Global Warming and Climate Change News

Glacier-fed river systems threatened by climate change
Friday March 16th 2012, 10:20 AM

( University of Copenhagen ) As glaciers vanish due to global warming, so will those species dependent upon the icy runoff. The alarming new findings can be found in the journal Nature Climate Change. [News Source]

Environmental crunch ‘worse than thought’: OECD.
Friday March 16th 2012, 10:00 AM

Pressures on Earth's ecosystem are now so great that future generations could be doomed to falling living standards, the OECD said on Thursday in a report looking to the mid-century. [News Source]

Natural gas a weak weapon against climate change, new study asserts.
Friday March 16th 2012, 10:00 AM

Although natural gas burns more cleanly than coal, a new study argues that replacing all the world's coal power plants with natural gas would do little to slow global warming this century. [News Source]

Could air pollution be making us fat?
Friday March 16th 2012, 10:00 AM

Steadily rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere may be affecting brain chemistry, increasing appetite and contributing to the obesity epidemic, according to a new hypothesis, which still awaits rigorous testing and inevitable debate. [News Source]

Heat wave across much of the U.S. marches on.
Friday March 16th 2012, 10:00 AM

The early onset of summer-like weather has moved up the peak bloom of Washington, D.C.’s famed cherry blossoms, given allergy sufferers an unwelcome jump start to the allergy season, and is putting an abrupt end to the Midwest's ice fishing season. [News Source]

More severe storms, disease in our future.
Friday March 16th 2012, 10:00 AM

Windsor and Essex County's future is filled with more-frequent fierce storms, tornadoes and floods, more disease and illness, as well as new and aggressively invasive weeds and other species, warns Ontario's environmental commissioner. [News Source]

Heartland Institute is looking at ‘every place’ in grades K-12 for climate debate.
Friday March 16th 2012, 10:00 AM

The developer of the Heartland Institute's school curriculum on climate change plans to create a number of 40-minute lessons that can be used by skeptical teachers, beginning in the fourth grade, to raise questions about humans' impact on things like weather and rising temperatures. [News Source]

Unlike Midwest, California regulations cause more climate change woes.
Friday March 16th 2012, 10:00 AM

Climate change means uncertainty for farmers everywhere. In California, farmers are worried about new climate change regulations. And their experience may provide insight for all U.S. agriculture regions, including the Midwest. [News Source]

4 of 5 in Minnesota hit by weather disasters since 2006.
Friday March 16th 2012, 10:00 AM

A recent study shows that 80 percent of Minnesotans live in counties that suffered federally-declared weather-related disasters since 2006. The report states that global warming may make severe weather events even more severe and commonplace in the coming years. [News Source]

Climate study warns of possible changes to Shoshone Forest.
Friday March 16th 2012, 10:00 AM

Summer visitors to the Shoshone National Forest and Yellowstone National Park could benefit from a warming climate, though fires would likely increase, water would run short by season's end, and some species could vanish from the landscape, according to a new study. [News Source]

Use nuclear waste to power UK, says top scientist.
Friday March 16th 2012, 10:00 AM

It will be impossible for the UK to meet its long-term carbon reduction target without reusing the nation's stockpile of plutonium, the former government chief scientist, Sir David King has warned. [News Source]