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Ireland climate victims' 'lifeboat'Yahoo! News | 06 Apr 2011
Ireland will act like a lifeboat for people fleeing drought rising seas and destructive weather in decades to come a leading climate change expert has warned.
Biodiversity vital to streams as extinctions riseReuters | 06 Apr 2011
As Earth enters a period of mass extinction, a study released on Wednesday offers a new reason to preserve biodiversity: it's an effective, natural pollution scrubber in streams.
Natural disasters?Guardian Unlimited | 01 Apr 2011
At least since Noah, and likely long before, we've stared in horror at catastrophe and tried to suss out deeper meaning - it was but weeks ago that the Tokyo governor, Shintaro Ishihara, declared that the earthquake/tsunami/ reactor tripleheader was "divine punishment" for excess consumerism. This line of reasoning usually fails to persuade these days (why are Las Vegas and Dubai unscathed by anything except the housing meltdown?) but it's persistent.
Weatherwatch: 'War winter' took it's toll on Britain's birdsGuardian Unlimited | 03 Feb 2011
Until the big freezes of 1946-47 and 1962-63, the coldest winter of the 20th century was the "war winter" of 1939-40. Unlike those other cold winters, though, the freeze relatively brief - a bitterly cold January was followed by a milder February and March. But the cold was still severe and widespread enough to have a devastating effect on Britain's birds. As in other cold winters, many birds migrated west and south to escape the effects of the ice and snow.
Forecasts see water pipes rethinkYahoo! News | 19 Jan 2011
Forecasts of another seven years of the extreme winter that triggered the burst pipes crisis in Northern Ireland may force changes to how water is plumbed into homes the regional development minister has warned.
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.
PollutionwatchGuardian Unlimited | 12 Jan 2011
December's cold weather produced air pollution problems in the northern UK, including Carlisle, Chesterfield, Glasgow, Hull, Liverpool and Nottingham. But Northern Ireland was the focus during the month, with concentrations reaching twice those in mainland UK. Very high air pollution was measured in Derry and Armagh, as people struggled to heat their homes in the sub-zero temperatures, with concentrations reaching a peak on Christmas Eve.
Why is it so cold this winter?Guardian Unlimited | 20 Dec 2010
How unusual is the cold spell in the UK and Europe, and what has caused it? What is causing the freezing weather? The freezing weather is being caused by cold air from the north, known to meteorologists as a "block pattern". The UK's weather is usually dominated by the jet stream, a strong wind that blows straight from west to east, about 8km above the Earth's surface, that brings damp, mild weather off the Atlantic.
Flood defences: not waving but drowningGuardian Unlimited | 09 Dec 2010
First big budget cuts to flood defence spending were spun as 'broadly the same' - now ministers want communities that offer to pay part of the bill to be favoured. Not waving but drowning. But David Cameron's put-down to Ed Miliband last week is, I think, rather better suited to describing Defra's flood defence policy.
Paatelainen urges Scotland to follow Finland's lead and invest in more all-weather facilitiesDaily Record | 02 Dec 2010
Mixu Paatelainen last night told Scotland to invest in more indoor training facilities to help beat the big freeze. The Kilmarnock gaffer booked his players into the state-of-the-art Toryglen facility after the freak weather conditions - which have forced the cancellation of the entire football card this weekend - threatened to also wreck his side's training schedule.
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...
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.
Africa: Increasing African participation in the Climate Change dialogDFID - Department for International Development | 18 Mar 2008
The DFID-funded Climate Change Adaptation in Africa (CCAA) program is looking to provide financial assistance to institutions that facilitate African attendance at given conferences or meetings to strengthen their capacity to contribute to climate change adaptation in Africa.