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Climate Change May Bode Ill for Bat Populations

Climate Change May Bode Ill for Bat Populations

Who’d be a bat? Global warming is about to make your life ever more difficult, because higher air temperatures will make echo-location of insect prey so much less effective. And if the world reacts, stops burning fossil fuel, and invests in green energy, then your chances of being killed by a wind turbine become just so much higher. Holger … Read More

Reducing Sunlight by Geoengineering Will Not Cool Earth

Reducing Sunlight by Geoengineering Will Not Cool Earth

Two German scientists have just confirmed that you can’t balance the Earth’s rising temperatures by simply toning down the sunlight. It may do something disconcerting to the patterns of global rainfall. Earlier this year a U.S.-led group of scientists ran sophisticated climate models of a geoengineered world and proposed the same thing. Now Axel K… Read More

Rich Marine Life in Antarctic Fjord Is Puzzling Scientists

Rich Marine Life in Antarctic Fjord Is Puzzling Scientists

– Arctic fjords are poor places, low in marine life and muddied by glacial melt water. In the southern ocean, where everything is upside down, it’s a different story. Scientists from the University of Hawaii report that they found unexpected riches deep in the fjords of the Antarctic Peninsula. The Peninsula is one of the fastest-warming places on… Read More

FEMA Knew Flood Maps Left NYC Unprepared for Sandy

FEMA Knew Flood Maps Left NYC Unprepared for Sandy

When Patrice and Philip Morgan bought a house near the ocean in Brooklyn, they were not particularly worried about the threat of flooding. Federal maps showed their home was outside the area at a high risk of flood damage. For that reason, the government did not require them to buy flood insurance, a cost imposed on neighbors on more vulnerable … Read More

Scientist Maps Climate of Lord of the Rings

Scientist Maps Climate of Lord of the Rings

Climate sceptics regularly work themselves into a lather dismissing mainstream climate science as fantasy — but for once they have a point. A researcher at Bristol University has trained his powerful supercomputer not at predicting the earth's future climate, but on the fictional world of Middle Earth — the backdrop for JRR Tolkien's Lord of the … Read More

Increasing Ocean Acidity Harming More Than Just Corals

Increasing Ocean Acidity Harming More Than Just Corals

he chemistry of the oceans is changing. And it isn’t just the corals and the baby oysters that are unhappy. It makes juvenile rockfish really anxious, and it upsets the digestion of sea urchins. The pH (a measure of acidity – the lower the pH, the more acid the water) of the planet’s oceans is dropping rapidly, largely because the carbon dioxide … Read More

Giant ‘Battery’ Can Store Renewable Energy

Giant ‘Battery’ Can Store Renewable Energy

Norwegian hydropower schemes linked to Europe’s large wind farm projects could successfully act as a backup when wind power fails to deliver enough energy, according to SINTEF, the largest independent Scandinavian research organization. With both on- and off-shore wind power being seen as key to reducing the EU’s carbon emissions by 80-95% by 2050… Read More

Tree Find Confirms Alps Warming at Twice Global Rate

Tree Find Confirms Alps Warming at Twice Global Rate

It was only a single, withered conifer needle, but it told a dramatic story of climate change. Glaciologists found it in a set of ice cores drilled through a glacier on top of Mount Ortles, in the Italian Alps. It lay about 80 meters (262 feet) below the glacial surface, encased in solid ice, and carbon dating confirmed that it had blown from the… Read More