Global Warming and Climate Change News

Study shows experiments underestimate plant responses to climate change
Wednesday May 02nd 2012, 1:09 PM

Experiments may dramatically underestimate how plants will respond to climate change in the future. That's the conclusion of an analysis of 50 plant studies on four continents, published this week in an advance online issue of the journal Nature, which found that shifts in the timing of flowering and leafing in plants due to global warming appear to be much greater than estimated by warming ... [News Source]

Do warmer average temperatures stimulate more crime?
Wednesday May 02nd 2012, 10:00 AM

Part of the manifestation between heat and aggression might already be visible, in the form of more frequent, violent crime. [News Source]

Polar bears can swim vast distances, study finds.
Wednesday May 02nd 2012, 10:00 AM

Polar bears are capable of swimming vast distances – a potential survival skill needed in an Arctic environment where summer sea ice is vanishing, a study led by the U.S. Geological Survey showed on Tuesday. [News Source]

McClendon out as Chesapeake chair.
Wednesday May 02nd 2012, 10:00 AM

Aubrey McClendon, who led the nation's recent oil and gas fracking boom, will step down as chairman of Chesapeake Energy Corp., the company he co-founded, amid investor uproar over news that he had taken out $1 billion in personal loans using well stakes as collateral. [News Source]

Do warmer average temperatures stimulate more crime?
Wednesday May 02nd 2012, 10:00 AM

Part of the manifestation between heat and aggression might already be visible, in the form of more frequent, violent crime. [News Source]

Cummins thrives on new air regulations.
Wednesday May 02nd 2012, 10:00 AM

Cummins Inc. is a rarity among top U.S. manufacturers: the maker of engines for trucks, buses and off-road machinery is thriving in good measure because of tough, new government regulations around the world. [News Source]

In Britain, more flood warnings after wettest April.
Wednesday May 02nd 2012, 10:00 AM

Parts of Britain were on "high alert" for floods again Tuesday after a night of torrential downpours, as Met Office figures showed April was the wettest on record. [News Source]

Fossil forest offers clues on climate change.
Wednesday May 02nd 2012, 10:00 AM

In the clammy depths of a southern Illinois coal mine lies the largest fossil forest ever discovered. Within this botanical Pompeii, scientists are mapping out an ecosystem from 307 million years ago, just before the world’s first great forests were wiped out by global warming. [News Source]

Climate change threatens Saguaro National Park’s cacti.
Wednesday May 02nd 2012, 10:00 AM

A healthy, flourishing ecosystem, even one in such a barren place as the desert of southern Arizona, is a lot better able to withstand climate change than an unhealthy one — and the ecosystem here at Saguaro National Park is not healthy. [News Source]

‘Green bullet’ innovations aim to feed world of 9 billion.
Wednesday May 02nd 2012, 10:00 AM

In flood-hit fields in the Philippines, farmers are testing a hardy new variety of rice that can survive completely submerged for more than two weeks. This is just one of the innovations that experts say will be critical if the world is to feed itself over coming decades as the population soars, cities sprawl and climate change takes its toll. [News Source]

Polar bears can swim vast distances, study finds.
Wednesday May 02nd 2012, 10:00 AM

Polar bears are capable of swimming vast distances – a potential survival skill needed in an Arctic environment where summer sea ice is vanishing, a study led by the U.S. Geological Survey showed on Tuesday. [News Source]