Tuesday May 01st 2012, 10:00 AMIn recent years, climate change skeptics have seized on one last argument that cannot be so readily dismissed; their theory is that clouds will save us. [News Source]
Clouds’ effect on climate change is last bastion for dissenters.
Climate change is expanding allergy risks.
Tuesday May 01st 2012, 10:00 AMWatery eyes, runny noses and puffy faces will abound this year as a warm winter, human development and climate change converge to create a brutal allergy season that will likely get worse for years to come, according to experts. [News Source]
China’s looming conflict between energy and water.
Tuesday May 01st 2012, 10:00 AMIn its quest to find new sources of energy, China is increasingly looking to its western provinces. But the nation's push to develop fossil fuel and alternative sources has so far ignored a basic fact: Western China lacks the water needed to support major new energy development. [News Source]
Supercomputing power could pave the way to energy-efficient engines.
Tuesday May 01st 2012, 10:00 AMAlthough most news coverage of the supercomputing world focuses on the race among nations for supremacy, a conference was convened last month to focus on real-world problems that high-power supercomputing seeks to address. Tackling the world's energy challenges is high on the list. [News Source]
Scientists warn of sea-level dangers.
Tuesday May 01st 2012, 10:00 AMThe sea level is rising and scientists warn that action is needed to minimise the risks of flooding, damaged beaches and infrastructure, and infected drinking water. And with a sea-level rise of at least one metre predicted, storm surge flooding will start to occur in those areas more frequently on king tides. [News Source]
Arctic methane lid may be fracturing.
Tuesday May 01st 2012, 10:00 AMIn what may point to an alarming new driver for global warming, scientists have found unexpected amounts of methane emerging from the Arctic Ocean between cracks and open leads amid pack ice far out to sea. [News Source]
Weird ocean current may create coral refuges.
Tuesday May 01st 2012, 10:00 AMGlobal warming is expected to have devastating effects on coral reefs, but recent research points to a few exceptions. [News Source]
Currents may save coral reefs from climate change.
Tuesday May 01st 2012, 10:00 AMAccording to the study by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution scientists Kristopher Karnauskas and Anne Cohen, climate change could cause ocean currents to operate in a surprising way and mitigate the warming effect on coral reefs in the Pacific. [News Source]
Planning needed to protect coastal properties.
Tuesday May 01st 2012, 10:00 AMThose Auckland seaside properties might have a great view, but with storm surge flooding occurring more frequently when there are king tides, there can be a downside. A king tide is a high tide that occurs several times a year, and can result in usually dry land being flooded. [News Source]
U.S. corporations sponsor carbon scam in Europe.
Tuesday May 01st 2012, 10:00 AMThe Clean Development Mechanism of the Kyoto Protocol on climate change ended up creating a perverse incentive that gave rise to an emissions reduction scam in Europe. [News Source]
China bests Canada in tackling climate change, Strong says.
Tuesday May 01st 2012, 10:00 AMChina is outpacing Canada in determination to tackle climate change and rein in greenhouse gas emissions, says Maurice Strong, a long-time environmentalist and secretary-general of the first global Earth Summit 20 years ago. [News Source]