolsters House of Lords' green credentials. The House of Lords became a far greener and better place today with the appointment of the climate change policy expert and campaigner Bryony Worthington as a Labour peer. Most importantly, she's one of the smartest...
Colder winters possible due to climate change: studyReuters | 16 Nov 2010
Vladimir Petoukhov, lead author of the study, said a shrinking of sea ice in the eastern Arctic causes some regional warming of lower air levels and may lead to anomalies in atmospheric airstreams, triggering an overall cooling of the northern continents.
Troposphere is warming too, decades of data showReuters | 15 Nov 2010
Not only is Earth's surface warming, but the troposphere -- the lowest level of the atmosphere, where weather occurs -- is heating up too, U.S. and British meteorologists reported on Monday.
Futuristic climate schemes to get U.N. hearingYahoo! News | 27 Oct 2010
Futuristic schemes for slowing climate change such as dimming sunlight are fraught with risks but will get a serious hearing from the U.N. panel of climate scientists a leader of the panel said on Wednesday.
World must tackle water-shortage threat: adviserReuters | 12 Oct 2010
Water shortages will be the world's most pressing problem in the next decade, compounded by a growing global population, Britain's chief scientist John Beddington said on Tuesday.
How does a volcano measure up?Guardian Unlimited | 07 Oct 2010
Human emissions dwarf volcanic emissions, but a big eruption can nonetheless kick out a huge amount of CO2. The carbon footprint of a volcano:1 million tonnes CO2: Mount Etna, Italy, in a quiet year 42 million tonnes CO2: Mount Pinatubo, Philippines, 1991 300 million tonnes CO2: all volcanoes in a...
Water industry must act on climate change adaptationEnvironment Data Interactive Exchange | 12 Apr 2010
Regardless of what we do to reduce our future impact on the climate, greenhouse gases already built up in the atmosphere mean that some change is inevitable - and the water industry is likely to feel the effects more than most.
Warmer planet temperatures could cause longer-lasting weather patternsScienceDaily.com | 19 Feb 2010
Although stagnant weather patterns are often difficult to predict, researchers are now studying whether increasing planet temperatures and carbon dioxide levels could lead to atmospheric blocking and when this blocking might occur, leading to more accurate forecasts.