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Global Climate Change Archive - Models, Studies and Predictions

A collection of older (2005) news items that focus on models and predictions about the severity, and consequences of, 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 6, 2005 - Snow Is Cool, Say Scientists - TerraDaily
    Scientists using computer models have shown that the entire earth would be much warmer if all the snow and ice melted away. It appears that snow plays a big part in maintaining the global climate.

  • November, 2005

  • November 29, 2005 - Experts See Sea Ice As Climate-Change Indicator - Scoop (University of Otago)
    Sea ice responds very quickly to climate change, shrinking or expanding accordingly, so it is a critical climate-monitoring tool. But there is little understanding of how to accurately measure the thickness of sea ice remotely by satellite. This is one of the big questions being discussed at the International Glaciological Society's symposium on sea ice, currently taking place at the University of Otago (New Zealand) .

  • November 25, 2005 - Core Evidence That Humans Affect Climate Change - Climate Ark (LA Times)
    An ice core about two miles long -� the oldest frozen sample ever drilled from the underbelly of Antarctica -� shows that at no time in the last 650,000 years have levels of the greenhouse gases carbon dioxide and methane been as high as they are today.

  • November 24, 2005 - CO2 'highest for 650,000 years' - BBC
    Current levels of the greenhouse gases carbon dioxide and methane in the atmosphere are higher now than at any time in the last 650,000 years. In fact satellite altimeter data, which are available only from about 1990, show that sea level has been rising at 3 mm/yr over the last decade.

  • November 23, 2005 - Allergies Getting Worse Due To Global Warming - Fox
    A new study shows that the rapid rise of allergies over the past few decades may be due to environmental changes such as mounting carbon dioxide and a warmer atmosphere.

  • November 17, 2005 - Global Warming Poses Ethical Challenge - Independent
    Global warming poses an enormous ethical challenge because countries that produce the least amount of greenhouse gases will suffer the most from climate change, scientists said on Wednesday.

  • November 17, 2005 - Report Says Global Warming May Harm N.J. Coast - ENN
    Rising seas caused by global warming and other factors will have dire consequences for New Jersey, submerging sections of the state's highly developed coastline by the end of the century, according to a report released Wednesday by Princeton University.

  • November 17, 2005 - Global Warming Study Forecasts More Water Shortages - SFGate
    A warmer world is virtually certain to be much thirstier according to a new study by West Coast researchers of the impact of global warming on water supplies.

  • November 11, 2005 - Global Warming Dramatically Changed Ancient Forests - TerraDaily
    Findings, which appear in this week's issue of the journal Science, provide the first evidence that land plants changed drastically during a period of sudden global warming 55 million years ago.

  • November 10, 2005 - Water Vapor May Be Biggest Contributor To Higher Temperatures - ENN
    An unexpected greenhouse gas -- water vapor -- may be the biggest factor contributing to higher global air temperatures, according to Swiss researcher, Rolf Philipona.

  • November 7, 2005 - Global Warming Could Help Salmon In Norway, Report Says - ENN
    Global warming may benefit salmon in Norwegian rivers by causing more rainfall that dilutes industrial acids blown from other parts of Europe, scientists said on Friday.

  • November 7, 2005 - Volcanic Eruptions Impact Global Sea Level - TerraDaily
    Clouds of gases and particles sprayed into the stratosphere by volcanic eruptions cool the oceans and temporarily offset the rise in global sea level caused by the greenhouse effect, according to research findings published today in Nature.

  • October, 2005

  • October 29, 2005 - Heavier Rainfall Tied To Global Warming - Asahi
    The Japanese Meteorological Agency warned that Japan and other areas of east Asia can expect more heavy rain, a trend that may be linked to global warming. Analysis of historical data shows that more torrential rainfall events have been occurring since 1996 than occurred from 1976-1996.

  • October 24, 2005 - Melting Ice Raises Concern - SA News 24
    The rapid breakdown of the floating ice shelves observed in recent years in Greenland and Antarctica could destabilise land-based ice sheets and glaciers behind them and cause faster melting and rise in sea levels than anticipated. This is the hypothesis recently published by a team of European and US scientists in the journal Science.

  • October 18, 2005 - Global Warming Takes Toll On Africa's Coral Reefs - Planet Ark
    Global warming is taking a toll on coral reefs off east Africa, which will likely be killed off in a few decades if sea surface temperatures continue to rise, a leading researcher warned.

  • October 6, 2005 - Global Warming To Hit Migratory and Static Species - ENN
    Britain's Department of the Environment has released a report noting that changing weather patterns, rising sea levels, and increases in extreme weather events like droughts and floods due to global warming are already destroying habitats, and scientists expect the rate of destruction to increase, it said. The report calls for urgent in-depth studies to identify species at risk of extinction from the warming trend.

  • September, 2005

  • September 22, 2005 - Global Warming Past the Point of No Return - Independent
    A record loss of sea ice in the Arctic this summer has convinced scientists that the northern hemisphere may have crossed a critical threshold beyond which the climate may never recover.

  • September 20, 2005 - Is Global Warming Causing Increased Severe Weather? - VOA
    It is clear that the number of major (Level 4 or 5) hurricanes has increased over the past thirty years. During that same period of time water temperatures have risen about 1 degree Fahrenheit. This may not sound like much, but it does allow water to evaporate more quickly and release energy that feeds tropical storms. Thus many, but not all, scientists believe there is a direct link between stronger storms and global warming. Similar story from NewsDay.

  • September 16, 2005 - Ozone Layer Should Keep Healing, U.N. Says - MSNBC
    "The size of this year's ozone hole is approaching an all-time high, but it will probably not break any records," according to a U.N. spokesman from the World Meteorological Organization. Currently the ozone hole is about 10 million square miles and is expected to increase to about 10.8 by the end of September. This is less than we saw in 2003, when it was at its peak.

  • September 9, 2005 - Global Warming Could Hit Indian Agriculture - Gulfnews
    Global warming will push temperatures in India up by 3-4 degrees Celsius by the turn of the century, hitting agriculture and infrastructure, a joint India-UK study said yesterday. Rainfall will also increase in some areas also raising the threat of disease such as malaria, according to the report.

  • September 6, 2005 - Water Crisis Looms as Himalayan Glaciers Melt - Red Nova
    The melting of Himalayan glaciers could leave 40% of the people living in South Asia and China with almost no drinking water within 50 years.

  • September 1, 2005 - Katrina Reignites Global Warming Debate - USA Today
    Hurricane Katrina's fury has reignited the scientific debate over whether global warming might be making hurricanes more ferocious. At least one prominent study suggests that hurricanes have become significantly stronger in the past few decades during the same period that global average temperatures have increased. Katrina blew up in the Gulf of Mexico to a Category 5 hurricane with winds of 175 mph.

  • August, 2005

  • August 29, 2005 - Almanac warns of temperature fluctuations - MSNBC
    Get your sweaters, mittens and hats ready. The Farmers' Almanac warns that the coming winter will bring unusually sharp fluctuations in temperature, and says readers "may be reminded of riding a roller, or in this case, 'polar' coaster.""Mother Nature seems to be in the mood for some amusement this winter season," the almanac said in its 2006 edition, just off the presses.

  • August 28, 2005 - Drinking Water: Scientists Press Alarm Bell - Ahmedabad Newsline
    Scientists studying the Himalayan glaciers are warning that the Indian states of Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttaranchal and Sikkim will face acute shortage of natural drinking water in the future. They attribute this to global warming which is causing widespread glacial melting and retreat.

  • August 28, 2005 - Boost to CO2 Mass Extinction Idea - BBC
    A computer simulation of the Earth's climate 250 million years ago suggests that extreme global warming triggered the so-called "great dying". A dramatic rise in carbon dioxide caused temperatures to soar to 10 to 30 degrees Celsius higher than today, say US researchers.

  • August 28, 2005 - Japan Fish Catches May Drop Because of Global Warming - Warm Planet
    Japan can expect to see some of its fish catches decline by as much as 70 percent over the next century due to global warming, an official at the National Research Institute of Fisheries Engineering said Saturday. This will be the case if the water temperatures rise 1.4-2.9 degrees. Other fish may thrive in warmer waters, however.

  • August 25, 2005 - Another Blow To The Pseudo-Science of Global Warming Skeptics - ENN
    Skeptics had interpreted satellite data to mean there was little or no warming between 1979 and 2003, but it now appears that their analysis had several measurement errors. When the data were reanalyzed with those errors eliminated, the data confirms that the earth is warming at a rate consistent with that projected by climate models.

  • July, 2005

  • July 29, 2005 - Small Changes In Overall Ocean Temperature Will Hurt Salmon... - MSNBC - Skagit Valley Herald
    Marine physicist, Tim Barnett, has found that the world's oceans are warming due to climate changes. He also says that ocean ecosystems are changing in response to the warmer waters. Fisheries scientists say it is unclear what impact this might have on Pacific salmon, but that climate change is of "major concern in salmon management".

  • July 25, 2005 - Methane's Effect On Climate Change May Be Twice Previous Estimates - Science A GoGo
    Existing climate models rely on adequate and appropriate measures of the quantity of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. A NASA climatologist used a new, more accurate, method of measuring greenhouse gases and found that methane contributes much more to climate change than some of the other gases.

  • July 10, 2005 - Experts: Global Warming Could Hurt Polar Bears - Detroit News
    Forty members of the World Conservation Union, those concerned most with polar bears, concluded that polar bears should be listed as a "vulnerable species" based on likelihood of a 30% population decline over the next 50 years.

  • July 7, 2005 - Scientists Get a Real "Rise" Out of Breakthroughs in How We Understand Changes in Sea Level - NASA
    For the first time, researchers have the tools and expertise to understand the rate at which sea level is changing and the mechanisms that drive that change.

  • July 5, 2005 - Stalagmite Fuels Climate Debate - BBC
    An analysis of a Alpine stalagmite confirms tree-ring, ice core and coral reef studies that show there was a Medieval Warm Period between 800 and 1300 AD. To some scientists, this indicates that global warming may be a natural process.

  • June, 2005

  • June 30, 2005 - Warmer Air May Cause Increased Antarctic Sea Ice Cover - TerraDaily
    Warmer air may cause increased precipitation which then could cause increased sea ice volume in the Southern Ociean. This is contrary to what has been predicted for the Arctic and shows that climate change processes may be quite different in these two polar regions. The study outlining these findings and others has been published in the Journal of Geophysical Research (Oceans).

  • June 30, 2005 - Does Dirty Air Cool The Climate? - USA Today
    Some European climate scientists are saying that efforts to clean pollutants from the air may actually accelerate the pace of global warming by removing particles that reflect sunlight back into space. Their findings were published in this month's edition of "Nature".

  • June 28, 2005 - Nightmare Vision of Underwater Britain - Scotsman
    # A new sea level rise model seems to indicate that UK's major coastal cities could be submerged as a result of massive sea-level rises over the next two centuries, transforming the British mainland into a string of islands. This model has not yet garnered supported from all climate scientists.

  • June 27, 2005 - Climate Change Threatens Humanity's Cradle, Africa - ENN
    World Wildlife Fund officials say that "Africa is the most vulnerable continent to climate change." Desertification, dwindling water supplies, and rising sea levels could intensify ethnic conflict and drive millions of Africans from their homes.

  • June 22, 2005 - Is Scotland Set To Get The Big Chill? - Scotsman
    Edinburgh scientists say that temperatures in Scotland will plummet as a result of global warming, and that Ice Age conditions could return to the northern hemisphere sooner than earlier models predicted. This research disputes the view that global warming will affect the world uniformly.

  • June 13, 2005 - Bangladesh Most Vulnerable to Climate Change - The Independent
    Professor Mohan Munashinghe, Vice-Chairman of Intergovernmental Panel said on Climate Change (IPCC) yesterday at a discussion meeting in Dhaka termed developing countries like Bangladesh, and the people living there, to be the most vulnerable to climate change.

  • May, 2005

  • May 27, 2005 - Global Warming Likely To Increase Famine - ABC
    The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization warned that continued global warming will significantly disrupt food production in many countries and greatly increase the number of hungry people, especially in sub-Saharan African countries.

  • May 7, 2005 - Climate Fear For African Elephants - BBC
    A wildlife expert says that climate change is a bigger threat to endangered species in Africa than poaching. Global warming combined with decreasing ranges may cause the extinction of species such as elephants, rhinoceroses and tigers.

  • April, 2005

  • April 28, 2005 - Sea Level May Rise 10 Inches A Century - Detroit News
    A senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research asserts that sea level will rise at least 10 inches per century for several hundred years even if emissions of greenhouse gasses are immediately held at present levels.

  • March, 2005

  • March 31, 2005 - Shutdown of Atlantic Current Would Ravage Food Stocks - Space Daily
    If the North Atlantic Ocean's circulation system stops due to global warming, the impact on the world's food supplies would be catastrophic because of the impact on the phytoplankton. Shutdowns have occurred in the past, most notably at the end of the last ice age about 10,000 years ago.

  • March 19, 2005 - Global Warming A Threat To ... Scotland's Lochs - Scotsman
    The waters of Scotland's famous lochs may see marked changes as global warming causes changes of temperature that could cause the lochs to warm and stagnate. This would put the Arctic char, an endangered species of fish, at further risk.

  • March 10, 2005 - Mexico's Gulf Coast In Peril From Global Warming - ENN
    Fishing villages on Mexico's Gulf Coast may be among the first victims of global warming if sea level rises the predicted 3 feet by 2100. Mexico is Latin America's worst polluter, making their own situation worse.

  • February, 2005

  • February 10, 2005 - Scientists Reveal Earth's Natural Temperature Swings - ABC
    A Swedish meteorologist has published a new climate reconstruction, using wavelet analysis, in the science journal Nature. His model shows that the Northern Hemisphere had a prolonged heat wave about 1,000 years ago, but was plunged into a colder period 500 years later.

  • February 2, 2005 - Global Temperature Threatens Reefs, Arctic, Mountains - Bloomberg
    Scientists at a climate-change conference in England have stated that a global temperature rise of 1-2� C could cause damage to many different ecosystems.

  • January, 2005

  • January 7, 2005 - Scientists Study Ocean to Understand Global Cooling - Space Daily
    Scientists are studying changes in the Calcite Compensation Depth, the depth where calcium carbonate dissolves faster than it is deposited, to try to unravel clues to the global cooling that caused the Antarctic ice sheets to form.

  • January 3, 2005 - Antarctic May Have Iced Over When Atmosphere Changed - Space Daily
    New data from ocean core samples challenges the theory that the Antarctic ice sheet developed because of a shift in ocean currents. Fossils of cold-water plankton have been found in Eocene sediments off the Antarctic coast.

  • January 2, 2005 - Warming May Melt Away Washington State's Caribou - The State
    The woodland caribou, the most endangered species in the contiguous U.S. may be in danger from rising temperatures. Historically, it appears that some reindeer (caribou) species are quite sensitive to environmental shifts.

  • December, 2004

  • December 1, 2004 - Melting Arctic Bogs May Hasten Warming... - National Geographic
    A hotspot in western Siberia is home to the world's largest peat bog. If this peatland thaws and dries out due to the current warming trend, it would begin to release vast amounts of carbon dioxide, which could further accelerate global warming.




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