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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

Winds of Change: Why Antarctic Sea Ice Is Growing

Winds of Change: Why Antarctic Sea Ice Is Growing

The ice that covers the Arctic Ocean has been on an overall downward trend in summer for more than three decades now, but the growth of sea ice in winter at the opposite end of the world has been trending upward over the same time span. That doesn’t contradict the idea of global warming — for one thing, the growth is very slow compared with ice los… Read More

Worsening Water Scarcity to Affect 2 Billion Globally

Worsening Water Scarcity to Affect 2 Billion Globally

Water scarcity is a fact of life in many parts of the world, particularly in the countries of sub-Saharan Africa. A new study says the situation could get a lot worse, with climate change resulting in less rain and more evaporation in many areas. The study, led by researchers at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact and Research and appearing i… Read More

Massive Flooding, Hot & Wet Summer, Melting Arctic Ice

Massive Flooding, Hot & Wet Summer, Melting Arctic Ice

Epic flooding caught on camera, extreme heat, melting Arctic ice and fracking wrap up the week in photos, and a busy plate for climate in the news.… Read More

The Globe’s More Than 28-Year Warm Streak Continues

The Globe’s More Than 28-Year Warm Streak Continues

While global land temperatures ranked as the 11th warmest on record during August, ocean temperatures tied with several other years, including 1998 and 2005, for the warmest level on record for the month. The tropical oceans were relatively cool during August, according to NOAA data, but outside of the tropics and in both the northern and southern … Read More

Channels of Meltwater Detected in Antarctic Glacier

Channels of Meltwater Detected in Antarctic Glacier

The study revealed that much of the meltwater travels through channels resembling river valleys beneath the ice sheet. One of the channels observed was about 2,000 feet wide, melting about 2.4 inches of ice per day, in much the same way that a meandering river gradually erodes adjacent land. If the melt rate were to stay steady throughout the cour… Read More