Global Warming and Climate Change News

Global warming driving seals to dive deep
Thursday February 09th 2012, 6:07 PM

BREMERHAVEN, Germany, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Higher ocean temperatures caused by global warming are causing elephant seals to have to dive deeper in their search for food, German researchers say. [News Source]

2C warming goal now 'optimistic' – French scientists
Thursday February 09th 2012, 12:56 PM

French scientists unveiling new estimates for global warming said on Thursday the 2 C (3.6 F) goal enshrined by the United Nations was "the most optimistic" scenario left for greenhouse-gas emissions. [News Source]

Study: GOP votes drive public opinion on climate change
Thursday February 09th 2012, 11:39 AM

You might think opinions on climate change are driven by news stories, or extreme weather events, or, if you’re really optimistic, publicly available scientific research. But it turns out that politicians affect the way that Americans view the issue more than almost anything else, according to a new paper in the journal Climatic Change. Read full article >> [News Source]

Understanding the Global Warming Debate
Thursday February 09th 2012, 10:19 AM

Likely you have heard the sound bite that ?97% of climate scientists? accept the global warming ?consensus?. ??Which is what gives global warming advocates the confidence to call climate skeptics ?deniers,? hoping to evoke a parallel with ?Holocaust Deniers,? a case where most of us would agree that a small group are denying a well-accepted ... [News Source]

Understanding the Global Warming Debate
Thursday February 09th 2012, 10:02 AM

Likely you have heard the sound bite that "97% of climate scientists" accept the global warming "consensus".  Which is what gives global warming advocates the confidence to call climate skeptics "deniers," hoping to evoke a parallel with "Holocaust Deniers," a case where most of us would agree that a small group are denying a well-accepted reality.  So why do these "deniers" stand athwart of the ... [News Source]

Nuclear commission expected to vote on new reactors.
Thursday February 09th 2012, 9:00 AM

For the first time in over three decades, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is expected to decide to grant a license to build a nuclear reactor — a milestone for an industry whose long-hoped-for renaissance is smaller and later than anticipated. [News Source]

Melting ice sheets already seen driving sea-level rise.
Thursday February 09th 2012, 9:00 AM

A study released today by Nature shows that the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets have already begun contributing more to the planet's rising seas than the melting of ice caps and glaciers. It is a trend that overthrows conventional understanding while reaffirming that sea levels are rising as expected. [News Source]

Nuclear commission expected to vote on new reactors.
Thursday February 09th 2012, 9:00 AM

For the first time in over three decades, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is expected to decide to grant a license to build a nuclear reactor — a milestone for an industry whose long-hoped-for renaissance is smaller and later than anticipated. [News Source]

Ice caps not shrinking as much as once thought, new data show.
Thursday February 09th 2012, 9:00 AM

Mountain glaciers and ice caps around the globe collectively lost 148 billion tons of ice a year, according to new satellite measurements. The rate is 30 percent lower than scientists thought. [News Source]

Oil and gas boom lifts US economy.
Thursday February 09th 2012, 9:00 AM

An energy boom is revving up the U.S. economy. New drilling techniques to tap oil and gas in shale rocks far underground has helped add about 158,500 new oil and gas jobs over the past five years. Though the energy boom looks like a road to prosperity, it may be a bumpy one. [News Source]

World’s biggest offshore windfarm to open off Cumbria.
Thursday February 09th 2012, 9:00 AM

The new energy secretary, Lib Dem MP Ed Davey, will face down the growing army of renewable power critics inside the coalition by making his first major outing a visit to a wind project. [News Source]