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Tiny Plankton in the Oceans Could Have Big Impact

Tiny Plankton in the Oceans Could Have Big Impact

Some of the most minute forms of marine life may have a significant effect both on more developed creatures and on the oceans’ ability to absorb carbon dioxide. An international team of scientists has found that the smallest species of plankton thrive when levels of CO2, the main greenhouse gas from human sources, rise and increase the acidity of … Read More

IPCC Analysis, Criticism for NOAA, Antarctic Sea Ice

IPCC Analysis, Criticism for NOAA, Antarctic Sea Ice

The IPCC report maybe have been the big climate news this week, but it wasn't the only climate muck that's fit to rake… Read More

Claudia Tebaldi Discusses the IPCC Process and Findings

Claudia Tebaldi Discusses the IPCC Process and Findings

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released part of its fifth assessment report on Friday morning. It contains a wealth of information on climate change and its impacts around the globe. Climate Central Senior Scientist Claudi Tebaldi is a lead author on the newly-released section and discusses some of the highlights and the process of d… Read More

Zeroing In on IPCC’s Sea Level Rise & Warming ‘Hiatus’

Zeroing In on IPCC’s Sea Level Rise & Warming ‘Hiatus’

By significantly raising the projected rates and amounts of sea level rise through 2100, the IPCC is sounding alarms for coastal cities worldwide, many of which are already being forced to adapt to increased coastal flooding. The devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy in New York in 2012 drove home the lethal combination of long-term sea level rise… Read More

Climate Projections More Confident, Dire From IPCC

Climate Projections More Confident, Dire From IPCC

Manmade global warming is rapidly transforming the planet at rates that are unprecedented in human history, from melting Arctic sea ice to heating the land and seas and contributing to extreme weather events, concluded a new landmark climate report from the United Nations on Friday.… Read More

5 Things to Watch for in Friday’s IPCC Climate Report

5 Things to Watch for in Friday’s IPCC Climate Report

Drafts of the report have been circulating for several weeks, and while there is little groundbreaking in the report — after all, it synthesizes previously published work, rather than conducting new research — there are some key areas where the Fifth Assessment Report departs from the previous report that came out in 2007.… Read More

Experts Eye IPCC Reform as Report Nears Release

Experts Eye IPCC Reform as Report Nears Release

Scientists and policy experts told Climate Central that the IPCC is benefiting climate scientists more than it is aiding policy makers, who face the arduous task of combating and adapting to manmade global warming. Most said that there might be more benefit from shorter, focused reports on key topics, and that it may be a mistake for the IPCC to la… Read More

Russia Urges IPCC Report to Include Geoengineering

Russia Urges IPCC Report to Include Geoengineering

As climate scientists prepare to gather for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in Stockholm to present the most authoritative state of climate science to date, it has emerged the Russian government is asking for "planet hacking" to be included in the report. The IPCC has not included geoengineering in its major assessments before.… Read More