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Global Climate Change Archive - Observed Environmental Changes

A collection of older (2005) news items related to OBSERVED environmental changes that have been linked to global climate change. All links take you outside of the PRISM site. Use your back button to return.

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    December, 2005

  • December 15, 2005 - 2005 warmest on record in north - BBC
    This year has been the warmest on record in the Northern Hemisphere, say scientists in Britain. It is the second warmest globally since the 1860s, when reliable records began, they add.

  • December 9, 2005 - Drought Ending, But Sickness Looms - Planet Ark
    The Amazon River basin, the world's largest rain forest, is grappling with a devastating drought that in some areas is the worst since record keeping began a century ago.

  • December 6, 2005 - Greenhouse Gas Levels Highest For 650,000 Years - Manila Times
    Current levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere are higher than at any time in the past 650,000 years, say researchers who have finished cataloguing air bubbles trapped for millennia inside Antarctic ice. This group of researchers were from the European Project for Ice Coring in Antarctica (EPICA).

  • December 6, 2005 - Rising Tides Cause Village To Relocate -
    The UN has reported that 100 people on a South Seas island are the first refugees caused by rising seas. The villagers have moved their village 600 yards inland because sea level rise combined with monster high tides has forced them off the coast.

  • December 5, 2005 - Scientists Probing A Dying Current. - The Australian
    Two dozen climate change scientists have been measuring ocean currents and have found a startling change. The deep ocean currents seem to be dwindling and slowing.

  • November, 2005

  • November 25, 2005 - Oceans Rise At Record Rate... - Times Online UK
    Ocean levels are rising twice as fast as they were 150 years ago, providing further evidence of man-made global warming. Similar news from Guardian Unlimited.

  • November 23, 2005 - WWF: Global Warming Already Hurting Europe - CBS
    Global warming is making life more dangerous for people across Europe and even starting to hurt businesses, necessitating urgent action from the European Union, the WWF environmental group said Tuesday.

  • November 21, 2005 - Marine Food Chain Link Being Affected By Global Warming - Belfast Telegraph
    Irish Sea plankton, a major link in the marine food chain, is being affected by global warming, according to a new WWF report. The report also noted that certain fish, including John Dorys, usually found in waters off the south west coast of the UK, are now being caught in Northern Irish waters.

  • November 21, 2005 - Arctic Evidence Of Global Warming Is Mounting - IOL
    A representative to the indigenous peoples of Norway and Russia says that snows have failed to fall as normal across the Arctic tundra. This is having a negative impact on animals, plants and people of the area.

  • November 20, 2005 - Millions face glacier catastrophe (Global warming hits Himalayas) - Guardian
    The roof of the world is changing, as can be seen by Nepal's Khumbu glacier, where Hillary and Tenzing began their 1953 Everest expedition. It has retreated three miles since their ascent. Almost 95 per cent of Himalayan glaciers are also shrinking - and that kind of ice loss has profound implications, not just for Nepal and Bhutan, but for surrounding nations, including China, India and Pakistan.

  • November 9, 2005 - Venus Space Probe Searches For Global Warming Clues - The Star
    Europe's first space probe to Venus was launched on Wednesday on a mission that aims to shed light on Earth's closest planetary neighbor and give scientists clues about global warming. They hope to obtain clues about greenhouse conditions on Venus and determine whether any comparisons about global warming on Earth can be drawn.

  • November 5, 2005 - The Melting Mountains - The Independent
    Joe Simpson, climber and author of "Touching the Void" says that climate change is destroying the world's most spectacular landscapes. He uses Les Drus in the Alps as an example.

  • November 3, 2005 - Volcanoes Help Maintain Ocean Levels - ABC (Australia)
    Volcanic eruptions can mask some of the effects of climate change by lowering sea levels according to the results of a two-year study by CSIRO. This research is reported in this month's issue of the journal, Nature.

  • October, 2005

  • October 31, 2005 - Endangered Rat Feels Heat From Global Warming - ABC (Australia)
    The population of an endangered species ( broad-toothed rat) in New South Wales has plummeted after the earliest spring thaw on record.

  • October 20, 2005 - Global Warming Makes Oregon's Wine Hot ... - Bloomberg
    An Oregon wine-maker who moved to there from California to make wine from the pinot noir grape that thrives in cool climates says that hotter-than-usual summers are baking away the delicate flavors of his grapes.

  • October 15, 2005 - Planet Endures Hottest Month Since 1880 - The Australian
    September was the hottest month recorded on the planet Earth since 1880, according to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, part of the US Commerce Department. The global temperature was 0.63 degree C above the mean going back to 1880, when the first reliable instrument recordings were available.

  • October 13, 2005 - World Temperatures Keep Rising With a Hot 2005 - Washington Post
    New international climate data show that 2005 is on track to be the hottest year on record, continuing a 25-year trend of rising global temperatures. Climatologists at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies calculated the record-breaking global average temperature, which now surpasses 1998's record by a tenth of a degree Fahrenheit, from readings taken at 7,200 weather stations scattered around the world.

  • October 10, 2005 - Global Warming Drying Out Source of China's Mighty Yellow River - Turkish Press
    Global warming is leading to widespread ecological decline at the headwaters of the Yellow River, threatening water supplies to 120 million people, according to a study commissioned by Greenpeace. "Climate change is wreaking havoc at the birthplace of China's mother river," said Greenpeace China climate change researcher Li Mo Xuan.

  • October 7, 2005 - Earth Melting In The Heat - BBC
    An easy-to-read synopsis of the state of glaciers and ice caps around the globe.

  • September, 2005

  • September 8, 2005 - Ancient Humans - BBC
    An analysis of gases trapped in an 2000 year old bubble in an ice core seems to indicate that levels of methane rose as ancient humans built huge fires to clear land, though natural climate change also contributed to the rise. Methane emissions related to burning seem to have tapered off by the 1700s.

  • September 2, 2005 - Ozone layer making a recovery - CNN
    Earth's ozone layer, which protects both humans and plant life from ultraviolet radiation from the sun, appears to be recovering. A study just published by the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences shows declining ozone levels have leveled off from 1996 to 2002, and in some areas there even are small increases.

  • August, 2005

  • August 31, 2005 - Ozone Layer Has Stopped Shrinking - Planet Ark
    The ozone layer has stopped shrinking but it will take decades to start recovering, U.S. scientists reported on Tuesday. They said an international agreement to limit production of ozone-depleting chemicals has apparently worked, but the damage to ozone has not been halted completely.

  • August 30, 2005 - Katrina's Destructive Waves: What Role Did Global Warming Play? - Spiegel Online
    Kerry Emmanuel, an MIT atmospheric scientist, says that global warming fuels the INTENSITY of hurricanes, but does not necessarily cause more of them. Unfortunately, expanded development over the past 50 years into hurricane prone areas makes the storms more costly in terms of impact on people and economics.

  • August 29, 2005 - Hot, Dry, Thirsty - The Australian
    The global area affected by drought has doubled over the past 30 years, according to Kevin Trenberth, head of climate analysis at the US National Center for Atmospheric Research. The planet was 10 to 15 per cent in drought in the 1970s; by 2002, the figure had risen to about 30percent.

  • August 29, 2005 - Warming Tales of the Arctic - Boston Globe
    Lonnie Dupre's Arctic trek to highlight the dangers of global warming has been cut short because of unseasonable weather that make the ice unsafe and the currents stronger.

  • August 25, 2005 - Peru's Glaciers In Retreat - BBC
    Many of the glaciers in Peru have almost completely disappeared. Pastoruri Glacier has retreated almost 200m over the past decade. Experts predict all the Peruvian glaciers below 5, 500m will disappear by 2015 if warming continues.

  • August 24, 2005 - Panel Sees Growing Threat In Melting Arctic - ENN
    The rate of ice melting in the Arctic is increasing and a panel of researchers says it sees no natural process that is likely to change that trend.
    Within a century the melting could lead to summertime ice-free ocean conditions not seen in the area in a million years, the group said Tuesday.

  • August 19, 2005 - Inuit Life Is Not As They've Known It - New Zealand Herald
    The indigenous people of Alaska may become the first global-warming refugees as their frozen homeland goes through the quickest defrost since the end of the last Ice Age, around 12,000 years ago.

  • August 18, 2005 - Senators: Global warming signs obvious - Planet Ark
    Fresh from visits to Canada's Yukon Territory and Alaska's northernmost city, four U.S. senators said that signs of rising temperatures on Earth are obvious and they called on Congress to act. "If you can go to the Native people and listen to their stories and walk away with any doubt that something's going on, I just think you're not listening," said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina.

  • August 18, 2005 - NZ Study Finds Good News For Clean Air - New Zealand Herald
    New Zealand scientists have confirmed in a study published in Nature, that hydroxyl, nature's natural atmospheric cleansing agent, has remained at relatively stable levels over the past 13 years. Hydroxyl cleans up methane and hydrocarbons.

  • August 11, 2005 - Siberia's rapid thaw causes alarm - BBC
    The huge expanse of western Siberia is thawing for the first time since its formation, 11,000 years ago.The area, which is the size of France and Germany combined, could release billions of tonnes of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.This could potentially act as a tipping point, causing global warming to snowball, scientists fear.

  • August 7, 2005 - Alaskan People Tell of Climate Change - BBC
    Scientists are tapping the knowledge of Alaskan natives to learn more about changes in the climate. Most tell stories of reduced hunting, changes in sea ice, warming temperatures and changes in plant and animal life.

  • August 3, 2005 - Scientists Puzzle Over Oddities Along Pacific Coast - CNN
    Marine biologists are seeing mysterious and disturbing things along the Pacific Coast this year: higher water temperatures, plummeting catches of fish, lots of dead birds on the beaches, and perhaps most worrisome, very little plankton -- the tiny organisms that are a vital link in the ocean food chain. It may NOT be due to global warming, but scientists say the phenomena bear close watching.

  • August 1, 2005 - Global Warming: Storm Steroids - CBS - Christian Science Monitor
    One of the top researchers in the field of hurricanes and typhoons reports that worldwide these storms are far more powerful today than they were 30 years ago. Global warming has intensified the trend making the storms more durable and intense. He says the response of tropical cyclones to climate change is not a modest one and is far greater than he had predicted from models last year. Similar story from National Post.

  • July, 2005

  • July 28, 2005 - Record Cloudberry Crop Lures Thousands of Finns To Lapland Bogs - Bloomberg
    The cloudberry crop has been quite good this year (10 times that of 2004) due to warmer than usual weather in northern Finland. So thousands of Finns are traveling to the bogs to pick the raspberry-like fruit. A photo of cloudberries.

  • July 21, 2005 - Scientist Testifies On Global Warming - ENN
    The head of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences says that global warming is caused primarily by humans and that "nearly all climate scientists today" agree with that viewpoint. He cited data from weather stations and ships to support his point.

  • July 17, 2005 - Tasmanian Coral Reef 'Proof of Global Warming - ABC
    Tasmanian biologists have uncovered a shallow reef extensively covered with coral of the north-east coast of Tasmania. Coral reefs typically are found in tropical areas, not as far south as this.

  • July 1, 2005 - Ocean Waters Are Becoming More Acidic, Scientists Report - San Francisco Chronicle
    British scientists report that excess carbon dioxide is turning the oceans more acidic. Growing acidilty is very likely to harm marine life within this century according to their report.

  • June, 2005

  • June 28, 2005 - Alaska's Changing Landscape - International Herald Tribune
    The retreat of the Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park is just one sign of changes being seen by Alaska natives as ice and permafrost melt across the state. The rangers say the change is occurring rapidly. Map of Kenai Fjords National Park Showing the glacier location. Photos of Exit Glacier seasonal melting line in 1993 and 1996.

  • June 24, 2005 - Global Warming Evident In Timor Sea Corals, Say Scientists - ABC
    Australian scientists, who track water temperatures, by drilling cores from corals in the Timor Sea say that they see evidence of a warming over the past 20 years. Map of Timor Sea from Encarta.

  • May, 2005

  • May 11, 2005 - "Roof of the World" Faces Threat - News 24
    The fragile environment of the Tibet-Qinghai plateau is under threat from pollution and global warming. The plateau has warmed, rains have increased and glaciers shrunk. (Some photos of the plateau)

  • May 8, 2005 - Britain Faces Big Chill As Ocean Current Slows - Times Online
    Climate change researchers have detected the first signs that the Gulf Stream may be slowing down. The sinking of supercooled water in the Greenland Sea, a major driver of the oceanic conveyer belt, has weakened significantly.

  • May 6, 2005 - Tired of the Heat? ... Brightness May Be Part Of Problem - International Herald Tribune
    The Earth's land surface has become brighter over the past 15 years, but the cause of this is still poorly understood.

  • May 2, 2005 - Ice Is Melting Everywhere - People & Planet
    Recent research by the BAS shows that 87% of the Antarctic glaciers are shrinking, but it's even more striking how quickly ice is melting all over the world.

  • April, 2005

  • April 29, 2005 - Experts Say New Data Show Global Warming - ENN
    Climate scientists, using data from robotic sensors in the oceans, say the data show that the energy exchange between the Earth and space is seriously out of balance. They say this confirms validity of current climate models. (Similar stories from San Francisco Chronicle and Scotsman)

  • April 21, 2005 - Hundreds of Antarctic Glaciers In Retreat - Space Daily
    More than 200 coastal glaciers in Antarctica are shrinking due to higher temperatures. Data were gathered from analysis of satellite and aerial photos.

  • April 1, 2005 - Greenhouse Gases Reach A New High ... - Scotsman
    The latest data from Hawaii's Mauna Loa observatory show that concentrations of CO2 in the atmosphere continue to rise, though the rise was smaller than in the previous two years. The director of the observatory comments, "The most striking thing about the data is that we've seen an increase in carbon dioxide levels every single year since 1958." CO2 is closely linked to global warming according to most climate scientists.

  • March, 2005

  • March 23, 2005 - Early Flowers Bring Fears of Spring In Autumn - Scotsman
    A Scottish botanist has noted that the hazel tree is now blooming 55 days earlier than three years ago. This spring-flowering tree actually flowered in November a year ago. He notes that warmer temperatures are to blame.

  • March 17, 2005 - No Stopping Global Warming, Studies Predict - Planet Ark
    A photo of Mount Kilimanjaro stripped of its snowcap for the first time in 11,000 years will be used as dramatic testimony for action against global warming as ministers from the world's biggest polluters meet Tuesday. (See photos from

  • March 10, 2005 - Canada's Shrinking Ice Caps - TerraDaily
    Canada's Arctic ice cap is relatively small when compared to Greenland's, but NASA scientists have shown that these glaciers and ice caps have strong potential to contribute to sea level rise as they melt.

  • March 9, 2005 - Polar History Shows Melting Ice-Cap May Be A Natural Cycle - Scotsman
    Scottish scientists who have examined the logs of Arctic explorers spanning the past 300 years have concluded that the outer edge of the sea ice expands and contracts over periods of 60-80 years and corresponds with a cyclical temperature change.

  • February, 2005

  • February 18, 2005 - Scientists Say Global Warming Is Undeniable - ABC News
    Scientist in the U.S. have confirmed beyond doubt that global climate change is being driven by human factors. A group of studies looking at oceans and melting Arctic ice leave no doubt that it is getting warmer and that people are to blame. (Similar story with graphics from Space Daily)

  • February 11, 2005 - NASA Calls 2004 The Fourth-warmest Year... - International Herald Tribune
    NASA scientists report that 2004 was the fourth warmest year since systematic temperature measurements began in the mid-19th century. 2005 is likely to be the second warmest year and could be the warmest.

  • February 2, 2005 - Ice Caps Melting Faster - News24
    British scientists noted that the west Antarctic ice sheet was melting faster than had been predicted in global sea-rise models. Current data indicate that Antarctica is contributing at least 15% of the current two millimeter annual rise in sea levels.

  • January, 2005

  • January 30, 2005 - Glaciers Are Vanishing Around the World - USA Today
    The Chacaltaya Glacier in the Andes has split in two according to Bolivian glaciologist Edson Ramirez. He predicts the whole thing will disappear in 7-8 years if warming continues. Other glaciers around the world are also retreating. Map and more in-depth information on glacial melt in the Andes.

  • January 21, 2005 - UN Storm Brews Over Hurricane-Global Warming Link - ENN
    Paul Lansea, a meteorologist with NOAA, has resigned from the United Nations science panel on climate change because he felt the lead author in the group had too strongly linked global warming to hurricanes.

  • January 20, 2005 - Arctic Rivers 'Flowing Faster' - BBC
    UK scientists report that there is an increase in the amount of fresh water entering the Arctic Ocean from rivers. This could change the global distribution of water and affect the climate system itself.

  • January 20, 2005 - US Forests Cost-Effective Against Global Warming ... - ENN
    The cost of using forests to remove greenhouse gases from the air could be about the same as cutting pollution with fuel switching or energy efficiency improvements, according to a new report from the Pew Center on Global Climate Change.

  • January 18, 2005 - Drought Is Here To Stay - News24
    A lecturer in meteorology at the University of Pretoria says that research has shown that the effects of climate changes are already manifesting in South Africa's weather patterns and that drought-resistant crops are a must for that country.

  • January 18, 2005 - The Arctic Goes Bush - SpaceDaily
    Arctic vegetation appears to be undergoing a transition with an increase in shrubby plants. This change is apparently driven by a warming climate.

  • January 16, 2005 - Puzzled Russians Warming Up To Winter - New York Daily
    Winters in European Russia have grown milder over the past 20-30 years, increasing by 5.4� F. the summers, however, are not showing a similar warming, so the reason is unclear.

  • January 16, 2005 - Bear Facts Point to Global Warming In Arctic - Guardian Unlimited
    Bears are hibernating a shorter time in Russia and Estonia due to record or well-above normal temperatures in Scandinavia and northern Europe.

  • January 10, 2005 - Winter Getting Shorter in Seoul - Korea Times
    A recent study of freezing and thawing of the Han River shows that winter is getting shorter while the spring and summer grow longer. The meteorological agency doing the study explained that the shorter winter was due to global warming and expanded industrialization.

  • January 7, 2005 - In Melting Arctic, Warming Is Now - USA Today
    The Arctic area currently is undergoing a clear ecological change according to scientists and the Inuit who live there.

  • January 6, 2005 - Hot Weather in 2004 A Sign Of Global Warming - ABC
    2004 was the 10th hottest year in Australia since 1910. The trend in temperature in Australia seems to mirror that seen globally.

  • January 6, 2005 - Tibet's Winters Get Warmer - Times of India
    Tibet has experienced rising winter temperatures over the past 30 years according to an engineer from the local climate center. The effect was especially noticeable in the northeastern part of that country.

  • December, 2004

  • December 30, 2004 - Global Warming: The Heat Is On - Times of India
    Freakish winter weather in the United Arab Emirates, grass growing in Antarctica, and heat waves in Europe seem to be associated with the steady rise in temperatures worldwide.

  • December 10, 2004 - Global Warming: Feeling The Heat - Seattle Times
    President Bush's scientific and policy advisors do not dispute that there has been global warming, they simply do not advise mandating carbon dioxide restriction because they feel it will be ineffective and cost jobs. Instead they want to promote technologies that curb pollution such as hydrogen cars.

  • December 7, 2004 - Hunting Climate Change - BBC
    NASA's research has shown there has been a dramatic thinning of some ice regions in Antarctica, especially in the Amundsen Sea.

  • December 6, 2004 - Global Warming Fast Facts - National Geographic
    National Geographic lists facts and provides photos to document warming across the world.




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