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History Shows Weather Patterns May Head North

History Shows Weather Patterns May Head North

As the world warms, weather patterns will change. The already arid Middle East and American West will get even drier, and so will the well-watered Amazon region. Monsoon Asia and equatorial Africa, wet already, will get even rainier, according to new research from Columbia University in the U.S. The oceanographer Wallace Broecker and his colleague… Read More

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

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

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

Pollution Melted Alps’ Glaciers, Not Rising Temperatures

Pollution Melted Alps’ Glaciers, Not Rising Temperatures

Scientists think they know why some European glaciers started to shrink decades before climate change had begun to raise temperatures. It wasn’t warming that attacked the glaciers, they say in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. It was soot from industry, steam locomotives and domestic fires. … Read More