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Humans Add To Risk Of Natural Fires

Demographic changes increase the risk of natural fires. Researchers studied the correlation between an increasingly warmer climate and various types of natural fires. They have also studied…


Groundwater Impact On Sea Level Revised

How much does groundwater contribute to sea level rise? Land water, including groundwater extraction, contributes far less to sea level rise than previously thought and has…


Raindrop Splashes Put Carbon In To Air

A cleansing rain falls and a soil-filled mist arises. Researchers find that a raindrop splash is a surprise source of fine soil particles in the atmosphere. The…


Pacific Affects Arctic Sea Ice Loss

Influence of sea ice loss on Arctic warming is shaped by temperatures in the Pacific Ocean. The crucial role that sea ice loss plays in rapid…


Meltwater Speeds Glacier Ice Loss

Ice loss is accelerating in Greenland’s coastal glaciers, Dartmouth study finds. Results show meltwater from these glaciers is playing a larger role in glacier stability…


Thermal Lid Caps Greenland Ice Sheet

Study finds limit on evaporation to ice sheets, but that may change. Researchers report that very little of the snow and ice on the vast interior of…


Daily High Temperature Series Better

Buildings and asphalt enhance night time mixing of the lower atmosphere and affect the temperature which means that tracking daily high temperatures rather than nighttime lows gives…


Amazon Responds Rapidly To Climate

Stanford scientists find Amazon rain forest responds quickly to extreme climate events. The carbon balance in the Amazon can change quickly in response to heat and…


Aerosols Affect Pacific Trade Winds

Pacific trade winds have recently intensified to a degree that is unprecedented in the the past century and this change can not be explained by…


Humans Drive Wildfires

Not just climate change: study finds human activity is a major factor driving wildfires. Study weighs human influence in wildfire forecast through 2050. The researchers systematically looked…


Tool Quantifies Model Uncertainties

New tool puts a consistent value on experts’ uncertainty on climate change models. Researchers have combined two techniques long used in fields where uncertainty is…


Greenland Highs Linked To Climate Change

Climate change and extreme weather – including unusually wet summers in the UK – linked to high pressure weather systems over Greenland. Study finds increase in…



CO2 Linked To Eocene Warmth

Ancient marine sediments provide clues to future climate change.  Atmospheric CO2 was the major driver behind global climatic shifts that occurred between 53 and 34…


Study Plots Greenland Melt Water

Study reveals the fate of melting glacial ice in Greenland. A team of researchers has discovered what happens to the freshwater that pours into the surrounding oceans as…


Forests May Provide Warming Buffer

Old-growth forests may provide a buffer against rising temperatures. Researchers find that the characteristics of old growth reduces maximum air temperatures as much as 2.5…



Trees Yield Past Rainfall Data

Paperbark tree to reveal how climate change has affected rainfall in the past. Tree leaves preserved in ancient wetlands could be used to reconstruct past rainfall activity…



Gas Hydrates Can Slow Ice Sheet Flow

Ice streams can be slowed down by gas hydrates. These fast-moving rivers of ice that flow from the centre of an ice sheet to the oceans, can be…


Forests Synch Growth To Climate Change

Forests synchronize their growth in response to climate change. Research reveals a growing spatial correspondence among trees between the ring-width patterns found in the trees and rising temperatures,…


Fires Reduce Rainfall Says Study

Local fires reduce rainfall in the dry season in southern Africa. Soot particles, also known as black carbon, absorb solar radiation and make the atmosphere…


Study: Alaskan Icefield May Melt Away

The massive Juneau Icefield feeding Alaska’s Mendenhall Glacier may melt by 2200 if warming predictions hold true, say researchers. The team predict that more than 60 percent of the ice…


Plants Absorbed CO2 Despite US Drought

Plants in the US absorbed carbon dioxide in 2012, becoming a carbon sink,  despite drought conditions. This is because plants take up carbon dioxide for growth during photosynthesis and…


Historic Records Confirm Modern Warming

Early citizen scientists recorded rare historic ice data which confirms a warming trend since the industrial revolution. Meticulous record keeping reveals increasing trends towards later ice-cover formation and earlier…


Climate Change Will Affect US Forests

Model predicts how forests will respond to climate change. Drought could render the US Northeast’s mixed forests unsustainable after 2050, according to research using a new…


NASA Study: CO2 Greens Earth

Earth’s vegetated lands have shown significant greening over the last 35 years largely due to rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2).  Increased concentrations of…


WMO Reports On 2015 Hurricane Season

Hurricane committee reviews 2015 season. The Eastern North Pacific witnessed 9 major hurricanes in 2015 – the most since reliable records began in 1971. The 2015 season…


Models Underestimate Island Impacts

Thousands of islands are too small to be accounted for in the global climate models used by scientists to measure the impacts of climate change. New…