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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

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

NOAA Criticized for Likely Satellite Gap and China Option

NOAA Criticized for Likely Satellite Gap and China Option

The precariousness of U.S. weather satellite infrastructure was driven home earlier this year when a “micrometeoroid” struck a geostationary weather satellite, forcing NOAA to rely on a backup satellite. But in the near future, there may be long chunks of time when there are no backups available.… 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

Food Waste Worsens Greenhouse Gas Emissions: FAO

Food Waste Worsens Greenhouse Gas Emissions: FAO

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates the direct cost to producers of food that goes to waste is currently $750 billion annually, a figure that excludes wasted fish and seafood. But the FAO says the waste not only causes huge economic losses but is also doing very significant damage to natural resources – climate, water, land and b… Read More