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Environment : 2011 rewrote the record books


The ecologically tumultuous year saw record greenhouse gas emissions, melting Arctic sea ice, natural disasters and extreme weather – and the world’s second worst nuclear disaster. The year 2011 was another ecologically tumultuous year with greenhouse gases rise to record … Continue reading

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Deep oceans can mask global warming for decade-long periods


BOULDER — The planet’s deep oceans at times may absorb enough heat to flatten the rate of global warming for periods of as long as a decade even in the midst of longer-term warming, according to a new analysis led … Continue reading

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Sea Level – Bump in the road


NASA reports that the recent decline in sea level is the direct consequence of a shift from El Niño and La Niña in the Pacific. Like mercury in a thermometer, ocean waters expand as they warm. This, along with melting … Continue reading

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Climate cycles drive civil war


Tropical conflicts double during El Niño years. Natural climate cycles seem to have a striking influence on war and peace around the equator. Tropical countries face double the risk of armed conflict and civil war breaking out during warm, dry … Continue reading

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Reconciling anthropogenic climate change with observed temperature 1998–2008


Given the widely noted increase in the warming effects of rising greenhouse gas concentrations, it has been unclear why global surface temperatures did not rise between 1998 and 2008. We find that this hiatus in warming coincides with a period … Continue reading

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NASA Satellites Capture a Stronger La Nina


New NASA satellite data indicate the current La Niña event in the eastern Pacific has remained strong during November and December 2010. A new Ocean Surface Topography Mission (OSTM)/Jason-2 satellite image of the Pacific Ocean that averaged 10 days of … Continue reading

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State of the Climate Global Analysis Annual 2010


2011-01-12 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Climatic Data Center Global Highlights For 2010, the combined global land and ocean surface temperature tied with 2005 as the warmest such period on record, at 0.62°C (1.12°F) above the 20th century average … Continue reading

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