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Polar bears face 'tipping point'
Climate change will trigger a dramatic and sudden decline in the number of polar bears, a study concludes.

27th May 2010
Methane Rising
See also:
2010 Is A Hot Year
The Oceans Are Not Cooling
Sea Ice Not In Recovery

27th May 2010
Climate change making Everest more dangerous: Sherpa
Climate change is making Mount Everest more dangerous to climb, a Nepalese Sherpa said in Kathmandu Tuesday after breaking his own record by making a 20th ascent of the world''s highest peak.

27th May 2010
Distressed damsels stress coral reefs
( Florida Institute of Technology ) Damselfish are killing head corals and adding stress to Caribbean coral reefs, which are already in desperately poor condition from global climate change, coral diseases, hurricanes, pollution and overfishing.

27th May 2010
20th century one of driest in 9 centuries for northwest Africa
Droughts in the late 20th century rival some of North Africa''s major droughts of centuries past, reveals new research that peers back in time to the year 1179.

27th May 2010
North-west England 'could reach drought status in weeks'
Environment Agency data shows major rivers in England and Wales are below average levels after high temperatures and a dry start to 2010Much of northern England faces a drought within weeks, according to new figures published this week. The combination of recent high temperatures, one of the sunniest Aprils in a century and five months of below- average rainfall is the reason, the Environment Agency said. Weekly river flow and rainfall data (pdf) shows that the flow in major rivers including the Lune, Wharfe, Wyre, Swale, Conwy, Dee and Taff are already "notably" and in some cases "exceptionally" below- average levels for the time of year.

27th May 2010
Arctic double stunner: Sea ice extent is now below 2007 levels, while volume hit record low for March - Summer poised to set new record
We appear to have been breaking volume records over the past several months according to the Polar Science Center:
Total Arctic Ice Volume for March 2010 is 20,300 km^3, the lowest over the 1979-2009 period and 38% below the 1979 maximum. September Ice Volume was lowest in 2009 at 5,800 km^3 or 67% below its 1979 maximum.

That is, in September, PSC says we saw the lowest volume ever, and in March, we saw the lowest volume for that month, according to their Pan-Arctic Ice Ocean Modeling and Assimilation System (PIOMAS).  Cryosphere scientists I have spoken to say PIOMAS is best for showing long-term trends, and they do recommend the caveat that it is a model, and so conclusions should be viewed accordingly.  That said, as the website shows, the analysis has been validated.

23rd May 2010
Ocean heat content increases update
There is a new paper in Nature this week on recent trends in ocean heat content from a large group of oceanographers led by John Lyman at PMEL. Their target is the uncertainty surrounding the various efforts to create a homogenised ocean heat content data set that deals appropriately with the various instrument changes and coverage biases that have plagued previous attempts. We have discussed this issue a number of times because of its importance in diagnosing the long term radiative imbalance of the atmosphere. Basically, if there has been more energy coming in at the top than is leaving, then it has to have been going somewhere " and that somewhere is mainly the ocean.
See Also:
Oceans Smaller And Warmer

23rd May 2010
2010 on track for warmest year on record - Washington Post
2010 on track for warmest year on recordWashington Post (blog)It's just hard to stop the march of manmade global warming, well, other than by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, that is. NASA scientists have argued that ...and more

20th May 2010
Weighing Greenland
Scott Luthcke weighs Greenland -- every 10 days. And the island has been losing weight, an average of 183 gigatons (or 200 cubic kilometers) -- in ice -- annually during the past six years. That's one third the volume of water in Lake Erie every year. Greenland's shrinking ice sheet offers some of the most powerful evidence of global warming. Luthcke is a scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. He specializes in space geodesy, a branch of earth sciences that monitors Earth from space by measuring changes in the planet's shape, orientation, and gravitational field.

20th May 2010
Arctic team reports unusual conditions near Pole
OTTAWA (Reuters Life!) - A group of British explorers just back from a 60-day trip to the North Pole said Monday they had encountered unusual conditions, including ice sheets that drifted far faster than they had expected.

18th May 2010
Masters: Record Atlantic sea surface temps in hurricane development region, "The three past seasons with record warm April SST anomalies all had abnormally high numbers of intense hurricanes"
NOAA's National Climatic Data Center has published its monthly 'State of the Climate Report.' It pretty much matches the NASA data. An emeritus physics professor writes me cautioning against the use of the word 'anomaly' since, 'In many people's mind, the word 'anomaly' means something unusual that is a temporary phenomenon.' He suggests 'change,' which is probably better. Certainly for those who are communicating to the general public, like NOAA and NASA, 'anomaly' is a confusing word as used in these charts. And that is especially true because the recent temperature trend is anything but an anomaly - it is in fact a prediction of basic climate science.

18th May 2010
Lost lizards validate grim extinction predictions
Many models of climate-driven extinctions are criticised for being theoretical, but new hard data lends them weight

17th May 2010
Large Number of Bird Species Facing Rapid Decline in North America
Nearly 150 of the 882 land bird species in North America are in sharp decline, especially in Mexico, according to a new report. The report, issued by Partners in Flight - a consortium of academics, conservationists, government agencies, and philanthropists - said that 124 of the 148 imperiled bird species spend much of their time in Mexico, where habitat destruction is occurring more rapidly than in the U.S. and Canada. The threatened birds in Mexico include the thick-billed parrot, the horned guan, and the Greg Lawatay. A resplendent quetzal resplendent quetzal, a green and red bird with long tail feathers that feeds on avocados.

17th May 2010
The Shrinking of Lake Powell
A prolonged drought that has caused Lake Powell on the Colorado River to shrink significantly over the last decade has eased slightly, according to recent data. But, as documented in a series of satellite images released by NASA, the water levels are still far from the 1999 levels when the lake was near full capacity. Water levels in Lake Powell, a meandering reservoir created by the Glen Canyon Dam and straddling the Utah and Arizona border, dropped significantly in the years following 1999 as a result of drought and water removal for View galleryNASAThe shrinking of Lake Powell, 1999-2010 human use.

17th May 2010
NASA: Easily the hottest April - and hottest Jan-April - in temperature record - Plus a new record 12-month global temperature, as predicted
It was the hottest April on record in the NASA dataset. More significantly, following fast on the heels of the hottest March and hottest Jan-Feb-March on record, it's also the hottest Jan-Feb-March-April on record [click on figure to enlarge]. The record temperatures we're seeing now are especially impressive because we've been in 'the deepest solar minimum in nearly a century.' It now appears to be over. It's just hard to stop the march of manmade global warming, well, other than by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, that is.

17th May 2010
Arctic poised to see record low sea ice volume this year
UPDATE: Two commenters pointed me to the Polar Science Center. They looks to have the best Arctic ice volume model around - and it's been validated (see below). The big Arctic news remains the staggering decline in multiyear ice - and hence ice volume. If we get near the Arctic's sea ice area (or extent) seen in recent years this summer, then this may well mean record low ice volume - the fourth straight year of low volume. And the latest extent data from the National Snow and Ice Data Center suggests we will: Of course, the anti-science crowd - and much of the media - remain stuck in two-dimensional thinking.

17th May 2010
Climate change threatens health by Mediterranean - Reuters UK
People in cities around the Mediterranean including Athens, Rome and Marseilles are likely to suffer most in Europe from ever more scorching heatwaves this century caused by climate change, scientists said on Sunday.
See also:
Mediterranean most at risk from European heatwaves -

17th May 2010
Africa's lake Tanganyika warming fast, life dying
ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Africa's lake Tanganyika has heated up sharply over the past 90 years and is now warmer than at any time for at least 1,500 years, a scientific paper said on Sunday, adding that fish and wildlife are threatened.

17th May 2010
The Anthropocene Debate: Marking Humanity's Impact
Is human activity altering the planet on a scale comparable to major geological events of the past? Scientists are now considering whether to officially designate a new geological epoch to reflect the changes that homo sapiens have wrought: the Anthropocene. BY ELIZABETH KOLBERT

17th May 2010
White honey grows scarce as bees abandon Ethiopia's parched peaks
Drought forces bees into valleys in search of flowers, meaning they produce yellow honeyThe truffle of the apiary world " rare white honey from Ethiopia's highest peaks " is in danger of disappearing, according to beekeepers in the Tigray region. "No rain for the flowers,'' said Ashenaf Abera as he stood on his rocky, parched slope in the northern Ethiopian region whose famine inspired Bob Geldof to stage Live Aid in 1985. "The bees need high-altitude flowers for the white honey. When they cannot find them, they go to other plants and produce yellow honey.''Abera is paid £65 a month to mind 270 hives for the Asira Metira monastery, one of a dozen religious centres in an area whose 4th-century rock churches are among the wonders of the world.

20th April 2010
Frogspawn study reveals climate change dangers
A study of thousands of records of when UK frogs spawn revealed the amphibians are closely adapted to local conditions - which could put them at risk as the climate changes.

20th April 2010
'Off-the-Charts' Pollen Counts Bring Misery to Millions
FRIDAY, April 16 (HealthDay News) -- A cold winter followed by a sudden and sustained warming trend, not to mention the botanical blossoming that global warming has brought, has boosted pollen counts to near-record highs across the United States this spring, experts say. "Some types of pollens have doubled because of climate change,"

20th April 2010
State of the Climate Global Analysis March 2010
* The combined global land and ocean average surface temperature for March 2010 was the warmest on record at 13.5°C (56.3°F), which is 0.77°C (1.39°F) above the 20th century average of 12.7°C (54.9°F). This was also the 34th consecutive March with global land and ocean temperatures above the 20th century average.
* The March worldwide land surface temperature was 1.36°C (2.45°F) above the 20th century average of 5.0°C (40.8°F)—the fourth warmest on record.
* The worldwide ocean surface temperature was 0.56°C (1.01°F) above the 20th century average of 15.9°C (60.7°F) and the warmest March on record.
* For the year-to-date, the global combined land and ocean surface temperature of 13.0°C (55.3°F) was the fourth warmest January-March period. This value is 0.66°C (1.19°F) above the 20th century average.

16th April 2010
Canadian Ice Sheet Is Melting Rapidly, Study Shows
One of the largest ice sheets in Canada's high Arctic has been swiftly shrinking in recent decades as as a result of warmer summers, according to a new study. The 895-square-mile ice cap on Devon Island, an uninhabited island in Baffin Bay, has declined steadily since 1985, according to analysis by scientists at the University of Calgary. Because the remote Arctic area is essentially a desert, with minimal annual precipitation, any increase of snow takes years to accumulate as glaciers and ice sheets, said Sarah Boon, lead author of the paper published in Arctic, a journal of the university's Arctic Institute of North America.

15th April 2010
The complete guide to modern day climate change - All the data you need to show that the world is warming
According to the IPCC 4th Assessment Report (2007): Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, as is now evident from observations of increases in global average air and ocean temperatures, widespread melting of snow and ice, and rising global average sea level. At continental, regional, and ocean basin scales, numerous long-term changes in climate have been observed. These include changes in Arctic temperatures and ice, widespread changes in precipitation amounts, ocean salinity, wind patterns and aspects of extreme weather including droughts, heavy precipitation, heat waves and the intensity of tropical cyclones. Paleoclimate information supports the interpretation that the warmth of the last half century is unusual in at least the previous 1300 years.

15th April 2010
Bye-bye, global cooling myth: Hottest March and hottest Jan-Feb-March on record
It was the hottest March in both satellite records (UAH and RSS), and tied for the hottest March on record in the NASA dataset. It was the hottest (or tied for hottest) January through March in all three records. The record temperatures we're seeing now are especially impressive because we've been in 'the deepest solar minimum in nearly a century.' It now appears to be over. It's just hard to stop the march of anthropogenic global warming, well, other than by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, that is. NASA's prediction from last month is standing up ...
See also: Early Bud Catches Warm

13th April 2010
Glacier breaks in Peru, causing tsunami in Andes
LIMA (Reuters) - A huge glacier broke off and plunged into a lake in Peru, causing a 75-foot (23-meter) tsunami wave that swept away at least three people and destroyed a water processing plant serving 60,000 local residents, government officials said on Monday.

13th April 2010
Heatwave roasts Rio, kills 32 in southern Brazil
RIO DE JANEIRO, April 12 (AFP) - The worst heatwave to hit Rio de Janeiro in 50 years turned the city into a pre-Carnival furnace Wednesday, and killed 32 elderly people farther south, officials said. According to the Inmet national weather service, recorded temperatures were six degrees (10 degrees Fahrenheit) above average for the month: 39.7 degrees Celsius instead of 33.8 degrees Celsius (103 degrees Fahrenheit instead of 93 degrees Fahrenheit). But strong sunlight and lack of wind meant they felt much higher, around 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit) in some areas.

13th April 2010
India's global warming fears
Was this caused by global warming? In India, weather-related natural disasters already cause annual chaos. Two months ago, whole regions of West Bengal disappeared under water - rescue workers had to use boats to give emergency help to more than 16 million affected people.

13th April 2010
Heatwave sweeps north India, Bengal; Ganganagar hottest at 44.8 C
NEW DELHI : Heatwave swept many parts of northern and eastern India on Sunday, with Ganganagar in Rajasthan reeling at 44.8 degree Celsius and the national capital recording the season's highest temperature. Soaring mercury, coupled with power woos, made life miserable for people in West Bengal where Purulia recorded 44 degrees and Kolkata 41 degrees, five notches above normal. Heatwave warnings were issued in many districts like West Midnapore, Birbhum, Bankura, and Burdwan. Many areas suffered power black outs with several units of Kolaghat, Bakreshwar and Purulia power generating stations breaking down.

12th April 2010
Traumatized trees: Bug them enough, they get fired up
Whether forests are dying back, or just drying out, projections for warming show the Pacific Northwest is becoming primed for more wildfires. The area burned by fire each year is expected to double or even triple if temperatures increase by about 3.5 degrees Fahrenheit (2 C) in our region, according to University of Washington and USDA Forest Service research.

10th April 2010
Which climate changes can be blamed on humans?
Michael Marshall, reporterThe conclusions of the last IPCC report were unequivocal: it said, with 90% certainty, that greenhouse gases released by human activity were warming the planet. That was then and this is now, and since the IPCC's report came out in 2007 climate science has come under some criticism - rather a lot of it in fact. So it's no surprise that when new papers confirm the IPCC's conclusions, climate scientists are not shy about advertising them.The latest example of such a paper, in press in WIREs Climate Change, reviews a number of studies that have been done since 2007.

10th April 2010
Traumatized trees: Bug them enough, they get fired up
Whether forests are dying back, or just drying out, projections for warming show the Pacific Northwest is becoming primed for more wildfires. The area burned by fire each year is expected to double or even triple if temperatures increase by about 3.5 degrees Fahrenheit (2 C) in our region, according to University of Washington and USDA Forest Service research.

10th April 2010
Which climate changes can be blamed on humans?
Michael Marshall, reporterThe conclusions of the last IPCC report were unequivocal: it said, with 90% certainty, that greenhouse gases released by human activity were warming the planet. That was then and this is now, and since the IPCC's report came out in 2007 climate science has come under some criticism - rather a lot of it in fact. So it's no surprise that when new papers confirm the IPCC's conclusions, climate scientists are not shy about advertising them.The latest example of such a paper, in press in WIREs Climate Change, reviews a number of studies that have been done since 2007.

10th April 2010
The peak oil crisis: countdown at the Guri
Now, if you are wondering why a falling water level in the Venezuelan highlands should be if interest to Americans, the answer is easy. Despite years of political tensions between the Chavez government and Washington, the U.S. is still importing some 800,000 barrels a day of crude from Venezuela.

8th April 2010
Weather Channel asks, July in April? - Record smashing heat-wave hits nation
CP: So it's friggin hot in DC and much of the country. Audience: How hot is it? CP: It's so hot that: I saw a dog chasing a cat and they were both walkin . The robins are laying their eggs sunny side up. I saw squirrels fanning their nuts. Even meteorologists are doing stories about human-caused global warming. Settle down, anti-science disinformers who try to shout down any talk of a link between climate change and extreme weather " these are only jokes. We all know that you can t use a single weather event as evidence for or against climate change " unless of course that weather event is a big snowstorm [see "Massive moisture-driven extreme precipitation during warmest winter in the satellite record " and the disinformers say it disproves (!) climate science].

8th April 2010
Summer Heatwave Could Be on the Way -
Summer Heatwave Could Be on the WayBettingpro.comThis summer could be one of the hottest on record, and WilliamHill are worried that temperatures could pass the 100f mark. The bookmaker has trimmed the ...

8th April 2010
2 more glaciers gone from Glacier National Park
(AP) -- Glacier National Park has lost two more of its namesake moving icefields to climate change, which is shrinking the rivers of ice until they grind to a halt, a government researcher said Wednesday.

8th April 2010
U.S. forecaster CSU sees 8 Atlantic hurricanes in 2010
MIAMI (Reuters) - The 2010 Atlantic hurricane season is likely to be "above-average" and produce eight hurricanes, four of them major, the Colorado State University hurricane forecasting team said on Wednesday.

8th April 2010
A glass half empty: Hydrologist calls much-needed attention to California's dwindling groundwater supply
( -- It may have been a rainy winter, but there's still cause for concern about California's water supply. Just ask Jay Famiglietti, UC Irvine Earth system science professor and founding director of the new UC Center for Hydrologic Modeling, which aims to help the state tackle its drought-induced water crisis.

8th April 2010
Southern China turning into arid plain
The government has embarked on a massive rain-making operation, firing thousands of cloud-seeding rockets into the sky In pictures: Drought in south-west China and the Mekong basinIt is hard to imagine a less fitting environment for a mollusc than the arid plain of Damoguzhen in south-west China.There is not a drop of water in sight. The baked and fissured earth resembles an ancient desert. Yet shellfish are scattered here in their thousands; all so recently perished that shriveled, blackened bodies are still visible inside cracked, opened shells.Far out of water, the aquatic animals are not the advance guard of evolutionary progress ...

8th April 2010
Blooming amazing - earliest UK flowering for 250 years
British plants are flowering earlier now than at any time in the last 250 years, according to new analysis.

8th April 2010
Heatwave sweeps Jharkhand - Press Trust of India
Heatwave sweeps JharkhandPress Trust of IndiaJamshedpur, Apr 6 (PTI) The heatwave continued to sweep across the region, with the mercury soaring to 42.5 degree celsius in the the city and its adjoining ...

8th April 2010
New study shows rising water temperatures in US streams and rivers
New research by a team of ecologists and hydrologists shows that water temperatures are increasing in many streams and rivers throughout the United States. The research, published in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, documents that 20 major U.S. streams and rivers - including such prominent rivers as the Colorado, Potomac, Delaware, and Hudson - have shown statistically significant long-term warming.

8th April 2010
Photos: Ten U.S. Species Feeling Global Warming's Heat
NoneClimate change is turning up the heat on some of the U.S.'s already threatened species, including ten highlighted by a new Endangered Species Coalition report.

8th April 2010
Nature's defences
When the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its assessment report on global warming in 2007, it was faced with a tough decision. In estimating how sea levels might rise in response to temperature, the panel had a wealth of factors to consider, such as how much the oceans will expand as they warm and how much water will be added from melting mountain glaciers and ice caps. But there was little information on the extent to which changes in the large ice sheets covering Greenland and West Antarctica could raise sea levels this century. After some consideration, the panel estimated a total sea level rise of 18 to 59 centimetres by the 2090s, a projection that excluded the contribution of the world's largest ice sheets on the basis that understanding was too limited to provide a best estimate or an upper bound .

6th April 2010
Mankind leaves mark on the planet with the end of the 12,000-year Holocene age
Biologists have their principles of evolution, physicists have their laws of thermodynamics and chemists have their periodic table. For geologists, perhaps the most hallowed reference source is the Geological Time Scale, a complex timeline depicting the entire history of the Earth as a series of distinct periods, epochs and ages, from the birth of the planet 4.7 billion years ago to the present ...

6th April 2010
The Rain in Sudan
The account of extreme weather continues to mount up, but some Climate models have not been distinguishing between rainfall (preciptation event) changes in tropical regions and mid-latitude regions. Here's one piece of research that goes some way towards a new understanding of increased serious flooding in Tropical countries
See also: Study: Northeast seeing more, fiercer rainstorms

6th April 2010
Vietnam Faces Power Shortage as Drought Hurts Hydroelectricity
April 6 (Bloomberg) -- Vietnam faces a power shortage this year as a drought threatens production of hydroelectricity when economic expansion has increased demand for energy.

6th April 2010
Big thaw kills seals spared by cull
NATURE can be as cruel as man. Hunters of the harp seal may be staying away from Canada's east coast this year, but many of this season's pups still face certain deat

5th April 2010
Even in the Desert, Plants Feel the Heat of Global Warming
This Behind the Scenes article was provided to LiveScience in partnership with the National Science Foundation.

5th April 2010
Global water crisis and cheaper technology sparks surge in desalination
Fresh water production increases to 9.5m cubic metres a day " twice the annual flow of the Thames " as one-third of world goes thirstyThe world's unquenchable thirst for clean water drove a record increase in the desalination of seawater and reuse of sewage last year, new figures reveal, as water-stressed countries around the world try to build their way out of trouble.Making fresh water from the sea was once the preserve of cruise ships and oil-rich Gulf states that could afford the huge cost of energy required to remove the salt. But as rivers, lakes and aquifers dry up, rains become less reliable, and the cost of desalination has fallen, communities in all parts of the world have begun to build and plan plants to turn oceans, river estuaries, salty ground water and even sewage into clean water for factories, farms and homes.The ...

31st March 2010
China's Drought Raises Coal Prices, Lowers Hydropower - Bloomberg
March 29 (Bloomberg) -- Benchmark coal prices at Qinhuangdao, China's largest port handling the fuel, rose for the first time in 10 weeks after a drought in the south cut hydropower generation and raised demand from coal-fired plants.

30th March 2010
Extreme Weather Impacts Migratory Birds
( -- Every year, hurricanes and droughts wreak havoc on human lives and property around the world. And according to a pair of new NASA-funded studies, migratory birds also experience severe impacts to their habitats and populations from these events.

30th March 2010
Nigeria : Unusual Weather Condition -
Lagos " The panic caused by the present unusual weather condition in the country and the belated efforts of a few experts to douse the tension, are profound testimonies of Nigerian's low level of preparedness to appropriately respond to the challenges of global climate change.

29th March 2010
Earth Entering New Age Of Geological Time
Humans have wrought such vast and unprecedented changes on the planet that we may be ushering in a new period of geological history. The new epoch, called the Anthropocene - meaning new man - would be the first period of geological time shaped by the action of a single species. It is feared that the damage mankind has inflicted will lead to the sixth largest mass extinction in Earths history with thousands of plants and animals being wiped out

29th March 2010
Ecosystems under threat from ocean acidification
Acidification of the oceans as a result of increasing levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide could have significant effects on marine ecosystems, according to Michael Maguire presenting at the Society for General Microbiology's spring meeting in Edinburgh this week.

29th March 2010
Climate change puts Australian reef on 'knife edge'
The world's southernmost coral reef is on a "knife-edge" after warmer seas blamed on climate change bleached large parts of it for the first time, an Australian scientist warned on Wednesday.

26th March 2010
Soils emitting more carbon dioxide - Nature
Trend could exacerbate global warming. Soils around the globe have increased their emissions of carbon dioxide over the past few decades, according to an analysis of 439 studies. The findings1, published in Nature today, match predictions that increasing temperatures will cause a net release of carbon dioxide from soils by triggering microbes to speed up their consumption of plant debris and other organic matter. Ben Bond-Lamberty and Allison Thomson, terrestrial carbon research scientists at the University of Maryland's Joint Global Change Research Institute in College Park, conducted the study by stitching together almost 50 years of soil-emissions data — 1,434 data points — from 439 studies around the world. To compare measurements, the researchers accounted for differences between the studies, such as mean annual temperatures and techniques used to gauge carbon dioxide levels. They totalled the data for each year to create a global estimate of soil respiration — the flux of carbon dioxide from the ground into the atmosphere.

25th March 2010
Study: It is clear that the precipitous decline in September sea ice extent in recent years is mainly due to the cumulative loss of multiyear ice. - Physicist: "If temperatures change just a few tenths of a degree then this oh-so-thin ice cap is doomed."
Memo to media: Ignore the misreporting on the Arctic that focuses on sea-ice extent or area. The big Arctic news is the staggering decline in multiyear ice " ice volume. No study has yet been published undermining our understanding that human emissions are the primary cause of that long-term decline " a decline that shows no sign of reversal. The real news from the Arctic is the staggering decline in thicker, multi-year ice [red line] " as seen in the above figure from leading cryoscientists who authored the 2009 study, Thinning and volume loss of the Arctic Ocean sea ice cover ...
See also: New study of Greenland under more realistic forcings concludes collapse of the ice-sheet was found to occur between 400 and 560 ppm of CO2

24th March 2010
NASA Study Concludes That No Cooling Evident in Past Decade
A comprehensive analysis of global air and sea temperatures by NASA climatologists shows that the planet has not experienced a cooling trend in the past decade and is continuing to warm at a rate of about .3 degrees F per decade. The NASA scientists, affiliated with the Goddard Institute for Space Studies, said the warming trend has continued despite the sun's irradiative power being at one of its lowest points in a century. The preliminary study, which NASA scientist James Hansen said will be submitted soon to a peer-reviewed scientific journal, said that only one of the past 10 winters and two of the past 10 summers were cooler than the long-term average in recent Click to enlargeGoddard Institute for Space StudiesGlobal warming trends decades.

24th March 2010
Butterflies emerging earlier because of climate change
For the first time, climate change has been shown to alter the timing of a natural event " the emergence of the common brown butterfly

20th March 2010
NASA: It is nearly certain that a new record 12-month global temperature will be set in 2010 - Must-read draft paper: "We conclude that global temperature continued to rise rapidly in the past decade" and "that there has been no reduction in the global warming trend of 0.15-0.20°C/decade that began in the late 1970s. "
NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) has released a draft paper Current GISS Global Surface Temperature Analysis. It is a must read for warming junkies, but, as James Hansen notes in an e-mail, it is too long for popular use. So Hansen offers some of the main conclusions, as well as a description of a rather shocking hack of the GISS website (all of which is reprinted below). The first conclusion is: 1) Contrary to popular belief, global warming has not stopped nor has the rate of warming even slowed down in the past decade (Figure 21).

20th March 2010
Drought drives monkeys out of forests, into streets - Philippine Daily Inquirer
LACK of food due to drought has forced monkeys to leave their sanctuaries in Barangay New Israel here and take refuge in nearby forested areas.

20th March 2010
From Nepal to the Maldives, Eye Witness Sees Impact of Warming and Melting Glaciers
Bursting glacial lakes, storm surges, and drought among the current dangers.

20th March 2010
Living in defiance of a drying climate - The Age
When Premier John Brumby travelled deep into the suburbs to relax Melbourne's water restrictions, the surprise was not in the announcement but in the bold statement that followed.

20th March 2010
NOAA: Sixth warmest February in combined global surface temperature, 5th warmest December-February - NOAA
Last month's combined global land and ocean surface temperature made it the sixth warmest February ever recorded. Additionally, the December 2009 " February 2010 period was the fifth warmest on record averaged for any similar three-month Northern Hemisphere winter-Southern Hemisphere summer season, according to scientists at NOAA's National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C.

18th March 2010
China drought leaves millions short of water
Millions of people face drinking water shortages in southwestern China because of a once-a-century drought that has dried up rivers and threatens vast farmlands, state media reported Wednesday.

18th March 2010
Global boiling: Freak storms on every continent - Second known tropical cyclone forms in "cooler" South Atlantic, while Red River braces for fourth "ten-year flood" in a row!
I actually think the science around climate change is real. It is potentially devastating, Obama told reporters Monday [March 24, 2009]. If you look at the flooding that's going on right now in North Dakota and you say to yourself, If you see an increase of two degrees, what does that do, in terms of the situation there? That indicates the degree to which we have to take this seriously. The media love to focus on the few extreme weather events that they (mistakenly) believe are inconsistent with human-caused climate change [see "Was the 'Blizzard of 2009' a 'global warming type' of record snowfall " or an opportunity for the media to blow the extreme weather story (again)?"].

18th March 2010
Unseasonable winds in Southern California - UPI
ANAHEIM, Calif., March 16 (UPI) -- A warm spell in Southern California has brought unseasonable Santa Ana winds along with warnings to motorists on one Orange County highway, officials said.

18th March 2010
Low rains to hit plantation crops in Kerala - Express India
Scorching temperature in the absence of summer rains is likely to impact the production of plantation crops in Kerala. Cardamom could be the worst hit and the absence of rains in Idukki district could lead to permanent damage to the plants.

18th March 2010
Severe drought cracks runway at China airport
BEIJING (Reuters) - A severe drought in southwestern China has claimed a new victim -- a runway at one of the region's busiest airports.

18th March 2010
Asia swelters in heatwave - Straits Times
Straits TimesAsia swelters in heatwaveStraits TimesBy Grace Chua & Alastair McIndoe in Manila February is on track to become Singapore's driest month, as well as one of the hottest on record. ...Could this be the driest February on record?TODAYonlineall 2

18th March 2010
Climate report shows Australia getting warmer
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's top scientists on Monday released a "State of the Climate" report at a time of growing scepticism over climate change as a result of revelations of errors in some global scientific reports.

16th March 2010
What's Killing the Great Forests of the American West?
Across western North America, huge tracts of forest are dying off at an extraordinary rate, mostly because of outbreaks of insects. Scientists are now seeing such forest die-offs around the world and are linking them to changes in climate.

16th March 2010
The Gospel According to NASA
Here at the Church of Holy Science, we believe the precept of Following the Truth of the Data, wherever that data leads us. The two month period January to February 2010 was the (wait for it ) third warmest January-February out of the whole 131 years of the instrumental record. Yeah, I know what you re thinking. It was cold where I was, as well. But cold here does not mean cold everywhere. The Blog Chart tells the story of the warming trend of Earth, and February 2010 gets a resounding HOT marker :- The surface of the Earth is warming up.

16th March 2010
Drought drives Cotabato monkeys deeper into forests - Philippine Daily Inquirer
Lack of food due to the drought has forced monkeys to leave their sanctuary in the village of New Israel here and seek refuge in nearby forested areas.

16th March 2010
Climate change is real and it's here: report - Sydney Morning Herald
AUSTRALIA's two leading scientific agencies will release a report today showing Australia has warmed significantly over the past 50 years, and stating categorically that ''climate change is real''.

14th March 2010
Climate change makes birds shrink
Songbirds on the US east coast are becoming smaller, a trend thought to be driven by the warming temperatures caused by climate change.

12th March 2010
US: List polar bear as endangered species
Melting sea ice in the Arctic will kill thousands of bears in coming years, the US says, and continued commercial trade must not be allowed to make the situation worseIt is a familiar story in the climate change debate. The US government is at odds with the rest of the world and, despite criticism, wants other countries to change their minds and fall in line behind Uncle Sam.This time, the tale comes with an unexpected twist. This weekend, the US will warn that the threat from climate change to the future survival of the polar bear is so great that the world must grant the animal the highest possible protection.At the annual meeting of the international body that regulates trade in animals, the US will push for a total ban on the sale and movement of polar bear products that are used for furs, rugs and taxidermy.

12th March 2010
Central American shrimp, lobster fast disappearing
Illegal fishing and climate change are decimating shrimp and lobster populations in Central America, threatening a two-billion-dollar industry and 136,000 jobs, regional experts said Thursday.

12th March 2010
All American oceanic birds threatened by climate change, research finds - NatGeo News Watch
NatGeo News Watch: Many land-based birds are also at risk as habitat and food sources change. The findings are published in the State of the Birds 2010 report, a collaborative effort as part of the U.S. North American Bird Conservation Initiative, involving federal and state wildlife agencies, and scientific and conservation organizations.

12th March 2010
Difficult summer in store after warm winter? - CNews
A senior climatologist with Environment Canada says the balmy winter conditions seen across the country have left him shaking his head and worrying about what's in store for the summer.

12th March 2010
Vietnam forest fires rise sharply in drought -
Hanoi - Drought-driven forest fires in Vietnam this year have already consumed an area greater than the entire area burned in 2008 or 2009, officials said Tuesday. Fires have destroyed 1,600 hectares of forest so far this year, said Do Thanh Hai, a senior official at Vietnam's Forest Protection Department. That area is more than 10 times the rate measured in the first two months of 2008 or 2009, which each saw just more than 140 hectares destroyed. Hai blamed the fires on a drought that has left Vietnam's north-western provinces with almost no rainfall from October to February. "Such a long-lasting drought is somewhat strange..."

11th March 2010
Parched island
Politicians look away as Cyprus dies of drought

11th March 2010
Oceans Losing Oxygen Is A Sign Of Climate Change
Yahoo! News : Lower levels of oxygen in the Earth's oceans, particularly off the United States' Pacific Northwest coast, could be another sign of fundamental changes linked to global climate change, scientists say.

9th March 2010
Football: Drought scorches World Cup host - The New Straits Times
PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa: The green pitch at Port Elizabeth's World Cup stadium has become an island in a sea of brown, exempt from water limits imposed due to a drought that has scorched the land outside.

9th March 2010
Warming data said stronger than IPCC claim - UPI
LONDON, March 5 (UPI) -- Evidence of manmade global warming is stronger than the besieged U.N. climate panel claimed, with rainfall changes altering the Earth, British scientists said.

8th March 2010
Arctic Methane on the Move?
Methane is like the radical wing of the carbon cycle, in today's atmosphere a stronger greenhouse gas per molecule than CO2, and an atmospheric concentration that can change more quickly than CO2 can. There has been a lot of press coverage of a new paper in Science this week called Extensive methane venting to the atmosphere from sediments of the East Siberian Arctic Shelf , which comes on the heels of a handful of interrelated methane papers in the last year or so. Is now the time to get frightened? No. CO2 is plenty to be frightened of, while methane is frosting on the cake.

8th March 2010
Like many other farmers in the remote village of Barchid, lying in the shadow of Tajikistan's Pamir Mountains, Makbulsho Yakinshoev knows little about issues like greenhouse-gas emissions or global warming.

8th March 2010
Canada has had its warmest, driest winter on record - CTV Toronto
While parts of Asia, Europe and the United States have suffered through unusually cold and snowy winter months, Canada is emerging from its warmest and driest winter in at least six decades, a senior climatologist says.

8th March 2010
Humans driving extinction faster than species can evolve, say experts
Conservationists say rate of new species slower than diversity loss caused by the destruction of habitats and climate changeFor the first time since the dinosaurs disappeared, humans are driving animals and plants to extinction faster than new species can evolve, one of the world's experts on biodiversity has warned.Conservation experts have already signalled that the world is in the grip of the "sixth great extinction" of species, driven by the destruction of natural habitats, hunting, the spread of alien predators and disease, and climate change.However until recently it has been hoped that the rate at which new species were evolving could keep pace with the loss of diversity of life.Speaking in advance of two reports next week on the state of wildlife in Britain and Europe, Simon Stuart, chair of the Species Survival Commission for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature " the body which ...

8th March 2010
Arctic sea ice: the data behind the climate change fightback visualised
Scientists are fighting back over climate change. Get the data behind the latest battle - and see how we visualised it Get the dataClimate change scientists have started a fightback against sceptics who argue that the observed changes in the Earth's climate can largely be explained by natural variability. This comes after the email hacking furore.A major Met Office review of more than 100 scientific studies tracking the observed changes in the Earth's climate system finds that it is an "increasingly remote possibility" that human activity is not the main cause of climate change.We visualised this information for the Guardian today - click on the image above to see how we did it.

8th March 2010
CLIMATE: The Thirsty Caribbean
PORT OF SPAIN, Mar 4 (Tierramérica) - Caribbean countries are considering options like desalination plants and cloud seeding to confront a drought that threatens the regional economy and which experts warned about years ago.

8th March 2010
Elephants, Other Iconic Animals Dying in Kenya Drought - National Geographic
Scores of animals are dying of thirst, starvation, and disease amid the country's worst drought in over a decade, conservationists say.

5th March 2010
Glacier melting a key clue to tracking climate change
SINGAPORE/ANCHORAGE (Reuters) - The world has become far too hot for the aptly named Exit Glacier in Alaska.
See also: Settling the science on Himalayan glaciers

5th March 2010
Out of step
Recent changes in the seasonal timing of biological events such as flowering and migration have been linked to warmer temperatures. Now a study shows that such seasonal shifts are becoming increasingly common in the UK and could wreak havoc across ecosystems as they disturb the delicate balance of nature.

5th March 2010
Souring seas
Marine plankton survived a period of intense ocean warming and acidification some 55 million years ago. But their future descendants might not be so lucky, suggests a new study. They found that in the future the deep ocean could become undersaturated with carbonate, the mineral form of carbon used by calcareous organisms for building shells and skeletons, to an even worse extent than during the PETM. At the ocean surface, the rate of acidification could exceed that experienced during the PETM, potentially challenging the ability of plankton to adapt.

5th March 2010
Do melting ice caps affect salt levels? - Boulder Weekly
Dear EarthTalk: If the ice caps are melting, what is happening to the salt content of the oceans? And might this contribute to weather patterns or cause other environmental problems?

5th March 2010
Giant Antarctic iceberg could affect global ocean circulation
An iceberg the size of Luxembourg that contains enough fresh water to supply a third of the world's population for a year has broken off in the Antarctic continent, with possible implications for global ocean circulation, scientists said today. The iceberg, measuring about 50 miles by 25, broke away from the Mertz glacier around 2,000 miles south of Australia after being rammed by another giant iceberg known as B-9B three weeks ago, satellite images reveal. The two icebergs, which both weigh more than 700m tons, are now drifting close together about 100 miles north of Antarctica. Rob Massom, a senior scientist at the Australian Antarctic Division and the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre in Hobart, Tasmania, said the location of the icebergs could affect global ocean circulation and had important implications for marine biology in the region. The concern is that the massive displacement of ice would transform the composition of sea water in the area and impair the normal circulation of cold, dense water that normally supplies deep ocean currents with oxygen.

28th February 2010
World warming unhindered by cold spells: scientists
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The pace of global warming continues unabated, scientists said on Thursday, despite images of Europe crippled by a deep freeze and parts of the United States blasted by blizzards.

28th February 2010
Coffee hit by global warming say growers
Coffee producers say they are getting hammered by global warming, with higher temperatures forcing growers to move to prized higher ground, putting the cash crop at risk.

28th February 2010
Arctic arch failure leads to sea-ice exodus
Dams of ice that usually plug straits leading out of the Arctic Ocean are failing to form, letting sea ice escape to the Atlantic and Pacific

28th February 2010
900 ships stranded amid drought in's China - China Daily
NANNING: Nine hundred ships jammed before a navigation lock of a reservoir in south China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region amid falling water level caused by severe drought, local authorities said Saturday.

28th February 2010
No ice
It isn t often that you actually see something that surprises you and makes you really think about what is happening to the climate. I am in Washington, D.C. at the moment and flew here yesterday. We passed over Newfoundland and the southern part of the Gulf of St Lawrence on the way into Washington. I had a right hand side window seat and the all the way from Newfoundland to the Canadian mainland there was blue sky and crystal clear visibility for miles. As we passed over Newfoundland I was thinking that it didn t appear quite as white as normal, with very visible features showing.

27th February 2010
Climate change melts Antarctic ice shelves: USGS
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Climate change is melting the floating ice shelves along the Antarctic Peninsula, giving scientists a preview of what could happen if other ice shelves around the southern continent disappear, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said on Monday.

27th February 2010
Start preparing Sydney, warming is inevitable - Sydney Morning Herald
Start preparing Sydney, warming is inevitableSydney Morning Herald... infrastructure as sea levels rise, building new water supply systems and devising plans to minimise heatwave-related deaths, said Michael Oppenheimer, ...and more

22nd February 2010
Penguins in Antarctica to be replaced by jellyfish due to global warming - Daily Telegraph
Rising temperatures in the oceans around Antarctica could lead to the continent's penguins being replaced by jellyfish, scientists have warned.

20th February 2010
Tajikistan facing water shortages and climate extremes, report warns
Falling supplies due to rising temperatures and retreating glaciers could spark conflict between water-stressed countries in the region, says OxfamIt has been occupied by the Russians, the Mongols, the Turks, the Arabs and the Uzbeks, the Chinese, as well as Genghis Khan. But the ancient, mountainous state of Tajikistan, which has been at the crossroads of Asian civilisations for over a thousand years, is in danger of being overwhelmed by water shortages, rising temperatures and climate extremes.A report released today by Oxfam details fast-rising temperatures, melting glaciers in the Pamir mountains, increased disease, drought, landslides and food shortages.

20th February 2010
Is Global Weirding here? - Humans are warming the globe and changing the climate. But what should we call it?
Tom Friedman has a new column, Global Weirding is Here. He mentions my new effort to post summaries of the best scientific papers on every aspect of climate change. Readers interested in that project should click here. If you want to know more about me or this website, start with An Introduction to Climate Progress. You can get daily email updates on climate science, solutions, and politics by clicking here. Friedman spells out why he suspects China is quietly laughing at us right now and why Iran, Russia, Venezuela and the whole OPEC gang are high-fiving each other ...

20th February 2010
The Climate Science Project, Part 2: How we know global warming is happening -It's the oceans!
Memo to climate scientists, environmentalists, and others: If you re going to give an interview or speak in public, you need to know the FULL scientific literature. If you just stick to reading up on your area of expertise, you won t have the sharpest answers for reporters or for a tough questioner in the audience. Reading the BBC's interview of Dr. Phil Jones, the climate scientist at the center of the hacked e-mail scandal, makes clear that even an experienced and widely published researcher like Jones doesn t appear to know the full climate literature or the clearest answers to basic questions.

20th February 2010
Arctic sea ice vanishing faster than 'our most pessimistic models': researcher
WINNIPEG - Sea ice in Canada's fragile Arctic is melting faster than anyone expected, the lead investigator in Canada's largest climate-change study yet said Friday - raising the possibility that the Arctic could, in a worst-case scenario, be ice-free in about three years. University of Manitoba Prof. David Barber, the lead investigator of the Circumpolar Flaw Lead System Study, said the rapid decay of thick Arctic Sea ice highlights the rapid pace of climate change in the North and foreshadows what will come in the South. "We're seeing it happen more quickly than what our models thought would happen," Barber said at a student symposium on climate change in Winnipeg. "It's happening much faster than our most pessimistic models suggested."

20th February 2010
Canada's permafrost retreats amid warming trend
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The permanently frozen ground known as permafrost is retreating northward in the area around Canada's James Bay, a sign of a decades-long regional warming trend, a climate scientist said on Wednesday.

20th February 2010
The World Warms Up
The United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Climatic Data Center in their monthly State of the Climate , state :- [link]sotc/index.php Selected Global Highlights for January 2010 : The combined global land and ocean average surface temperature for January 2010 was 0.60°C (1.08°F) above the 20th century average of 12.0°C (53.6°F). This is the fourth warmest January on record How can this be ? The newspapers have been saying that Global Warming is just a confused scare story, or perhaps a tax-begging scam, or a bunch of self-important technologists on a gravy train creating false alarm to justify their funding streams " nothing to worry about.

20th February 2010
Yemen's water crisis eclipses al Qaeda threat
SANAA (Reuters) - Yemeni water trader Mohammed al-Tawwa runs his diesel pumps day and night, but gets less and less from his well in Sanaa, which experts say could become the world's first capital city to run dry.

20th February 2010
Climate change threatens fog and redwoods: study
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The coastal fog that gives San Francisco its romantic ambience is thinning out, a boon to drivers but a real threat to the giant redwoods there, researchers reported on Monday.

20th February 2010
Jordan enlists army in climate fight
OSLO (Reuters) - Jordan has unveiled plans to help fight climate change, including upgrading its armed forces by 2020, an area usually overlooked in the global warming debate.

20th February 2010
Vancouver 2010 to Be Warmest Winter Olympics Yet - National Geographic
The Vancouver 2010 games will be the warmest Winter Olympics yet, experts say. And that may actually be good news for Olympians.

20th February 2010
Climate 'affecting wetland birds' - BBC News
Climate changes are behind a dramatic shift in the numbers of wetland birds visiting the UK, a study suggests.

20th February 2010
Warmer planet temperatures could cause longer-lasting weather patterns
Whether it's never-ending heat waves or winter storms, atmospheric blocking can have a significant impact on local agriculture, business and the environment. Although these stagnant weather patterns are often difficult to predict, University of Missouri researchers are now studying whether increasing planet temperatures and carbon dioxide levels could lead to atmospheric blocking and when this blocking might occur, leading to more accurate forecasts.

20th February 2010
Nature Geoscience study: Oceans are acidifying 10 times faster today than 55 million years ago when a mass extinction of marine species occurred - Unrestricted burning of fossil fuels threatens a new wave of die-offs
If you re looking for summaries of the best scientific papers on every aspect of climate change that Tom Friedman's promised in his column yesterday, you ve come to right place. If you want a review of the best papers in the past year (with links), click here. If you want a broader overview of the literature in the past few years, focusing specifically on how unrestricted emissions of greenhouse gas emissions are projected to impact the nation and the world, try Intro to global warming impacts. Marine life face some of the worst impacts.

20th February 2010
Strengthened storms
The number of strong storms in the western Atlantic could double by the end of the century, despite a drop in the overall number of storms, finds new research. Previous studies have hinted at an increase in hurricane intensity, but scientists have now used a modelling approach capable of capturing storms of category-3 or higher intensity, enabling them to simulate twenty-first-century storms realistically.

15th February 2010
The bottom line
The stability of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) is the largest source of uncertainty in estimating future sea level rise. Grounded on rock below sea level, the 3,000-metre-thick ice sheet could disintegrate rapidly if it becomes unstable at its base. A new theoretical study by Richard Katz at the University of Oxford and Grae Worster at the University of Cambridge, UK provides evidence of the conditions under which the ice sheet becomes unstable at its grounding line, where it floats free of its base. Katz and Worster applied a novel theoretical and mathematical model to explore what will happen to the ice sheet as the climate changes. Most notably, their model suggests that grounding-line recession - a precursor to ice-sheet loss - may already be underway in Pine Island Glacier, the largest stream of fast-moving ice on the WAIS.

15th February 2010
An amazing, though clearly little-known, scientific fact: We get more snow storms in warm years!
Everybody talks about the weather, but few read the scientific literature about it. The anti-science crowd has been doing a killer job pushing the myth that the big recent snowstorms somehow undercut our understanding of human-caused global warming. But aside from the fact the precipitation isn t temperature, it turns out that the common wisdom the disinformers are preying on " lots of snow means we must be in a cold winter " isn t even true. Let's look at the results of an actual, detailed study of the relationships of the storm frequencies to seasonal temperature and precipitation conditions for the years 1901"2000 using data from 1222 stations across the United States. The 2006 study, Temporal and Spatial Characteristics of Snowstorms in the Contiguous United States (Chagnon et al., 2006) found we get more snow storms in warmer ...
See also: CLIMATE CHANGE: The Day After Tomorrow Might Have Been Yesterday

15th February 2010
Greenland's glaciers disappearing from the bottom up
Water warmed by climate change is taking giant bites out of the underbellies of Greenland's glaciers

15th February 2010
Rate of ocean acidification the fastest in 65 million years
( -- A new model, capable of assessing the rate at which the oceans are acidifying, suggests that changes in the carbonate chemistry of the deep ocean may exceed anything seen in the past 65 million years.

15th February 2010
Water vapour caused one-third of global warming in 1990s, study reveals
Experts say their research does not undermine the scientific consensus on man-made climate change, but call for 'closer examination' of the way computer models consider water vapourScientists have underestimated the role that water vapour plays in determining global temperature changes, according to a new study that could fuel further attacks on the science of climate change.The research, led by one of the world's top climate scientists, suggests that almost one-third of the global warming recorded during the 1990s was due to an increase in water vapour in the high atmosphere, not human emissions of greenhouse gases. A subsequent decline in water vapour after 2000 could explain a recent slowdown in global temperature rise, the scientists add.The experts say their research does not undermine the scientific consensus that emissions of greenhouse gases from human activity drive global warming, but they call for "closer examination" of the way ...

29th January 2010
National Geographic: greenhouse gases
Scientists in Wisconsin are discovering that increased greenhouse gases are having some unexpected effects ...

27th January 2010
NASA makes it official: 2000s were the hottest decade on record, 2009 tied for second warmest year - "In total, average global temperatures have increased by about 0.8°C - 1.5°F since 1880."
There's a contradiction between the results shown here and popular perceptions about climate trends, [NASA's James] Hansen said. In the last decade, global warming has not stopped. NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) released its final report on 2009 surface temperatures Thursday, concluding: 2009 was tied for the second warmest year in the modern record, a new NASA analysis of global surface temperature shows. The analysis, conducted by the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York City, also shows that in the Southern Hemisphere, 2009 was the warmest year since modern records began in 1880 .

23rd January 2010
NOAA: December Global Ocean Temperature Second Warmest on Record - NOAA
The global ocean surface temperature was the second warmest on record for December, according to scientists at NOAA's National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C. Based on records going back to 1880, the monthly NCDC analysis is part of the suite of climate services NOAA provides. Scientists also reported the combined global land and ocean surface temperature was the eighth warmest on record ...

23rd January 2010
Thames eel populations crash by 98% in five years, scientists warn
Eel populations in the river Thames have crashed by 98% in just five years, scientists warned today. The eel, which has been a traditional east London dish for centuries, now appears to be vanishing from the capital's river, according to researchers from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL). Each year, ZSL's Tidal Thames Conservation Project places eel traps in a number of the river's tributaries, to catch the fish and allow scientists to record numbers before setting them free. While 1,500 were captured in the traps in 2005, just 50 were recorded last year.

22nd January 2010
World's glaciers melting at accelerated pace, leading scientists say
From the Alps to the Andes, the world's glaciers are retreating at an accelerated pace - despite the recent controversy over claims by the United Nations' body of experts, leading climate scientists said today.Lonnie Thompson, a glaciologist at Ohio State University, said there is strong evidence from a variety of sources of significant melting of glaciers - from the area around Kilimanjaro in Africa to the Alps, the Andes, and the icefields of Antarctica because of a warming climate. Ice is also disappearing at a faster rate in recent decades, he said."It is not any single glacier," he said.

22nd January 2010
Finnish winters less icy by century's end: study
Freezing weather could be a thing of the past in parts of Finland by the end of the century as climate change leads to rising temperatures, Finland's Meteorological Institute said Tuesday.

22nd January 2010
Arctic Tundra is Being Lost as Far North Quickly Warms
The treeless ecosystem of mosses, lichens, and berry plants is giving way to shrub land and boreal forest. As scientists study the transformation, they are discovering that major warming-related events, including fires and the collapse of slopes due to melting permafrost, are leading to the loss of tundra in the Arctic. BY BILL SHERWONIT

20th January 2010
Perth sizzles, power consumption soars - Sydney Morning Herald
ABC OnlinePerth sizzles, power consumption soarsSydney Morning HeraldMore than 1000 Perth households lost power as electricity consumption peaked to an all-time high as the city sizzled its way through a heatwave. ...Power blackouts to be rectified by this eveningABC Onlineall 12

20th January 2010
Australia suffers hottest decade as globe warms - AFP
ABC OnlineAustralia suffers hottest decade as globe warmsAFPAn unusual winter heatwave hit large parts of inland Australia mid-year and resulted in the country's warmest August on record, while another hot spell in ...Second-warmest year recordedThe Australian2009: The second hottest year on bakes through warmest decade on recordABC -Times Online -The Ageall 168

18th January 2010
Glaciers Melting in the Himalayas
Video Credit : Asia Society The satellites and cameras do not lie : glaciers in the Himalayas are melting, and the loss of any part of this third pole ice cover threatens the freshwater supply for billions. This weekend's Media clamour on the subject focuses on the trail of a mis-attribution of a claim regarding the complete meltdown of the mountain glaciers. Just because somebody's got their references wrong, doesn t mean that the glaciers have magically not been melting after all. Yes, the IPCC process has failed to pick up this prediction error. No, it doesn t throw the whole of the IPCC reports into the trash can.

18th January 2010
Breaking: 2009 hottest year on record in Southern Hemisphere and tied for second globally - 2010 still poised to be hottest year on record despite cool start in parts of Northern Hemisphere
Note: The NASA results are not yet official, but should be Friday. The figure above does not have the December data, but the final figure will look almost identical. Eli Kintisch at Science Magazine just published, 2009 Hottest Year on Record in Southern Hemisphere. He quoted NASA mathematician Reto Ruedy of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies on the as-yet-not-released December and yearly data. We ve all been waiting for NASA's final report on the year " to see whether 2009 will be the second hottest year on record (see Must-see NASA figures compare 2009 to the two hottest years on record ...

18th January 2010
Michael Winship: Global Cooling? Tell It to the Jellyfish - The Huffington Post
There are certain newspaper headlines that catch your eye and stop you in your tracks. Like the New York Post's famous "Headless Body in Topless...

18th January 2010
Paging Neil Cavuto: UAH global satellite data has record WARMEST day for January - "It's almost certain by now that January 2010 will also be the globally warmest January on the UAH record"
Yes the anti-science crowd, from WattsUpWithThat to FoxNews, have been touting cold snaps over a small fraction of the globe as evidence of the non-exist cooling trend (see disinformers to media: Please make case for something that isn t true using data we don t believe ). Well now even they have been forced to acknowledge that the global record that's going to be set this month is, in all likelihood, for warming " because it is showing up on their beloved satellite data (click to enlarge). Yes, a Revkin tweet put me on to this " and no, I still don t like green eggs and tweets!

18th January 2010
Antarctica is Losing Ice Quickly, Melting Away Another Climate Skeptic Myth
Two popular climate skeptic "facts" which are claimed to disprove anthropogenic global warming are: 1. Surface ice melting on Antarctica is decreasing. 2. Sea ice around Antarctica is increasing. Despite what climate skeptics assert, neither of these arguments disprove global warming. Actually, they highlight quite the contrary: Antarctica is in fact losing mass (ice). Even more, ice is melting and breaking away from the continent at an incredibly accelerating rate. This isn't opinion, there is data to prove it. A recent article published by NASA thoroughly explains why these arguments are misleading. The article also offers multiple streams of scientific data to show how alarming the rate of glacial retreat on Antarctica is.

18th January 2010
Climate & environment - Jan 14
-The year climate science caught up with what climate scientists have been saying privately for years
-Where on earth is it unusually warm?-Britain's cold snap does not prove climate science wrong

-Coral Can Recover from Climate Change Damage, New Research Suggests
-The resurgence of El Niño means that 2010 could yet be the hottest year on record
-The sinking Sundarbans-Major Antarctic glacier is 'past its tipping point' read more

15th January 2010
Major Antarctic glacier is 'past its tipping point'
A major Antarctic glacier has passed its tipping point " it is poised to collapse in a catastrophe that could raise global sea levels by 24 centimetres

15th January 2010
Butterflies Reeling From Impacts of Climate and Development
( -- California butterflies are reeling from a one-two punch of climate change and land development, says an unprecedented analysis led by UC Davis butterfly expert Arthur Shapiro.

12th January 2010
Oceans losing ability to absorb greenhouse gas
( -- Like a dirty filter, the Earth's oceans are growing less efficient at absorbing vast amounts of carbon dioxide, the major greenhouse gas produced by fossil-fuel burning, reports a study co-authored by Francois Primeau, UC Irvine Earth system science associate professor.

12th January 2010
Melting tundra creating vast river of waste into Arctic Ocean
The increase in temperature in the Arctic has already caused the sea-ice there to melt. According to research conducted by the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, if the Arctic tundra also melts, vast amounts of organic material will be carried by the rivers straight into the Arctic Ocean, resulting in additional emissions of carbon dioxide.

12th January 2010
Unusual Arctic warmth as north hemisphere shivers
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - While much of the Northern Hemisphere has shivered in a cold snap in recent weeks, temperatures in the Arctic soared to unusually high levels, U.S. scientists reported.

12th January 2010
Melbourne Swelters Through Warmest Night in a Century - Update2 - Bloomberg
Jan. 12 (Bloomberg) -- Residents of Melbourne sweltered through the warmest night in more than a century as warm winds swept the city in Australia's southeast, straining air conditioners and sending crowds to area beaches for relief.

12th January 2010
Deadly jellyfish could see tourism heading south - ABC via Yahoo!7 News
Swimmers in far north Queensland have long lived with the threat of irukandji and box jellyfish stings, but the dangerous marine creatures could soon be headed further south.

12th January 2010
UK climate is warming despite big freeze
Despite the big freeze Britain's climate is getting distinctly warmer " and we may feel it this summerIt may be a hard notion to accept after a week that has seen the nation paralysed by snow and ice. Nevertheless, meteorologists are adamant that our world is still getting warmer. Indeed, many now believe that 2010 may turn out to be the hottest year on record.Britain may be shivering, the Met Office may have issued emergency weather warnings for the entire country and hundreds of trains and flights may have been cancelled, but our future is destined to be a hot and sticky one.

11th January 2010
Arctic Tundra is Being Lost As Far North Quickly Warms
The treeless ecosystem of mosses, lichens, and berry plants is giving way to shrub land and boreal forest. As scientists study the transformation, they are discovering that major warming-related events, including fires and the collapse of slopes due to melting permafrost, are leading to the loss of tundra in the Arctic. BY BILL SHERWONIT

11th January 2010
Venezuela drought raises risk of devastating power collapse - Denver Post
Venezuela is at risk of a power collapse as drought pushes water levels precariously low in the country's biggest hydroelectric dam, posing a serious political threat for President Hugo Chavez.

10th January 2010
Voyage around the Americas sees evidence of acidic Arctic
Scientists aboard the Ocean Watch, a 64-foot yacht on a year-long voyage circling the Americas, are testing the waters as they go. Instruments on the vessel have picked up evidence of ocean acidification, another result of the spewing of carbon dioxide from tailpipes and smokestacks, they say. Much of CO2 pollution ends up in the atmosphere, but some is absorbed in the ocean, where it is converted into carbonic acid. The average pH of the word's oceans is about 8.1 and the lower the reading, the greater the acidity. Scientists are concerned that if pH levels keep falling ocean waters could eat away the shells of organisms large and small.

10th January 2010
Polar bears in southern Beaufort Sea spending more time on land and open water
A long-term study showing the changes in habitat associations of polar bears in response to sea ice conditions in the southern Beaufort Sea has implications for polar bear management in Alaska.

10th January 2010
NIGERIA: Lake Communities Left High and Dry
DORON-BAGA and KANO, Nigeria, Jan 8 (IPS) - The fittest are fleeing the shores of Lake Chad: Adamu Modu, a young fisherman, is joining a stream of able-bodied men heading south to find work in the southern part of the country.

10th January 2010
Pine Beetle Turns Trees To Carbon Emitters - OfficialWire
Canadian researchers say the pine beetle has killed so many trees, the forests of British Columbia now put more greenhouse gases into the air than they store.

10th January 2010
CLIMATE CHANGE: Watch the Birdies
TEL AVIV, Jan 8 (IPS) - Ornithologists say that climate change is having a profound effect on bird behaviour and suggest that this phenomenon can act as an early warning system to the dangers posed to Earth.

10th January 2010
Freezing Europe, warming world - The Age
People across the northern hemisphere are facing the fact that a warming planet doesn't get rid of winter.

10th January 2010
2009 was our second warmest year ever - Adelaide Now
AUSTRALIA'S second warmest year on record 'is consistent with global warming', report finds.

4th January 2010
What's Tipping & What's Toppling ?
What's toppling already in the Earth System ?

2nd January 2010
Plants and animals race for survival as climate change creeps across the globe
Lowland tropics, mangroves and deserts at greater risk than mountainous areas as global warming spreads, study findsGlobal warming creeps across the world at a speed of a quarter of a mile each year, according to a new study that highlights the problems that rising temperatures pose to plants and animals. Species that can tolerate only a narrow range of temperatures will need to move as quickly if they are to survive. Wildlife in lowland tropics, mangroves and desert areas are at greater risk than species in mountainous areas, the study suggests."These are the conditions that will set the stage, whether species move or cope in place," said Chris Field, director of the department of global ecology at the Carnegie Institution in the US, who worked on the project.

29th December 2009
Mini Hockey Sticks - 3
Yet another vindication for Michael Mann's work on the legendary Hockey Stick comes from an analysis of global warming by decade from the World Meteorological Organisation. Alongside this, some of the research from sea floor sediment drilling has now been published, and it should make you sit up and pay attention. The key issue in Global Warming Science is Climate Sensitivity , and that's not a measure of how prickly you are when someone wants to talk to you about how Climate Change is one big hoax. It is essentially defined by the results of research that look into how the Earth would respond to a doubling of Carbon Dioxide in the atmosphere.

29th December 2009
African leaf-eating monkeys are 'likely to be wiped out' by climate change ( -- Monkey species will become 'increasingly at risk of extinction' because of global warming, according to new research published this week.

21st December 2009
Tibetan Glaciers Are Retreating At An Alarming Rate
By James HansenTibetan glaciers have been melting at an accelerating rate over the past decade. Glacier changes depend on local weather, especially snowfall, so glacier retreat or advance fluctuates with time and place. Thus it is inevitable that some Tibetan glaciers advance over short periods, as has been reported. But overall, Tibetan glaciers are retreating at an alarming rate

21st December 2009
Birds staying north for the winter - Parksville Qualicum Beach News
There's something odd about some of the local bird life in Oceanside, says Sandra Gray, and she wants volunteers at this weekend's Christmas Bird Count to keep an eye out.

18th December 2009
Global Warming : New Record
Just when is November hotter than July ? Well, for those of you in the Southern Hemisphere, you would expect November to be warmer than July. But, globally ? This week's NASA GISS update of global temperature anomalies , the difference between now and pre-industrial figures, shows that, worldwide, November 2009 has been the hottest November ever in the instrumental record. What can I say ? It's warming up, folks ! And you d better believe it. And we do know why, whatever the newspapers say to sell editions.

17th December 2009
Loss of ice heralds an emergency - The Age
The planet's ''canary in the coal mine'' is showing disturbing symptoms and we have only years, not decades, to save it.

13th December 2009
Governments turn to cloud seeding to fight drought
(AP) -- On a mountaintop clearing in the Sierra Nevada stands a tall metal platform holding a crude furnace and a box of silver iodide solution that some scientists believe could help offer relief from searing droughts.

13th December 2009
Inuits need cash for freezers in warming Arctic
COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Inuit communities need funds to adapt to climate change in the Arctic, including measures to build communal deep freezers to store game because warming is reducing their hunting season, an Inuit leader said on Friday.

13th December 2009
Scientists tip 2010 as hottest yet - Sydney Morning Herald
THE past six months have been Australia's warmest winter-spring period on record and it is likely next year will set global temperature records. Scientists predict that, whatever the outcome at Copenhagen, Australia must adapt to unprecedented heatwaves. David Jones, the head of climate analysis at the Bureau of Meteorology, said yesterday that claims by sceptics the planet was cooling were wrong. Every decade in Australia for the past 70 years had been getting warmer, and this decade has been the globe's warmest so far.

10th December 2009
Acidification rates pose disaster for marine life: major study
Report launched from leading marine scientists at Copenhagen summit shows seas absorbing dangerous levels of CO2The world's oceans are becoming acidic at a faster rate than at any time in the last 55m years, threatening disaster for marine life and food supplies across the globe, delegates at the UN climate conference in Copenhagen have been warned.A report by more than 100 of Europe's leading marine scientists, released at the climate talks this morning, states that the seas are absorbing dangerous levels of carbon dioxide as a direct result of human activity. This is already affecting marine species, for example by interfering with whale navigation and depleting planktonic species at the base of the food chain.The report " Ocean acidification ...

10th December 2009
On the climate frontline in Yakutsk
Jonathan Watts reports from Yakutsk, where climate change is slowly melting Siberia's permafrost, forcing local people to rebuild their houses to deal with the regular floodingJonathan Watts

10th December 2009
Climate change turns up heat on mushrooms
( -- Scientists have discovered that spring-fruiting fungi, including the morel and St George`s mushroom are fruiting nearly three weeks earlier than they did 50 years ago.

10th December 2009
Oceans' Uptake of Manmade Carbon May Be Slowing
( -- The oceans play a key role in regulating climate, absorbing more than a quarter of the carbon dioxide that humans put into the air. Now, the first year-by-year accounting of this mechanism during the industrial era suggests the oceans are struggling to keep up with rising emissions -a finding with potentially wide implications for future climate.

10th December 2009
A changing climate: UNEP maps extreme weather events worldwide | Felicity Carus - Guardian Unlimited
From Atlantic hurricanes to Australian droughts, extreme weather events are more frequent and more violent In the run-up to Copenhagen, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) published its Climate Change Science Compendium , a summary of 400 peer-reviewed research papers published since 2006. To illustrate some of the extreme weather events " which appear to be happening with increasing ...

10th December 2009
Interactive: effects of ocean acidification around the world
A major study from European scientists released at the Copenhagen climate conference shows marine life under threat from increased CO2 in the oceans

10th December 2009
World climate anomalies
In the run-up to Copenhagen, the United Nations Environment Programme published a map of extreme weather events around the worldJenny RidleyFelicity Carus

8th December 2009
Feds put $40 million toward pine beetle problem - Summit Daily News
DENVER - The U.S. Forest Service will funnel an additional $40 million to Rocky Mountain states where a tiny bug has killed more than 2 million acres of pine trees in what has been called one of the West's biggest natural disasters.

8th December 2009
Last decade 'the warmest on record'
The past 10 years have been the warmest decade on record and this year has been one of the five hottest, scientists revealed today as negotiators attempt to make progress on a new international deal to combat climate change.

8th December 2009
CLIMATE CHANGE: Youth See Their Future in the Balance
COPENHAGEN, Dec 6 (IPS/TerraViva) - Young people from 44 countries are demanding that world leaders take decisive action on climate change. The time for talk is over, they declared at the end of a weeklong Children's Climate Forum here.

7th December 2009
'In danger' - BBC News
Inuit warn climate change will hit way of life

7th December 2009
Melting Himalayan glaciers threaten 1.3 billion Asians - Channel NewsAsia
KATHMANDU: More than a billion people in Asia depend on Himalayan glaciers for water, but experts say they are melting at an alarming rate, threatening to bring drought to large swathes of the continent.

7th December 2009
Yellowstone a petri dish for climate change - Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles TimesYellowstone a petri dish for climate changeLos Angeles TimesSpasm Geyser is one of hundreds at Yellowstone -- including Old Faithful -- that may be affected by global warming. Park officials worry that receding ...and more

7th December 2009
The Most Surprising Results of Global Warming - via Yahoo! News
At the United Nations meeting on climate change next week, scientists will be discussing some of the potentially devastating effects of global warming, such as rising temperatures, melting ice caps and rising sea levels in the near future. But Earth's changing climate is already wreaking havoc in some very weird ways. So gird yourself for such strange effects as savage wildfires, disappearing ...

6th December 2009
Timber line vegetation shifting due to climate change - Press Trust of India
Pithoragarh, Dec 5 (PTI) Timber Line (vegetation line) in Uttarakhand is shifting toward Himalaya, a senior state official said today.

6th December 2009
Copenhagen, Climate Files, Hot Sharks - International Herald Tribune
A roundup on climate files, the treaty, angry Copenhagen prostitutes and a study claiming sharks are getting more aggressive in warming waters.

6th December 2009
Migration is the only escape from rising tides of climate change in Bangladesh - Guardian Unlimited
Some 60% of Bangladesh is at risk of rising sea levels, contaminating fish stock, farmland and drinking water with salt At an impromptu meeting in Moura village on the south-eastern coast of Bangladesh last week, 30 families said that their only hope of survival was to become climate refugees. "The tides come into the village every two weeks. Twenty years ago the sea was far away. Now it's a few ...

6th December 2009
CLIMATE CHANGE: "We Are a Harbinger of What Is to Come"
COPENHAGEN, Dec 3 (IPS) - A small group of indigenous people have travelled here to the historic Copenhagen climate talks to show negotiators dramatic documentary videos they made about the immediate impacts of climate change on their homelands and way of life.

4th December 2009
Professor foresees rising Antarctic snowmelt
The 30-year record low in Antarctic snowmelt that occurred during the 2008-09 austral summer was likely due to concurrent strong positive phases for two main climate drivers, ENSO (El Niño - Southern Oscillation) and SAM (Southern Hemisphere Annular Mode), according to Dr. Marco Tedesco, Assistant Professor of Earth Atmospheric Sciences at The City College of New York.

4th December 2009
One killed in Mumbai water shortage protests
MUMBAI (Reuters) - One man was killed and about a dozen injured in a violent protest on Thursday against water cuts in India's largest city after the worst monsoon in nearly four decades left Mumbai authorities scrambling to ration supplies.

4th December 2009
Pressure on primates
Several endangered primate species could be adversely affected by climate change, finds a new study.

4th December 2009
In the balance
Greenland, home to one-tenth of the world's land ice, is rapidly losing mass, pushing up global sea levels. Approximations of how fast this is happening vary widely, but a study now offers one estimate verified using two independent methods.

4th December 2009
Study measures ocean's CO2 uptake
There are substantial variations in the amount of carbon being absorbed by the North Atlantic Ocean, a study shows.

4th December 2009
Glacier threat to Bolivia capital
Fears grow for the future of water supplies in Bolivia's sprawling, fast-growing capital of La Paz and its twin El Alto.

4th December 2009
A Review of Michael Mann's Exoneration
Hockey sticks.png In the endless - and senseless - assault on Michael Mann and his famous hockey stick graph, it is generally overlooked that the graph has withstood all of the criticism and, still today, stands as a perfectly accurate picture of climate over the past millennia. Most convincingly, its results have been replicated by other methods, using other proxies on more than a dozen occasions. As well, however, Mann's conclusions were vindicated in two independent reviews, the second of which, by Edward Wegman, was particularly hostile in it conception, but ultimately exculpatory. Arie Brand covered this so well in a comment to the next post that I felt compelled to reproduce his note here, for the convenience of those who are too offended by the trolls to pick through all of the excellent comments buried among the mindless criticisms.

4th December 2009
Warmest December day in Moscow history - CNews
The meteorological service says Moscow is experiencing its warmest December day in recorded history, preventing bears at the zoo from hibernating.

4th December 2009
U.S. Northeast temps warmest in more than 10 years - Reuters via Yahoo! News
This is turning out to be the warmest day in parts of the U.S. Northeast in more than a decade, according to weather forecasters.

4th December 2009
INDIA: Climate Change Fuels Rural Out-Migration, Rising Farm Debt
BHUBANESWAR, India, Dec 1 (IPS/IFEJ) - Under a shed made of bamboo and corrugated sheet metal, Purusottam Sur feeds his two bullocks and a cow with a bundle each of dry paddy plant. A fifth of his five-acre paddy harvest will be used only as cattle feed; the rice seeds just did not develop because of untimely rains this monsoon.

2nd December 2009
While the politicians fiddle, the world keeps warming. The Arctic may be down to its last few summers of being white. Johann Hari, in Greenland, asks hunters and scientists how climate change really feels ...

2nd December 2009
Nigeria: 'Climate Change May Lead to Civil Unrest' -
No water, or in excess can mean no agriculture thus resulting to Insufficient harvests mean price escalations Nothing much has been done on rain harvesting and storage. The absence or excess of rain speedily translates into the total absence of water for a long or a short period.

2nd December 2009
Heatwave puts Russian white Christmas on hold - ABC Online
Heatwave puts Russian white Christmas on holdABC OnlineThere is no dreaming of a white Christmas in Russia yet, as record temperatures in Moscow ward off any sign of snow. The calendar may show winter has ...

2nd December 2009
California water allocation hits record-low level
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California officials said on Tuesday that drought and environmental restrictions have forced them to cut planned water deliveries to irrigation districts and cities statewide to just 5 percent of their contracted allotments.

2nd December 2009
Climate Changes Impact In Arctic Worse Than Thought
By University Of Manitoba Arctic sea ice has duped satellites into reporting thick multiyear sea ice where in fact none exists, a new study by University of Manitoba researcher David Barber has found

30th November 2009
Antarctic to feed major sea rise
Melting Antarctic ice is likely to contribute to a sea level rise of about 1.4m by 2100, says a major review of climate change on the continent.

30th November 2009
Mini Hockey Sticks
Michael Mann's giant Hockey Stick is backed up by a lot of other reasearch, from proxies to glaciers. Everything appears to be going up :- [link]index.php/archives/2009/09/hey-ya-mal/ I d like here to introduce you to two Mini Hockey Sticks that correlate strongly with the evidence from Michael Mann. A. The National Center for Atmospheric Research in the United States of America, plotting record high temperatures in the USA versus record lows :- B. From a research paper by Joelle L. Gergis and Anthony M. Fowler entitled A history of ENSO events since A.D.

30th November 2009
CLIMATE CHANGE: Angry Greenhouse Gas Victims Demand Action
VITERBO, Italy, Nov 28 (IPS) - Angry is not the adjective that comes to mind when you first meet Nelly Damaris Chepkoskei.

28th November 2009
Thirsty camels face bullet after terrorising Australian town
Northern Territory officials plan mass cull after 6,000 wild camels run amok in Docker River in search of waterAustralian authorities plan to round up about 6,000 wild camels with helicopters and shoot them after they overran an outback town in search of water, trampling fences, smashing tanks and contaminating supplies.The Northern Territory government announced its plan yesterday for Docker River, a town of 350 residents where thirsty camels have been arriving every day for weeks because of drought conditions."The community of Docker River is under siege by 6,000 marauding, wild camels," the local government minister, Rob Knight, said in Alice Springs, 310 miles (500km) north-east of Docker.

28th November 2009
Right Before Your Eyes
If you care to actually spend 10 seconds looking at the NASA GISS Blob Chart (see link above), you will easily detect a continually warming trend. Yes, there are dips and climbs. Yes, there is variability. No, Global Warming did not stop in 1998. This very easy-reading level of visual information, apparently, is not good enough to convince Janet Daley that Global Warming is happening. She just can t make it out amongst all the noise, probably coming from the Climate Change Deniers. Whether she knows it or not, she is not telling the truth. What dodgy dossier did she read ?

26th November 2009
Temps up 4 degrees since 1958, reducing NW snowpack - KGW NewsChannel 8 Portland
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Scientists report that rising temperatures appear to be responsible for cutting the snowpack in Oregon's Cascade Range in half over the past 77 years. The report from Oregon State University released Tuesday found that the warming trend is seen most in the spring. Temperatures are up almost 4 degrees since 1958 in January, March and April. Meanwhile, there has been no significant trend in precipitation. Geosciences professor Julia Jones says the shrinking snowpack has been the most visible impact of global warming, and will continue into the future. The mountain snowpack acts as a natural reservoir for rivers that are crucial to salmon, farming and ranching.

26th November 2009
This year 'in top five warmest'
This year will be in the top five warmest years globally since records began, according to the UK Met Office.

24th November 2009
World's last bastion of stable ice now thawing
The East Antarctica ice sheet, which was thought to be stable, is losing billions of tonnes of ice a year " climate change may be the culprit

24th November 2009
Victims of climate change tell the world how it's destroying their lives
OXFAM's climate hearings are being held in 17 countries around the world, taking the testimonies of real people from all walks of life about how climate change is affecting them. Oxfam will relay these messages to world leaders at the UN Climate Summit in Copenhagen at the end of the year.Climate change is a huge threat to development in Africa. Despite contributing less than 3% of global emissions the continent will be hit hard. read more

24th November 2009
NSW drought conditions worsening: govt - Brisbane Times
Drought conditions in NSW are worsening with the latest figures revealing just 1.9 per cent of the state is in a satisfactory condition.

24th November 2009
Next year may be hottest yet, Met Office says
There is a good chance that next year will be the hottest year recorded for the world, according to new forecasts from the Met Office's climate prediction and research branch, the Hadley Centre.

24th November 2009
Melting Arctic: Forget polar bears, worry about humans
Climate change is transforming the Arctic so fast that many species could be gone within our lifetimes. But the important thing is to put human self-interest first, says Alun Anderson

24th November 2009
East Antarctica 'is losing ice' - BBC News
The massive and apparently stable East Antarctic ice sheet is losing mass, a new study suggests.

22nd November 2009
Permafrost thaw threatens Russia oil and gas complex: study - AFP via Yahoo! News
Thawing permafrost caused by global warming is costing Russian energy firms billions of dollars annually in damage control and shrinking Russia's territory, Greenpeace warned in a new study Friday.

22nd November 2009
Rising sea levels threaten Caribbean region - Los Angeles Times
The Colombian city of Cartagena is trying to plan ahead as scientists say cities nearer the equator, where temperatures are already higher, are at greater risk if global warming isn't checked. The effect of climate change is anything but hypothetical to retired Colombian naval officer German Alfonso. Just ask him about the time his neighborhood in this historic coastal city became an island.

22nd November 2009
El Nino intensifies Latin America drought
From a devastating food crisis in Guatemala to water cuts in Venezuela, El Nino has compounded drought damage across Latin America this year.

20th November 2009
U.S. group sees worsening coastal flooding threat
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Fast-melting ice from Greenland and Antarctica will lead to a much sharper rise in sea levels than previously estimated, touching off flooding that will radically alter U.S. East Coast cities from Miami to Baltimore, according to a new study.

20th November 2009
Melting sea ice dilutes water, endangers sea life
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Melting of the Arctic sea ice due to global warming is diluting surface waters and this is endangering some species of shellfish which need minerals in the water to form their shells and skeletons, scientists have found.

20th November 2009
Inferno on Earth: Wildfires spreading as temperatures rise
by Lester Brown The following is a Plan B Update by my colleague Janet Larsen, the Director of Research for the Earth Policy Institute, about the connection between the increase of wildfires and rising temperature. Future firefighters have their work cut out for them. Perhaps nowhere does this hit home harder than in Australia, where in early 2009, a persistent drought, high winds, and record high temperatures set the stage for the worst wildfire in the country's history. On Feb. 9, now known as Black Saturday, the mercury in Melbourne topped 115 degrees F as fires burned over 1 million acres in the state of Victoria"destroying more than 2,000 homes and killing more than 170 people, tens of thousands of cattle and sheep, and 1 million native animals.Even as more people move into fire-prone wildlands around the world, the intense droughts and ...

20th November 2009
In Kiribati, a way of life is being washed away - The Age
Each year, villagers need to head further inland to find fresh food and water.

20th November 2009
Dutch build more dunes against rising seas - SpaceDaily
MONSTER, Netherlands, Nov 20 (AFP) Nov 20, 2009 On the beach at Monster, bulldozers painstakingly turn sand dredged from the bottom of the North Sea bed into dunes in an ambitious effort to safeguard the Netherlands from flooding.

20th November 2009
'Catastrophic' warnings as bushfires flare in Australia - The New Straits Times
SYDNEY, Fri: Australian firefighters battled dozens of bush blazes today as record-breaking hot weather sparked catastrophic warnings in two states, just months after the country's worst ever wildfire disaster.

20th November 2009
A 3700-year old bristlecone pine cannot lie -
Rising temps are forcing plants to adapt, whether they want to or not. But humans have brains -- let's use them!

19th November 2009
Sharks under threat as environmental change bites hard
( -- Their size and fearsome appearance have made them the stuff of nightmares, but new research just published suggests that sharks may not be as tough as they appear.

18th November 2009
Jellyfish swarm northward in warming world - Boston Globe
A blood-orange blob the size of a small refrigerator emerged from the dark waters, its venomous tentacles trapped in a fishing net. Within minutes, hundreds more were being hauled up, a pulsating mass crowding out the catch of mackerel and sea bass.

17th November 2009
CLIMATE CHANGE: Signs and Portents of a Hostile New World
MéRIDA, Mexico, Nov 12 (IPS) - Lawrence Amos travelled from the Arctic at the top of the world to the tropical middle to recite in a soft voice the ongoing destruction of his home by climate change.

14th November 2009
Record-high U.S. temps outpace record lows: study
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In another sign of a warming planet, there were twice as many record-high temperatures in the United States as record lows over the last decade, climate scientists reported on Thursday.

14th November 2009
Greenland ice loss 'accelerating' - BBC News
Satellites, models and ground stations give scientists a better view than ever before of how the Greenland icecap is melting.

14th November 2009
BUENOS AIRES, Nov 12 (IPS) - The persistent drought affecting some 90 percent of Argentine territory has slain cattle in the hundreds of thousands and caused forest fires, drastic restrictions on water use and local disputes over water.

14th November 2009
Bolivian Glacier Melting Faster Than Experts Projected - redOrbit
Image Caption: The world's highest ski resort at the Chacaltaya glacier in La Paz, Bolivia. Courtesy Ville Miettinen - Wikipedia

14th November 2009
Global warming a growing threat to Arctic reindeer - AFP via Yahoo! News
On Norway's border with Russia, the consequences of climate change are affecting the reindeer population as rising temperatures hit food stocks and industry growth eats into vital grazing land.

14th November 2009
Turtles Are Casualties of Warming in Costa Rica - International Herald Tribune
Global warming may deal the fatal blow to an animal that has dwelt in the Pacific for 150 million years.

14th November 2009
Warming drives off Cape Cod's namesake, other fish
(AP) -- Fishermen have known for years that they've had to steam farther and farther from shore to find the cod, haddock and winter flounder that typically fill dinner plates in New England.

12th November 2009
W Australia sea level rising fast
Rising sea levels in Australia are worst in the west, where they are double the world average, new figures reveal.

10th November 2009
Is Pine Island Glacier the Weak Underbelly of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet?
Guest post by Mauri Pelto

10th November 2009
Gabura: a terrifying vision of a world devastated by climate change
In Gabura global warming is a bleak reality as villagers face rising sea levels, failed crops and devastating cyclonesWhat would your world look like if it were devastated by climate change? In the small, impoverished community of Gabura in Bangladesh, the concept of global warming, often only words on a screen or in a newspaper to us, is an all too bleak reality. The inhabitants face danger from rising sea levels, devastation of crops and the increased likelihood of devastating cyclones.Oxfam's remarkable new online interactive documentary " Gabura, from daily life to disaster - launched in conjunction with the Guardian yesterday, allows you both to bear witness to the impact of climate change and to choose your own journey through the story.We enable you to see vividly how livelihoods have been ruined, crops destroyed, and families torn apart.

10th November 2009
Surface Permafrost Likely to Vanish in Alaska - US News & World Report
The unstable thawing of permafrost could cause serious damage to infrastructure in the state.

8th November 2009
Electricity blackouts in Ecuador - BBC News
Two cities suffer blackouts as rationing is brought in following water shortages at an Ecuadorean hydro-electric plant.

8th November 2009
State of Emergency
When is Gordon Brown, the British Prime Minister going to appear on TV and tell it to us straight ? Climate Change is real, and it's happening now, and the sceptics, deniers, delayers and cynics are all wrong. And somebody with some kind of respect needs to be saying that, regularly, with backup, in all the media channels. It's time that scepticism, denialism, delayism and cynicism were ruled out of order. [link]environment/2009/nov/04/network-climate-change-scepticism It has almost reached the point at which Energy and Climate Secretary Ed Miliband could state that the colour red has a wavelength of about 650 nanometres and a large group would immediately rise up to contradict him.

6th November 2009
Atlantic Fish Stocks Are Moving North as Ocean Warms, NOAA Finds
About half of 36 fish stocks in the northwest Atlantic Ocean have shifted north over the last four decades as ocean temperatures have warmed, according to a new U.S. study. Comparing data for dozens of fish stock from 1968 to 2007 " and using ocean temperature records from the same period " researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) found that many species in the waters from Cape Hatteras, N.C., to the Canadian border have shifted northward or migrated farther offshore. Some species have nearly disappeared from U.S. waters altogether. They all seem to be adapting to changing temperatures and finding places where their chances of survival as a population are greater, said Janet Nye, a NOAA researcher and lead author of the study, which was published in the journal Marine Ecology Progress Series.

6th November 2009
Overwhelming Disaster
A couple of weeks ago I was in discussion with some people considering what would trigger urgent global action on reducing Greenhouse Gas emissions. Not just words and forms of words, but serious practical action to re-figure the global Economy around Low Carbon principles. Someone mentioned Katrina. And someone else mentioned that despite the estimations showing that the damage from Hurricane Katrina was probably partly due to global warming (or, rather, ocean warming), it hasn t been a wake-up call. I suggested that we should look to the international disaster relief agencies. All the big players, including Christian Aid and Oxfam, have a very strong message on Climate Change and how it impacts their work.

6th November 2009
Multiyear Arctic ice is effectively gone: expert
OTTAWA (Reuters) - The multiyear ice covering the Arctic Ocean has effectively vanished, a startling development that will make it easier to open up polar shipping routes, an Arctic expert said on Thursday.

29th October 2009
Australia's coastal lifestyle under threat
Australian government environmental committee report warns that thousands of miles of coastline are under threat from rising sea levels and suggests banning people from living in vulnerable areasA new report into the effects of climate change on Australia's vast coastline is forcing the country to consider the unthinkable: life away from the surf.Beach culture is a large part of the nation's identity, with some 80% of people living along the coast. But an Australian government environmental committee warns that thousands of miles of Australia's coastline are under threat from rising sea levels.The report, issued to parliament late Monday after an 18-month study, suggests officials consider the possibility of banning people from living in vulnerable areas."The committee agrees that this is an issue of national importance and that the time to act is now," wrote the House of Representatives standing committee on climate change, water, environment

28th October 2009
'Melting fast'
Time running out for Kyrgyzstan's retreating glaciers

28th October 2009
Putting the recent Antarctic snowmelt minimum into context
Guest Commentary by Andrew Monaghan and Marco Tedesco Our study published in mid October in Geophysical Research Letters (Tedesco and Monaghan, 2009) documents record minimum snowmelt for Antarctica during austral summer 2008-2009 and lower-than-normal melt for several recent years, based on a 30-year satellite microwave record. Numerous blogs have cited the results as a challenge to previous studies reporting Antarctic warming, while also steadfastly ignoring other studies with similar results (e.g. Barrett et al., 2009). They have overlooked that these studies show that Antarctic warming has occurred mostly in winter and spring, whereas melting of course occurs in summer.

28th October 2009
In pictures
An inventory of species threatened by climate change

28th October 2009
CLIMATE CHANGE-BOLIVIA: Climbing a 'Dead' Glacier
CHACALTAYA, Bolivia, Oct 28 (IPS) - The rapid disappearance of glaciers and the subsequent exhaustion of water sources are pushing indigenous communities in the Bolivian highlands even further into poverty, Bolivian experts told IPS, adding that an increase in awareness about climate change is desperately needed.

28th October 2009
To protect penguins, protect krill -marine experts
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - To protect penguins on the rapidly warming Antarctic peninsula, regulators need to ensure the survival of shrimp-like krill, the base of the food chain at the bottom of the world, marine experts said on Wednesday

28th October 2009
Insurance companies say climate change causing spike in claims - Investment Executive
Harsh weather whipped up by climate change has caused insurance claims to surge as more and more flash floods, hail storms and hurricanes wallop the Canadian landscape, industry experts say.

28th October 2009
Tea shortage to widen as drought in India, Kenya hurts crops - Business Standard India
A global tea shortage may increase by 10 per cent next year as drought in Kenya, Sri Lanka and India, the top exporters, damage crops and propel prices to a record, the world's biggest tea plantation company said.

28th October 2009
Mongolia: Global Warming Hits Mongolia's Nomads Hard - EurasiaNet
BY JOSHUA KUCERA Global warming is having a harsh effect on Mongolia's nomadic herders, who comprise about 40 percent of the country's overall 3 million inhabitants. Since 1940, the mean air temperature in the country has increased 1.6 degrees Celsius. Heat waves are longer, and rain patterns have shifted. The Gobi Desert, in the south of the country, is creeping northward.

27th October 2009
Large parts of North Korea hit by forest fires: NASA
SEOUL (Reuters) - Vast forest fires have hit a large part of central North Korea, sending plumes of smoke over most of the country's central and eastern regions, images provided by NASA show.

22nd October 2009
Climate: When the ice melts - Nature
Deep in the Himalayas, the disappearance of glaciers is threatening the kingdom of Bhutan. Anjali Nayar trekked through the mountains to see how the country is adapting to a warming world.

22nd October 2009
Impacts of glacier retreat on hydropower - Interactive Investor
Oct 22 (Reuters) - Retreating glaciers from the Alps to the Andes are likely to disrupt hydropower generation in coming decades.

22nd October 2009
ENVIRONMENT-US: Greatest of Lakes Hit by Climate Change
MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin, Oct 22 (IPS/IFEJ) - The weather was right for swimming this summer along the shores of Lake Michigan, but on many days, the only living things seen on the beach were gulls, picking away at zebra mussels ensnared in a thick, green slime that covered every rock, pebble and grain of sand for miles.

22nd October 2009
Bark Beetle Infestation Spreads in Monarch Butterfly Reserve
The world's largest reserve for migrating Monarch butterflies, located in the Mexican highlands, is suffering from an infestation of bark beetles similar to outbreaks that have killed millions of acres of evergreens in the U.S. and Canada. In an effort to stem the spread of the infestation, Mexican officials have cut down 9,000 fir trees and buried them or shipped them out of the reserve. So far, the infestation has affected only a small portion of the 33,000-acre core mountaintop wintering grounds, but the outbreaks are occurring in widespread patches, which could indicate a spread of the disease.

22nd October 2009
Nomadic herders: 'Our reindeer go hungry'
For 1,000 years the indigenous Nenets people have herded their reindeer along the Yamal peninsula. But their survival in this remote region of north-west Siberia is under serious threat from climate change as Russia's ancient permafrost meltsIt is one of the world's last great wildernesses, a 435-mile long peninsula of lakes and squelching tundra stretching deep into the Arctic Ocean. For 1,000 years the indigenous Nenets people have migrated along the Yamal peninsula. In summer they wander northwards, taking their reindeer with them, across a landscape of boggy ponds, rhododendron-like shrubs and wind-blasted birch trees.

21st October 2009
September Global Surface Temperature Second Warmest Since 1880 - Environmental News Network
The northeast is getting snow already, and low temperatures. Does this mean global warming is a myth? Not necessarily. A new analysis of global temperatures show that the combined global land and ocean surface temperature was the second warmest September on record, according to NOAA's National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C. Based on records going back to 1880, the monthly National ...

20th October 2009
Baffin Island reveals dramatic scale of Arctic climate change
A frozen lake on a remote island off Canada's northern coast has yielded remarkable insights into how the Arctic climate has changed dramatically over 50 years.

20th October 2009
'Climate refugees' add strain to seething Bangladesh capital - SpaceDaily
DHAKA, Oct 18 (AFP) Oct 18, 2009 When a cyclone destroyed her home two years ago, Shahana Begum joined the swelling ranks of Bangladeshi "climate refugees" who, experts say, could one day overwhelm the capital Dhaka.

18th October 2009
Global warming blamed for aspen die-off across the West - Los Angeles Times
The trees, which were already under duress, are being killed by insects that thrive as the climate changes. Scientists call it Sudden Aspen Decline. From the hillsides of extinct volcanoes in Arizona to the jagged peaks of Idaho, aspen trees are falling by the tens of thousands, the latest example of how climate change is dramatically altering the American West.

18th October 2009
Southern California to bask in 'summer-like heat' - 89.3 KPCC
Southern California to bask in 'summer-like heat'89.3 KPCC... we should get some clarity about what sort of winter California has in store." Yesterday was probably the peak in the heatwave, he said.

18th October 2009
Rick strengthens to Cat 5 storm off Mexico Pacific
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Hurricane Rick intensified to a top Category 5 storm off Mexico's Pacific coast on Saturday as it headed toward resorts on the Baja California peninsula next week, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

18th October 2009
Some Canadian rivers at risk of drying up
( -- Some Canadian rivers are at risk of drying up as impacts of climate change intersect with growing water demand from the country's cities, industries and agriculture, a new WWF report has found.

17th October 2009
Arctic to be ice-free in summer in 20 years: scientist
LONDON (Reuters) - Global warming will leave the Arctic Ocean ice-free during the summer within 20 years, raising sea levels and harming wildlife such as seals and polar bears, a leading British polar scientist said on Thursday.

17th October 2009
Global warming opens new Arctic shipping lane - The Christian Science Monitor
Northeast Passage through the Arctic slashes time and money for mariners and could be a boom for Russia. But it raises concerns about ice loss induced by global warming.

17th October 2009
Earth's critical stabiliser on wane - Otago Daily Times
Andy Mahoney, a member of the sea-ice group at the University of Otago, submits the group's summary of the role of sea ice in climate change.
See also: Explorers: North Pole summers ice free in 10 years - CNews

14th October 2009
BIODIVERSITY: Earth's Life Support Systems Failing
UXBRIDGE, Canada, Oct 13 (IPS) - The world has failed to slow the accelerating extinction crisis despite 17 years of national and international efforts since the great hopes raised at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.

14th October 2009
Pacific Ocean temps exceed El Nino levels: Australia
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Central and eastern Pacific Ocean temperatures are exceeding El Nino levels and will remain at levels typical of an El Nino weather event until early 2010, Australia's Bureau of Meteorology said on Wednesday.

14th October 2009
David Frey: National Parks are a climate change canary - Snowmass Sun Online News
David Frey: If nothing else reminds us of the real threats of climate change, a visit to the national parks, while they're still around, ought to.

14th October 2009
New fears for species extinctions
Scientists warn of an alarming increase in the extinction of animal species due to loss of biodiversity.

13th October 2009
Himalayan sherpas bugged by 5,000m flies
House flies at Everest basecamp are another sign of climate change that is melting glaciers with worrying speedEarlier this year Dawa Steven Sherpa was resting at Everest base camp when he and his companions heard something buzzing. "What the heck is that?" asked the young Nepali climber. They searched and found a big black house fly, something unimaginable just a few years ago when no insect could have survived at 5,360 metres."It's happened twice this year - the Himalayas are warming up and changing fast," says Dawa, who only took up climbing seriously in 2006, but in a few years has climbed Everest twice as well as two 8,000m peaks in Tibet."What I do is climb.

13th October 2009
Melting glaciers bring 1980s pollution revival
Alpine glaciers are now releasing nasty chemicals that settled on them decades ago and have since been banned

13th October 2009
Kashmir's main glacier "melting at alarming speed"
SRINAGAR, India (Reuters) - Indian Kashmir's biggest glacier, which feeds the region's main river, is melting faster than other Himalayas glaciers, threatening the water supply of tens of thousands of people, a new report warned on Monday.

13th October 2009
Will Congress chicken out on climate change? -
Have doubts about global warming? Listen to the premier, the photographer, the scientist and the innkeeper.

13th October 2009
Global warming to triple rain over Taiwan: scientist
Global warming will cause the amount of heavy rain dumped on Taiwan to triple over the next 20 years, facing the government with the urgent need to beef up flood defences, a scientist warned Tuesday.

13th October 2009
Thaw scars are widespread across the northland - Anchorage Daily News
One month ago, I wrote about a dramatic landscape feature in Western Alaska called the Selawik Slump. There are also many of these beacons of change in the Yukon Territory, according to Doug Davidge of Whitehorse.

11th October 2009
Flood victims in Burkina Faso illustrate the effects of climate change - SpaceDaily
OUAGADOUGOU, Oct 11 (AFP) Oct 11, 2009 A world away from the heated negotiations for a critical deal on stopping climate change at the UN summit in Copenhagen, Burkina Faso inhabitants are suffering the direct consequences of global warming.

11th October 2009
Melting Arctic poses new challenges, naval powers say - Independent
(AFP) International piracy and the challenges of new Arctic Ocean corridors opening up as a result of global warming topped the agenda Wednesday at a gathering of world maritime powers.

11th October 2009
Ocean dead zones are new normal for the Pacific Coast - The World
The ocean dead zone that formed this summer off Oregon was less severe than in years past, but it looks like the phenomenon apparently linked to global warming is here to stay.

11th October 2009
Last time carbon dioxide levels were this high: 15 million years ago, scientists report
You would have to go back at least 15 million years to find carbon dioxide levels on Earth as high as they are today, a UCLA scientist and colleagues report Oct. 8 in the online edition of the journal Science.

9th October 2009
September in California ties for warmest ever recorded - Orange County Register
Western U.S. showed warmest September in 115 years of record-keeping.

9th October 2009
Even the Camels Are Dying
Millions face starvation in a broad stretch of Kenya and Somalia scorched by drought.

9th October 2009
Why is there a drought in central England?
Chunks of the country have been reduced to basins of cracked mud. But the expected rain might not solve the problemBillowing dust rose from the fields, cars were covered in a film of dry grit, and verges of grass were brittle and scorched yellow. This was not the Australian outback, however, but Suffolk, which has experienced an unusually dry September. And it is not just Suffolk. These drought-stricken scenes have been repeated across central England in recent weeks. Rain may be forecast for today, but last weekend dozens of football matches were postponed in Norwich and Great Yarmouth because grass pitches were so hard they were deemed dangerous.

7th October 2009
Beetle-killed trees change fire behavior - The Montana Standard
What Tyler Brothers saw out his helicopter window last week sounds like the plot of an old melodrama.

6th October 2009
High-tech monitors track methane on seabed - Victoria News
Photo contributed This probe is designed to measure the temperature at various points along the methane mounds at Barklay Canyon. It was manufactured by A.G.O. Environmental Electronics in Vic West and it is designed for use at ocean depths of 3 km.

6th October 2009
Arctic Seas Turn to Acid, Putting Vital Food Chain at Risk -
by Robin McKie Carbon-dioxide emissions are turning the waters of the Arctic Ocean into acid at an unprecedented rate, scientists have discovered. Research carried out in the archipelago of Svalbard has shown in many regions around the north pole seawater is likely to reach corrosive levels within 10 years. The water will then start to dissolve the shells of mussels and other shellfish and cause ...

4th October 2009
Walruses Suffer Substantial Losses as Sea Ice Erodes - International Herald Tribune
Half a century after they began recovering from industrial-scale hunting, walruses are facing a new threat.

4th October 2009
Vanishing Arctic ice shows no sign of returning - The Star
ON BOARD COAST GUARD FLIGHT ABOVE BEAUFORT SEA (Reuters) - Out in the Arctic Ocean, about 200 miles (322 km ) north of the nearest human settlement, the future of the world's climate is written in the patterns of ice patches on the water's surface.

4th October 2009
Mighty caribou herds dwindle, warming blamed - The Associated Press
The Associated PressMighty caribou herds dwindle, warming blamedThe Associated Press... crash: "Climate change is changing the way they're interacting with their food, directly and indirectly." Global warming has boosted temperatures in the ...and more

4th October 2009
Dust storms spread deadly diseases worldwide - Guardian Unlimited
Dust storms like the one that plagued Sydney are blowing bacteria to all corners of the globe, with viruses that will attack the human body. Yet these scourges can also help mitigate climate change

30th September 2009
Prolonged Drought and Salinity Threaten Water Supplies in Australian City
Portions of Australia's largest river are running so low and have become so salty because of a crippling drought and increased consumption that the nation's fifth-largest city may soon have to deliver bottled water to its residents. Government officials warn that some stretches of the Murray River could be undrinkable by next week, particularly in 11 rural townships east of the city of Adelaide. Salinity levels in parts of the river already are higher than the World Health Organization's recommended drinking water standard. Experts point to population growth, increased agriculture use, and a decade-long drought as contributing factors.
See also: The Great Repatriation

30th September 2009
Climate link to rise of parasite - BBC News
Vets are warning warmer and wetter weather is leading to an increase of a parasite that can be fatal to livestock.

30th September 2009
Unusual Arctic Warmth, Tropical Wetness Likely Cause for Methane Increase - NOAA
Unusually high temperatures in the Arctic and heavy rains in the tropics likely drove a global increase in atmospheric methane in 2007 and 2008 after a decade of near-zero growth, according to a new study. Methane is the second most abundant greenhouse gas after carbon dioxide, albeit a distant second.

25th September 2009
Ancient glaciers are disappearing faster than ever
Melting ice is pouring off Greenland and Antarctica into the sea far faster than was previously realised because of global warming, new scientific research reveals today.

25th September 2009
Droughts, melts signal climate change quickening: U.N.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Droughts from Australia to the U.S. Southwest, acidic ocean water and melting glaciers are signs that the pace of climate change is surpassing the worst-case scenarios scientists predicted in 2007, a U.N. report said on Thursday.

25th September 2009
New 'flavour' of El Nino under global warming -
Research published today in Nature has identified a new type of El Niño climate anomaly that is occurring with more and more frequency as a consequence of human-induced global warming.

25th September 2009
Thinning glaciers driving polar ice loss
Satellite survey of Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets reveals extensive network of rapidly thinning glaciers that is driving ice loss in the regionsA comprehensive satellite survey of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets has revealed an extensive network of rapidly thinning glaciers that is driving ice loss in the regions.The most profound loss of ice was seen along the continental coastlines, where glaciers speed up as they slip into the sea. In some regions, glaciers flowing into surrounding waters were thinning by nearly 10m a year.Scientists used data from Nasa's ICESat (Ice, Cloud and and land Elevation Satellite) to piece together a picture of the changing fortunes of glaciers on the ice sheets.

23rd September 2009
India heading for worst drought since 1972 - AFP via Yahoo! News
India's monsoon was about 20 percent below strength just over a week before the official end of the rainy reason, putting the country on course for its worst drought since 1972, weather data showed Wednesday.

23rd September 2009
Natural disasters displacing millions: U.N. study
LONDON (Reuters) - Floods, storms, drought and other climate-related natural disasters drove 20 million people from their homes last year, nearly four times as many as were displaced by conflicts, a new U.N. report said Tuesday.

23rd September 2009
Dust storm blankets Sydney as drought bites
SYDNEY (Reuters) - A huge outback dust storm swept eastern Australia and blanketed Sydney on Wednesday, disrupting transport, forcing people indoors and stripping thousands of tonnes of valuable farmland topsoil.

23rd September 2009
Not enough ice to make a margarita
Scientists aboard the Russian research vessel Professor Khromov spent the weekend collecting samples of water, sealife and ocean-floor mud at a spot in the western Arctic Ocean that in most years would be covered with sea ice. The ship, carrying researchers for the six-week RUSALCA expedition, was in its most northerly planned sampling stop, or station, a location nearly 350 miles (563 km) northwest of Barrow, Alaska. During the mission s last cruise in 2004, the most northerly accessible location was 345 miles (555 km) south of the weekend s station. Mission coordinator Kevin Wood, of the U.S.

22nd September 2009
Pine beetle infestation continues to spread - Ravalli Republic
Montana s mountain pine beetle infestation is continuing to spread steadily and could reach two million acres, according to a preliminary review of information from the Forest Service s summer monitoring flights.
See also: Beetle attack will change our world - Wyoming Tribune-Eagle

21st September 2009
Drought-stricken streams threaten California salmon - Greenwich Time
California's third year of drought has worsened the already dire outlook for endangered coho salmon, as coastal creeks used for spawning dwindle into disconnected pools where fish get trapped and die.

20th September 2009
Sea Stars Grow Faster as Water Warms - via Yahoo! News
Climate change will deal clams, mussels, and other marine bivalves a double whammy. Biologists already expect them to have trouble making their shells because elevated carbon dioxide (CO2) levels will acidify seawater. Now it seems they'll also have to contend with brawnier predatory starfish.

19th September 2009
NOAA Reports World's Oceans Had Warmest Summer Temperatures on Record
Surface temperatures of the world's oceans were warmer this summer than for any Northern Hemisphere summer since records were first kept in 1880, according to data released by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. From June to August, ocean temperatures reached an average of 62.5° F worldwide, about 1.04° warmer than the 20th century average of 61.5°. NOAA s National Climatic Data Center also reported that the average global land and ocean temperature for August was the second-warmest on record, behind only 1998.

18th September 2009
Volcanoes stirred by climate change - Nature
Impact of global warming on geological hazards 'poorly understood', experts warn.

18th September 2009
Invasive species on the march: variable rates of spread set current limits to predictability - EurekAlert!
( National Science Foundation ) Whether for introduced muskrats in Europe or oak trees in the United Kingdom, zebra mussels in United States lakes or agricultural pests around the world, scientists have tried to find new ways of controlling invasive species by learning how these animals and plants take over in new environs.

18th September 2009
Siberian thaw - BBC News
Mercury rising in one of the coldest places on Earth

17th September 2009
Polar bears run riot as ice melts
Hungry bears raid towns for food as climate change reduces their hunting season

17th September 2009
Pine beetle infestation continues to spread - Ravalli Republic
Montana s mountain pine beetle infestation is continuing to spread steadily and could reach two million acres, according to a preliminary review of information from the Forest Service s summer monitoring flights.

17th September 2009
Arctic ice third smallest on record
OSLO (Reuters) - Ice on the Arctic Ocean has started to expand after a summer thaw to the third smallest area on record allowed ships to test a new sea route past north Russia.

17th September 2009
Warming Arctic 'halts migration'
Milder winters in the Arctic region means fewer Pacific brants - a species of goose - are migrating southwards, say researchers.

17th September 2009
Northwestern United States could face more tamarisk invasion by century's end
If the future warming trends that scientists have projected are realized, one of the country's most aggressive exotic plants will have the potential to invade more U.S. land area, according to a new study published in the current issue of the journal Invasive Plant Science and Management. The study found that tamarisk -prevalent today in some parts of the region, but generally limited to warm and dry environments -could expand its range into currently uninvaded areas.

16th September 2009
One in six Mediterranean mammals face extinction
One in six Mediterranean mammals is threatened with extinction at the regional level, mainly due to the destruction of their habitat from urbanization, agriculture and climate change, nature body IUCN said Tuesday in a new study.

16th September 2009
Le réchauffement climatique rend l'Arctique méconnaissable
Année après année, les symptômes de fièvre de notre planète sont de plus en plus évidents

15th September 2009
Cost of fighting L.A. wildfire tops $92 million - Reuters
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The financial cost of battling a deadly arson fire in the mountains above Los Angeles topped $92 million on Monday, with full containment of the stubborn blaze expected by week's end, fire officials said.

15th September 2009
Birds In Sierra Nevada Seek Out Warmer, Wetter Climate - redOrbit
Image 1: This adult male Anna's Hummingbird, Calypte anna, is an urban-adapted species. Unlike many other bird species in the Sierra Nevada mountains, the Anna's Hummingbird did not track its climatic niche. Instead, it moved away from it. Credit: Morgan TingleyImage 2: Here, Morgan Tingley (right) and Pascal Title (left) are conducting a point count in the field for a resurvey of wildlife in ...

15th September 2009
Forest Ecologist Sees Climate Consequences - redOrbit
Climate Central's climate characters: Now appearing on TIME.comMany people worry about the link between rising bark-beetle infestations and an increase in western wildfires. But Dr. Susan Prichard, a Research Scientist at the University of Washington, adds another concern: what happens after the fires go out?Prichard's story is the latest in a series of video shorts featured on and ...

15th September 2009
Social tensions rise as Mexico suffers worst drought in 60 years - The Scotsman
MEXICO is enduring its worst drought in 60 years, with crops drying up in the fields and water being rationed in the capital.
See also: Warming may cut risky states' GDP by a fifth: study - Reuters

15th September 2009
Humpback whale found dead in Thames
28ft carcass of juvenile off Gravesend was first ever found in riverA juvenile male humpback whale has been found dead in the Thames near Dartford Bridge, Kent, the first ever to be stranded in the river.The 9.5m (28ft) carcass of the humpback had been spotted by members of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) off Gravesend on Thursday, who had initially guessed it was a minke whale, but no further sightings were reported until the animal was found dead on Saturday. It was subsequently recovered by a Port of London Authority (PLA) patrol boat.A postmortem examination indicated the whale had died of starvation, and was estimated to be about two years old.

15th September 2009
The last nomads: drought drives Kenya's herders to the brink - Guardian Unlimited
In the isolated border lands between Kenya and Somalia, families have always clung to a precarious existence. Now a decade of droughts has tested their endurance

13th September 2009
The last nomads: drought drives Kenya's herders to the brink - Guardian Unlimited
In the isolated border lands between Kenya and Somalia, families have always clung to a precarious existence. Now a decade of droughts has tested their endurance

13th September 2009
Dramatic biological responses to global warming in the Arctic
"The Arctic as we know it may soon be a thing of the past," says Eric Post, associate professor of biology at Penn State University. Post leads a large, international team that carried out ecosystem-wide studies of the biological response to Arctic warming during the fourth International Polar Year, which ended in 2008. The team's results will be reported on 11 September 2009 in the journal Science.

12th September 2009
Arctic thaw brings boom in reindeer population - Times Online
Climate change may be bad for polar bears but one type of reindeer and several other species are thriving in the rising temperature, according to a comprehensive study of the impact of global warming in the Arctic.

12th September 2009
German ships blaze Arctic trail
Two German merchant ships negotiate the North East passage in the Russian Arctic, which was ice-bound until recently.

12th September 2009
Dramatic biological responses to global warming in the Arctic
"The Arctic as we know it may soon be a thing of the past," says Eric Post, associate professor of biology at Penn State University. Post leads a large, international team that carried out ecosystem-wide studies of the biological response to Arctic warming during the fourth International Polar Year, which ended in 2008. The team's results will be reported on 11 September 2009 in the journal Science.

12th September 2009
Grizzlies starve as salmon disappear
As salmon numbers drop, bears are also few and far between along B.C.'s wild central coast - signalling what conservationists say is an unfolding ecological disaster.

10th September 2009
Walruses congregate on Alaska shore as ice melts
(AP) -- Thousands of walruses are congregating on Alaska's northwest coast, a sign that their Arctic sea ice environment has been altered by climate change.

10th September 2009
Kenya's elephants dying amid drought - AP via Yahoo! News
A drought in Kenya has gotten so bad that it is felling even the giants of the animal kingdom the country's famed elephants which are dying as rivers dry up and grasslands shrivel in parched game reserves.

10th September 2009
German ships navigate Northeast Passage - but is it a good thing?
Two German ships have successfully navigated their way through the fabled Northeast Passage on the first commercial journey by a western shipping company on the Northern Sea Route along Russia s Arctic-facing northern shore a new cost-cutting passageway from Asia to Europe made possible by climate change. The MV Beluga Fraternity and the MV Beluga Foresight (pictured above) arrived safely at Novvy Port/Yamburg in Russia at the delta of the river Ob on Monday after a 17-day trip through the icy cold but briefly ice-free Arctic Ocean after departing from Vladivostok on Aug.

10th September 2009
Warmest August to date melts away winter that came early - The New Zealand Herald
This year's winter was a season of extremes, starting off early and extra frosty and ending unusually warm. A summary shows the cold season arrived in May and was extra chilly this year, but also ended earlier with the warmest...

8th September 2009
Ozone: Climate change boosts ultraviolet risk for high latitudes
Climate change will disrupt Earth's precious ozone layer, boosting ultraviolet (UV) radiation in the deep southern hemisphere and reducing UV in far northern latitudes, a study warned on Sunday.

8th September 2009
Seas 'threaten 20m in Bangladesh' - BBC News
Up to 20 million people in parts of Bangladesh are at risk from sea-level rise in the coming decades, says new research.

8th September 2009
SOUTH AMERICA: Glaciers - Going, Going Gone?
BUENOS AIRES, Sep 6 (IPS) - South America is perhaps most often associated with the Amazon jungle, the world's largest tropical rainforest. But along its western edge, from Ecuador to southern Chile and Argentina, it also harbours huge glaciers which are rapidly melting due to global warming.

8th September 2009
Methane Gas Could Increase From Oceanic Vents - Environmental News Network
New MIT research by Denise Brehm, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy looked at the potential for a compound affect of warming global temperatures on the level of methane being released by oceanic vents. The premise is that rising global temperatures could be accompanied by melting permafrost in arctic regions and that this could initiate ...

8th September 2009
Methane gas likely spewing into the oceans through vents in sea floor - w/ Video - PhysOrg
Scientists worry that rising global temperatures accompanied by melting permafrost in arctic regions will initiate the release of underground methane into the atmosphere. Once released, that methane gas would speed up global warming by trapping the Earth's heat radiation about 20 times more efficiently than does the better-known greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide.

5th September 2009
Summer Sea Ice in Arctic Could Disappear by 2016, Scientists Say
Summer sea ice covering the Arctic Ocean could disappear by 2016 and the thawing of the Greenland ice sheet is occurring so rapidly that the meltwater from Greenland alone could raise sea levels by one meter this century. Meeting in Greenland, scientists from the Danish Meteorological Institute, the Greenland Climate Center, and other organizations said that the thickness and volume of Arctic ice is decreasing at an even more rapid rate than the precipitous decline in ice extent; Arctic Ocean winter ice thinned by 2.2 feet from 2004 to 2008. As a result, the Danish researchers said it is quite likely that much of the Arctic ocean could be NASA ice-free in summer by 2016.

5th September 2009
Arctic 'warmest in 2,000 years'
The Arctic region cooled for two millennia, research reveals, before warming abruptly in the last century.

5th September 2009
Australia's warm winter a record
Australia records its warmest ever winter - partly caused by climate change - and fears the coming bush fire season.

5th September 2009
Fall colors fade in U.S. west as aspen trees die
SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - The American West is losing its autumn colors as global warming begins to bite and there is far more at stake than iconic scenery.

5th September 2009
Climate will cost much more than UN thinks
Adapting to climate change will cost at least two to three times more than claimed by the UN climate change convention, says a new study

5th September 2009
'Climate change is here, it is a reality'
As one devastating drought follows another, the future is bleak for millions in east Africa. John Vidal reports from Moyale, KenyaWe met Isaac and Abdi, Alima and Muslima last week in the bone-dry, stony land close to the Ethiopia-Kenya border. They were with five nomad families who have watched all their animals die of star vation this year in a deep drought, and who have now decided their days of herding cattle are over.After three years of disastrous rains, the families from the Borana tribe, who by custom travel thousands of miles a year in search of water and pasture, have unanimously decided to settle down.

5th September 2009
Why coral reefs face a catastrophic future
Destroyed by rising carbon levels, acidity, pollution, algae, bleaching and El Niño, coral reefs require a dramatic change in our carbon policy to have any chance of survivalAnimal, vegetable and mineral, a pristine tropical coral reef is one of the natural wonders of the world. Bathed in clear, warm water and thick with a psychedelic display of fish, sharks, crustaceans and other sea life, the colourful coral ramparts that rise from the sand are known as the rainforests of the oceans.And with good reason. Reefs and rainforests have more in common than their beauty and bewildering biodiversity. Both have stood for millions of years, and yet both are poised to disappear.If you thought you had heard enough bad news on the environment and that the situation could not get any worse, then steel yourself.

5th September 2009
No rain on roof of the world - Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Himalayan nations have held talks about mounting concern over the impact of global warming.

2nd September 2009
CLIMATE CHANGE: Earth's Fridge Defrosting, With Dire Results
GENEVA, Sep 2 (IPS) - The rapidly warming Arctic region is destabilising Earth's climate in ways science is just beginning to comprehend.

2nd September 2009
Greenland offers a chilling view
'We all live on the Greenland ice sheet now. Its fate is our fate'It is calving season in the Arctic. A flotilla of icebergs, some as jagged as fairytale castles and others as smooth as dinosaur eggs, calve from the ice sheet that smothers Greenland and sail down the fjords. The journey of these sculptures of ice from glaciers to ocean is eerily beautiful and utterly terrifying.The wall of ice that rises behind Sermilik fjord stretches for 1,500 miles (2,400km) from north to south and smothers 80% of this country. It has been frozen for 3m years.

1st September 2009
California wildfire more than doubles on sixth day
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A massive wildfire roaring through mountains north of Los Angeles forced some firefighters to retreat Monday as it menaced foothill homes and Mount Wilson, a broadcasting hub and site of an historic observatory.

1st September 2009
Human Impacts and Environmental Factors Are Changing the Northwest Atlantic Ecosystem
( -- Fish in U.S. waters from Cape Hatteras to the Canadian border have moved away from their traditional, long-time habitats over the past four decades because of fundamental changes in the regional ecosystem, according to a new report by NOAA researchers.

1st September 2009
Hippos Hurt By Kenyan Drought - redOrbit
According to an AFP report, Kenya's drought is having an impact on the country's wildlife, causing the Kenya Wildlife Service to feed hippos to keep them alive. In Tsavo West national park hippos are dying in large numbers, and other species are being forced to change their diet.

1st September 2009
It's officially our warmest ever winter - Perth Now
WEATHER records have been smashed from one end of the country to the other as Australia swelters through its warmest-ever winter.

27th August 2009
Steamy heat more common in California: study
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Bouts of extreme muggy heat lasting for days, once rare in California, are becoming more frequent and intense due to ocean patterns altered by climate change, scientists said in a study released on Tuesday.

27th August 2009
More natural disasters due to climate change? - Deutsche Welle
Natural disasters have become extremely commonplace all over the world. It is not clear if climate change has a role in this but we may have to adapt to catastrophes striking more often, say experts.

27th August 2009
Trees advance in a warming world
Trees around the world are colonising new territories in response to higher temperatures, a new global analysis reveals.

25th August 2009
Research finds higher acidity in Alaska waters
(AP) -- Erosion threatens to topple coastal Alaskan villages. Melting ice threatens polar bears. Now, a marine scientist says the state's marine waters are turning acidic from absorbing greenhouse gases faster than tropical waters, potentially endangering Alaska's $4.6 billion fishing industry.

25th August 2009
Climate change doubles tundra plant life - CNews
Climate change is already having a dramatic effect on plants in the High Arctic, turning the once rocky tundra a deep shade of green and creating what could be another mechanism speeding up global warming.

24th August 2009
Climate change opens Arctic s Northeast passage
Two German ships set off on Friday on the first commercial journey from Asia to western Europe via the Arctic through the fabled Northeast Passage a trip made possible by climate change. Niels Stolberg, president and CEO of Bremen-based Beluga Shipping, said the Northern Sea Route will cut thousands of nautical miles off the ships journey from South Korea to the Netherlands, reducing fuel consumption and emissions of greenhouse gas. I had the chance to ask Stolberg a few questions about the Arctic expedition: Question: What s the status of the voyage? Stolberg: MV Beluga Fraternity and the MV Beluga Foresight have just started to sail from Vladivostok (on Friday) with the destination Novyy Port at the river Ob.

24th August 2009
Billions of beetles, wildfire spread imperil the northern forests of a warmer world - The San Francisco Examiner
HAINES JUNCTION, YUKON TERRITORY A veil of smoke settled over the forest in the shadow of the St. Elias Mountains, in a wilderness whose spruce trees stood tall and gray, a deathly gray even in the greenest heart of a Yukon summer.

24th August 2009
World Ocean Temperatures Set Record High in July, U.S. Agency Says
The world s oceans were warmer in July than at any time in the 130 years of record-keeping, averaging 62.6 degrees F (17 C), according to the U.S. National Climate Data Center. July s temperature was 1.1 degrees F warmer than the 20th century average. Scientists say the high ocean temperatures are primarily the result of global warming and an El Nino climate cycle in the Pacific, which boosts ocean temperatures. Unusually warm sea temperatures were recorded from the Gulf of Mexico where temperatures hovered near 90 degrees F to the Arctic, where ocean temperatures as much as 10 degrees F above normal were measured in some places.

24th August 2009
Hundreds flee wildfire burning homes near Athens - Reuters
ATHENS (Reuters) - Wildfires burned scores of homes and thousands of acres of forest near Athens as flames raged out of control for a second day on Sunday, sending huge clouds of smoke over the Greek capital, authorities said.

24th August 2009
Firefighters battle wildfires in Portugal, Spain - Channel NewsAsia
LISBON : Hundreds of firefighters struggled to control raging wildfires in northern Portugal and Spain Wednesday, as the flames cut off an international train route and sparked the evacuation of a village.

21st August 2009
Lloyd's Assesses Impact of Heat Waves and Wildfires - Insurance Journal
The recent series of wildfires that ravaged parts of Spain, France, Greece and Italy in late July may well be symptomatic of the warming trend in global weather patterns according to experts at ...

21st August 2009
China's central government allocates 182 mln yuan for drought relief - People's Daily
The central Chinese government has so far allocated 182 million yuan (26.65 million U.S. dollars) as of Wednesday to fight the ongoing drought, the Ministry of Finance said Wednesday. The fund has been allocated to the provincial and regional governments of Liaoning and Jilin provinces and Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, according to the ministry. About 182 million mu (12.13 million hectares) ...

21st August 2009
New report shows record drought, heat - KXAN 36 Austin
With 60th day of triple-digit heat this summer expected, State Climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon releases a new drought report. Nielsen-Gammon says any place south of Waco, Llano or Del Rio is suffering from severe to exceptional drought. Adding this summer is "one for the history books." Austin area farmers agree.

21st August 2009
Half of India affected by drought - BBC News
Nearly half of India's districts have been hit by drought that could affect the production of rice, a minister says.

21st August 2009
Victorian Fires Fanned by Record Heat... - Bloomberg
Brisbane TimesVictorian Fires Fanned by Record Heatwave, Panel SaysBloomberg... southeastern state of Victoria were the result of a record heatwave and a failed warning system, a panel examining the causes of the blazes said. ...Protection plans boosted ahead of fire seasonABC OnlineCool heads in Black Saturday 383

21st August 2009
Montreal in midst of longest heatwave... - CJAD
Montreal in midst of longest heatwave in yearsCJADIf we get just one more day of 30-plus on Tuesday, we will have had the longest unbroken heatwave since august, 2005. Ed figures we'll be more comfortableby ...

21st August 2009
Heatwave sweeps Italy -
iAfrica.comHeatwave sweeps ItalyiAfrica.comA heatwave stifled Italy on Wednesday, with temperatures up to 41 degrees Celsius (106 Fahrenheit) and civil protection authorities issuing warnings for ...and more

21st August 2009
Heatwave drives French into fountains - Sky News Australia
Heatwave drives French into fountainsSky News AustraliaFrench citizens and tourists alike are diving into fountains and taking cold showers to try to cope with a heat wave hitting the country. ...and more

21st August 2009
London to enjoy scorching temperature... - the london paper
London to enjoy scorching temperatures in one-day heatwavethe london paperA MINI heatwave is set to hit London today as forecasters predict scorching temperatures and wall-to-wall sunshine. The mercury is tipped to reach a ...

21st August 2009
Ocean Temperature Record and Other Clues: What Is Your Response?
In this report we look at recent news on global warming, the positioning of denialists (the bad cop) and the more insidious "limited-measure-ists" (the good cop), and lastly the direct action approach. The news on global climate change does not get better, but patterns are emerging right now that may help us cut through the obstacles to acting forthrightly.

21st August 2009
Warming Of Arctic Current Over 30 Years Triggers Release Of Methane Gas - Science Daily
The warming of an Arctic current over the last 30 years has triggered the release of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, from methane hydrate stored in the sediment beneath the seabed. Scientists have found that more than 250 plumes of bubbles of methane gas are rising from the seabed of the West Spitsbergen continental margin in the Arctic.

15th August 2009
Climate change already visible on Greenland - Deutsche Welle
Many scientists and governments are talking about what will happen once climate change begins to occur, but on the great island of Greenland global warming isn't just a future problem - it's happening now.

15th August 2009
Trees are going up in the world
Trees are living further and further uphill, thanks to warmer winters caused by climate change. It's good news for them, says Michael Marshall, but is it good news for us?

15th August 2009
Antarctic glacier 'thinning fast'
One of the largest glaciers in Antarctica is thinning four times faster than 10 years ago, according to research seen by the BBC.

14th August 2009
Atlantic hurricanes 'at 1,000-year high' - BBC News
Hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean are more frequent than at any time in the last 1,000 years, scientists say.

14th August 2009
Vast expanses of Arctic ice melt in summer heat
(AP) -- The Arctic Ocean has given up tens of thousands more square miles (square kilometers) of ice on Sunday in a relentless summer of melt, with scientists watching through satellite eyes for a possible record low polar ice cap.

12th August 2009
Hundreds of New Species Found in Warming Eastern Himalayas - Environment News Service
The world's smallest deer, a new species of monkey, and a flying frog are among the 353 new species that have been identified in the Eastern Himalayas between 1998 and 2008, but conservationists warn that global warming is threatening to alter the native habitats of these unique plants and animals.

12th August 2009
Forests fall to beetle outbreak
MEDICINE BOW NATIONAL FOREST, Wyoming (Reuters) - From the vantage point of an 80-foot (25 meter) tower rising above the trees, the Wyoming vista seems idyllic: snow-capped peaks in the distance give way to shimmering green spruce.

7th August 2009
Earth's Cycles, Once in Concert, Falling Out of Sync - US News & World Report
Climate change, land-use patterns are culprits, scientists report.

7th August 2009
B.C. to burn 'until the snow comes': Official - Victoria Times Colonist
Though the fight against fires in British Columbia is looking promising, the struggle is far from over, an official said Friday.

7th August 2009
Vanishing Bolivian Glacier Ends Highest Ski Run - Bloomberg
Aug. 5 (Bloomberg) -- When the Chacaltaya glacier vanished six years sooner than scientists predicted, a victim of global warming, so too did the world s highest ski run.

7th August 2009
Alaska glaciers shrinking fast: survey
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - Three major glaciers in Alaska and Washington state have thinned and shrunk dramatically, clear signs of a warming climate, according to a study released Thursday by the U.S. Geological Survey.

7th August 2009
Global Warming Could Be To Blame For Tick Surge -
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Deer ticks are expanding their range in the Upper Midwest and southern Canada, new ticks are moving into the area and existing ticks are picking up new diseases, increasing the threat of illness to hikers tramping through the region's woods.

7th August 2009
Huge Bolivian glacier disappears - BBC News
Scientists in Bolivia say that one of the country's most famous glaciers has almost disappeared as a result of climate change.

3rd August 2009
Climate change a present threat to Pacific nations
Speakers from Micronesia, Kiribati, Tuvalu and the Torres Strait Islands described how climate change affects their everyday lives at meetings of 180 people in Brisbane on July 28 and 170 people in Melbourne on July 30

3rd August 2009
Alaska's biggest tundra fire sparks climate warning
A charred region of the Arctic is pumping large amounts of CO2 into the atmosphere, finds an ecological assessment

1st August 2009
Climate concerns
Are monsoon seasons becoming weaker?

1st August 2009
Rodent size linked to human population and climate change
You probably hadn't noticed -- but the head shape and overall size of rodents has been changing over the past century. A University of Illinois at Chicago ecologist has tied these changes to human population density and climate change.

1st August 2009
US satellites reveal true extent of melting polar summer ice
Photos from US spy satellites declassified by the Obama administration provide the first graphic images of how the polar ice sheets are retreating

30th July 2009
Climate change clouds fate of ancient Polish woods
BIALOWIEZA, Poland (Reuters) - Europe's last ancient forest, home to its largest herd of bison, faces an uncertain future because of climate change, but residents worry that tougher conservation efforts will damage the local economy.

30th July 2009
Melting hopes
Bolivian community fears loss of mountain glaciers

30th July 2009
Lucky find of undersea methane bubbles - Nature
While testing equipment off the Californian coast last month, a newly refitted research vessel stumbled across plumes of methane gas rising 1,400 metres from the sea floor.

30th July 2009
Poisonous Portuguese man o' war washed up on Cornish coast
Conservationists warn beach-goers in the south-west to look out for jellyfish-like creatures that can deliver potentially deadly stingConservationists are warning beach-goers in the south-west to look out for poisonous Portuguese man o'war that are washing up on beaches on the south coast of Cornwall and Devon.The translucent pink and purple floating creatures, which look like jellyfish, can deliver a painful sting which can potentially trigger a deadly allergic reaction.Tom Hardy, marine conservation officer with the Cornwall Wildlife Trust, said the organisation was still pulling together information of beach sightings. "They are popping up along the south coast of Cornwall," he said.

30th July 2009
Colorado river running on empty by 2050
There is a one-in-two chance of fully depleting reservoir storage by 2050, says University of Colorado study. From the Ecologist, part of the Guardian Environment NetworkThe lifeblood of the American west, the Coloradoc river, is running dry under current usage, according to a study from the University of Colorado.Travelling almost 1,500 miles, the river supplies drinking and irrigation water for about 30 million people from Colorado to the Gulf of California.The study looked at how water supplies would be affected by climate fluctuations and water demand. Reservoirs lowIn 2000 reservoirs fed by the river were at 95 per cent of capacity.

30th July 2009
Global warming pushes up building insurance costs
Flash floods and giant hailstones help increase claims by 15% and insurance premiums by 10%Householders face higher building insurance premiums after a sharp increase in property damage blamed on climate change. A rise in insurance claims has been caused by flash floods and storms in areas of Britain previously immune to severe weather events.The AA, which produces an insurance premium index monitoring costs, reports a 15% rise in claims in the first six months of 2009 over the same period in 2008 "in the number and cost of payments for buildings damaged by flash floods and storms in areas with little or no previous record of such claims."It cited one village, Carbrooke in Norfolk, where homes were damaged by giant hailstones during an ice storm in late spring.

30th July 2009
Earth bears scars of human destruction: astronaut -
CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - A Canadian astronaut aboard the International Space Station said on Sunday it looks like Earth's ice caps have melted a bit since he was last in orbit 12 years ago.

27th July 2009
Caribou populations fall sharply - The Christian Science Monitor
Scientists look at why the numbers of caribou are declining.

27th July 2009
Melting Ice Off Baffin Island
A rare cloudless day in the Arctic summertime allowed a NASA satellite to capture this image of melting sea ice off the coast of Canada s Baffin Island. Coastal eddies Click to EnlargeNASAIce melt during Arctic summer create the swirling patterns as ice, which clings to the shore during the winter, begins to melt and retreat in the summer sunshine. While this summertime melt, captured by NASA s Terra satellite on July 11, is typical for the season, satellite imagery shows that the extent of Arctic sea ice has declined sharply in recent decades, with this year's Arctic sea ice extent expected to be the second-lowest ever recorded.

27th July 2009
Scientists plant trees where they don t belong - Corvallis Gazette-Times
LOS ANGELES On naked patches of land in western Canada and United States, scientists are planting trees that don t belong there. It s a bold experiment to move trees threatened by global warming into places where they may thrive amid a changing climate.

21st July 2009
Fish Getting Smaller as Their Habitats Become Warmer - Update1 - Bloomberg
July 20 (Bloomberg) -- Fish in French rivers and the Baltic Sea are getting smaller as their habitats warm up, more evidence that climate change is forcing species from bacteria to sheep to adapt to a hotter planet, a new study said.

21st July 2009
Bye Bye, Birdie: Global Warming Pushes Migratory Species North - Bloomberg
July 21 (Bloomberg) -- My guide risks his fingers and our canoe by reaching into the water and pulling a fat snapping turtle weighing maybe 25 pounds out of the marsh bottom s muck.

21st July 2009
Texas drought losses reach $3.6 billion - Texas A&M AgNews
COLLEGE STATION Lack of rainfall and record triple-digit temperatures have scorched crops and rangeland throughout parts of Texas causing drought losses to reach $3.6 billion, Texas AgriLife Extension Service economists reported Monday. By the end of the year, losses could exceed $4.1 billion, the loss estimated in Texas in 2006, if sufficient rainfall isn't received to revive crops and forage, ...

21st July 2009
Western Reservoirs Could Be Dry By 2050 - via Yahoo! News
There's a one-in-two chance that the water reservoirs of the Colorado River will dry up by 2050 if water management practices remain unchanged in our warming world, a new study finds.

21st July 2009
B.C. fire forces 10,000 to evacuate - Toronto Star
Firefighters in B.C. were hoping that predictions of dying winds and cooler temperatures today would mean they could get the upper hand in fighting a forest fire that has forced 10,000 to flee their homes.

19th July 2009
At risk from rising seas, Tuvalu seeks clean power
OSLO (Reuters) - The Pacific island state of Tuvalu set a goal Sunday of a 100 percent shift to renewable energy by 2020, hoping to set an example to industrialized nations to cut greenhouse gases it blames for rising sea levels.

19th July 2009
Denmark plans forces for Arctic - BBC News
Denmark plans to create an Arctic military command and task force as global warming fuels rivalry in the region.

17th July 2009
U.S. releases unclassified spy images of Arctic ice
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States released more than a thousand intelligence images of Arctic ice to help scientists study the impact of climate change, within hours of a recommendation by the National Academy of Sciences.

17th July 2009
In Montana, The Retreat of Glaciers - CBS News
Warmer Temps Mean Glacier National Park May be "Glacier-free by 2030;" Wildlife in Peril

17th July 2009
San Diego menaced by jumbo squid
Scuba divers off the Californian city of San Diego report unnerving encounters with large numbers of Humboldt squid.

17th July 2009
World's Ocean Temperatures Reach Warmest on Record for June - Bloomberg
By Jim Efstathiou Jr. July 17 (Bloomberg) -- The world s ocean temperature in June rose to the warmest since 1880, breaking the previous record set in 2005, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said.

17th July 2009
Sea ice minimum forecasts
One of the interesting things about being a scientist is seeing how unexpected observations can galvanize the community into looking at a problem in a different way than before. A good example of this is the unexpectedly low Arctic sea ice minimum in 2007 and the near-repeat in 2008. What was unexpected was not the long term decline of summer ice (this has long been a robust prediction), but the size of 2007 and 2008 decreases which were much larger than any model had hinted at. This model-data mismatch raises a number of obvious questions were the data reliable?

17th July 2009
Arctic glacier to lose Manhattan-sized 'tongue'
A vast chunk of ice is about to detach from the biggest glacier in the Arctic researchers worry that it could be a result of a warming climate

15th July 2009
Northwest Passage Crew Hopes to Tell Global Warming Tale - Alaska Public Radio Network
Sailors like adventures, but some want adventures with a greater purpose. Another sailboat passed through Unalaska recently to attempt the Northwest Passage. This time, the crew of the 40-foot sailboat want to educate people about climate change in the Arctic. Anne Hillman, KUCB - Unalaska Download Audio (MP3)

15th July 2009
Assam declares 14 districts drought-hit - The Times of India
The Assam government has declared more than half of the state as drought-hit, saying agriculture was badly hit due to scanty monsoon rains, officials said.

15th July 2009
Cricket replace skylark as sound of English summer - Daily Telegraph
The sound of the English summer is changing due to global warming as the song of the skylark is overwhelmed by the chirrup of crickets.

15th July 2009
Iraq's Euphrates River Dries Up, Adding to Drought, NYT Reports - Bloomberg
July 14 (Bloomberg) -- The Euphrates River in Iraq is drying up because of upstream dams in Syria and Turkey, adding to a drought that s lasted two years, the New York Times reported , citing local residents and officials.

14th July 2009
Wild weather ahead, scientists predict - Guardian
Climate scientists have warned of wild weather in the year ahead as the start of the global "El Niño" phenomenon exacerbates the impact of global warming. As well as droughts, floods and other extreme events, the next few years are also likely to be the hottest on record, scientists say.In the UK, a Met Office spokesman said yesterday that the El Niño event was likely to cause a hot, dry summer following a warm June, but said it could have other unpredictable effects on weather in Britain and north-west Europe. "Much depends on how much the El Niño deepens in the next few months."El Niño - "the child" in Spanish - was named by fishermen in Peru and Ecuador because the phenomenon arrives there at Christmas.

13th July 2009
Water wars turn deadly as wells run dry - Guardian
The monsoon is late, the wells are running dry and in the teeming city of Bhopal, water supply is now a deadly issue. Gethin Chamberlain reportsIt was a little after 8pm when the water started flowing through the pipe running beneath the dirt streets of Bhopal's Sanjay Nagar slum. After days without a drop of water, the Malviya family were the first to reach the hole they had drilled in the pipe, filling what containers they had as quickly as they could. Within minutes, three of them were dead, hacked to death by angry neighbours who accused them of stealing water.In Bhopal, and across much of northern India, a late monsoon and the driest June for 83 years are exacerbating the effects of a widespread drought and setting neighbour against neighbour in a desperate fight for survival.India's vast farming economy is on the verge of crisis.

13th July 2009
Thousands of plant species likely to go extinct in Amazon
As many as 4,550 of the more than 50,000 plant species in the Amazon will likely disappear because of land-use changes and habitat loss within the next 40 years, according to a new study by two Wake Forest University researchers.

10th July 2009
Nasa satellites reveal extent of Arctic sea ice loss - Guardian
The Earth is going thin on top. A new study has revealed that the Arctic Ocean's permanent blanket of ice around the North Pole has thinned by more than 40% since 2004. Scientists said the rapid loss was "remarkable" and could force experts to reassess how quickly the Arctic ice in the summer may disappear completely. They blame the loss on global warming, which has driven temperatures in the Arctic to record highs and summer ice extent to recent lows. The study, based on satellite measurements, is among the first to estimate the thickness of the Arctic ice, rather than just its surface area. Ron Kwok, senior research scientist at Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, said: "Even in years when the overall extent of sea ice remains stable or grows slightly, the thickness and volume of the ice cover is continuing to decline, making the ice more vulnerable to continued shrinkage."

9th July 2009
Jellyfish are swarming in the warm weather, say marine experts - BBC
Marine experts say warm weather has prompted reports of large numbers of jellyfish in the waters around Scotland.

9th July 2009
Global warming shrinks glacier at alarming rate - Daily Telegraph
One of the world's largest glaciers on the west coast of Greenland is shrinking at an alarming rate as a result of global warming with potentially dire consequences.

9th July 2009
Warming arctic could teem with life by 2030 - New Scientist
An influx of tiny organisms could lead to an Arctic rich with life during the summers in the next few decades, a study of ice cores suggests

9th July 2009
Fish suffering in heatwave - TeleText
UK: Efforts are underway to save fish in South Yorkshire which are suffering from the effects of the warm weather. The recent heatwave has been causing problems for fish in watercourses across Yorkshire. A combination of low water flows and high temperatures are thought to have reduced oxygen levels in some areas, making it harder for fish to breathe.

8th July 2009
Arctic ice thinned dramatically since 2004: NASA - Reuters
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Arctic sea ice has thinned dramatically since 2004, with the older, thicker ice giving way to a younger, thinner kind that melts in the northern summer, NASA scientists reported on Tuesday.

7th July 2009
CO2 levels already condemns coral to extinction, warns Attenborough - Guardian
Coral is the canary in the cage as damage can be seen most quickly, veteran naturalist tells Royal SocietyDavid Attenborough joined scientists yesterday to warn that carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is already above the level which condemns coral reefs to extinction in the future, with catastrophic effects for the oceans and the people who depend upon them.Coral reefs support a quarter of all marine life including more than 4,000 species of fish. They also provide spawning, nursery, refuge and feeding areas for creatures such as lobsters, crabs, starfish and sea turtles. This makes them crucial in supporting a healthy marine ecosystem upon which more than 1bn people depend for food.

7th July 2009
Central Texas farmers struggle in drought - KVUE-TV Austin

7th July 2009
Drought threat looms over north India - The Times of India

7th July 2009
Assam flooding 'strands 500,000' - BBC News

7th July 2009
Mumbai faces acute water shortage - BBC News

7th July 2009
Benin declares state of emergency over floods - Reuters

7th July 2009
A House in the Woods, After the Woods Are Gone

7th July 2009
Tropical zone expanding due to climate change: study - SpaceDaily
MELBOURNE, July 6 (AFP) Jul 06, 2009 Climate change is rapidly expanding the size of the world's tropical zone, threatening to bring disease and drought to heavily populated areas, an Australian study has found.

6th July 2009
Reefs could perish by end of century, experts warn - Reuters
LONDON (Reuters) - Increasingly acidic oceans and warming water temperatures due to carbon dioxide emissions could kill off the world's ocean reefs by the end of this century, scientists warned on Monday.

6th July 2009
Explorer sure of climate change after historic trek - China Daily
"I'm not a politician. I'm not a scientist. I'm a polar explorer," said Ousland. "So when it comes to the global warming issue, I'm a rough diamond. But I've of course seen the changes and would like to express my concerns about global warming because these beautiful areas are disappearing, and it affects the whole world."

6th July 2009
Preparing for a Sea Change - Washington Post
It is not only scientists who are ahead of the politicians. So are their military establishments, which realize that "warfare enterprises" will also be transformed by rising oceans, expanding deserts and shifting topography.

5th July 2009
Heatwave prompts surge in massive basking sharks off British shores - Guardian
Record numbers of basking sharks have been spotted off the coast of Britain and Ireland after the recent hot weather boosted levels of their favourite food: zooplankton. Last year there were only 26 sightings of the 11-metre sharks in two and a half months off the most southerly headland of Cornwall. This year more than 900 sightings have been recorded since the beginning of June.

5th July 2009
Drought in Prairies after driest weather in 50 years - CNews
Albertans are crossing their fingers that predicted cloudy patches turn into bouts of rain later this week to wash away what has become a dry spring of sunburnt misery.

3rd July 2009
New type of El Nino could mean more hurricanes make landfall - Physorg
El Niño years typically result in fewer hurricanes forming in the Atlantic Ocean. But a new study suggests that the form of El Niño may be changing potentially causing not only a greater number of hurricanes than in average years, but also a greater chance of hurricanes making landfall, according to climatologists at the Georgia Institute of Technology. The study appears in the July 3, 2009, edition of the journal Science.
See also: El Niño Is Changing for the Stormier

3rd July 2009
Incredible shrinking sheep blamed on climate change - New Scientist
The mysterious size reduction of Scottish sheep over the last 20 years can be explained by shorter winters, researchers say

3rd July 2009
RWANDA: Water rationing warning as drought bites - IRIN
KIGALI, 3 July 2009 (IRIN) - Electrogaz, Rwanda's public utility, is considering water rationing due to shortages caused by a prolonged drought in parts of the country, officials said.

3rd July 2009
China torn by heatwave, rainstorm - Xinhua
China: The heatwave continues in Beijing and several other northern provinces Thursday, while rainstorms drench at least half of the country. The maximum temperature reached 36 degrees Celsius Thursday in Beijing, at least 10 days after the heatwave began. The city's weather bureau said Thursday Beijing had experienced the hottest June since 1951, with the average temperature climbing3.7 degrees Celsius higher than that of last year. In June, the mercury climbed above 35 degrees Celsius on eight days, compared with the normal 2.5 days. Scorching heat during the day drove the average temperature in the last 10 days to 28.8 degrees, though the low temperature rarely exceeded 22 degrees.

2nd July 2009
The least sea ice in 800 years - PhysOrg
New research, which reconstructs the extent of ice in the sea between Greenland and Svalbard from the 13th century to the present indicates that there has never been so little sea ice as there is now. The research results from the Niels Bohr Institute, among others, are published in the scientific journal, Climate Dynamics.

2nd July 2009
North America faces beetle plague - BBC 
An epidemic of mountain pine beetles, which has devastated forests in British Columbia, is threatening to spread.

1st July 2009
Britain's heatwave set to continue - BBC News
Britain's heatwave is expected to go on until the weekend, raising the possibility that the official "watch level" could be raised to protect vulnerable people.
See also: Have the climate change deniers abandoned us during the heatwave?

1st July 2009
Seagrass losses reveal global coastal crisis - Reuters
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Mounting loss of seagrass in the world's oceans, vital for the survival of endangered marine life, commercial fisheries and the fight against climate change, reveals a major crisis in coastal ecosystems, a report says.

1st July 2009
Czech Met Office says June storms are exceptional - Radio Prague
The weather is the subject on the tip of everyone s tongue just now following violent floods over the last week in the Czech Republic. Forecasters warn that there is still a risk of storms causing more deaths and damage. But just how exceptional has the recent weather been and is climate change partly to blame?

1st July 2009
Climate Most Significant Factor In Fanning Wildfires' Flames, In The Warming West - redOrbit
Study finds that climate's influence on production, drying of fuels -- not higher temperatures or longer fire seasons alone -- critical determinant of Western wildfire burned areaThe recent increase in area burned by wildfires in the Western United States is a product not of higher temperatures or longer fire seasons alone, but a complex relationship between climate and fuels that varies among ...

28th June 2009
CLIMATE CHANGE: India's Monsoon Predictions More Uncertain - IPS
NEW DELHI, Jun 27 (IPS) - Predicting the monsoons - a risky proposition despite the deployment of satellites and supercomputers - appears to have become iffier thanks to climate change.

28th June 2009
Ozone hole has unforeseen effect on ocean carbon sink - News Scientist
The Southern Ocean has lost its appetite for carbon dioxide, and now it appears that ozone levels could be partly to blame

28th June 2009
Dolphin 'super pod' shifts north - BBC
Environmental charity Earthwatch says a massive migration of short-beaked common dolphins are a sign of climate change.

26th June 2009
Hot Summers, Calm Seas Are Tipping Point for Tatoosh Island's Red Alga - UBC Faculty of Science
Hot Summers, Calm Seas Are Tipping Point for Tatoosh Island's Red AlgaUBC Faculty of Science, Canada"If we take predicted temperature increases related to global warming and apply them to our study system, lethal combinations of environmental conditions which previously occurred only about once per decade will begin to happen once every two to four ...

25th June 2009
Ozone Hole Reduces Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Uptake In Southern Ocean - Science Daily
Does ozone have an impact on the ocean s role as a carbon sink ? Yes, according to researchers. Using original simulations, they have demonstrated that the hole in the ozone layer reduces atmospheric carbon uptake in the Southern Ocean and contributes to the increase in ocean acidity. These results should have a considerable impact on future models of the IPCC, which do not currently take ozone ...

25th June 2009
Himalayan glaciers feared to be swelling dangerously due to global warming - Smash Hits
Himalayan glaciers feared to be swelling dangerously due to global ...Smash Hits, IndiaLondon, June 24 (ANI): Scientists in Nepal have embarked on the first field studies of Himalayan glacial lakes, some of which are feared to be swelling dangerously due to global warming. In May, they completed the field visit to the first location, ...

24th June 2009
Swiss glaciers melting faster than ever before: study - Reuters
ZURICH (Reuters) - Switzerland's glaciers shrank by 12 percent over the past decade, melting at their fastest rate due to rising temperatures and lighter snowfalls, a study by the Swiss university ETH showed Monday.

23rd June 2009
Driest spring in 50 years sparks wheat fears in Prairies - National Post
The worst drought in 50 years for Western Canada s grain-growing region means farmers will likely reap smaller crops than the Canadian Wheat Board estimated a week ago, the Wheat Board said on Friday.

20th June 2009
Tibet drought worst in 30 years: Chinese state media
A drought in Tibet has intensified into the region's worst in three decades, leaving thousands of hectares parched and killing more than 13,000 head of cattle, China's state media said Saturday.

20th June 2009
Rising ocean temperatures near worst-case predictions - The Age
The ocean is warming about 50 per cent faster than reported two years ago, according to an update of the latest climate science. A report compiling research presented at a science congress in Copenhagen in March says recent observations are near the worst-case predictions of the 2007 report by the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. In the case of sea-level rise, it is happening at an even greater rate than projected - largely due to rising ocean temperatures causing thermal expansion of seawater.

19th June 2009
2.1 Million-Year High Measured for Carbon Dioxide in Atmosphere - Bloomberg
June 18 (Bloomberg) -- Carbon dioxide in the earth s atmosphere has risen to its highest level in at least 2.1 million years, according to a new investigation of the greenhouse gas s role in ice ages over the millennia.

19th June 2009
Alaska polar bear numbers declining: U.S. agency - Reuters
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - Polar bear populations in and around Alaska are declining due to continued melting of sea ice and Russian poaching, according to reports released Thursday by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

19th June 2009
Pine Beetle Infestation Threatens Water Source for U.S. Southwest - Yale e360
The destruction of 2.5 million acres of Rocky Mountain forest because of a pine beetle infestation could threaten the water supplies of 33 million people, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Rick Cables, chief forester for the Rocky Mountain region, told a congressional committee that the dead and dying forest at the headwaters of the Colorado River could burn extensively and reduce water supplies to residents in Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, and Tucson, Ariz. Roughly 25 percent of the water piped to these cities originates in national forests in the Rockies that have suffered extensive damage from infestations of pine bark beetles, Cables said.

18th June 2009
Oyster Die-Off in Pacific May Be Linked to Ocean Acidification - Yale e360
The oyster industry in parts of Washington state in the Pacific Northwest is experiencing its fifth year of a massive die-off of oyster larvae, a condition that may be linked to increasing acidification of ocean waters from high levels of CO2 in the atmosphere. The Seattle Times reports that the larvae have been dying before they have a chance to attach to hard surfaces, such as rocks or other oyster shells, and grow their own shells made from calcium carbonate. Researchers have noticed periodic drops in the pH of the surrounding ocean waters, apparently linked to upwellings of deep, more acidified water.

17th June 2009
7 American Species Threatened By Global Warming - SLIDESHOW - The Huffington Post
Global warming is already starting to have a severe effect on our environment. The Environment Defense Fund has picked seven "ambassador species" -- living plants and animals - who are already struggling to survive.

17th June 2009
World disaster toll faces new threat from global warning: Red Cross - Space Daily
Natural and man-made disasters killed nearly a quarter of a million people in 2008 and warnings about looming disasters, particularly climate change, are not being heeded, the Red Cross said Tuesday.

16th June 2009
U.S. faces security threat from climate change: Kerry - Reuters
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Global warming threatens U.S. security by leaving important military hubs vulnerable to rising seas and possibly fomenting anti-American sentiment, U.S. Sen. John Kerry said on Monday.

16th June 2009
Climate change divides the Alps down the middle - Independent
The dramatic effect of climate change on the Alps comes into focus as never before this week with the publication of a major report which reveals that the mountain range is rapidly dividing into two contrasting climatic zones, each posing new problems.

16th June 2009
Water supply shifts as global climate changes - PhysOrg
Many of the world's great rivers are becoming less so. Yet in the Midwest, the wet is getting wetter. So says a study that finds global climate change shifting weather and water patterns around the planet.

16th June 2009
Silk Road threatened by melting glaciers - New Scientist
Climate change seems to be causing glaciers to retreat in Gansu province, bringing floods now, and if predictions are right chronic water shortages in the future

15th June 2009
Lifestyle melts away with Uganda peak snow cap - PhysOrg
In 1906, Mount Speke, one the highest peaks of Uganda's Rwenzori Mountains was covered with 217 hectares (536 acres) of ice, according to the Climate Change Unit at Uganda's ministry of water and environment. In 2006, only 18.5 hectares remained. Uganda's National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) believes that if melting continues at the current rate the ice will be gone by 2023. For the people of Bundibugyo who rely on agriculture to survive, temperature increases have changed their lives dramatically. "I used to be able to plant beans down here at around March," said Nelson Bikalwamuli, 45, referring to his garden at the base of the mountain. "But now it has changed." Beans serve as both a food crop and a crash crop for Bikalwamuli, so he can?t afford to lose them. He?s had to secure a plot of land part way up the mountain, where he says temperatures are still cool enough to yield a descent crop, but the trek up is hard, and competition for space is growing increasingly fierce. "People just keep moving up, up, up," he said. "I fear soon we may be on top of each other."

15th June 2009
Korea moving toward a subtropical climate - Korea Herald
Global warming has increased temperature and precipitation and widened regional and seasonal weather differences on the Korea Peninsula, changing it closer to a subtropical climate, the state meteorological agency said yesterday. The Korea Meteorological Administration yesterday released its analysis on climate change that occurred for the past 10 years.

14th June 2009
Jellyfish head for UK in bumper numbers - Daily Telegraph
Dangerous and even deadly jellyfish are poised to enter British waters in bumper numbers this summer scientists are warning.

14th June 2009
New signs of climate change: shifting seasons, warmer Antarctica -
The news might seem welcome in the middle of a long, cold winter: Scientists have shown that the start of spring has moved almost two days earlier in the last 50 years. But scientists say the finding, one of two papers released today on climate change, is actually a warning sign. Together, the studies bolster the argument that the planet's temperatures have shifted significantly in the last half-century, with many of the potential consequences likely to be negative. Reporting in the scientific journal Nature, two teams of scientists presented evidence that all seasons are occurring earlier worldwide and that more of Antarctica is showing signs of warming than had been thought.

14th June 2009
Arctic Sea Ice Extent Trending Below Record 2007 Melt - Daily Green
The annual melting of Arctic sea ice is trending toward another record-low. While it's still too early to say whether the 2009 melt will exceed the record 2007 melt -- the annual low-point isn't reached until September -- the trend line for 2009 for the first time has dipped below 2007, according to the latest data from the National Snow and Ice Data Center.

13th June 2009
Winds of change - RealClimate
Gavin Schmidt and Michael Mann There was an interesting AP story this week about possible changes in wind speed over the continental US. The study (by Pryor et al (sub.)), put together a lot of observational data, reanalyses (from the weather forecasting models) and regional models, and concluded that there was some evidence for a decrease in wind speeds, particularly in the Eastern US. However, although this trend appeared in the observational data, it isn't seen in all the reanalyses or regional models, leaving open a possibility that the trend is an artifact of some sort (instrumental changes, urbanization etc.).

12th June 2009
Bird numbers decline 'worrying' - BBC
Scotland's seabird numbers plunged by 19%, with the Northern Isles and east coast badly hit, a new report says.

12th June 2009
Reindeer herds in global decline - BBC
Reindeer numbers are falling everywhere as they struggle to survive in a warming, developed world, a new survey reveals.

12th June 2009
Jane Lubchenco: “Ocean acidity has increased by 30%” thanks to human emissions
Jane Lubchenco Obama s terrific choice for administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) discusses the threat to the ocean from global warming.
See also: Scientists: Global warming has already changed oceans - McClatchy Newspapers via Yahoo! News

10th June 2009
Not so windy: Research suggests winds dying down - AP
WASHINGTON (AP) — The wind, a favorite power source of the green energy movement, seems to be dying down across the United States. And the cause, ironically, may be global warming — the very problem wind power seeks to address. The idea that winds may be slowing is still a speculative one, and scientists disagree whether that is happening. But a first-of-its-kind study suggests that average and peak wind speeds have been noticeably slowing since 1973, especially in the Midwest and the East. "It's a very large effect," said study co-author Eugene Takle, a professor of atmospheric science at Iowa State University. In some places in the Midwest, the trend shows a 10 percent drop or more over a decade. That adds up when the average wind speed in the region is about 10 to 12 miles per hour.

10th June 2009
African Bird Species Could Struggle To Relocate To Survive Global Warming - Science Daily
African bird species could struggle to relocate to survive global warming because natural features of the landscape will limit where they can move to, according to new research.

10th June 2009
Caribbean reefs 'flattened' in just 40 years - New Scientist
In just 40 years, spectacular branched Caribbean corals have been replaced by fleshy, stumpy rivals, research reveals and climate change is at least partly to blame

10th June 2009
Is the daddy-longlegs doomed?
Is the humble daddy-longlegs in trouble? The RSPB thinks so, at least in the uplands. Its research suggests that, because of hotter summers, that is to say, because of global warming, the peat bogs are drying out. It is suggested that, since the larvae prefer moist conditions, their numbers are falling, which in turn spells trouble for those birds, such as golden plover, that feed on them.My first memories of daddy-longlegs, or crane flies, are from school: Redcar in the 60s, a gang of us huddled next to the brick wall of the playground, and several daddy-longlegs blundering against the wall.

8th June 2009
Weeds damage homes as the climate warms - Guardian
A combination of a warmer climate, increased rainfall and a ban on the use of chemicals has created an epidemic of weeds causing hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of damage to homes and public buildings.Homeowners are facing large bills due to weeds damaging pipes and buildings as climate change produces an explosion in plant life.According to Peter Brownless, horticulturalist at the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, long periods of warm and wet weather combined with increasing volumes of detritus in gutters and drains is encouraging plants to grow out of control at a faster rate than ever before."A recent change in European legislation means there are far less herbicides available for local authorities and home gardeners to use to control weeds," he said.According to Brownless many problems are caused by alien species which are thriving in Scotland's increasingly mild climate.

8th June 2009
Jellyfish threaten to 'dominate' oceans - Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Giant jellyfish are taking over parts of the world's oceans due to overfishing and other human activities, researchers say.

8th June 2009
An amphibious assault - Globe and Mail
Around the world, frogs and toads are falling victim to a loss of habitat, pesticides, pollution and an insidious, quick-acting fungus. And now they are going extinct faster than any other animals since the dinosaurs. We need to deal with every single issue at once: climate change, excessive use of agricultural fertilizers and pesticides, depletion of the ozone layer and, above all, habitat degradation.

8th June 2009
Strange sights under northern lights - Kitchener - Waterloo Record
PANGNIRTUNG, NUNAVUT (Jun 6, 2009) -- The fish changed colour. Different bird species were spotted. Two bridges were wiped out by a once-in-a-lifetime flood that forced villagers to dump sewage into their pristine waters.

6th June 2009
New NSIDC director on “death spiral” Arctic ice
I interviewed by email Dr. Mark Serreze, recently named director of The National Snow and Ice Data Center. Partly I wanted him to explain his death spiral metaphor for Arctic ice. And partly I wanted his reaction to the blog WattsUpWithThat, the quintessential victim of anti-science syndrome (ASS), who called his appointment Bad News.

6th June 2009
US urged to abandon ageing flood defences in favour of Dutch system
The US must adopt an integrated model of water management like the Netherlands, says New Orleans senator Mary LandrieuAmerica, now entering its hurricane season, was today urged to abandon the outmoded "patch and pray" system of levees whose failure magnified the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and borrow from the Dutch model of dykes and water management.Mary Landrieu, a senator from New Orleans who was brought to tears during a helicopter tour of the destruction of 2005, said America needed to rethink its entire approach to low-lying coastal areas and adopt an integrated model of water management like that of the Netherlands.The US has budgeted $14bn since Katrina to shore up the flood defences of Louisiana and other low-lying areas.

6th June 2009
Soaring temperatures smash records - The Powell River Peak
UPDATED JUNE 5, 9:40 AM Summer arrived on BC's south coast this week as an unseasonable heat wave broke records across the province.

6th June 2009
Giant jellyfish wash up on shores of Wales as temperatures soar - Daily Telegraph
Sea bathers are being warned that the hot weather is causing an invasion of dangerous giant jellyfish in Wales.

4th June 2009
Summer arrives early in B.C. with record temperatures - Vancouver Province
It's about a month early, but summer will stumble into B.C. with record-breaking temperatures today.

4th June 2009
160 Syrian villages deserted due to climate change: study - Zawya
DAMASCUS, Jun 02, 2009 (AFP) - Some 160 villages in northern Syria were deserted of their residents in 2007 and 2008 because of climate change, according to a study released on Tuesday.

3rd June 2009
Hurricane barriers floated to keep sea out of NYC - Guardian
As a new hurricane season starts Monday, some scientists and engineers are floating an ambitious solution: Barriers to choke off the surging sea and protect flood-prone areas. The plan involves deploying giant barriers and gates that would move into place and in some cases rising out of the water and for storms. One proposal calls for a 5-mile-long barrier between New Jersey and Queens.

2nd June 2009
The Dutch strive to make their country 'climate proof' - New York Times
AMSTERDAM -- "Can we actually save the Netherlands? Or should we abandon part of the country?" This is the basic question Dutch leaders were asking themselves within the context of global warming after witnessing Hurricane Katrina's devastating blow to New Orleans in 2005.

1st June 2009
The seldom-seen devastation of climate change -
A NASA climatologist explains why global warming is more than starving polar bears, and skeptics are simplistic.

31st May 2009
Mysterious green meanies - Financial Times
It’s been a strange year in Harlem. The robins didn’t migrate. The hyacinths popped up in the snow. And then tropical intruders took over the garden. This global warming is getting out of control.

30th May 2009
El Nino odds rising with warming Pacific - Reuters
SYDNEY (Reuters) - The chances of a 2009 El Nino, a warming of eastern Pacific waters that often brings drought to Australia's farmlands, has risen and is above a 20 percent probability, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology said on Thursday.

29th May 2009
Refugees Join List of Climate-Change Issues - New York Times
A debate has begun over the world?s responsibilities to the millions of people likely to be displaced by climate change.

29th May 2009
Melting Greenland ice sheets may threaten Northeast United States ... -
Melting of the Greenland ice sheet this century may drive more water than previously thought toward the already threatened coastlines of New York, Boston, Halifax, and other cities in the northeastern United States and in Canada, according to new research led by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR).

28th May 2009
Cyclone Aila - a grim reminder of climate change -
Kolkata, May 26 (IANS) Cyclone Aila, that hit the east coast of India Monday devastating over 100,000 people in the Sundarbans delta region of crops and lifestock, was a grim consequence of climate change, say experts. NGOs who work in the area said the main dykes in major islands such as Sagar, Patharpratima, Sandeshkhali I and II, Hingalganj, Kultoli, Mousuni and many small islands in the Gosaba area had been breached, and brackish water had entered farmlands and freshwater ponds during the cyclone Monday, ruining the crops and killing the fish.
See also: Why global warming means killer storms worse than Katrina and Gustav, Part 1 - Grist

27th May 2009
China on high alert of forest fire - China Daily
HARBIN -- China faces a tough test in preventing forest fires, with key wooded areas reporting a surge in blazes during the past month, a forestry official said Monday.

27th May 2009
Jeepers Creepers! Climate Change Threatens Endangered Honeycreepers - USGS
Today, native Hawaiian birds face one of the highest rates of extinction in the world. Of 41 honeycreeper species and subspecies known since historic times, 17 are probably extinct, 14 are endangered, and only 3 are in decent shape. Pox and malaria transmission in Hawaii depends on climatic conditions, especially seasonal changes in temperature and rainfall that increase or decrease mosquito populations. “ Although most disease transmission now occurs in these mid-elevation forests, this will change if the projected 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Centigrade) raise in temperature occurs. “With this kind of temperature change, about 60 to 96 percent of the high-elevation disease refuges would disappear,” said Atkinson. For example, available high-elevation forest habitat in the low-risk disease zone would likely decline by nearly 60 percent at Hanawi Natural Area Reserve on Maui to as much as 96 percent at Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge on Hawaii Island. On other islands, such as Kauai, with lower elevations and no low-risk zones even now, predicted temperature changes would likely be catastrophic for remaining honeycreeper species.

27th May 2009
Brazil floods displace thousands - BBC News
Brazilian authorities say 380,000 people cannot return home after floods that began last month in the Amazon basin.

26th May 2009
Climate change amplifying animal disease - PhysOrg
Climate change is widening viral disease among farm animals, expanding the spread of some microbes that are also a known risk to humans, the world's top agency for animal health said on Monday.

26th May 2009
Climate change making Everest ascent harder: sherpa - Reuters
KATHMANDU (Reuters) - A Nepali sherpa who holds the world record for climbing Mount Everest said on Monday rising temperatures were melting snow and turning the slopes barren, making it even harder to scale the world's tallest peak.

26th May 2009
NZ 'must prepare for warmer climate' - The New Zealand Herald
New Zealand should be stamping out rock snot and stepping up efforts to beat rats and possums to prepare for global warming.

25th May 2009
Appearance of Himalayas are changing due to climate change, garbage - Xinhua
KATHMANDU, May 25 (Xinhua) -- The mountainous range of Himalayan nation Nepal are gradually changing their appearance as they are caught with severity of global warming and garbage. Apa Sherpa, also known as Nepal's "Super Sherpa" who had climbed Mt. Qomolangma 8848 meters 19th time beating his own previous record said on Monday, "White part of the Mt. Qomolangma is melting exposing its rocky parts."

25th May 2009
Droughts drain northern lakes - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Scientists and property owners say they are worried about the long-term effects of a prolonged drought on fishing and water quality in northern Wisconsin as they've watched some lakes drop to their lowest point in 70 years. As people flock to the north this weekend, drought conditions also are evident in tinder-dry forests that experienced a surge in fires last week.

24th May 2009
Insurer blames climate change - Sydney Morning Herald
AS FLOODS lash northern NSW, insurance companies say they are revising their estimates due to climate change. Damage from severe weather has increased significantly in the past few years, while other forms of natural disasters have remained static, said the head of geo risks research at the global insurance giant Munich Re, Peter Hoeppe. "If you calculate the trends in weather-related natural catastrophes you find a distinct difference in recent years," Dr Hoeppe told the Herald.

23rd May 2009
Data on global warming - Atlanta Journal Constitution
If I’m watching a baseball game and the guy in the next seat says “He’s gonna hit to shortstop,” and then the player hits it to shortstop, I’m intrigued. If he gets it right batter after batter, I’m really impressed. And that’s pretty much what climate scientists have achieved.

23rd May 2009
Yosemite's giant trees disappear - BBC News
The oldest trees within California's Yosemite National Park are disappearing, and climate change appears to be a cause.

23rd May 2009
Now, you can hear global warming - Economic Times
WASHINGTON: A new study has determined that it's now possible to hear the rise of global warming, in the form of more larger and more intense storms , which are signs of climate change.

23rd May 2009
Thousands evacuate Australian floods, one dead
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Thousands more people in Australia's flood-hit east were told to leave their homes on Saturday as gale-force winds lashed the coast and emergency services said up to 20,000 people had been cut off.

23rd May 2009
Study: Michigan mammals rapidly migrating north - WTOL
Scientists say some of Michigan's mammal species are migrating rapidly northward, probably because of climate change. Researchers studied records of 9 common mammals such as opossums, white-footed mice and eastern chipmunks. They found that species historically from the South are gaining ground in northern Michigan. Meanwhile, historically northern species are declining.

21st May 2009
In Brazil, extreme weather stokes climate worries
ILHA GRANDE, Brazil (Reuters) - No one could say they hadn't seen it coming.

21st May 2009
Global warming is sending Britain's moths northwards, experts say - BBC News
Britain's moth populations are heading northwards, almost certainly as a result of climate change, according to experts.

20th May 2009
Disappearance of Aral Sea
In a dramatic series of satellite photos, NASA has documented one of the great environmental disasters of the last century: the disappearance - and near death - of the Aral Sea in Central Asia. Once the world's fourth-largest lake, the Aral Sea became the victim of a grand Soviet public works project that diverted the water bound for the inland body of water and pumped it into the desert to grow cotton and other crops. By 2000, when the first photograph in this series was taken by NASA's Terra satellite, the Aral Sea had already shrunk by more than half since the diversion projects began in 1960.

20th May 2009
Bahrain has driest 'rainy season' in 40 years - Trade Arabia
Bahrain has driest 'rainy season' in 40 yearsTrade Arabia, Bahrain'We are certain this dry spell can be attributed to the effects of global warming and climate change,' Isa said. 'There have also been high velocity winds at times when they are not supposed to be there.' Isa said the unsettling weather in the last ...

19th May 2009
Your world in maps: climate change edition
Incendiary graphic from the The Lancet shows who causes climate change (the North) and who will suffer (Africa and Southeast Asia). read more

19th May 2009
Vancouver has the rainy day blues as it struggles with more precipitation - The Globe and Mail
It's not your imagination - it is raining more in Vancouver than it used to.A recent Metro Vancouver report on climate change has found that the average annual rainfall has risen by 20 per cent since the 1930s, when it averaged around 1,000 millimetres.

19th May 2009
NOAA: Fifth Warmest April for Globe - NOAA
The combined average global land and ocean surface temperatures for April 2009 ranked fifth warmest since worldwide records began in 1880, according to NOAA's National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C.

19th May 2009
As Alaska Glaciers Melt, It's Land That's Rising - The Ledger
As Alaska Glaciers Melt, It's Land That's RisingThe Ledger, FLJUNEAU, Alaska - Global warming conjures images of rising seas that threaten coastal areas. But in Juneau, as almost nowhere else in the world, climate change is having the opposite effect: As the glaciers here melt, the land is rising, causing the sea ...

19th May 2009
Drought worsening across NSW: data - ABC via Yahoo!7 News
New figures show the big dry is getting worse across New South Wales - with 60 per cent of the state being classified as in drought.

18th May 2009
Land clearances turned up the heat on Australian climate - New Scientist
Thanks to deforestation by European settlers, Australia's droughts are more extreme than they would be otherwise, models suggest

17th May 2009
Disaster risk increasing, says UN - BBC News
Poor disaster planning is increasing the risks of disaster impact around the world, a UN report says.

17th May 2009
Native songbirds under threat - The Cornishman
Native songbirds under threatThe Cornishman, UKExperts believe there are two main culprits – intensive land use and global warming. "The way that land is managed is very intensive, such as the cropping regimes how we treat crops with pesticides and fertilisers," said Mr Exley. ...

17th May 2009
Arctic explorers find more evidence of global thaw
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Reuters) - A team of British adventurers measuring ice conditions in the Canadian Arctic said on Wednesday they did not find the thicker, older ice that scientists expected to be there.

14th May 2009
Efforts to save salmon may be undone by climate change - PhysOrg
The Pacific Northwest has spent two decades retooling dams, rebuilding damaged watersheds and restoring stream flows to keep salmon from disappearing.

13th May 2009
Scientist issues warning over dying coral reefs - Russian Information Agency Novosti
Leading marine biologist Thomas J. Goreau tells RIA Novosti how overfishing and waste dumping have brought the world's largest area of coral reefs to the brink of collapse, with devastating consequences to fish stocks and biodiversity.

12th May 2009
Climate change displacement has begun – but hardly anyone has noticed - Guardian
The first evacuation of an entire community due to manmade global warming is happening on the Carteret IslandsJournalists – they're never around when you want one. Two weeks ago a momentous event occurred: the beginning of the world's first evacuation of an entire people as a result of manmade global warming. It has been marked so far by one blog post for the Ecologist and an article in the Solomon Times*. Where is everyone? The Carteret Islands are off the coast of Bougainville, which, in turn, is off the coast of Papua New Guinea. They are small coral atolls on which 2,600 people live.

10th May 2009
Getting Warmer Rapidly - Korea Times
It's only early May, but summer is already here, almost one month earlier than in previous years. But summer's early arrival is increasingly becoming the norm. That is, summer is getting longer, while winter is getting shorter. This phenomenon unquestionably stems from climate change driven by global warming. Climate change is taking place at an alarming rate worldwide. But what's more noteworthy is that the pace is much faster in Korea than any other place around the world. According to the National Institute of Meteorological Research, the average temperate on the Korean Peninsula climbed 1.7 degrees Celsius during the 1912-2008 period.

10th May 2009
Why are cicadas emerging off schedule? - The Indianapolis Star
A Cincinnati entomologist suspects global warming sending wrong signals to insects.

9th May 2009
Deadly fire spreads in California - BBC News
Firemen in California struggle to contain a raging wildfire that has forced tens of thousands from their homes.

9th May 2009
South Florida now under extreme drought - Sun-Sentinel
Because of the lack of significant rain in recent weeks, most of South Florida now is under extreme drought conditions, the National Weather Service in Miami said today.

9th May 2009
Scientists expecting massive iceberg from glacier crack - ABC Online
A massive iceberg with enough freshwater in it to fill Sydney Harbour 135 times over is about to break off the Mertz glacier in Antarctica. The iceberg will be 75 kilometres long and contains 750,000 gigalitres of ice which is apparently quite a lot.

9th May 2009
CLIMATE CHANGE: Snow Cover Turning to Lakes in the Himalayas
UXBRIDGE, Canada, May 7 (IPS) - As climate change takes hold, even the mighty Himalayas and Hindu Kush mountain ranges are now losing their snow and ice.

8th May 2009
Brazil drought staunches famed Iguazu falls - AFP via Yahoo! News
An acute drought in Brazil has hit the famed horseshoe-shaped Igauzu falls which straddle two countries, cutting back the tumbling waters to reveal the rocky sides.

8th May 2009
Pine beetle, snowpack, factors in forest fires - CTV British Columbia
The day after 70 Mile House residents were allowed to return to their homes, officials say pine beetle devestation and a low snowpack may be contributing to an early fire season.

6th May 2009
Global warming threatens Tibet railway: report
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's controversial railway to the remote and restless mountainous region of Tibet could be threatened by global warming, which may melt the permafrost on which the tracks are built, state media said Wednesday.

6th May 2009
Thousands flee as Calif. wildfires spread - MSNBC
Helicopters soaked hillsides in the darkness early Wednesday in an attempt to hold off a wildfire looming in the foothills above the city.

6th May 2009
Bolivia's Chacaltaya glacier is gone -
CHACALTAYA, Bolivia -- -- If anyone needs a reminder of the on-the-ground impacts of global climate change, come to the Andes mountains in Bolivia. At 17,388 feet above sea level, Chacaltaya, an 18,000 year-old glacier that delighted thousands of visitors for decades, is gone, completely melted away as of some sad, undetermined moment early this year. ''Chacaltaya has disappeared. It no longer exists,'' said Dr. Edson Ramirez, head of an international team of scientists that has studied the glacier since 1991.

4th May 2009
Natural disasters killed 220000 in 2008 -
BERLIN — Natural disasters killed over 220,000 people in 2008, making it one of the most devastating years on record and underlining the need for a global climate deal, the world's number two reinsurer said Monday. "This continues the long-term trend we have been observing. Climate change has already started and is very probably contributing to increasingly frequent weather extremes and ensuing natural catastrophes," Munich Re board member Torsten Jeworrek said.

3rd May 2009
All we do now to save salmon could mean nothing - The Idaho Statesman
"The only salmon that are going to survive the century mark are the ones in the large populations in the higher elevations that are still going to have snow and cold water," said Jim Martin, a former chief of fisheries for the state of Oregon. But even these runs and those as far north as Alaska would be threatened if the world does not reduce gases like carbon dioxide over the next 50 years.

3rd May 2009
Climate change threatens Lake Baikal's unique biota - PhysOrg
Siberia's Lake Baikal, the world's largest and most biologically diverse lake, faces the prospect of severe ecological disruption as a result of climate change, according to an analysis by a joint US-Russian team in the May issue of BioScience.

2nd May 2009
Sea Salt Holds Clues to Climate Change - PhysOrg
( -- We know that average sea levels have risen over the past century, and that global warming is to blame. But what is climate change doing to the saltiness, or salinity, of our oceans?

2nd May 2009
Hundreds of miles of ice drop from Antarctic shelf
New satellite images from the European Space Agency show massive amounts of ice are breaking away from a shelf on the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula, researchers said today.

30th April 2009
Germany Sees Hottest Weather Ever as 'Climate Train' Speeds Up - Bloomberg
April 29 (Bloomberg) -- Germany, Europe's biggest economy, is experiencing the warmest weather since record-keeping began in 1890, the country's weather agency said.

30th April 2009
Tibet experiencing higher temperature - Times of India
Hit by global warming, excessive grazing and human activities, temperature in Tibet has risen continuously over the past 48 years, triggering snow melting, glacial shrinking and rising water levels in the fragile Himalayan region. The study, based on data from 38 weather stations under the Tibet Autonomous Regional Meteorological Bureau, indicated that the average temperature in the landlocked region rose 0.32 degree Celsius every 10 years between 1961 to 2008.

30th April 2009
Mercury levels in Arctic seals may be linked to global warming
Researchers in Canada are reporting for the first time that high mercury levels in certain Arctic seals appear to be linked to vanishing sea ice caused by global warming. Their study, a new insight into the impact of climate change on Arctic marine life, is scheduled for the May 1 issue of ACS` Environmental Science Technology.

30th April 2009
Climate change menaces Galapagos: scientists
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The unique wildlife of the Galapagos Islands -- penguins, fur seals, swimming iguanas and flightless birds -- is profoundly threatened by climate change, scientists said on Wednesday.

30th April 2009
Climate change 'hitting entire Arctic' - Guardian
Extensive climate change is now affecting every form of life in the Arctic, according to a major new assessment by international polar scientists. In the past four years, air temperatures have increased, sea ice has declined sharply, surface waters in the Arctic ocean have warmed and permafrost is in some areas rapidly thawing. In addition, says the report released today at a Norwegian government seminar, plants and trees are growing more vigorously, snow cover is decreasing 1-2% a year and glaciers are shrinking. Scientists from Norway, Canada, Russia and the US contributed to the Arctic monitoring and assessment programme (Amap) study, which says new factors such as "black carbon" – soot – ozone and methane may now be contributing to global and arctic warming as much as carbon dioxide.

29th April 2009
Galapagos Penguins Need 'Condos' as Shelter From Global Warming - Bloomberg
April 27 (Bloomberg) -- The Galapagos Islands, renowned for rare animals that inspired Charles Darwin 's theory of evolution, may have to create special shelters to save species from global warming and rising sea levels.

28th April 2009
Bangladesh feels the heat, clocks 14y highs - Bangladesh News 24 hours
Bangladesh feels the heat, clocks 14y highsBangladesh News 24 hours, BangladeshMannan said the mounting temperature was an impact of global warming. "Bangladesh has been witnessing climate change," he said. Records of the Department of Environment's Climate Change Cell from 1985-1998, show average May temperatures to have 'risen' ...

28th April 2009
Hurricanes reduce ability of forests to store carbon - New Scientist
The destruction of trees by hurricanes and tropical storms could turn forests into net emitters of carbon dioxide

28th April 2009
The Truth Behind Global Jellyfish Swarms - US News & World Report
Large swarms of jellyfish and other gelatinous animals--sometimes covering hundreds of square miles of ocean--have recently been reported in many of the world's prime vacation and fishing destinations.

28th April 2009
Forest fires rage across Nepal - Republica
Forest fires rage across NepalRepublica, Nepal... as a direct effect of global warming, the winter months remained extremely dry thereby drying up the moisture content of vegetation and land and leading to widespread forest fires. “From a climate change perspective, this dryness is very natural ...

28th April 2009
CHILE: Scientist Warns of Threats to Rock Glaciers - IPS
SANTIAGO, Apr 24 (IPS) - A new government policy on glaciers adopted by Chile "is a step forward, but it doesn't resolve all of the problems," German geographer Alexander Brenning, who blames mining companies for threats to this South American country's rock glaciers, told IPS.

25th April 2009
CLIMATE CHANGE: Native Peoples Sound Dire Warning - IPS
ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Apr 22 (IPS) - Humanity's hot carbon breath is not just melting the planet's polar regions, it is disrupting natural systems and livelihoods around the world, indigenous people reported this week at a global meeting on climate change in Anchorage, Alaska.

24th April 2009
Bolivia: water people of Andes face extinction - Guardian
Climate change robs Uru Chipaya of lifeline that had sustained them for millennia. Its members belong to what is thought to be the oldest surviving culture in the Andes, a tribe that has survived for 4,000 years on the barren plains of the Bolivian interior. But the Uru Chipaya, who outlasted the Inca empire and survived the Spanish conquest, are warning that they now face extinction through climate change. The tribal chief, 62-year-old Felix Quispe, 62, says the river that has sustained them for millennia is drying up. His people cannot cope with the dramatic reduction in the Lauca, which has dwindled in recent decades amid erratic rainfall that has turned crops to dust and livestock to skin and bones.

24th April 2009
Owls Getting Redder as Climate Warms - Discovery Channel
Like living thermometers, some owls are turning a deep shade of red as the climate warms.

22nd April 2009
As world warms, water levels dropping in major rivers -
As world warms, water levels dropping in major, CAThe research, led by scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colo., suggests that the reduced flows in many cases are associated with climate change, and could potentially threaten future supplies of food and water.

21st April 2009
Lack of permanent Arctic ice surprises explorers
OTTAWA (Reuters) - British explorers walking to the North Pole on a mission to gauge how fast Arctic ice sheets are melting say they are surprised by how little permanent ice they have found so far.

18th April 2009
Polar bears in Russian Far East threatened by extinction - WWF - RIA Novosti
The population of polar bears in Russia's Far Eastern republic of Chukotka has dwindled to the point of being vulnerable to extinction, according to research carried out by World Wildlife Fund experts. "In the 1990s large numbers of bears were shot in Chukotka when most villages were on the brink of starvation. Now the bear population faces a negative influence from climate change."

18th April 2009
Swimmers feel sting as jellyfish thrive - San Francisco Chronicle
Schools of creepy brownish jellyfish known for their painful stings are lurking in San Francisco Bay waving their long, poisonous tentacles like they own the place.

18th April 2009
EU greenhouse emissions fall - because it's warmer
OSLO (Reuters) - European Union emissions of greenhouse gases blamed for stoking global warming fell by 1.2 percent in 2007, paradoxically aided by a mild winter that cut heating demand, EU data showed on Friday.

18th April 2009
Australia's largest river nearly dry - Guardian
Murray river level so low that Adelaide, Australia's fifth biggest city, could run out of water in next two years.

17th April 2009
Earth's temperature 8th-warmest on record so far in 2009 - The News-Press
The Earth's temperature from January-March 2009 was the 8th-warmest on record, according to data released Thursday from the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C. The global temperature of 55.04 degrees for the year's first three months was almost a full degree above the 20th-century average of 54.1 degrees.

17th April 2009
Up, up, and away - Guardian
Swifts may also be facing problems on their long journey to and from their winter quarters in Africa. Climate change is leading to unpredictable weather patterns across much of that continent, while increased desertification may pose a problem for swifts on their twice-yearly crossing of the Sahara desert, by reducing the insect food available on their journey.

17th April 2009
Tiny warbler at risk from longer African migration - Independent
They are some of the world's most remarkable and improbable journeys – vast odysseys across desert, mountain and sea by creatures often no bigger than a Mars bar. But the annual flights of Europe's migratory birds to and from sub-Saharan Africa are set to get even longer. Climate change, shifting the breeding range of many European bird species northwards, is likely to lengthen the migrants' marathon journeys substantially, in some cases by hundreds of miles, a new scientific study predicts. The added distance is likely to make what are already hazardous and chancey long-distance flights even more risky, with possible fatal consequences for many birds.

16th April 2009
The Dire Fate of Forests in a Warmer World - TIME
It's not easy to kill a full-grown tree — especially one like the piñon pine. The hardy evergreen is adapted to life in the hot, parched American Southwest, so it takes more than a little dry spell to affect it. In fact, it requires a once-in-a-century event like the extended drought of the 1950s, which scientists now believe led to widespread tree mortality in the Four Corners area of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona. So, when another drought hit the area around 2002, researchers were surprised to see up to 10% of the piñon pines die off, even though that dry spell was much milder than the one before. The difference in 2002 was the five decades of global warming that had transpired since the drought in the 1950s.

14th April 2009
Historic drought in Mexico suggests human influence - Science Centric
University of Arkansas researchers and their colleagues have examined recent climate patterns in Mexico and determined that the country underwent severe drought conditions between 1994 and 2008, and that human changes related to land use and global warming may have aggravated the dry, warm conditions.

14th April 2009
Warming is wearing on Australia - Chicago Tribune
Climate scientists say Australia - beset by prolonged drought and deadly bush fires in the south, monsoon flooding and mosquito-borne fevers in the north, widespread wildlife decline, economic collapse in agriculture and killer heat waves-epitomizes the "accelerated climate crisis" that global warming models have forecast

13th April 2009
Retreat of Andean Glaciers Foretells Global Water Woes - AlterNet
Bovlia will soon be paying a disproportionately high price from global warming: the rapid loss of glaciers and a decline in vital water supplies.

13th April 2009
Warming is wearing on Australia - Chicago Tribune
Climate scientists say Australia - beset by prolonged drought and deadly bush fires in the south, monsoon flooding and mosquito-borne fevers in the north, widespread wildlife decline, economic collapse in agriculture and killer heat waves-epitomizes the "accelerated climate crisis" that global warming models have forecast

13th April 2009
Retreat of Andean Glaciers Foretells Global Water Woes - AlterNet
Bovlia will soon be paying a disproportionately high price from global warming: the rapid loss of glaciers and a decline in vital water supplies.

13th April 2009
Breaking the silence about Spring - RealClimate
Did you know that in 1965 the U.S. Department of Agriculture planted a particular variety of lilac in more than seventy locations around the U.S. Northeast, to detect the onset of spring - in turn to be used to determine the appropriate timing of corn planting and the like? The records the USDA have kept show that those same lilacs are blooming as much as two weeks earlier than they did in 1965. April has, in a very real sense, become May. This is one of the interesting facts that you'll read about in Amy Seidl's book, Early Spring, a hot-off-the-press essay about the impacts of climate change on the world immediately around us – the forest, the birds, the butterflies in our backyards.

12th April 2009
More of NSW is now in drought | Environment | Lismore Northern Star - Northern Star
New drought statistics show more of NSW is desperately in need of rain, with the south and west of the state worst affected. The April figures show the area affected by drought has increased to 59.6 per cent, from 56.5 per cent in March, NSW Primary Industries minister Ian Macdonald says.

10th April 2009
Obama looks at climate engineering - PhysOrg
(AP) -- The president's new science adviser said Wednesday that global warming is so dire, the Obama administration is discussing radical technologies to cool Earth's air.
[No surer sign that climate change is upon us...]

9th April 2009
Half Canada's boreal caribou herds in decline: report - CNews
OTTAWA - The federal government plans to release a report Thursday that finds half Canada's boreal caribou herds are in decline and may die out in the next century without changes to their habitats, The Canadian Press has learned.

9th April 2009
Climate change cause of mass invert die-offs - environmentalresearchweb
Increasing temperatures are causing a higher level of stratification in the coastal waters of the northwest Mediterranean and bringing about mass die-offs of suspension-feeders such as gorgonians and sponges, according to researchers from Spain. The stratification acts to prolong summertime conditions, in which temperature rises and food becomes scarce, leading the invertebrates to go into a state of "summer dormancy".

8th April 2009
Climate Change to Cause Major Shifts in Global Wildfire Patterns - Newswise
New research helps scientists predict wildfire hotspots as global warming changes weather patterns.

8th April 2009
UK butterfly numbers plunge after worst year since 1976 - Guardian
Wet summers and changes to countryside behind dramatic fall, leaving some species threatened with extinction. Wildlife Minister Huw Irranca-Davies said: "Climate change is having a detrimental effect on a number of our butterfly species and in parts of England we're in danger of losing some species all together.

8th April 2009
Climate Change Leads to Major Decrease in CO2 Storage - Newswise
The 'carbon sink' in the North Atlantic is the primary gate for carbon dioxide (CO2) entering the global ocean and stores it for about 1500 years. The oceans have removed nearly 30 per cent of anthropogenic (man-made) emissions over the last 250 years. However, several recent studies show a dramatic decline in the North Atlantic Ocean's carbon sink.

8th April 2009
Climate change in Lake Superior ice - Minneapolis Star Tribune
What started as a high school science fair project is the latest piece of evidence that global warming is affecting Lake Superior. Forrest Howk, now a freshman at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, studied 150 years of data in his hometown of Bayfield, Wis., and found that the harbor's frozen season has shrunk from about 120 days to 80 days.

8th April 2009
Cuckoo may soon be on endangered species list as result of global warming -
The cuckoo may soon be classed as an endangered species - partly because of global warming. Numbers have dropped by 59 per cent since the late 60s, say experts. And they are now so rare they could be placed on the red list of threatened birds within a month.

8th April 2009
Polar bears and penguins 'just tip of climate change iceberg' - WWF International
New evidence from the North and South Poles indicates that time is running out for the world’s leaders to respond to climate change.

8th April 2009
Satellite data shows Arctic on thinner ice - Reuters
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Arctic sea ice, a key component of Earth's natural thermostat, has thinned sharply in recent years with the northern polar ice cap shrinking steadily in surface area, government scientists said on Monday.

7th April 2009
Our sick seas - Ottawa Citizen
Scientists are documenting drastic, disturbing changes in the oceans.

7th April 2009
Ice bridge ruptures in Antarctic - BBC News
An ice bridge linking a shelf of ice the size of Jamaica to two islands in Antarctica has snapped. Scientists say the collapse could mean the Wilkins Ice Shelf is on the brink of breaking away, and provides further evidence or rapid change in the region.

5th April 2009
Warming takes center stage as Australian drought worsens - Energy Bulletin
With record-setting heat waves, bush fires and drought, Australians are increasingly convinced they are facing the early impacts of global warming. Their growing concern about climate change has led to a consensus that the nation must now act boldly to stave off the crisis. read more

5th April 2009
Climate clock is ticking - The Gazette - Montreal
“Some people are saying we have already crossed this threshold (into unstoppable, jarring changes),” Ford, who is also an IPCC contributor, said. “Others are saying … we haven’t crossed it yet, but it’s pretty close. The climate is definitely changing faster than we thought, especially the Arctic. Globally as well. This really caught the scientific community by surprise. In 2002, what was involved was this idea of gradual climate change: We may see dramatic changes but towards the end of the century, not today. “That is now changing, we are now thinking these changes are occurring quite rapidly today. Quite a few people are speculating that we are going to see even more dramatic changes quite soon.”

4th April 2009
Wordie Ice Shelf has disappeared: scientists - Reuters
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - One Antarctic ice shelf has quickly vanished, another is disappearing and glaciers are melting faster than anyone thought due to climate change, U.S. and British government researchers reported on Friday.
See also: Rising CO2 to trigger ice sheet collapse - BigPond News

4th April 2009
CLIMATE CHANGE: Seals in the Baltic Left without Ice - IPS
BERLIN, Apr 3 (Tierramérica) - Ringed seals in the Baltic Sea are finding fewer and fewer ice caves in which to raise their young. Rising global temperatures are the problem, and in turn are depleting the main food source of the giant polar bear, say scientists.

4th April 2009
Last stand - The National
Having once covered much of Lebanon’s rugged terrain, the country’s cedar tree, prized throughout history and the unifying emblem of a divided nation, is under threat from a warming world.

4th April 2009
Ice-free Arctic Ocean possible in 30 years, not 90 as previously estimated - UW News
A nearly ice-free Arctic Ocean in the summer may happen three times sooner than scientists have estimated. New research says the Artic might lose most of its ice cover in summer in as few as 30 years instead of the end of the century.

3rd April 2009
Small islands urge deep CO2 cuts, fear rising seas - Reuters
BONN, Germany (Reuters) - Small island states have sharpened their calls for the rich to make deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, saying low-lying atolls risk being washed off the map by rising ocean levels.

3rd April 2009
Global warming forecast says Spain will run dry - Times Online
The rain in Spain no longer falls mainly in the plain.

3rd April 2009
Climate change fans Nepal's fires - BBC News
Longer and drier seasons, combined with freak precipitation, may point a finger towards a climate impact.

1st April 2009
Costly cuppa - BBC News
Tea prices to soar as drought hits major producers

1st April 2009
Canada's winter sports melting away, report warns - Globe and Mail
Future winter Olympics may have a hard time finding snow and ice to play on, says a study being released today that details the impact of global warming on winter sports in Canada. "If heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions are not significantly cut, global warming stands to wipe out more than half of Canada's ski season later this century with few exceptions," states the study by the David Suzuki Foundation, released in conjunction with the 8th World Conference on Sport and the Environment, being held as part of pre-Olympic activities in Vancouver this week.

31st March 2009
The Exploding Squid Population - CBS News
It's been said there are not so many fish in the sea as there used to be. However, John Blackstone reports on a proliferation of Humboldt squid that is even more than enough for modern fishing boats to handle:

31st March 2009
Reporters Miss The Boat - Again on Fargo Flood, Fail to Mention It Fits Global Warming Trends - DeSmogBlog
fargo-flood-global-warming.jpg In an interview with reporters last week, President Barack Obama correctly raised the point that global warming could lead to more severe flooding events in the future. Although it's impossible to link a specific event to global climate change – as Obama was careful not to do – the record-breaking flooding of the Red River in Fargo, North Dakota is consistent with the trend towards increased frequency and severity of extreme precipitation events predicted by the climate science community.“I actually think the science around climate change is real. It is potentially devastating,” Obama told the reporters.

31st March 2009
Geese decline 'caused by climate' - BBC News
A decline in Hampshire's population of brent geese may be due to climate change and predation, the RSPB warns.

27th March 2009
Global warming hits Japan's cherry blossom season -
Global warming hits Japan's cherry blossom, United KingdomHowever, climate change experts warned that the increasingly early arrival of the cherry blossoms, known as sakura, reflected steadily rising global temperatures. "A rise in temperatures is one of the key elements prompting cherry trees to bloom," said ...

27th March 2009
Global warming 37 percent to blame for droughts: scientist - Reuters
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Global warming is more than a third to blame for a major drop in rainfall that includes a decade-long drought in Australia and a lengthy dry spell in the United States, a scientist said on Wednesday.

26th March 2009
Melting snow prompts border change between Switzerland and Italy - Independent
Global warming is dissolving the Alpine glaciers so rapidly that Italy and Switzerland have decided they must re-draw their national borders to take account of the new realities.

25th March 2009
Scientists: The trend is less ice on Great Lakes - Chicago Tribune
Scientists at the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory say there has been more than a 30 percent ice decline on the lakes since the 1970s. The drop attributed to global climate change leaves the largest system of freshwater lakes on Earth open to evaporation that can lead to lower lake levels.

24th March 2009
Fish numbers drop as reefs take a bashing - New Scientist
The damage suffered by Caribbean coral reefs from human activity and climate change is finally taking its toll on the fish that dwell in them

20th March 2009
Global warming leaving its mark on polar bears - SpaceDaily
TROMSOE, Norway, March 19 (AFP) Mar 19, 2009 Potentially fatal to the polar bear, global warming has already left its mark on the species with smaller, less robust bears that are increasingly showing cannibalistic tendencies.

19th March 2009
Signs of global warming in Iran - Payvand Iran News
This winter, temperatures in Iran were much warmer than in previous years, to the point that people sought out the shade to protect themselves from getting sunburns. It's really amazing how warm this past winter has been. People have even begun to turn on their air conditioners in some cities, which they had never before used at this time of the year. -M.A. Saki, MNA

19th March 2009
Early spring has its down side - Toronto Star
Spring might be celebrated as a new beginning, but when it comes this early, it is the beginning of the end. At least for the wildlife.

18th March 2009
Carbon sinks losing the battle with rising emissions - EurekAlert!
( CSIRO Australia ) The stabilizing influence that land and ocean carbon sinks have on rising carbon emissions is gradually weakening, scientists who attended the international Copenhagen Climate Change Conference.

17th March 2009
Spring to emerge earlier than ever - Daily Telegraph
Spring is likely to arrive ever earlier as a result of climate change a survey by nature watchers suggests after they spotted birds nesting and plants flowering across the UK already.

14th March 2009
Spring to emerge earlier than ever - Daily Telegraph
Spring is likely to arrive ever earlier as a result of climate change a survey by nature watchers suggests after they spotted birds nesting and plants flowering across the UK already.

14th March 2009
Climate change already shaping society - New Scientist
Climate change already shaping societyNew Scientist, UKHuman society is already, in small but significant ways, being shaped by global warming. So said a climatologist at the climate change congress in Copenhagen, Denmark, on Thursday. Jean Palutikof of the University of East Anglia, UK, ...

13th March 2009
Carbon Dioxide, Methane Rise Sharply in 2007 - NOAA
Last year alone global levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide, the primary driver of global climate change, increased by 0.6 percent, or 19 billion tons. Additionally methane rose by 27 million tons after nearly a decade with little or no increase.

13th March 2009
International Scientists Find ‘Acidified' Water on the Continental Shelf from Canada to Mexico - NOAA
Evidence of corrosive water caused by the ocean's absorption of carbon dioxide (CO2) was found less than 20 miles off the west coast of North America during a field study from Canada to Mexico last summer. This was the first time “acidified” ocean water has been found on the continental shelf of western North America.

13th March 2009
NOAA: Global Temperature Seventh Warmest for Spring, Eighth Warmest for May - NOAA
The combined average global land and ocean surface temperatures for spring (March-May) ranked seventh warmest, while May was the eighth warmest since worldwide records began in 1880 according to an analysis by NOAA's National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C.

13th March 2009
Changing wind patterns linked to global warming alter food chain in Antarctica - CNews
WASHINGTON - Scientists say changing wind patterns linked to global warming are altering the food chain in Antarctica and may also lead to further increases in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

13th March 2009
"Mad" microplants show Antarctic climate change - Reuters
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Because atmospheric circulation patterns are shifting over the peninsula -- probably due to climate change -- there are now cloudy skies where there used to be sunshine and vice versa, said study co-author Martin Montes-Hugo of Rutgers University. In the southern part of the peninsula, the clouds are decreasing and sunlight is melting the sea ice, freeing up more open water that sunlight can shine through, Montes-Hugo said by telephone. "You have more open water and so you have light penetration, so the phytoplankton is happy in the south," he said, because like most plants, phytoplankton need sunlight for photosynthesis. In the northern part of the peninsula closer to the warm equator there are more clouds, and sea ice is even more reduced than in the south. Changing atmospheric patterns are whipping up increasing winds in the area, churning the ocean water, which enables the phytoplankton to go deeper. At these deeper levels, the little plants can catch less sunshine.

13th March 2009
Global warming reaches the Antarctic abyss - New Scientist
Even water in the chilly depths of the Southern Ocean is getting warmer, according to results announced at the Copenhagen climate change congress

12th March 2009
Witness a journey to the bottom of an ice sheet - New Scientist
Unprecedented video from deep inside Greenland's ice sheet reveals the internal plumbing of glaciers, and how it might help them move

12th March 2009
Climate change reduces nutritional value of algae - PhysOrg
Micro-algae are growing faster under the influence of climate change. However, the composition of the algae is changing, as a result of which their nutritional value for other aquatic life is decreasing. And because algae are at the bottom of the food chain, climate change is exerting an effect on underwater life. This is the conclusion of researchers from the Netherlands Institute for Ecology and the Universiteit van Amsterdam.

12th March 2009
Sea levels rising twice as fast as predicted - Independent
Sea levels are predicted to rise twice as fast as was forecast by the United Nations only two years ago, threatening hundreds of millions of people with catastrophe, scientists said yesterday in a dramatic new warning about climate change. Rapidly melting ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica are likely to push up sea levels by a metre or more by 2100, swamping coastal cities and obliterating the living space of 600 million people who live in deltas, low-lying areas and small island states.

11th March 2009
ENVIRONMENT: Pine Beetle Kill No Longer Just Dead Wood - IPS
VANCOUVER, Canada, Mar 10 (IPS/IFEJ) - The sheer magnitude of the devastation left by this tiny beetle is shocking on its own.
See also: Canada's carbon sink has sprung a leak - Christian Science Monitor

11th March 2009
Carbon emissions creating acidic oceans not seen since dinosaurs - Guardian
Chemical change placing 'unprecedented' pressure on marine life and could cause widespread extinctions, warn scientistsHuman pollution is turning the seas into acid so quickly that the coming decades will recreate conditions not seen on Earth since the time of the dinosaurs, scientists will warn today.The rapid acidification is caused by the massive amounts of carbon dioxide belched from chimneys and exhausts that dissolve in the ocean. The chemical change is placing "unprecedented" pressure on marine life such as shellfish and lobsters and could cause widespread extinctions, the experts say.The study, by scientists at Bristol University, will be presented at a special three-day summit of climate scientists in Copenhagen, which opens today.

10th March 2009
Is the U.S. West going the way of parched Australia? - Reuters
The drought-induced infernos which ravaged parts of Australia earlier this year may be a harbinger of the water challenges coming to the American West.  ”Think of that (Australia) as California's future,” water researcher Heather Cooley of California's Pacific Institute told my colleague Peter Henderson. You can see his report, part one of our series on water scarcity in the U.S. West, here. Plush green golf courses in the desert, verdant boulevards in Los Angeles and fountains that dance 20 stories high in Las Vegas are very much part of today's landscape and life in the American West.
See also: Climate change accelerates water hunt in U.S. West

10th March 2009
Ranchers sell up as pampas turn to dust - Guardian
Ranchers are being forced to sell their cattle as a drought converts much of the Argentinian pampas into a dry and desolate wasteland.The sweeping grasslands are a key part of Argentinian identity, stretching for 1 million sq km. It was once one of the most productive agricultural regions in the world. But as a result of the drought an estimated 1.5 million cattle have died. Many farmers are simply giving up on cattle altogether, and switching to growing wheat or soy."I've sold my entire herd," said Hector Gómez, a sixth-generation cattle farmer. "Next year I will plant soy." It's a sad end for a country that was built on the cattle trade.

9th March 2009
Proof on the Half Shell: A More Acid Ocean Corrodes Sea Life - Scientific American
The shells of tiny ocean animals known as foraminifera--specifically Globigerina bulloides--are shrinking as a result of the slowly acidifying waters of the Southern Ocean near Antarctica. The reason behind the rising acidity: Higher carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in the atmosphere, making these shells more proof that climate change is making life tougher for the seas' shell-builders.

8th March 2009
Adapting to climate change in Archangel - BBC News
Warmer winters worry those in Russia's far north

8th March 2009
Arctic summer ice could vanish by 2013, expert says - Reuters
OTTAWA (Reuters) - The Arctic is warming up so quickly that the region's sea ice cover in summer could vanish as early as 2013, decades earlier than some had predicted, a leading polar expert said on Thursday.

6th March 2009
Urchins in peril - Nature
Ocean warming, but not acidification, could significantly hinder reproduction in purple sea urchins. Previous studies have shown that a decrease in ocean pH could impair shell formation in adult urchins, but few urchin larvae may survive to the adult stage under plausible climate change scenarios, according to a new study.

6th March 2009
Drought grips Afghanistan - UPI
KABUL, Afghanistan, March 4 (UPI) -- Afghanistan is experiencing its worst drought in a decade and its food crisis is deepening as a result, experts said.

5th March 2009
Climate 'hitting Europe's birds' - BBC News
Climate change is already having an impact on European bird species, according to British scientists.

4th March 2009
California snow not enough to overcome drought - Reuters
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California's mountain snowpack is only at 80 percent of normal, despite recent snowstorms, and is far from enough to ease a prolonged drought, making water conservation measures a necessity, state officials said on Monday.

3rd March 2009
China plans 59 reservoirs to collect meltwater from its shrinking glaciers - Guardian
China is planning to build 59 reservoirs to collect water from its shrinking glaciers as the cost of climate change hits home in the world's most populous country. The far western province of Xinjiang, home to many of the planet's highest peaks and widest ice fields, will carry out the 10-year engineering project, which aims to catch and store glacier run-off that might otherwise trickle away into the desert.

3rd March 2009
Britain's birds facing extinction as climate change leaves them with nowhere to go - Guardian
As temperatures rise and European breeds arrive, native species such as the lapwing and Scottish crossbill are being forced out. Soon, say the RSPB and Durham University, many of our rare birds will disappearBritain's birds are being driven northwards to extinction at an accelerating rate because of global warming. Scientists have calculated that the average range of British birds will move 550 kilometres (340 miles) to the north by 2100 as the climate heats up.Birds with ranges in Scotland or in mountain regions will be wiped out - such as the snow bunting, which today survives only on the Cairngorm plateau.

2nd March 2009
Large fish going hungry as supplies of smaller species dwindle: report - CNews
HALIFAX, N.S. - Dolphins, sharks and other large marine species around the world are going hungry as they seek out dwindling supplies of the small, overlooked species they feed on, according to a new study that says overfishing is draining their food sources. Climate change is also taking its toll on prey fish, which are more sensitive to warming ocean temperatures than their larger predators. So, if the world's waters continue to warm, scientists worry stocks will have even more difficulty recovering.

2nd March 2009
Hong Kong records warmest February in 125 years - China Economic Net
Hong Kong recorded a monthly mean temperature of 20.5 degrees Celsius at the Hong Kong Observatory in February, making it the warmest February in Hong Kong since records of the local temperature began in 1884.

2nd March 2009
California in drought emergency - BBC News
California's governor declares a state of emergency because of a severe drought and warns of possible water rationing.

28th February 2009
Study finds hemlock trees dying rapidly, affecting forest carbon cycle - EurekAlert!
New research by U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station (SRS) scientists and partners suggests the hemlock woolly adelgid is killing hemlock trees faster than expected in the southern Appalachians and rapidly altering the carbon cycle of these forests. SRS researchers and cooperators from the University of Georgia published the findings in the most recent issue of the journal Ecosystems. The authors suggest that infrequent frigid winter temperatures in the southern Appalachians may not be enough to suppress adelgid populations.

27th February 2009
Scientists find bigger than expected polar ice melt - SpaceDaily
GENEVA, Feb 25 (AFP) Feb 25, 2009 Icecaps around the North and South Poles are melting faster and in a more widespread manner than expected, raising the sea level and fuelling climate change, a scientific survey revealed Wednesday.

25th February 2009
Climate change hits Spain's glaciers - Guardian
Spain loses 90% of its glaciers thanks to global warming, threatening drought as rivers dry upThe Pyrenees mountains have lost almost 90% of their glacier ice over the past century, according to scientists who warn that global warning means they will disappear completely within a few decades.While glaciers covered 3,300 hectares of land on the mountain range that divides Spain and France at the turn of the last century, only 390 hectares remain, according to Spain's environment ministry.The most southerly glaciers in Europe are losing the battle against warming and look set to be among the first to disappear from the continent over the coming decades.

25th February 2009
Is global warming confusing pelicans? - Daily Breeze
Climate change might have fooled thousands of California brown pelicans, who stayed north later than usual last year and encountered harsh winter storms on their trip south, researchers now believe.

24th February 2009
Iraq marshes face grave new threat - BBC News
Iraq's famed southern marches are shrinking again because of record low rainfall and dam and irrigation systems upstream.

24th February 2009
Methane risk from a thawing Arctic | Video - Chicago Tribune
As permafrost thaws in the Arctic, huge pockets of methane -- a potent greenhouse gas -- could be released into the atmosphere. Experts are only beginning to understand how disastrous that could be.

23rd February 2009
HEALTH: Warmer Climate Gives Malaria New Hunting Grounds - IPS
CHICAGO, U.S., Feb 19 (IPS) - Climate change is bringing malaria to regions of Africa where the disease was previously unknown, researchers report from the conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Chicago this week.

20th February 2009
Linking the climate-ecology attribution chain - RealClimate
Guest commentary by Jim Bouldin, Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis Linking the regional climate-ecology attribution chain in the western United States Many are obviously curious about whether certain current regional environmental changes are traceable to global climate change. There are a number of large-scale changes that clearly qualify-rapid warming of the arctic/sub-arctic regions for example, and earlier spring onset in the northern hemisphere and the associated phenological changes in plants and animals. But as one moves to smaller scales of space or time, global-to-local connections become more difficult to establish. This is due to the combined effect of the resolutions of climate models, the intrinsic variability of the system and the empirical climatic, environmental, or ecological data-the signal to noise ratio of possible causes and observed effects.

20th February 2009
Singapore bushfires hit nearly decade high in January - Reuters
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Island-state Singapore faced the largest number of bushfires in nearly a decade in January, thanks to an unusually long dry spell, the government's anti-fire agency said Wednesday. The tropical nation saw 182 vegetation fires in January, mostly due to the dry spell, which the Singapore Civil Defense Force said was "unprecedented."

18th February 2009
Firestorms and Deep Freeze: Climate Change May Bring Both - Alternet
Global warming deniers keep pointing to snowstorms as proof that climatologists are wrong. But both extreme heat and cold are on tap.
See also: A cold winter doesn't mean climate change isn't happening

18th February 2009
Butterfly colony trial hints at novel climate fix - Reuters
OSLO (Reuters) - An experiment relocating butterfly colonies in Britain shows that animals and plants can be moved to new, cooler habitats to help them survive global warming, scientists said on Wednesday.

18th February 2009
Bleak forecast on fishery stocks - BBC News
Changing ocean temperatures will force many fish species to migrate towards the poles, hitting fish stocks, scientists warn.

13th February 2009
'Climate refugees' headed to Washington - Seattle Post Intelligencer
'Climate refugees' headed to WashingtonSeattle Post Intelligencer. "We know that people are already dying of heat waves, even before the effects of global warming can be felt, and interestingly, most of this is happening in ...

13th February 2009
Fish seen shifting 125 miles by 2050 due to warming
OSLO (Reuters) - Global warming will push fish stocks more than 200 km (125 miles) toward the poles by mid-century in a dislocation of ocean life, a study of more than 1,000 marine species projected.

13th February 2009
U.S. to mull protection for alpine rabbit on warming - Reuters
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. government has agreed to study whether the American pika, a tiny cold-loving relative of the rabbit, should be protected under the Endangered Species Act due to warmer temperatures, scientists said on Thursday.

13th February 2009
Penguins in peril as food search turns into marathon - Times Online
Penguins from the largest colony on mainland South America are being forced to swim the equivalent of two marathons farther to find food because of the effects of climate change.

13th February 2009
Marine biologists perplexed by jellyfish in Baltic Sea - AFP via Yahoo! News
Marine biologists have in recent years rung alarm bells over the invasion in the Baltic Sea of what they believed was a devastating jellyfish, but experts said Thursday they were wrong about the species.

13th February 2009
More of NSW affected by drought - Perth Now
HOT weather and little rainfall last month has increased the area in NSW affected by drought.
See also:
Millions of animals dead in Australia fires - AP via Yahoo! News
Australia bushfires: Aerial views of devastation

13th February 2009
Audubon Society study: Birds are shifting north; global warming cited - CNews
WASHINGTON - When it comes to global warming, the canary in the coal mine isn't a canary at all. It's a purple finch.

11th February 2009
Australian bushfires: When two degrees is the difference between life and death - Guardian
The day after the great fire burned through central Victoria, I drove from Sydney to Melbourne. For much of the way – indeed for hundreds of miles north of the scorched ground - smoke obscured the horizon, entering my air conditioned car and carrying with it that distinctive scent so strongly signifying death, or to Aboriginal people, cleansing.It was as if a great cremation had taken place. I didn't know then how many people had died in their cars and homes, or while fleeing the flames, but by the time I reached the scorched ground just north of Melbourne, the dreadful news was trickling in.

11th February 2009
Plants take a hike as temperatures rise
Plants are flowering at higher elevations in Arizona's Santa Catalina Mountains as summer temperatures rise, according to new research from The University of Arizona in Tucson.

11th February 2009
Australia fires a climate wake-up call - experts
Weekend bushfires in Australia that killed 173 people are a climate change wake-up call for the public and politicians and a window to the future, experts said on Tuesday.

11th February 2009
Salamander losses in Mexico, Guatemala cause worry - Reuters
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Many salamander species in Mexico and Guatemala have suffered dramatic population declines since the 1970s, driven to the brink probably by a warming climate and other factors, U.S. scientists said on Monday.

11th February 2009
5 things we've recently learned about the climate - Greenpeace UK

11th February 2009
Kiribati Islanders Seek Land to Buy as Rising Seas Threaten - Bloomberg
Kiribati, a Pacific island-nation in danger of being submerged because of global warming, may purchase land elsewhere to relocate its people, President Anote Tong said. “We would consider buying land,” Tong said in an interview in New Delhi. “The alternative is that we die, we go extinct.” Kiribati, between Hawaii and Australia, is the second island-nation after the Maldives that’s floated the idea of buying land should their islands be swamped by rising seas and more powerful storms.

9th February 2009
Bushfires and global warming: is there a link? - Guardian
Scientists are reluctant to link ­individual weather events to global warming, because natural variability will always throw up extreme events. However, they say that climate change loads the dice, and can make severe episodes more likely. Some studies have started to say how much global warming contributed to severe weather. Experts at the UK Met Office and Oxford University used computer models to say man-made climate change made the killer European heatwave in 2003 about twice as likely. In principle, the technique could be repeated with any extreme storm, drought or flood – which could pave the way for lawsuits from those affected.
See also:
Australia's deadliest bushfire, 84 dead - Reuters via Yahoo! News
'Horror movie' - BBC News
Fires follow floods as wild weather hits Australia - TODAYonline

8th February 2009
Drought starts to bite in northern Kenya - Reuters
WAREGADUD, Kenya (Reuters) - Clouds of dust rising above the harsh scrub herald the arrival of more livestock at a borehole in northeastern Kenya, the end for some of a 45-km (28-mile) trek for water that must be repeated every few days.

8th February 2009
China creates rains in drought-hit provinces - People's Daily
China employed artificial means to create rains in at least seven provinces on Saturday to alleviate rare drought, the China Meteorological Administration (CMA) said Sunday.

8th February 2009
Ocean Acidification from CO2 Is Happening Faster Than Thought - Scientific American
Marine ecologist J. Timothy Wootton of the University of Chicago and his colleagues spent eight years compiling measurements of acidity, salinity, temperature and other data from Tatoosh Island off the northwestern tip of Washington State. They found that the average acidity rose more than 10 times faster than predicted by climate simulations.

6th February 2009
Snow is consistent with global warming say scientists - Daily Telegraph
Britain may be in the grip of the coldest winter for 30 years and grappling with up to a foot of snow in some places but the extreme weather is entirely consistent with global warming claim scientists.

5th February 2009
Drought in Australia food bowl continues - Reuters
CANBERRA (Reuters) - Drought in Australia's main food growing region of the Murray-Darling river system continues, with water stores near record lows despite recent rains, the head of the government's oversight body for the system said on Wednesday.

5th February 2009
Severe drought expected this time in Kerala - Business Standard India
Kerala will face a severe drought this summer as there has been a 20-25 per cent drop in rainfall from normal, forcing the government to draw up contingency plans to supply drinking water, water resources minister N K Premachandran said here today.

5th February 2009
Time running out for Turkish wetlands, warn NGOs - Today's Zaman
Three Turkish nongovernmental organizations have issued a joint call to action, saying that Turkey's lifelines are drying up as a result of faulty policies, climate change and poor ecological awareness.

5th February 2009
Arctic storms seen worsening; threat to oil, ships - Reuters
OSLO (Reuters) - Arctic storms could worsen because of global warming in a threat to possible new businesses such as oil and gas exploration, fisheries or shipping, a study showed on Wednesday.

5th February 2009
Antarctic warming is robust - RealClimate
The difference between a single calculation and a solid paper in the technical literature is vast. A good paper examines a question from multiple angles and find ways to assess the robustness of its conclusions to all sorts of possible sources of error - in input data, in assumptions, and even occasionally in programming. If a conclusion is robust over as much of this as can be tested (and the good peer reviewers generally insist that this be shown), then the paper is likely to last the test of time. Although science proceeds by making use of the work that others have done before, it is not based on the assumption that everything that went before is correct.

5th February 2009
China declares an emergency amid worst drought in 50 years - Times Online
The worst drought in half a century has parched fields across eight provinces in northern China, leaving nearly four million people without proper drinking water and forcing the government to declare an emergency.
See also: China's Drought May Make Birds More Susceptible to Avian Flu - Bloomberg

5th February 2009
Global warming makes predatory crabs return to Antarctic waters and threaten sea life - Smash Hits
Washington, Feb 5 (ANI): Predatory crabs are poised to return to warming Antarctic waters and disrupt the primeval marine communities, a major upheaval that is a result of global warming.

5th February 2009
Rising sea salinates India's Ganges: expert - Reuters
KOLKATA, India (Reuters) - Rising sea levels are causing salt water to flow into India's biggest river, threatening its ecosystem and turning vast farmlands barren in the country's east, a climate change expert warned Monday.

3rd February 2009
Kenya: Drought Exacerbating Conflict Among Pastoralists -
Isiolo - Clashes over water and pasture have significantly increased in the drought-affected pastoralist areas of north-eastern Kenya, officials said.

3rd February 2009
Drought threatens peace in Iraq's marsh Eden - Reuters
MARSHES, Iraq (Reuters) - Miles of reed stalks and baked mud are all that can be seen of much of Iraq's ancient marshes this year, as a lack of water threatens to turn one of the world's most important wetlands to wasteland.

3rd February 2009
South Florida in midst of a record dry spell - Miami Herald
Despite several cold fronts that have chilled South Florida, very little rain has fallen in recent months, leading to a moderate drought and an increased risk of wildfires.

3rd February 2009
Climate change may be stoking stronger winds, altered oceans - PhysOrg
The specter of an ocean floor littered with dead shellfish, rock fish, sea stars and other marine life off the Oregon coast spurred Mark Snyder, a climate change expert, to investigate whether California's coast faced a similar calamity.

3rd February 2009
Australia Faces Collapse as Climate Change Kicks in: Are the Southwest and California Next? - Alternet
Australia is the canary in the coal mine for climate-driven desertification

3rd February 2009
A global glacier index update - RealClimate
Guest commentary by Mauri Pelto For global temperature time series we have GISTEMP, NCDC and HadCRUT. Each has worked hard to assimilate global temperature data into reliable and accurate indices of global temperature. The equivalent for alpine glaciers is the World Glacier Monitoring Service's (WGMS) record of mass balance and terminus behavior. Beginning in 1986, WGMS began to maintain and publish the collection of information on ongoing glacier changes that had begun in 1960 with the Permanent Service on Fluctuations of glaciers. This program in the last 10 years has striven to acquire, publish and verify glacier terminus and mass balance measurement data from alpine glaciers the world over on a timely basis.

1st February 2009
Possum first climate victim? - The Courier Mail
SCIENTISTS fear the world's first localised climate change extinction of a major mammal species might have already occurred in north Queensland.

31st January 2009
Snow study shows California faces historic drought
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A new survey of California winter snows on Thursday showed the most populous state is facing one of the worst droughts in its history, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said.
See also: California heads for a third dry year in a row - The Christian Science Monitor

31st January 2009
Under the ice - Grist
By Joseph RommArctic sea ice extent just dipped below January 2007 levels in the last few days, according to the daily time series from the National Snow and Ice Data Center: The NSIDC notes that they are showing the data from 2007 on this figure since that year "went on to reach the lowest summer minimum in the satellite record." The NSIDC also has an interesting 2008 Year-in-Review for cryosphere buffs. It explains why the ice stopped growing for a week in mid-December. It also has an interesting graphic comparing the Arctic sea ice extent in 2008 with 2007:The day by day meanderings of Arctic sea ice extent are not overly meaningful yet, but I think they are worth reporting because it bugs the deniers to see any evidence whatsoever that the world is not undergoing global cooling.

31st January 2009
Global glacier melt continues - PhysOrg
Glaciers around the globe continue to melt at high rates. Tentative figures for the year 2007, of the World Glacier Monitoring Service at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, indicate a further loss of average ice thickness of roughly 0.67 meter water equivalent (m w.e.). Some glaciers in the European Alps lost up to 2.5 m w.e.

31st January 2009
Q&A: Water Pushed to the Limit
SANTIAGO, Jan 30 (Tierramérica) - When it comes to water, "humanity does not have the full awareness of the danger it is facing and will only act under extreme circumstances. The bad news is that those extremes are drawing near," Manuel Baquedano, president of the Chilean non-governmental Institute of Political Ecology, told Tierramérica.
See also: World heads for 'water bankruptcy' - Philippine Daily Inquirer

31st January 2009
Southern Australia feels the heat - BBC
Residents of south-eastern Australia are being warned to expect the worst heatwave in a century. Temperatures went up to 45.5C (114F) in Adelaide, its hottest day in 70 years. In Melbourne, two people died in the searing heat, including a 75-year-old man who collapsed while walking to his car, the AFP news agency said. Some train and tram services were cancelled as rail lines buckled in the heat. There were also power outages, as people turned on their air-conditioning units to cool down.
See also: Train tracks buckle under record heat - ABC

29th January 2009
Climate change forces moths to higher ground - Guardian
Global warming is forcing tropical species uphill to escape the rising temperatures at a rate of more than a metre a year, a new study from the mountains of Borneo suggests.More than four decades after a group of undergraduate students visited the south-east Asian island in 1965, a team of British scientists returned to the same sites on Mount Kinabalu to repeat their survey of moths.The group of six, including a member of the original trip, found that on average the insects had raised the altitude of their range by 67m.Although the trip had only been repeated once so far, they did everything possible to repeat the original survey, travelling at the same time of year in July and August, using photographs to identify exact sites for moth traps, and even carrying out the work at the same phases of the moon.

29th January 2009
Climate change leaves emperor penguins 'facing extinction' - Times Online
If rising temperatures continue to melt sea ice at current rates, the population of a large emperor penguin colony in Terre Adelie, Antarctica, will shrink from 3,000 to just 400 breeding pairs, according to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI). The prediction is based on evidence from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). If replicated in other colonies the species could be devastated.

27th January 2009
Predator Jumbo Squid Feasting On NorCal Fish - CBS 5 Bay Area
In Mexico, they are called the "red devil" and "the beast" in Central America. They are jumbo squid: deadly, fast moving creatures with tentacles that can suck the life out of a human being. The squid are devouring parts of large populations of native fish in Northern California.

27th January 2009
Heavy weather: What climate change really means for Britain - Independent
In 1992, Tom Clarke became an apprentice gardener with the National Trust. He was a bright student, but he didn't want to be stuck in an office job: he wanted to use his hands, and he loved the outdoors. He didn't know exactly what he would be doing at the age of 35, some 17 years later, but it's safe to assume that he might have hoped to have graduated past the intricacies of lawn mowing.

26th January 2009
Global warming impacting monsoon trend in India: Study - Times of India
Global warming impacting monsoon trend in India: StudyTimes of India, India. The fourth Assessment Report of the Inter-government Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) had also given an account of ongoing Global Warming scenario and its ...

26th January 2009
Record warm temperatures hit Russia - BBC
Over the past few weeks, several records have been broken in Russia for unseasonably mild weather, including the warmest ever December temperature on record. In Moscow, a temperature of 9.4 degrees Celsius (49F) was recorded on Saturday, the highest December temperature in the history of meteorological observations. Strangely, this record occurred at 3 o’clock in the morning, when usually the temperature would be plummeting towards its minimum. During Russia’s long, harsh winters, the temperature in Moscow rarely rises above freezing, and the average December temperature ranges between minus 10 and minus 5 degrees C (14 to 23F). This recent warm spell has brought temperatures 15 to 20 degrees above normal, with some climate meteorologists claiming this is further evidence of global warming.

7th December 2008
Native hunters say climate affecting herds - Yahoo
Chief Bill Erasmus of the Dene nation in northern Canada brought a stark warning about the climate crisis: The once abundant herds of caribou are dwindling, rivers are running lower and the ice is too thin to hunt on. Erasmus raised his concerns in recent days on the sidelines of a U.N. climate conference, seeking to ensure that North America's indigenous peoples are not left out in the cold when it comes to any global warming negotiations.

7th December 2008
Drought forces Australian state to purchase water - AP via Yahoo! Finance
Australia's driest state has been forced to purchase water for the first time to ensure adequate supplies in the midst of a drought, a government official said Friday.

6th December 2008
'I didn't see one cube of ice'
By Joseph Romm CBC News reports: The Canadian Coast Guard has confirmed that in a major first, a commercial ship travelled through the Northwest Passage this fall to deliver supplies to communities in western Nunavut.The MV Camilla Desgagnés, owned by Desgagnés Transarctik Inc., transported cargo from Montreal to the hamlets of Cambridge Bay, Kugluktuk, Gjoa Haven and Taloyoak in September."We did have a commercial cargo vessel that did the first scheduled run from Montreal, up through the eastern Arctic, through the Northwest Passage to deliver cargo to communities in the west," Brian LeBlanc of the Canadian Coast Guard told CBC News."That was the first -- that I'm aware of anyway -- commercial cargo delivery from the east through the Northwest Passage."NEW ERA IN ARCTIC SHIPPING?

3rd December 2008
Florida's elkhorn coral nears extinction - CDNN
Florida's elkhorn coral nears extinctionCDNN, New Zealand. Global warming is not only accelerating problems that already have sickened and shrunken coral reefs, it has created a new, potentially more lethal threat:

3rd December 2008
Soot darkens ice, stokes runaway Arctic melt: study
POZNAN, Poland (Reuters) - Soot is darkening ice in the Arctic and speeding a melt that could make the ocean around the North Pole ice-free in summer well before 2050, experts said on Tuesday.

3rd December 2008
White possum said to be first victim of global warming - Courier Mail
SCIENTISTS say a white possum native to Queensland's Daintree forest has become the first mammal to become extinct due to man-made global warming.

3rd December 2008
2008 saw record-breaking hurricane season: US agency - PhysOrg
The record-breaking 2008 hurricane season, which officially ends on Sunday, has been one of the most active since comprehensive reports began 64 years ago, a US government agency said Wednesday.

27th November 2008
Marine life faces 'acid threat' - BBC
Man-made pollution is raising ocean acidity at least ten times faster than previously thought, a study says.

26th November 2008
United Nations says greenhouse gases are at new record highs - CNews
GENEVA - The United Nations weather agency says the three main greenhouse gases in the Earth's atmosphere have reached new record highs.

26th November 2008
Climate change, starfish hit Fiji reefs: study - Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Climate change and a starfish outbreak have shrunk coral reefs near Fiji, forcing locals to change their lifestyle.

25th November 2008
Ocean growing more acidic faster than once thought - PhysOrg
University of Chicago scientists have documented that the ocean is growing more acidic faster than previously thought. In addition, they have found that the increasing acidity correlates with increasing levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide, according to a paper published online by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on Nov. 24.

25th November 2008
Global warming is changing organic matter in soil - PhysOrg
New research shows that we should be looking to the ground, not the sky, to see where climate change could have its most perilous impact on life on Earth.

25th November 2008
Climate change pushes hundreds of birds further north - KARE 11 Minneapolis-St. Paul
There's new evidence wildlife is adapting to a warmer climate.

18th November 2008
CO2 Seeping Into Water Supply - Discovery Channel
CO2 levels in groundwater are going up faster than atmospheric levels, according to a new study.

18th November 2008
Global warming causes winter migratory birds to shun UK -
Fewer birds will migrate to the UK each year as warmer temperatures caused by climate change will encourage them to spend winters closer to home, a report warned today. Research from the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) has shown a big drop in the numbers of ducks, geese, swans and wading birds migrating to UK wetlands in winter.

17th November 2008
'Unprecedented' warming drives dramatic ecosystem shifts in North Atlantic - PhysOrg
While the planet has experienced numerous changes in climate over the past 65 million years, the most significant climate change of the last 5,000 years has been in recent decades. That change is global warming.

7th November 2008
Turtles alter nesting dates due to temperature change - PhysOrg
Turtles nesting along the Mississippi River and other areas are altering their nesting dates in response to rising temperatures, says a researcher from Iowa State University.

7th November 2008
Manx sea water temperature rises - BBC News
A report on the quality of sea water around the Isle of Man shows its temperature has risen by one degree.

6th November 2008
Lemmings in Norway hit by global warming - Reuters
OSLO (Reuters) - Lemming numbers are dwindling in Norway because of climate change, ending a historic cycle of population booms and busts that inspired a myth of mass suicides by the rodents, scientists said on Wednesday.

6th November 2008
Climate may force pandas to move - BBC News
Climate change could force pandas to move to different parts of China as bamboo growth patterns shift.

6th November 2008
Extreme weather postpones the flowering time of plants - PhysOrg
Extreme weather events have a greater effect on flora than previously presumed. A one-month drought postpones the time of flowering of grassland and heathland plants in Central Europe by an average of 4 days. With this a so-called 100-year drought event equates to approx. a decade of global warming.

6th November 2008
In hot water - Nature
The ocean's enormous capacity for soaking up greenhouse gases has gone some way toward softening the blow of escalating emissions; over the last century, the upper ocean has soaked up over 500 billion tonnes of fossil fuel carbon. But in acting as a buffer for the planet, the ocean itself has begun to suffer. Some of the harm is obvious; some is more obscure. Most notably, the seas are warming, having taken up around 20 times more heat than the atmosphere since 1960. For some time, it has been realized that the ocean will also become more acidic in a carbon-rich world. Now studies show it will become saltier and, rather surprisingly, noisier too. If, as predicted under some scenarios, the ocean's pH drops 0.3 units from its current value of 8.1 units by 2050, sound waves at one kilohertz and below could travel up to 70 per cent further underwater.

5th November 2008
Chilean glacier will vanish in 50 years: study - PhysOrg
Chile's official water authority warned Saturday that the Echaurren glacier near Santiago, which supplies the capital with 70 percent of its water needs, could disappear in the next half century.

3rd November 2008
Warning as seabird breeding fails - BBC
Kittiwakes, Arctic terns and Arctic skuas suffer a breeding season which could see them wiped out, it is claimed. Changes in food supply, which may be linked to climate change, could threaten the future of these species. RSPB Scotland said recent reports of significant declines in plankton biomass point to major changes to ocean ecosystems in the Atlantic, which could be affecting seabirds. It said that although direct evidence was still lacking, increased winter sea surface temperatures disrupting the food chain are thought to be driving the declines. Douglas Gilbert, an ecologist with RSPB Scotland, said: "The outlook for some species such as Arctic skua, kittiwake and Arctic tern is dire, and there are problems with other species like guillemots and puffins in some areas too. "Unless conditions change to allow these birds the chance of successful breeding, the long-term future for them is bleak. "The evidence that this is linked to changes in sea surface temperatures is now growing."

30th October 2008
Climate-warming methane levels rose fast in 2007 - Reuters
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Levels of climate-warming methane -- a greenhouse gas 25 times as potent as carbon dioxide -- rose abruptly in Earth's atmosphere last year, and scientists who reported the change don't know why it occurred.

Arctic ice thickness 'plummets' - BBC News
Arctic sea ice thickness "plummeted" last winter, thinning by as much as 49cm in some regions, data shows.

29th October 2008
Climate change making seas more salty, research finds - Guardian Unlimited
Experts at the UK Met Office and Reading University say warmer temperatures over the Atlantic Ocean have significantly increased evaporation and reduced rainfall across a giant stretch of water from Africa to the Carribean in recent years. The change concentrates salt in the water left behind, and is predicted to make southern Europe and the Mediterranean much drier in future.

29th October 2008
Earth on course for eco 'crunch' - BBC
The planet is headed for an ecological "credit crunch", according to a report issued by conservation groups. The document contends that our demands on natural resources overreach what the Earth can sustain by almost a third. The Living Planet Report is the work of WWF, the Zoological Society of London and the Global Footprint Network.
"The events in the last few months have served to show us how it's foolish in the extreme to live beyond our means," said WWF's international president, Chief Emeka Anyaoku. "Devastating though the financial credit crunch has been, it's nothing as compared to the ecological recession that we are facing." He said the more than $2 trillion (£1.2 trillion) lost on stocks and shares was dwarfed by the up to $4.5 trillion worth of resources destroyed forever each year. The report's Living Planet Index, which is an attempt to measure the health of worldwide biodiversity, showed an average decline of about 30% from 1970 to 2005 in 3,309 populations of 1,235 species. An index for the tropics shows an average 51% decline over the same period in 1,333 populations of 585 species.
See also: FAQ: Planet's capacity - Guardian Unlimited

29th October 2008
Yellowstone amphibians in decline due to climate change -
Climate change appears to be responsible for a "marked drop" in the population of three of four species of amphibian once common to Yellowstone National Park, the world's oldest national park, report researchers writing in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Using surveys and remote sensing to monitor and record changes in wetlands in northern Yellowstone National Park, Sarah McMenamin of Stanford University and colleagues linked declining amphibian populations to drier and warmer conditions over the past 60 years, including a four-fold increase in the number of number of permanently dry ponds over the past 16 years.

28th October 2008
Wildflowers disappear from Walden Pond as earth heats up - Boston Globe
In the 1850s, a few years after he had gone to “live deliberately” in a cabin in the woods at Walden Pond, Henry David Thoreau began to compile detailed records on hundreds of species of plants in his beloved Concord. That same data is now being used to measure the effect of climate change and, according to researchers, the news is not good. Scientists from Harvard and Boston University reported today that the mean annual temperature has climbed by 4 degrees since Thoreau's time in Concord, and over that same period, 27 percent of the species documented by Thoreau have disappeared.

28th October 2008
Swans stay in 'warm' Siberia - The Independent
UK: The late arrival in Britain of migratory birds from Russian region is being blamed on global warming. Wildlife experts are reporting that the swans' 1,800-mile mid-October migration has so far failed tomaterialise, with climate change turning the once famously harsh Russian region into a more inviting winter haven for the majestic birds.

28th October 2008
Emissions kill off coral larvae: study - AAP via Yahoo!7 News
Carbon dioxide emissions have the potential to kill off coral larvae used to build the Great Barrier Reef, a new study has found.

28th October 2008
Methane rise reminds us of climate change feedback loop -
The total methane in the air is now around 5.6 billion tons. Scientists are concerned that we may be seeing the beginning of a feedback loop in the arctic in terms of methane release. For perspective on this, ask yourself, smugly and complacently, "what's the worst thing that could happen?" Then search your memory from the year 2005, when you asked yourself that same question about the subprime mortgage problem.

27th October 2008
Sea levels to rise a metre this century, German experts warn -
Sea levels around the world will rise one metre this century, according to German scientists who warn that global warming is happening much faster than hitherto predicted. Citing UN date on climate change, two senior German scientists say that previous predictions were far too cautious and optimistic.

27th October 2008
Primeval ice melts in Finnish Lapland - Helsingin Sanomat
The primeval ice in an ice cave on the isle of Korkia-Maura in Lake Inari has melted, turning into a pond of crystal water. Recent years’ mild winters as well as longer summer and autumn periods have been too much for the ice cover of the cave, which began to grow in the Little Ice Age some 500 to 1,000 years ago.

27th October 2008
Climate Change Seeps into the Sea - PhysOrg
Good news has turned out to be bad. The ocean has helped slow global warming by absorbing much of the excess heat and heat-trapping carbon dioxide that has been going into the atmosphere since the start of the Industrial Revolution

25th October 2008
Oceans may provide clues to future rainfall - PhysOrg
Changes in the salinity of our oceans are being brought about by man's influence on our climate, suggests new research conducted by the Met Office Hadley Centre and the Walker Institute for Climate System Research at the University of Reading, to be published in Geophysical Research Letters next month.

25th October 2008
Ice cap threat to migrating birds - BBC News
Some of Britain's most treasured bird species face extinction because of melting polar ice, a Cumbrian wildlife expert warns.
Dr Roy Armstrong from Cumbria University said shrinking polar ice may lead to droughts which could threaten the wintering grounds. "We're expecting a severe drought to hit West Africa at any time."

23rd October 2008
Data show US riding out worst storms on record - The News-Press
More frequent and powerful hurricanes from the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico since the mid-1990s have created one of the most dangerous and costliest storm eras in recorded history, a USA TODAY analysis of weather data shows.
Since 1995, there have been 207 named storms in the Atlantic basin, which includes the Gulf of Mexico � a 68% increase from the previous 13 years, according to statistics from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Of those storms, 111 were hurricanes, a 75% increase over the previous period.

23rd October 2008
Climate change accelerating far beyond the IPCC forecast, WWF says -
Climate change is happening much faster than the world's best scientists predicted and will wreak havoc unless action is taken on a global scale, a new report warns.

22nd October 2008
Global warming leads India tigers to village attacks - Reuters
KOLKATA, India (Reuters) - The number of tiger attacks on people is growing in India's Sundarban islands as habitat loss and dwindling prey caused by climate change drives them to prowl into villages for food, experts said Monday.

22nd October 2008
Scientists raise alarm as Britain's seals disappear - Guardian Unlimited
'Massive decline' mirrors other marine population falls and baffles scientists.

20th October 2008
Yosemite glacier on thin ice - Sacramento Bee
As signals of climate change begin to come into focus in the Sierra Nevada, its melting glaciers spell trouble in bold font. Not only are they in-your-face barometers of global warming, they also reflect what scientists are beginning to uncover: that the Sierra snowpack – the source of 65 percent of California's water – is dwindling, too.

20th October 2008
Bad news for arachnophobics - gair rhydd
Global warming hasn’t just affected the icebergs but the UK’s increasingly mild climate has also caused spiders to hitch a ride on the country’s food and plant imports and manage to survive. Some new residents include the False Widow spider and scientists believe it’s only a matter of time before the poisonous Black Widow spiders invade.

20th October 2008
A failing grade - Gristmill
NOAA's arctic report card shows stronger effects of warming in Greenland and permafrost.

19th October 2008
Southern drought creeps northward - MSNBC
The drought that  plagued the Deep South for more than a year is creeping north, and officials in multiple states are restricting outdoor burning in the face of water shortages and forest  fire risks.

17th October 2008
Arctic air temperatures climb to record levels - Reuters
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Fall air temperatures have climbed to record levels in the Arctic due to major losses of sea ice as the region suffers more effects from a warming trend dating back decades, a report released on Thursday showed.

17th October 2008
POVERTY: Water Wars Hit Rural Zimbabwe - IPS
PLUMTREE, Oct 16 (IPS) - When water experts warned at the turn of the millennium that soon wars will be fought not over oil anymore but over water, little did Zimbabweans know that they would be some of the first people affected by this dire prediction.

17th October 2008
Alaska village faces eroded future - BBC News
The BBC's Stephen Chittenden visits an Alaska village where climate change is being blamed for eating away the land.

15th October 2008
2008 tornado season could blow away records - USA Today
The 2008 tornado season is on track to set a record for the number of tornadoes in the USA, according to National Weather Service data.

14th October 2008
Warmer water devastates reef's seabirds - The Australian
GLOBAL warming has been blamed for dramatic declines in seabird populations on the Great Barrier Reef and surrounding waters. Tens of thousands of seabirds are failing to breed because warmer water from more frequent and intense El Nino events means there is insufficient food to raise their young, according to research compiled by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. Warm water near the surface forces fish, plankton and other prey into deeper water, where it cannot be reached by seabirds.

14th October 2008
Massive Wildfires Rage In California - WSB-TV 2 Atlanta
Two people are reported dead and dozens of homes are in ruins as several wildfires scorch California.

14th October 2008
Antarctic Krill study projects damage from carbon emissions - ABC Radio Australia
Australian scientists say a study on the effect increased carbon dixide has on Antarctic Krill has uncovered some worrying signs for the future.

14th October 2008
BC birds at risk: populations plummet - Vancouver Sun
Surveys show massive reductions in Fraser River estuary's birds that feed on insects

13th October 2008
The Cachet 2 glacial lake, located in the southern Chilean region of Aysén (Region XI), disappeared last week for the second time in six months. The lake spilled into the nearby Baker River, possibly due to a phenomenon some say is related to global warming.

13th October 2008
Drought the hottest ever - Queensland Country Life
The current and on-going drought ranks along side the Federation and World War II droughts as one of Australia's worst, but new figures show it has also been the hottest of all the big dries.

12th October 2008
Climate change ground zero - Sydney Morning Herald
The earth is disappearing from under the feet of millions of impoverished Bangladeshis.
Increased temperatures mean a torrent of additional melt-water from Himalayan glaciers is gushing down the great rivers of India - the Ganges and the Brahmaputra - into the Bangladeshi delta, causing savage erosion. At the same time coastal areas are being gradually flooded by rising sea levels. If that wasn't enough, Bhola is cyclone-prone and likely to experience more frequent and extreme storms as sea temperatures rise because of global warming.

12th October 2008
Longest, hottest drought on record - The Australian
THE long drought affecting southern Australia is officially the worst on record.

11th October 2008
Sierra climate change puts range's species on the run - Sacbee
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK: One century ago, alpine chipmunks owned the upper half of Yosemite. They skittered under logs and darted across rocks from the rugged Sierra crest down to the conifer forests at 7,800 feet. Today, they are missing in action below 9,800 feet. "It's lost half its geographic range," Patton said. "Climate is the culprit. I don't think there is any iota of reason not to think that."
See also: Climate change may threaten biodiversity in tropics

10th October 2008
Birds' decline shows wider damage to nature: study - Reuters
BARCELONA, Spain (Reuters) - Dwindling numbers of birds worldwide are a sign that governments are failing to keep promises to slow damage to nature by 2010, an international report said on Thursday.

10th October 2008
What links the retreat of Jakobshavn Isbrae, Wilkins Ice Shelf and the Petermann Glacier? - RealClimate
Guest commentary from Mauri Pelto Changes occurring in marine terminating outlet glaciers of the Greenland Ice Sheet and ice shelves fringing the Antarctic Peninsula have altered our sense of the possible rate of response of large ice sheet-ice shelf systems. There is a shared mechanism at work that has emerged from the detailed observations of a number of researchers, that is the key to the onset and progression of the ice retreat. This mechanism is shared despite the vastly different nature of the environments of Jakobshavns Isbrae, Wilkins Ice Shelf and the Petermann Glacier. We reviewed in a previous post the first mechanism for explaining the change in velocity of Greenland's large outlet glacier - the Zwally effect - and why it is not the key.

8th October 2008
Early birds get to survive changing climate - New Scientist
Birds that haven't adjusted to the realities of a warming world are worse off than their more flexible counterparts, suggests a first-of-a-kind study

8th October 2008
Disease warning on climate change - BBC News
Climate change may hasten the spread of diseases that can move from wild animals to humans, researchers warn.

8th October 2008
Climate change poised to devastate penguins: WWF - SpaceDaily
BARCELONA, Oct 8 (AFP) Oct 08, 2008 Half to three-quarters of major Antarctic penguin colonies could be damaged or wiped out if global temperatures are allowed to climb by more than two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), according to a report released Wednesday.

8th October 2008
Seas turn to acid as they soak up CO2 - Guardian Unlimited
Waters near Naples have seen plant and fish biodiversity drop by 30% due to 'ocean acidification'

5th October 2008
Beaches once thick with birds quiet thanks to Ike - PhysOrg
(AP) -- One of North America's renowned bird migration and bird watching areas is strangely silent. Blame Hurricane Ike.

5th October 2008
2008 probably represents the lowest volume of Arctic sea ice on record - National Snow and Ice Data Center
NSIDC Research Scientist Walt Meier said, �Warm ocean waters helped contribute to ice losses this year, pushing the already thin ice pack over the edge. In fact, preliminary data indicates that 2008 probably represents the lowest volume of Arctic sea ice on record, partly because less multiyear ice is surviving now, and the remaining ice is so thin.

4th October 2008
Species die-off may be underway - Sky News Australia
Earth's animal and plant species are vanishing at unprecedented rates, evidence that the planet is facing a tsunami of mass extinction, experts have warned.

3rd October 2008
Climate change threat to haggis - BBC News
Warmer temperatures may be to blame for an increase in a parasite affecting sheep's lungs - an ingredient of haggis.

3rd October 2008
NASA data show Arctic saw fastest August sea ice retreat on record - PhysOrg
Contributing to the near-record sea ice minimum in 2008 was a month-long period in the summer that saw the fastest-ever rate of seasonal retreat during that period. From August 1 to August 31, NASA data show that arctic sea ice extent declined at a rate of 32,700 square miles per day, compared to a rate of about 24,400 square miles per day in August 2007. Since measurements began, the arctic sea ice extent has declined at an average rate of 19,700 miles per day at the point when the extent reaches its annual minimum.

29th September 2008
Europe warms fast: Med drier, north ever wetter - Reuters
Europe's mountains, coasts, the Mediterranean and the Arctic were most at risk from global warming, according to the report by the European Environment Agency and branches of the World Health Organization and the European Commission. "Global average temperature has increased almost 0.8 C (1.4 F) above pre-industrial levels, with even higher temperature increases in Europe and northern latitudes," it said. Europe had warmed by 1.0 C. Northern Europe would get wetter this century while more of Europe's Mediterranean region might turn to desert, based on trends already under way, it said. European heatwaves like in 2003, during which 70,000 people died, could be more frequent.

29th September 2008
Bleak outlook for Europe's toads - BBC News
More than half of Europe's amphibians could be extinct by 2050, due to climate change and disease, UK research warns.
See also: In Pictures - Europe's amphibians at risk

26th September 2008
Forest fires 'pushing Lebanon toward desertification' - Daily Star - Lebanon
Devastating fires caused by climate change are threatening forests in Lebanon, in turn accelerating the pace of global warming, an environmental activist has warned. "We are witnessing a rise in temperature which leads to the dryness of forest soil and pushes it toward desertification," Sawsan Bou Fakhreddine, director general of the Association for Forests, Development and Conservation (AFDC), a Lebanese NGO, told IRIN.

26th September 2008
Methane release off Siberian coast prompts concern over runaway climate change - Guardian Unlimited
Scientists claim to have discovered evidence for large releases of methane into the atmosphere from frozen stores off the northern coast of Siberia

23rd September 2008
Greenland's ice cap melting faster than expected: experts - PhysOrg
Greenland's ice cap, which covers more than 80 percent of the island, is melting faster than expected because of global warming, a Danish researcher said on Monday.
See also: Greenland: roar of melting glacier sounds climate change alarm - Space Daily

23rd September 2008
Planet in debt at earliest day ever - Metro
The world slides into 'ecological debt' today, having used up all the natural resources the planet can provide this year, according to the New Economics Foundation. The think-tank said humans were using up resources such as forests and fisheries faster than they can be regenerated and producing more waste, mainly carbon dioxide, than the planet can absorb.

23rd September 2008
Birds decline seen sign of biodiversity crisis - Reuters
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Many of the world's most common birds suffered steep population drops over recent decades, a sign of a deteriorating global environment and a biodiversity crisis, BirdLife International said on Monday.

23rd September 2008
Bringing Oceans to a Boil - RedOrbit
Scientists have known for a long time that the ocean plays a huge role in climate. Covering 70% of the globe, it stores 1,000 times more heat than the atmosphere, but often overlooked in the public debate on climate change is the ocean's synergistic role-how it responds to the growing amount of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere.

22nd September 2008
Glaciers vanish in North Cascades - Sierra Sun
Nearby, Spider Glacier has already passed away. The scientist who pronounced it dead three years ago believes that one-third of the glaciers in the North Cascades — including Lyman — are doomed.

20th September 2008
'Fish in the forest': Rising seas push PNG coast dwellers inland - Reuters AlertNet
To lose your territory is to lose a significant part of your identity - and your freedom. To be displaced onto somebody else's puts you entirely at their mercy. That is the bleak prospect facing the world's first sea level-rise "refugees". Although PNG's Carteret Islanders hold the dubious honour of being the first to permanently lose their land to sea levels, in fact they are just the most vocal of three or four atoll populations in PNG who are today's vanguard among the environmentally displaced. When sea levels rise, loss of land will displace tens of thousands in PNG. The contamination of fresh-water lenses, poisoning of crops and flooding of low-lying settlements is a trend that will only continue, not just on outlying island chains but increasingly, on mainland coastal communities as well.

19th September 2008
Beijing taps "emergency" water supplies - Reuters
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's capital started pumping "emergency" water from its long-parched neighboring province on Thursday, officials said, weeks after the Beijing Olympics when they declared the city had enough supply. "Owing to continuous drought in recent years, the water situation in the capital Beijing is grim and water sources are quite strained," said a statement on the website, adding that the two government had reached an agreement on the supplies.

19th September 2008
The clams are nearly gone - Daily Express
Giant clams in Sabah waters have been severely depleted by overfishing - Another threat that is hastening their extinction is global warming or climate change through excessive carbon dioxide in the sea making the water acidic and lessening the ability of giant clams to build their skeleton. The rise in sea temperature is also known to disturb the symbiotic relationship that the clams have with zooxanthellae (symbiotic algae), which nourished them.

19th September 2008
The escalator effect - Nature
Rising temperatures are changing mountain ecosystems as the heat forces some species upwards — until there is nowhere left to go. Emma Marris reports on the 'escalator effect', which is threatening species worldwide.

19th September 2008
Arctic ice melts to second-lowest level: scientists - Reuters
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Arctic sea ice melted to its second-lowest level this summer, rising slightly from 2007's record but still showing a downward trend that is a key symptom of climate change, U.S. scientists said on Tuesday.
Saa also: Arctic Ice Growing: Record NOT Set!

18th September 2008
Seabird chicks 'killed over food' - BBC
Food shortages are forcing Scotland's seabirds to attack and kill chicks from neighbouring nests, experts say.

18th September 2008
Arctic ice melts to second-lowest level: scientists - Reuters
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Arctic sea ice melted to its second-lowest level this summer, rising slightly from 2007's record but still showing a downward trend that is a key symptom of climate change, U.S. scientists said on Tuesday.
See also: Are humans to blame for Arctic meltdown? - New Scientist

17th September 2008
Ozone Hole Above Antarctica Grew in 2008, Meteorologists Say -
Sept. 16 (Bloomberg) -- The ozone hole over Antarctica , a doorway for harmful solar radiation, is bigger than last year, a worrying sign to scientists studying global warming, the World Meteorological Organization said.
See also: CLIMATE CHANGE: Chemical Lobby Weakening Ozone Treaty - IPS

17th September 2008
Climate change may prompt need for grapes rethink - ABC Online
A viticulture expert says the days of solely growing traditional French varieties in Western Australia's south-west and great southern may be drawing to a close. Melbourne University Professor Snow Barlow says growers may have to consider more Mediterranean wines, like Spanish or Italian grape varieties, due to global warming.

17th September 2008
Lowest ever sea ice in Arctic - WWF International
Arctic sea ice may well have reached its lowest volumes ever, as summer ice coverage of the Arctic Sea looks set to be close to last year’s record lows, with thinner ice overall. Final figures on minimum ice coverage for 2008 are expected in a matter of days, but they are already flirting with last year’s record low of 1.59 million square miles, or 4.13 million square kilometres. “If you take reduced ice thickness into account, there is probably less ice overall in the Arctic this year than in any other year since monitoring began,” said Martin Sommerkorn, WWF International Arctic Programme’s Senior Climate Change Advisor.

15th September 2008
Lyman Glacier: Frozen reservoir above Lake Chelan is dying - The Wenatchee World
Lyman Glacier, sitting just below 8,459-foot Chiwawa Peak, is dying.

15th September 2008
Traditional almanacs ponder change in the air - Boston Globe
Prognosticators create long-range weather charts for the handful of surviving farmer's almanacs - an old job, done an old way. They eschew Doppler radar and weather satellites and look for clues in the timeless rhythms of nature. But now, the world and the weather don't look as timeless as they used to. Scientists say the planet is warming, threatening to make droughts more widespread, heat waves more punishing and hurricanes more severe. So one of the country's most fervently unmodern subcultures has had to confront climate change. Prognosticators are deciding how - or if - they should factor greenhouse gases into weather-predicting formulas that are two centuries old. "Global warming has kind of messed it up."

13th September 2008
Antarctic winter ice gets bigger; Arctic shrinks - Reuters
OSLO (Reuters) - The amount of sea ice around Antarctica has grown in recent Septembers in what could be an unusual side-effect of global warming, experts said on Friday.

13th September 2008
Wet August prompts climate fears - BBC News
Conservation charity WWF Scotland warns of 'climate chaos' after a dull, wet and warmer August.

12th September 2008
The diary of an Arctic explorer - BBC News
BBC environment correspondent David Shukman travels to Alaska, to find out how Arctic ecosystems are coping with the change to a warmer climate.
Watch video

11th September 2008
'Extreme waves' worry Australia - BBC News
Australia's coastline is being battered by extreme waves that are driven in part by climate change, scientists say.

11th September 2008
Walruses: The friendly, fun-loving, musically talented creatures are under threat from climate change - Independent
The future is far from rosy for these musical beasts, as the threat of global warming looms over their icy habitat. The most disturbing signs of climate change surfaced in 2004, when a team of climate-change researchers cruising through the Beaufort Sea, north of Alaska, saw walrus calves swimming alone in deep water, far from either ice or land. Crying loudly, they had, it seemed, been separated or abandoned by their mothers as the sea ice retreated north to deeper water. Summer ice cover has been declining since 1980 and last September shrunk to just 1.65 million square miles – almost 40 per cent less than the average since 1979, when satellite records began. This lack of sea ice is causing walruses "to look further afield for places to 'haul out' – pull themselves on to the ice – and this means we are getting more crowding in areas which can have more interference from humans, trampling and frightening, leading to more deaths," Dr Schusterman says. As walruses come ashore earlier, they congregate in extremely large herds, as big as 40,000 in one location last year, and as many as 4,000 are thought to have been killed in stampedes in Arctic Russia.

11th September 2008
Australia buys huge farm to save dying river -
An irrigation farm larger than Singapore and sucking up billions of liters of water each year has been bought by Australia's government to help save one of the country's most vital rivers from a slow death and climate change.

11th September 2008
September of fires -
Fire-fighting services in Pietermaritzburg have already dealt with 165 fires in September.

10th September 2008
Michael McCarthy: Another summer of sodden misery. Is it bad luck - or worse? - The Independent
It's getting wearisomely familiar, isn't it? Last summer's toll of sodden misery is with us again as people are flooded out of their homes from one end of the land to the other and, for the second year running, a famous medieval abbey is an island. You could be forgiven for thinking, is this really all just coincidence?

9th September 2008
As Andean glacier retreats, tiny life forms swiftly move in, study shows - PhysOrg
A University of Colorado at Boulder team working at 16,400 feet in the Peruvian Andes has discovered how barren soils uncovered by retreating glacier ice can swiftly establish a thriving community of microbes, setting the table for lichens, mosses and alpine plants.

9th September 2008
Bark beetles are feasting on Utah forests - Deseret Morning News
A vicious cycle is brewing in Utah: Bark beetles are killing a lot of trees in the state. Dead trees are fuel for wildfires, which experts say contributes to global warming. And climate change is now being blamed for an increased population of bark beetles.

8th September 2008
Pyrenees glaciers will melt by 2050: Spanish study - PhysOrg
Climate change will melt the 21 remaining glaciers in the Pyrenees mountains before 2050, a group of Spanish researchers said Friday.

7th September 2008
Ribbon Seal Endangered -
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is considering placing the Bering Sea’s ribbon seal under the protection of the Endangered Species Act. In late December 2007, the San-Francisco-based Center for Biological Diversity petitioned NOAA’s Fisheries Service to list the ribbon seal as threatened or endangered, citing current and future destruction of their icy habitat in Alaska’s Bering Sea due to climate change.

7th September 2008
Spanish wine makers fight climate change - BBC News
Some wine makers in Spain are already taking steps to protect their vineyards against the effects of climate change, Danny Wood finds.
See video interview with Miguel Torres.

7th September 2008
Indian cyclones soar - Nature
The frequency and intensity of summer tropical cyclones forming in the north Indian Ocean could increase in the coming century, according to scientists.

5th September 2008
Warming boosts strongest storms - BBC News
As temperatures rise globally, strong storms in the tropics are getting stronger with faster winds, scientists show.

4th September 2008
Major ice-shelf loss for Canada - BBC News
Canada's Arctic ice shelves have lost a colossal area this year, scientists report, with one 50 sq km shelf breaking off completely.
See also:
A planet on thin ice - Boston Globe
MANY SCIENTISTS worry that there will be tipping points in global warming, as changes in the delicate balance of the earth's ice, land, water, and air cause sudden accelerations in average temperatures. One focus of concern is the Arctic, where ice annually expands and recedes with the seasons. Just as the data on Arctic summer ice came in, researchers also reported alarming releases of methane gas in the Arctic. As a greenhouse gas, methane is 25 times as potent as carbon dioxide. Scientists have long feared that gigantic burps of this gas would be a result of warming in the Arctic.

3rd September 2008
Strange Clouds Spotted at the Edge of Space -
Clouds are increasingly appearing at the edge of Earth's atmosphere.

2nd September 2008
Kyoto protocol fails to save the Japanese city's famous Zen gardens -
The ancient Zen gardens of Kyoto, the Japanese city made famous for a landmark treaty on tackling climate change, are dying because of global warming.

2nd September 2008
For the first time in human history, the North Pole can be circumnavigated - The Independent
Open water now stretches all the way round the Arctic, making it possible for the first time in human history to circumnavigate the North Pole, The Independent on Sunday can reveal. New satellite images, taken only two days ago, show that melting ice last week opened up both the fabled North-west and North-east passages, in the most important geographical landmark to date to signal the unexpectedly rapid progress of global warming.
See also: North Pole kayak trip to highlight global warming - BBC

31st August 2008
Gustav grows back into hurricane - Reuters
GEORGE TOWN (Reuters) - Gustav strengthened back into a hurricane in the warm Caribbean on Friday as it left flooded Jamaica and churned toward the Cayman Islands, headed for the Gulf of Mexico on the third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's deadly strike on New Orleans.
See also: The storm of the century - so far - Grist Magazine

31st August 2008
Sea-Ice Melt Imperils Walruses, and Economy Based on Them - Washington Post
Walrus need to rest on sea ice no more than 400 feet above the ocean floor so they can dive down to eat shellfish and plants. But sea ice is retreating so far north that the waters are too deep for walrus to feed. This forces them to squeeze onto land, and last summer about 4,000 young walruses were trampled to death by males in the crowded conditions.

31st August 2008
Arctic ice 'is at tipping point' - BBC News
The area covered by sea ice in the Arctic is now the second smallest on record, US scientists say.
See also: Now you see it, now you don't - nearly as much - Christian Science Monitor

29th August 2008
As wildfires spread, so does the red ink - The Christian Science Monitor
Faced with hundreds of big, hard-to-control blazes, California is struggling with what could be its most expensive wildfire season ever, burning through $285 million in the last six weeks alone and up to $13 million a day.

29th August 2008
Alpine lakes beginning to show effects of climate change - PhysOrg
A recent study forecasts that increased climatic variability poses serious consequence for both the biodiversity and ecosystem function of high-elevation lakes.

27th August 2008
A view from the North - Alaska's melting glaciers - PhysOrg
Welcome to the front lines of global warming in the United States - the Harding Ice Field in Alaska, the biggest icefield in the United States.    At the Exit Glacier north of Seward - the only glacier in the Kenai Fjords National Park reachable by foot - the giant cerulean blue ice sheet gives every sign of staying put.    But one only has to glance at the many signs along the roadway and footpath to the glacier's edge to mark its retreat  - it hit its peak size in 1815 and has been receding ever since. Signs along a footpath leading to the base of the glacier show just how far it has retreated.

27th August 2008
Not-So-Permafrost: Big Thaw of Arctic Soil May Unleash Runaway Warming - Scientific American
"Drunken" trees listing wildly, cracked highways and sinkholes--all are visible signs of thawing Arctic permafrost. When this frozen soil warms, it releases carbon dioxide, methane and other greenhouse gases as microbes start to thrive on the organic material it contains--a potentially potent source of uncontrollable climate change.

27th August 2008
Scientists Report Further Shrinking of Arctic Ice - Washington Post
Arctic sea ice has shrunk to the second-lowest level since record-keeping began three decades ago, a group of international researchers determined yesterday, a revelation underscoring how rapidly climate change is transforming ecosystems in northern latitudes. The extent of Arctic sea ice is now 2 million square miles below the long-term average for Aug. 26, according to the International Arctic Research Center and the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency, a figure that is within 400,000 square miles of the all-time record low set in September 2007. This figure is already below the long-term average for September ice cover and because the ice traditionally reaches its minimum level in mid-September, researchers warned that a new low might be recorded within weeks.

27th August 2008
Whales lose blubber due to climate change -
Whales are losing weight because of climate change, according to Japanese scientists.

26th August 2008
Rising sea buries village - International Herald Tribune
TOTOPE, Ghana: The old shore road to Totope is now under the sea. Developers began carving out another road, but it was washed away so often they abandoned it. Now the road to this village is just a track across the sand. On this southern coast of Ghana, the Atlantic Ocean is rising. Every few years, residents of a string of villages leave their homes and build new ones farther back, abandoning them to the encroaching sand and water.

26th August 2008
Beauty spots to be devoured by sea - Guardian Unlimited
National Trust warns of losing battle to save much-loved coastal landmarks from rising sea levels and erosion

24th August 2008
Global warming sign? Major Arctic glacier is cracking - Los Angeles Times
In northern Greenland, a part of the Arctic that had seemed immune from global warming, new satellite images show a growing giant crack and an 11-square-mile chunk of ice hemorrhaging off a major glacier, scientists said Thursday. That has led the university professor who spotted the wounds in the massive Petermann glacier to predict disintegration of a major portion of the Northern Hemisphere's largest floating glacier within the year.
"As we see this phenomenon occurring further and further north -- and Petermann is as far north as you can get -- it certainly adds to the concern," said Waleed Abdalati, director of the Center for the Study of Earth From Space at the University of Colorado.
[Interesting that the element of doubt introduced by the article is based on norms from the 1990's, considering that global warming started showing up in the records some ten years earlier (see diagram). ]

23rd August 2008
Argentina declares state of emergency in five provinces hit by severe drought - People's Daily
Argentine President Cristina Fernandez on Friday declared a state of emergency in five provinces hit by a months-long drought.

23rd August 2008
Multiple Polar Bears Discovered Swimming Many Miles from Alaska Coast - Centre Daily Times
An aerial survey by government scientists in Alaska's Chukchi Sea this week found at least nine polar bears swimming in open water - with one at least 60 miles from shore - raising concern among wildlife experts about their survival.

22nd August 2008
Greenland Glacier Breakup Suggests Imminent Disintegration - via Yahoo! News
New satellite images reveal that a massive ice chunk recently broken away from one of Greenland's glaciers, which researchers say will continue to disintegrate within the next year. Scientists at Ohio State University monitoring daily NASA satellite images of Greenland's glaciers discovered that an 11-square-mile (29-square-kilometer) piece of the Petermann Glacier broke away between July 10 and 24. The chunk was about half the size of Manhattan.

22nd August 2008
Rapid climate change threatens to thaw icy wonderland of Alaska - The Flint Journal
Flint Journal staff writer Elizabeth Shaw was in Alaska for 10 days in August on a fellowship to see firsthand the effects of global warming.
"I watched massive chunks of glacial ice breaking off into the sea. I fished for salmon from muddy riverbanks where beavers -- once uncommon near the Arctic Circle -- are ravaging trees and blocking spawning streams. I hiked up mountainsides once white with snow year-round. I walked through white spruce forests devastated by pine bark beetle infestations, and peat wetlands drying up for the first time in 14,000 years. I listened to an Aleut leader lament the loss of his native culture to flooded coastlines and vanishing icebound prey. Now put all that in the context of one stark and simple fact: In those same 10 days, Alaska lost an area of sea ice the size of Texas."

22nd August 2008
Methane Discharges In The Arctic Pose Threat To Earth's Climate - Bernama
VLADIVOSTOK, Aug 20 (Bernama) -- Methane discharges in the permafrost break-up process in the Arctic pose a threat to the entire terrestrial climate, Russian news agency, Itar-Tass, reported.

21st August 2008
Tibetan meadows emit methane - Nature
Field survey confirms that plants can boost levels of the greenhouse gas.

21st August 2008
Global warming pushes Peru to pick coffee earlier - Reuters
Global warming pushes Peru to pick coffee earlierReuters. ... a migrant worker who picks coffee on the steamy, lush, green farms near La Merced in central Peru, might not understand the mechanics of climate change, ...

21st August 2008
Birds can't keep up with climate change: study - TODAYonline
A bird flies over the sea after sunset. The habitats of wild bird species are shifting in response to global warming, but not fast enough to keep pace with rising temperatures, according to a study released Wednesday.

20th August 2008
Warming Climate Threatens Alaska's Vast Forests - Planet Ark
KENAI NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, Alaska - Here in a 13,700-year-old peat bog, ecologist Ed Berg reaches into the moss and pulls out more evidence of the drastic changes afoot due to the Earth's warming climate. Altogether more than 3 million acres (1.21 million hectares) of spruce have been killed in south-central Alaska since 1992, the biggest recorded outbreak in North American history.

20th August 2008
Algae could explain dead whales, seals in St. Lawrence - National Post
As blue-green algae continues to plague Quebec's lakes, a 500 square kilometre swath of red algae in the St. Lawrence Seaway appears to be causing the deaths of marine animals, including the threatened beluga whale. The "red tide" moved with the current east from Riviere-du-Loup and Tadoussac toward Rimouski, leaving in its wake the carcasses of seven harbour porpoises, nine beluga whales, 35 seals and thousands of seabirds like gulls, loons, ducks and cormorants, said Pierre Beland, a doctor and spokesman for the St. Lawrence National Institute of Ecotoxicology. While patches of red algae are not abnormal in the St. Lawrence Seaway, the severity of the blooms this year could be the result of global warming, Mr. Beland said. "It's not a direct result of human activity, but if climate change is causing more rainfall and higher temperatures, we can expect to see more of these kinds of outbreaks in the future."

20th August 2008
US environmentalists claim global warming threatens small mammal - Guardian Unlimited
Lawsuit claims the American pika should be protected by the US Endangered Species Act

20th August 2008
Spain sweats amid 'water wars' - BBC News
A severe drought makes Spain's environmental debate more heated than ever, Sue Lloyd-Roberts reports.

19th August 2008
Flooding Hits Ireland After Record August Rainfall - Planet Ark
DUBLIN - Ireland faced further flooding on Monday after a second successive weekend of torrential summer rain drove people from their homes, blocked road and rail links and threatened to destroy farmers' crops.

19th August 2008
Drier, warmer springs in US Southwest stem from human-caused changes in winds
Human-driven changes in the westerly winds are bringing hotter and drier springs to the American Southwest, according to new research from The University of Arizona in Tucson.

19th August 2008
Increased Rainfall Affecting Bees - CCND
UK: Torrential summer rains in SW England have destroyed flowers, forcing bees to consume their vital winter food supplies.

19th August 2008
Drought spreads to cities - Adelaide Now
THE drought still holds almost two-thirds of NSW in its grip, with hardworking families now feeling the pinch at the supermarket checkout, NSW Primary Industries Minister Ian Macdonald says.

17th August 2008
Canada seeks historic shipwrecks - BBC
A Canadian team is to search for two ships lost in an 1845 expedition to find the Northwest Passage. Retreating Arctic ice has made the Northwest Passage much more accessible and Canada is also using the search as a way of asserting its sovereignty over the region.

17th August 2008
Climate 'altering UK bird habits' - BBC News
Climate change is altering the egg-laying of many UK birds, and numbers visiting the country's shores, a report concludes.

15th August 2008
Climate Change Is Already Affecting the West's Water - AlterNet
By 2020 Glacier National Park will be "Puddles National Park" and the rest of the west won't be much better off. So where's the concern?
See also: West bracing for day the wells run dry - The National

15th August 2008
Bats face dark times ahead - BBC News
Europe's bat species are facing threats to their survival from climate change and wind farms, says an expert.

15th August 2008
Human activity, El Nino warming W. Antarctic-study - Reuters India
Human activity and the El Nino weather pattern over the last century have warmed West Antarctica, part of the world's coldest continent, according to a study based on four years of collecting ice core data. The West Antarctic warmed in response to higher temperatures in the tropical Pacific, which itself has been warming due to weather patterns like a major El Nino event from 1939 to 1942 and greenhouse emissions from cars and factories, according to the study.

13th August 2008
Ice bet - Gristmill
The National Snow and Ice Data Center reported Monday that in the first 10 days of August, Arctic sea ice extent declined one million kilometers. Sea ice is now disappearing on a daily basis nearly 50 percent faster than it typically does this time of year. So the race is on again to see whether 2008 can repeat -- or beat -- the record set only last year. The NSIDC explains exactly what is going on in the Arctic this summer:Ice extent has begun to decline sharply. The decline rate surged to -113,000 square kilometers per day on August 7 and as of August 10 was -103,000 square kilometers per day.

13th August 2008
Australian drought hits vineyards - BBC News
Winemakers in Australia predict a fall in the grape harvest as the worst drought in a century worsens.

13th August 2008
North Pole could lose summer ice - PhysOrg
While the summer of 2007 saw record low sea-ice coverage of the Arctic Ocean, a six-year study of the Arctic's sea ice has confirmed its ongoing, massive shrinking and drastic thinning.

12th August 2008
Climate change caused widespread tree death in California mountain range - PhysOrg
Warmer temperatures and longer dry spells have killed thousands of trees and shrubs in a Southern California mountain range, pushing the plants' habitat an average of 213 feet up the mountain over the past 30 years, a UC Irvine study has determined.

12th August 2008
Thousands rally to mark 'death' of Australian river - PhysOrg
Thousands of people rallied in southern Australia Sunday to protest the dwindling water levels in one of the country's greatest rivers, claiming the loss was causing an environmental disaster.

12th August 2008
Warming Effects Already Starting To Snowball - Hartford Courant
The impacts of global climate change are upon us. There is little time to mitigate our growing emissions of greenhouse gases. There is even less to adapt to the staggering disruptions already permeating our natural world.

11th August 2008
From the Arctic to the Office: Seeing the "Urgent Truth" of Global Warming - Daily Green
A Dispatch from the "Students on Ice" Expedition

10th August 2008
Scientists dig into Alaska tundra's effect on warming - Anchorage Daily News
TOOLIK LAKE -- Ground here that for tens of thousands of years was frozen solid is terra firma no more.

10th August 2008
Meltdown in the Arctic is speeding up - Guardian Unlimited
Environment, science technology: Scientists warn that the North Pole could be free of ice in just five years' time instead of 60

10th August 2008
Global warming boosts garden pest - Channel 4
Milder winters caused by climate change are providing a boost to plant-damaging aphids, scientists have warned. Researchers revealed the familiar garden pest was flying earlier and in larger numbers because of warm conditions in winter and spring.

10th August 2008
Hope dries with water in Murray's lower lake - The Australian
With publicly controlled water reserves in the Murray-Darling plunging to a new low, the despondency of communities on the dying lower lakes deepened yesterday as river managers warned there was no chance of transferring water within the basin.
See also: Australia's Biggest River to Become a Lake - MWC News

9th August 2008
Scientists Flee Landlocked Polar Bear at Arctic Camp - via Yahoo! News
Five scientists had to evacuate a remote research camp in northern Alaska last week to escape a new threat: a polar bear stuck on the land because of the warmer global climate.

9th August 2008
Climate Change in Action in Greenland - Time Magazine
Global warming is a slow, almost imperceptible process. On a tour of Greenland's glaciers, a TIME reporter sees it happening

6th August 2008
Indonesia reports more than 500 fire hot spots in Sumatra - AlertNet
More than 500 hot spots have been spotted across Indonesia's Sumatra island, signalling the annual dry-season forest fires and the haze it sometimes carries, a Forestry Ministry official said on Monday. Forestry ministry official fear the number of hot spots could exceed last year's record as the current dry season will be marked by less rain than usual, Sonny Partono, the director of forest fire control, told Reuters.

5th August 2008
Indian Ocean Tuna Catch Drops, Experts Differ on Why - Planet Ark
VICTORIA, the Seychelles - Tuna catches across the Indian Ocean have fallen sharply in the last two years but experts are split over what is threatening the region's US$6 billion industry.

5th August 2008
Porpoise Deaths Unexplained Off California Waters - Planet Ark
SAN FRANCISCO - A wave of porpoise deaths in Northern California has puzzled scientists and more of the dead mammals may wash ashore onto beaches in August, animal researchers said on Sunday.

5th August 2008
Denver reels under record heat - BBC News
A number of states across south east USA have been reeling under intense heat, which has broken a number of records.

4th August 2008
Global warming shows itself as trees die out, flowers, glaciers fade - Modesto Bee
But while some flowers are suffering, other vegetation is expanding, including desert dwelling sagebrush and Russian thistle, a noxious, heat-loving weed.

4th August 2008
Climate of fear as ice vanishes - Sydney Morning Herald
Scientists warn that the Arctic could be ice free as early as 2013.
"The Arctic really can feed back into the global climate system," said Dr Macdonald, who has worked with the UN's peak scientific body, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. "You know what happens when you get feedbacks - you get surprises and we don't like surprises."

4th August 2008
Arctic ice continues to thin - New Scientist
Christian Haas of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in Bremerhaven, Germany, and his team estimated the thickness of late summer ice at the North Pole in 2001, 2004 and 2007. They found that the ice was on average 1.3 metres thick at the end of the summer in 2007. By contrast, its depth was 2.3 metres in 2001 and 2.6 metres in 2004.
Study links melting ice to increased carbon pollution - Vancouver Sun

3rd August 2008
Best of Times, Worst of Times: Tony Kirkham - Times Online
Tony Kirkham, 50, has worked at Kew Gardens for 30 years, and has been head of the arboretum since 2001. He describes the anguish he feels witnessing the dramatic effects of climate change, which is eradicating native British trees

3rd August 2008
Flames engulf woodlands in Turkey's tourist region - Guardian Unlimited
Firefighters battle to control major forest fire that has devastated 10,000 acres of woodland in Antalya

3rd August 2008
Arctic tourists evacuated because of global warming - The Province
Arctic tourists evacuated because of global warmingThe Province, Canada. Geologists and ice experts will assess what appear to be the latest dramatic effects of climate change in Canada's Arctic.

2nd August 2008
More acidic ocean could spell trouble for marine life's earliest stages
Increasingly acidic conditions in the ocean brought on as a direct result of rising carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere could spell trouble for the earliest stages of marine life, according to a new report in the August 5th issue of Current Biology, a publication of Cell Press. Levels of acidification predicted by the year 2100 could slash the fertilization success of sea urchins by an estimated 25 percent, the study shows.

1st August 2008
Arctic ice continues to thin - New Scientist
The North Pole could soon be ice-free during summer, as studies show that the ice cover at the end of last summer was at its thinnest ever

31st July 2008
Birds fly north in climate change vanguard: study -
Birds have been moving north in Europe over the past 25 years because of climate change in the vanguard of likely huge shifts in the ranges of plants and animals, scientists said on Wednesday.

31st July 2008
Huge chunk snaps off storied Arctic ice shelf - Globe and Mail
A four-square-kilometre chunk has broken off Ward Hunt Ice Shelf - the largest remaining ice shelf in the Arctic - threatening the future of the giant frozen mass that northern explorers have used for years as the starting point for their treks. Scientists say the break, the largest on record since 2005, is the latest indication that climate change is forcing the drastic reshaping of the Arctic coastline, where 9,000 square kilometres of ice have been whittled down to less than 1,000 over the past century, and are only showing signs of decreasing further.

30th July 2008
The Last Continent: One hot doc - National Post
Although The Last Continent opens with shots of stark, almost lunar beauty, the film also chronicles the effects of one of the region's mildest winters on the crew. Warm temperatures threatened to ruin their food supplies, which they had planned to bury in the ice. Worse, floating ice around the ship prevented most of their mainland expeditions, since boats couldn't navigate the berg-filled waters but sleds were useless without pack ice.

30th July 2008
Forest Service burns through its budgets - SitNews
The Forest Service has struggled for years to pay for fighting fires that last year alone scorched almost 10 million acres, mainly in the West. As fire seasons grow longer and the blazes more intense in forests stressed by global warming, the agency's funding woes mount. The Forest Service has already spent roughly $900 million this year, almost 75 percent of its fire-suppression budget, and the season is just nearing its peak.

30th July 2008
Valuable Seagrasses Face Global Warming Threat - Planet Ark
GENEVA - Seagrass meadows, which are vital for the survival of much marine life and a source of household materials in Europe and Africa, face a mounting threat from global warming, a report said on Friday.

29th July 2008
Scientists worry as once frozen tundra thaws in Alaska - McClatchy Washington Bureau
TOOLIK LAKE, Alaska — Ground here that for tens of thousands of years was frozen solid is terra firma no more. Across the tundra and coast of the Arctic Ocean, land is caving in. Soils loosed by freshly thawed earth set off a new era of rot, and of bloom — dumping a bonanza of nutrients into a top-of-the-world environment that swirls from months of midnight sun to deep-freeze dark.

29th July 2008
As Ocean Warms, Coral Loses Anchor in Acidic Waters - Scientific American
Coral reefs can't find a strong purchase in the eastern tropical Pacific thanks to more acidic waters--a potential precursor of what the ocean will be like under global warming

29th July 2008
Orkney seabirds may be victims of Global warming -
For almost 60 years, scientists have been visiting the uninhabited island of Eynhallow in Orkney to study a seabird called the Fulmar. Their long running research is showing that the birds may well be the victims of climate change.

29th July 2008
'Serious concern' over seabirds - BBC
The poor breeding of Scotland's seabirds is giving cause for "serious concern", according to RSPB Scotland.

13th July 2008
Russian ice camp in rapid shrink - BBC
Twenty Russian scientists are to be taken off their ice camp in the Arctic because the melt has set in sooner than expected.

13th July 2008
Australia drought withers small towns - Los Angeles Times
Life is hard for wheat and livestock farmers in the south, as they face a possible third year of nearly no rain.

13th July 2008
Coral reef deaths bring bleak outlook - The Age
Food supplies will run short, tourism will be hit and coastal communities affected as the world's coral reefs gradually decline under climate change, scientists say. The reefs already were dying at an increasing rate because of global warming and acidification of the oceans, said researchers meeting this week at the International Coral Research Symposium (ICRS) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

10th July 2008
How will the Arctic sea ice cover develop this summer? - PhysOrg
The ice cover in the Arctic Ocean at the end of summer 2008 will lie, with almost 100 per cent probability, below that of the year 2005 - the year with the second lowest sea ice extent ever measured. Chances of an equally low value as in the extreme conditions of the year 2007 lie around eight per cent. Climate scientists from the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in the Helmholtz Association come to this conclusion in a recent model calculation.

10th July 2008
Salmon lesson - Gristmill
Atlantic Salmon restoration efforts face grim realities. Stocks of wild salmon in the North Pacific are in trouble. That's news. What isn't news is that the spring has passed us by in Massachusetts again without returning more than a handful of wild Atlantic Salmon. The river closest to me, the Connecticut, saw just 132 salmon return.

10th July 2008
Corals Collapsing in More Acid Oceans - IPS
FORT LAUDERDALE, U.S., Jul 8 (IPS) - Coral reefs need to be put on "life support" if they are to survive climate change, but their ultimate survival is dependant on major reductions in fossil fuel emissions, say experts.

9th July 2008
Acidifying Oceans Add Urgency To CO2 Cuts - PollutionOnline
Besides loading the atmosphere with heat-trapping greenhouse gases, human emissions of carbon dioxide have also begun to alter the chemistry of the ocean-often called the cradle of life on Earth

8th July 2008
Ice dam to break prematurely on Argentine glacier
A huge ice dam on Argentina's Perito Moreno glacier will break apart for the first time in the southern hemisphere winter, likely as a result of global warming, scientists and environmentalists said Monday.
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8th July 2008
Parasite migration signals climate change - PhysOrg
A parasite that thrives on warm conditions has been discovered in Scotland for the first time, supporting theories of climate change.

8th July 2008
Gap Fire: A Sign of Global Warming? - Santa Barbara Independent
Climatologists talk causes of California's wildfire onslaught.
See also: In pictures: California fires - BBC

6th July 2008
Locusts compound 'drought horror' - News Interactive
THE most drought-ravaged areas of NSW have received the cruel double blow of worsening conditions and a looming locust plague.

6th July 2008
Acidifying Oceans Add Urgency To Carbon Dioxide Cuts - Science Daily
It's not just about climate change anymore. Besides loading the atmosphere with heat-trapping greenhouse gases, human emissions of carbon dioxide have also begun to alter the chemistry of the ocean. The ecological and economic consequences are difficult to predict but possibly calamitous, warn a team of chemical oceanographers in the July 4 issue of Science, and halting the changes already underway will likely require even steeper cuts in carbon emissions than those currently proposed to curb climate change.

4th July 2008
Deep trouble - Nature
Global warming is forcing North Sea fish to head to greater depths. An increasing number of species are migrating in response to global warming; some alpine organisms are climbing to higher altitudes, others animals are moving towards the poles. A new study suggests that as sea temperatures rise, many fish may be electing to move into deeper, cooler waters, rather than moving to higher latitudes as many theorists had previously predicted.

3rd July 2008
After 200 million years, all-male future - Times Online
The only survivors in the wild of an order of reptiles that scampered with dinosaurs could be wiped out because climate change will turn them all into males.

3rd July 2008
Penguins setting off sirens over health of world's oceans - PhysOrg
Like the proverbial canary in the coal mine, penguins are sounding the alarm for potentially catastrophic changes in the world's oceans, and the culprit isn't only climate change, says a University of Washington conservation biologist.

2nd July 2008
Global Warming's Twin Evil: Wildfires and Drought - Alternet
The 850 fires burning in California alone, should be a wake up call that we're unprepared for rapid climate change.

1st July 2008
Jellyfish outbreaks a sign of nature out of sync, say - Mindanao Times
PARIS (AFP) - The dramatic proliferation of jellyfish in oceans around the world, driven by overfishing and climate change, is a sure sign of ecosystems out of kilter, warn experts.

29th June 2008
Higher temperatures helped new strain of West Nile virus spread - EurekAlert!
"The study shows that the warmer the temperature, the greater the advantage of the new strain.

27th June 2008
Lion die-offs in Africa linked to global warming -
Scientists have linked climate shifts in East Africa to die-offs in lion populations in 1994 and 2001.

27th June 2008
HEALTH-KENYA: Malaria Rises to Highland Areas - IPS
NAIROBI, Jun 26 (IPS) - The end of June marks the start of the malaria season in East Africa. After the long rains, conditions in lowland swamps and coastal regions are more conducive for mosquito breeding. But in recent years malaria has also appeared in the highland areas where it was previously unheard of.

27th June 2008
Starving fish killing Great Barrier Reef - The New Zealand Herald
BRISBANE - Starving fish are killing sections of the Great Barrier Reef already weakened by climate change, an Australian scientist says. And some fish species also face extinction - with potentially serious consequences for commercial fisheries.

23rd June 2008
Ice diary: Science in the fast-changing Arctic - BBC News
Liz Kalaugher reports from the High Arctic as she travels aboard the Amundsen, a Canadian Coast Guard vessel. She has joined an expedition investigating the effects of climate change off Banks Island.

23rd June 2008
North Pole Ice May Melt This Summer, Scientists Say - National Geographic
The North Pole now contains mostly thin, newly formed ice that is highly vulnerable to the summer heat, according to the latest data from the Arctic.

21st June 2008
Birds migrate earlier, but some may be left behind as the climate warms rapidly - PhysOrg
Many birds are arriving earlier each spring as temperatures warm along the East Coast of the United States. However, the farther those birds journey, the less likely they are to keep pace with the rapidly changing climate.

21st June 2008
The Real Story Behind the Midwest Floods? Climate Change
Scientists acknowledge an uncomfortable fact long ignored by the media: global warming is the real cause of extreme weather like the Midwest floods.
See also: Food prices soar in wake of mid-western US floods - Guardian Unlimited

20th June 2008
Arctic sea ice melt 'even faster' - BBC News
After a cold winter, Arctic sea ice has melted quickly, suggesting that summers could be ice-free within five to 10 years.

19th June 2008
Earthquakes Became Five Times More Energetic - Earthtimes
Increase in the annual energy of earthquakes is the strongest symptom yet of planetary overheating. "Unless the problem of global warming (the problem of persistent thermal imbalance of Earth) is addressed urgently and comprehensively -- the rapid increase in global seismic, volcanic and tectonic activity is certain. Consequences of inaction can only be catastrophic. There is no time for half-measures."

19th June 2008
Ocean temperatures and sea level increases 50 percent higher than previously estimated - PhysOrg
New research suggests that ocean temperature and associated sea level increases between 1961 and 2003 were 50 percent larger than estimated in the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report.

19th June 2008
As Sea Turtles Disappear, Scientists Ponder Climate Change - New America Media
A dramatic drop in the nesting population of sea turtles in the Yucatán could be the latest evidence of the domino effect of climate change. The Yucatan Peninsula, home to the largest hawksbill nesting population in the Atlantic, is witnessing a dramatic drop in the nesting population of the hawksbill sea turtle, one of the rarest marine turtles in the world. For more than a month now hundreds of female hawksbill turtles have been arriving to lay their eggs in thousands of nests around the thumb-shaped peninsula. But for unknown reasons, only about one-third of the nests will be laid by the endangered sea creature this year compared to the numbers a decade ago. Almost two decades of conservation efforts - which began in earnest in 1989 after Hurricane Gilbert, the strongest hurricane on record in the area - are now confronting a series of puzzling challenges that suggest the emergence of global warming as a principal factor in declining sea turtle populations.

19th June 2008
Australian rivers 'face disaster' - BBC News
Parts of Australia's Murray-Darling river basin will be beyond recovery unless they receive water soon, scientists warn.

19th June 2008
Conflicts fuelled by climate change causing new refugee crisis, warns UN - Guardian Unlimited
'Unprecedented' number of people displaced by conflict and persecution as figure rises by 3m to 37.4m

17th June 2008
INTERVIEW-Disaster-prone deltas next climate risk-ecologist - AlertNet
Some of the world's most productive and populous places -- river deltas from the Mekong to the Mississippi -- are ripe for disasters made worse by climate change, an ecological catastrophe expert said. In fact, said marine biologist Deborah Brosnan, these disasters are already occurring.

16th June 2008
Climate change 'to affect coral fish' - The Age
Australia: Scientists say coral fish could suffer from climate change just as much as the reefs they live in. Over 400,000 species of fish live in or around coral reefs and the lives of many of them depended on the health of corals, said Dr Philip Munday from the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, based at James Cook University in Townsville. "We have already seen episodes of mass die-off of corals as a result of warmer waters associated with global warming," Dr Munday said.

16th June 2008
63pc of NSW drought declared - ABC via Yahoo!7 News
More than 60 per cent of New South Wales is now in drought, an increase of more than 14 per cent on last month's official figures.

16th June 2008
Even the Antarctic winter cannot protect Wilkins Ice Shelf - PhysOrg
Wilkins Ice Shelf has experienced further break-up with an area of about 160 km² breaking off from 30 May to 31 May 2008. ESA's Envisat satellite captured the event - the first ever-documented episode to occur in winter.

14th June 2008
Seventh warmest spring on record globally - USA Today
Planet Earth continues to simmer, with this year's spring the seventh warmest on record.

14th June 2008
Arctic thaw threatens Siberian permafrost - The Independent
The permafrost belt stretching across Siberia to Alaska and Canada could start melting three times faster than expected because of the speed at which Arctic Sea ice is disappearing.

14th June 2008
Infested fish may bear scars of global warming A new scourge ... - Los Angeles Times
The emergence of disease in Alaska's most prized salmon has come as a shock to fishermen and fisheries managers. Alaskan wild salmon has been an uncommon success story among over-exploited fisheries, with healthy runs and robust catches that fetch ever higher prices at fish markets and high-end restaurants in Los Angeles, New York, Tokyo and London. Fishermen and regulators who have cooperated to save species from overfishing and local environmental hazards have been caught unprepared to deal with forces beyond their control: how to manage a fishery for climate change.

14th June 2008
Atlas shows vanishing landscape - BBC News
A new atlas shows Africa's changing landscape over 30 years including disappearing glaciers and lakes.

11th June 2008
May 'warmest since records began' - BBC News
Last month was the warmest May in Scotland since records began in 1914, according to Met Office data.

11th June 2008
Putting sea life to the acid test - Flinders News
Putting sea life to the acid testFlinders News, Australia. What happens to all this marine life when rising acid levels combine with the rising sea temperatures caused by global warming? ...

7th June 2008
Dry future well ahead of schedule - The Australian
Autumn rains have failed for many farmers and southern rivers are faring even more poorly

7th June 2008
'Big Dry' cranks out C02 - Stuff
New Zealand: Greenhouse gas emissions are soaring as coal and gas-fired generators run flat out, day and night, to compensate for fast-emptying hydro storage lakes.

7th June 2008
US on Track to Break Tornado Records This Year - NewsHour
"This has nothing to do with global warming. It's just variability in the weather"

7th June 2008
Drought declared in California -
SACRAMENTO, California (AP) -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has declared a statewide drought after two years of below-average rainfall, low snow-melt runoff and a court-ordered restriction on water transfers.

6th June 2008
Kiribati leader warns that it may already be too late - NZPA via Yahoo!Xtra News
Kiribati president Anote Tong says his country may already be doomed by global warming.
See also: Paradise lost: climate change forces South Sea islanders to seek sanctuary abroad

6th June 2008
Decline at biggest UK puffin site - BBC
Puffin numbers at the UK's biggest single colony are declining, scientists report, amid signs of dwindling food.

4th June 2008
Desert is claiming southeast Spain - International Herald Tribune
Southern Spain has long been plagued by cyclical drought, but the current crisis reflects a permanent climate change brought on by global warming and it is a harbinger of a new kind of conflict, climate scientists say.

3rd June 2008
China has warmest spring in 57 years - UPI
BEIJING, May 31 (UPI) -- China is experiencing the warmest spring temperatures the country has felt in 57 years, weather experts say.

1st June 2008
The Race for Survival - Newsweek
Enlisting endangered species in the fight against global warming is either a brilliant tactical maneuver? or an arrogant abuse of the law.

1st June 2008
Federal scientists probe decline of BC salmon runs -
The scientists are testing the theory that a one-degree increase in water temperature has effectively reduced the food supply for the salmon that arrive later in the season, such as chinook and coho.

29th May 2008
Antarctic Mega-Iceberg Suffocates Seals - Discovery Channel
Scientists follow the trail of a rogue Antarctic iceberg and its effects on wildlife.

28th May 2008
Wasps on the rise in Alaska as climate warms - Times Online
Wasps Wasps used to be an uncommon sight in Fairbanks until two years ago. Then huge numbers of them swarmed on the city, ten times more than normal. The number of stings grew so bad that outdoor school events were cancelled, 178 patients were treated in hospital for stings and two people died. A study now reveals that wasp stings across northern Alaska have increased sevenfold over the past few years. And they are also occurring farther north than ever before. In 1994 a wasp was found inside the Arctic Circle of Canada, causing huge excitement among the local Inuit community, who had never seen one before and had no word for wasp. So bizarre was the sight that the local radio station had to broadcast warnings not to touch it.

27th May 2008
Warm winds comfort climate change models: study - PhysOrg
Climate change models predicting a dangerous warming of the world's atmosphere got a confirming boost Sunday from a study showing parallel trends at altitudes nearly twice as high as Mount Everest.

26th May 2008
Indian Ocean behind autumn rain decline in Australia - Australian News
A new study has determined that there has been a decline in autumn rain in south-eastern Australia, a major reason of which is changing weather systems originating from the subtropical Indian Ocean. The study, carried out by Dr Wenju Cai and Tim Cowan from CSIRO, determines that since 1950, Victoria has suffered a 40 per cent decline in autumn rainfall (March to May) compared to the average recorded between 1961-90. The identified causes show imprints of climate change influences, in part through a reduction in the number of La Nina events, and in part through changing weather systems originating from the subtropical Indian Ocean that are conducive to late autumn rainfall across Victoria.

25th May 2008
Pacific coast turning more acidic - PhysOrg
An international team of scientists surveying the waters of the continental shelf off the West Coast of North America has discovered for the first time high levels of acidified ocean water within 20 miles of the shoreline, raising concern for marine ecosystems from Canada to Mexico. Researchers aboard the Wecoma, an Oregon State University research vessel, also discovered that this corrosive, acidified water that is being ? upwelled? seasonally from the deeper ocean is probably 50 years old, suggesting that future ocean acidification levels will increase since atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide have increased rapidly over the past half century.

23rd May 2008
Alps hit by two-decade decline in snowfall - PhysOrg
A forthcoming study has added to worries that the Alpine ski industry will be badly affected by global warming, the British weekly New Scientist reports on Wednesday.

22nd May 2008
Drowning Villages Threaten Ghana's History and Tourist Trade - Bloomberg
Along the Gulf of Guinea in northwest Africa, residents blame climate change for accelerating the destruction of homes and beaches. Lawmakers and scientists say a network of sea walls is necessary to stem the destruction and save Ghana's nascent tourism industry.

22nd May 2008
Climate 'accelerating bird loss' - BBC News
Climate change is "significantly amplifying" the threats facing the world's bird species, a key study concludes.

20th May 2008
Are We Ready for Water Shortages in Western States? - AlterNet
Are We Ready for Water Shortages in Western States?AlterNet, CA. Global warming is already affecting water in western states. The EPA has some proposals on what to do, but will they be enough?

20th May 2008
Sinking without trace: Australia's climate change victims - The Independent
Like Kiribati and Tuvalu, the islands of the Torres Strait are slowly being submerged. But unlike their Pacific neighbours, the plight of their inhabitants is being overlooked.

6th May 2008
Russian scientist discovers gassy permafrost - Contra Costa Times
Sergei Zimov waded through knee-deep snow to reach a frozen lake where so much methane belches out of the melting permafrost that it spews out from the ice like small geysers. In the frigid twilight, the Russian scientist struck a match to make a jet of the greenhouse gas visible. The sudden plume of fire threw him backward. Zimov stood up, brushed the snow off his parka and beamed. "Sometimes a big explosion happens, because the gas comes out like a bomb," Zimov said. "There are a million lakes like this in northern Siberia."

6th May 2008
Australia needs years of heavy rainfall to crack drought: experts - AFP via Yahoo! News
Australia will need several years of heavy rainfall to reverse the devastating effects of a drought that has battered farm production, the Bureau of Meteorology said in a report received Monday.

6th May 2008
Alberta Puts C$55 Million Into Pine Beetle Fight - Planet Ark
VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Alberta will spend C$55 million ($54 million) this year to stem the spread of pine beetles, which have ravaged forests in neighbouring British Columbia, the Alberta government said Monday.

6th May 2008
Medieval church re-emerges as Spain experiences a drought - Times of Malta
Visitors walk amid the remains of the flooded village Sant Roma as it emerges from the low waters of the Sau reservoir, north of Vic near Barcelona.

18th May 2008
Bird migration at mercy of weather patterns - New Scientist
Severe weather conditions as a result of climate change could make it impossible for migratory birds to complete their long-distance flights

17th May 2008
The Ashy Storm-petrel Advances Toward Endangered Species Act Protection - E-Wire
? The ashy storm-petrel is a barometer of the health of California? s coastal waters,? said Dr. Shaye Wolf, a biologist with the Center for Biological Diversity who has studied the ashy storm-petrel as well as the effects of ocean climate change on California? s seabirds. ? The declines we? ve observed in its numbers and breeding success are indicative of troubling changes we? re seeing throughout the ocean off the West Coast.?

17th May 2008
Britain having warmest May since 1772 - UPI
LONDON, May 13 (UPI) -- Raging wildfires and flash floods accompanied the warmest weather recorded in Britain for the first week of the month of May since 1772, weather records show.

14th May 2008
Drought forces Barcelona to ship in water -
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Spain's worst drought in decades forced the city of Barcelona to begin shipping in drinking water Tuesday in an unprecedented effort to avoid water restrictions before the start of vacation season.

14th May 2008
Baltic sea ice cover hits an all-time low: meteorologists - PhysOrg
The extent of ice covering the Baltic sea this winter reached an all-time low, since measurements began more than a century ago, Swedish meteorologists said.

4th May 2008
California drought fears mount - Contra Costa Times
SACRAMENTO - Californians are being asked to water their lawns less, plant native shrubs and install more-efficient irrigation systems to stave off water shortages and mandatory rationing amid growing worries about a possible long-term drought.

3rd May 2008
Federal agency declares West Coast salmon fishery a disaster - PhysOrg
(AP) -- Federal authorities have declared the West Coast ocean salmon fishery a failure, opening the way for Congress to appropriate economic disaster assistance for coastal communities in California, Oregon and Washington.

3rd May 2008
Major Arctic sea ice melt is expected this summer - PhysOrg
(AP) -- The Arctic will remain on thinning ice, and climate warming is expected to begin affecting the Antarctic also, scientists said Friday. "The long-term prognosis is not very optimistic," atmospheric scientist Jennifer Francis of Rutgers University said at a briefing.

3rd May 2008
Murray-Darling woes linked to global warming: report - ABC via Yahoo!7 News
A group of Australian researchers claim to have found further evidence that lower rainfall and reduced run-off in the south-east of the country are linked to global warming.
See also: Australia Loses 10% of Farm Families During Drought, ABC Says -

3rd May 2008
Growing ocean dead zones leave fish gasping - New Scientist
Ocean "deserts" containing too little oxygen for animals to breathe are expanding, possibly as a result of rising surface temperatures caused by global warming

2nd May 2008
World's largest lake warming rapidly - Reuters
Siberia's Lake Baikal has warmed faster than global air temperatures over the past 60 years, which could put animals unique to the world's largest lake in jeopardy, U.S. and Russian scientists said. The lake has warmed 1.21 degrees Celsius (2.18 degrees Fahrenheit) since 1946 due to climate change, almost three times faster than global air temperatures, according to a paper by the scientists to be published next month in the journal "Global Change Biology."

1st May 2008
Big squid imperil fish, people - Times Colonist
Canada, BC: Nightmarish packs of rapacious giant devil squid are hunting off the B.C. coast -- and as their numbers increase, scientists are worrying about an attack on fish stocks. Humboldt squid, called diablos rojos or red devils in Mexico, have been known to attack scuba divers and were once a rarity in B.C. waters. But a changing ocean environment has brought them northward, and they may now be permanently establishing themselves off the B.C. coast.

29th April 2008
Ward Hunt Ice Shelf destined to disappear - Toronto Star
New cracks in the largest remaining Arctic ice shelf suggest another polar landmark seems destined to break up and disappear. Scientists discovered the extensive new cracks in the Ward Hunt Ice Shelf earlier this year and a patrol of Canadian Rangers got an up-close look at them last week.

12th April 2008
End of the sequoias? - Scripps News
FRESNO, Calif. -- The 2,000-year-old giant sequoias east of Fresno, Calif., have survived warm spells lasting centuries, but in just 100 years, global warming could snuff them out -- along with many Sierra Nevada species.

12th April 2008
Drought brings 'staggering fire behaviour' - Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Firefighting authorities say they have been staggered by changes to fire behaviour because of ongoing drought in South Australia.

12th April 2008
Warming trends rise in large ocean areas -study - AlertNet
Warming trends in a third of the world's large ocean regions are two to four times greater than previously reported averages, increasing the risk to marine life and fisheries, a U.N.-backed environmental study said.

10th April 2008
East Lancashire pays the price of extreme weather - This Is Lancashire
EXTREME weather caused by climate change is leaving local councils facing a multi-million pound bill. Council bosses say things are getting worse after an internal report warned the true cost of bad weather was "grossly underestimated".

10th April 2008
CLIMATE CHANGE: European Mountain Top Vanishes - IPS
BERLIN, Apr 7 (IPS) - The peak of the Stubai Mountains in the Austrian Alps has vanished. It was around a couple of months back, but since then no one can say exactly when it disappeared.

8th April 2008
Global warming continues, regardless of La Nina weather pattern - TREND Information
The long-term trend of global warming is continuing, despite the current La Nina weather phenomenon that is bringing relatively cooler temperatures to parts of the Equatorial Pacific region, the United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said yesterday.
Worldwide temperatures this year are expected to be above the long-term average, even though La Nina is also likely to persist through to the middle of 2008, WMO said in a press statement issued in Geneva.

6th April 2008
Koalas in danger - Independent
The future of the koala, perhaps Australia's best-loved animal, is under threat because greenhouse gas emissions are making eucalyptus leaves – their sole food source – inedible. Scientists warned yesterday that increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere were reducing nutrient levels in the leaves, and also boosting their toxic tannin content.

6th April 2008
Spanish region may ship water to relieve drought - Environmental News Network
MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's northeast Catalonia region will need to import water by ship and train from May to ensure domestic supplies if the current drought persists, the regional government said in a report. The report, sent to Reuters on Friday, said rainfall in all but one of Catalonia's 15 river basins was below emergency levels for the year so far.

6th April 2008
Georgia lawmakers approve request to redraw borders, hoping to alleviate a drought - Boston Herald
ATLANTA - Lawmakers in drought-parched Georgia voted Friday to ask mapmakers to redraw their state’s northern boundary in hopes of tapping the Tennessee River, in a vote that potentially escalates a conflict with their neighbor.

6th April 2008
US mulls Pacific salmon fishing ban - BBC News
A collapse in Pacific salmon stocks is leading the US government to consider a fishing ban, the BBC's Rajesh Mirchandani reports.

4th April 2008
Canadian Researchers Warn Of New Arctic Worries - Planet Ark
Melting ocean ice is apparently allowing larger storm surges to flood into the delta in Canada's far north, a change that could have an impact on energy development plans for the region, said Lance Lesack, who has been tracking environmental changes in the region for more than a decade. "With receding sea ice, suddenly we're seeing bigger storm surges moving into the delta from storms that really aren't any bigger than they have been historically," said Lesack, a geographer from Simon Fraser University near Vancouver.

4th April 2008
Harmful algae taking advantage of global warming - PhysOrg
You know that green scum creeping across the surface of your local public water reservoir" Or maybe it`s choking out a favorite fishing spot or livestock watering hole. It`s probably cyanobacteria - blue-green algae - and, according to a paper in the April 4 issue of the journal Science, it relishes the weather extremes that accompany global warming.

4th April 2008
Severe Spanish drought sparks regional fights over water - Channel NewsAsia
MADRID: The worst drought in decades in Spain is leading to regional disputes over scarce water resources with areas with more reserves resisting transfers to more parched zones.

4th April 2008
US West Warming Faster Than Rest Of World - Study - Planet Ark
LOS ANGELES - The US West is heating up at nearly twice the rate of the rest of the world and is likely to face more drought conditions in many of its fast-growing cities, an environmental group said on Thursday.

31st March 2008
Thai temple fights off encroaching tide as world sea levels rise - Raw Story
Thailand: Visanu Kengsamut, 26, has already moved three times in his life, while his mother -- the village chief -- has fled the crumbling coast and rebuilt her home eight times, and each time the village has paid for its own relocation. Khun Samut Chin now sits about one kilometre inland from the temple. "We know that the cause of this is the effects of global warming," says Visanu.

31st March 2008
Time runs out for islanders on global warming's front line - Guardian Unlimited
Rising sea levels threaten to flood the Ganges delta, leading to an environmental disaster

30th March 2008
Austrian glaciers shrink the most in five years
Austria's glaciers retreated more than 22 metres (24 yards) on average last year, in the biggest shrinking for five years, the country's Alpine Club said Saturday.

30th March 2008
The lesser-spotted butterfly - Independent
The lesser-spotted butterflyIndependent, UK. With the losses greater in south-east England, Butterfly Conservation says that suggests the problem may be linked to climate change, because climate ...

29th March 2008
Climate change affecting trees, streams in the West - San Diego Union-Tribune
SALT LAKE CITY – Around the same time the American West started heating up five years ago, Colorado started losing its lodgepole pine forests to a beetle infestation.

29th March 2008

Ice shelf collapse video

27th March 2008
Russian, Canadian Winter Days Much Milder - UK Study - Planet Ark
OSLO - The coldest winter days in Russia and Canada have become up to 4 Celsius (7 Fahrenheit) milder since the 1950s in an extreme sign of climate change, the British Meteorological Office said on Wednesday.

27th March 2008
Australian industry dying on the vines - Toronto Star
MELBOURNE–Australian grape growers reckon they are the canary in the coal mine of global warming, as a long drought forces winemakers to rethink the styles of wine they can produce and the regions they can grow in.

27th March 2008
Western Canadian Pine Beetle Infestation Spreads - Planet Ark
VANCOUVER, British Columbia - About half of the marketable pine trees in West Coast Canadian province of British Columbia have been ravaged by a nearly decade-long beetle infestation, according to new government statistics.

27th March 2008
Ice shrinks in Arctic sea - International Herald Tribune
Winter sea ice around a Norwegian Arctic island has thinned to less than one metre (3 feet) since the 1960s, according to a study on Tuesday of a region that may be more attractive to oil firms because of climate change. The Norwegian Polar Institute said ice around Hopen island southeast of the Svalbard archipelago had become more than 40 cms (16 inches) thinner in the past 40 years, in what it called the first long-term study of ice thickness in the Barents Sea.

26th March 2008
New Parasite Discovered; Infects Waterfowl, Other Species -
The findings were just reported in the International Journal for Parasitology, and raise concerns not only about the new parasite but about others that may become more widespread, cause more health problems or possibly even move into new species as a result of global warming and climate change.

26th March 2008
Pine beetle infestation impacting salmon runs -
If the heat of climate change weren't enough of a danger to Pacific salmon, scientists are cataloging how the effects of the global-warming-aided mountain pine beetle infestation are adding to salmon's woes. Because the enormous pine forests are dead or dying, the tree boughs don't intercept snow and rain, or shade the forest floor to slow the spring snow-melt. The result is bigger snow packs, more rapid snow melts leading to flash flooding and higher peak stream flows that erode streams. Then rapid runoffs mean more summer droughts, combined with higher summer water temperatures, the report notes.

26th March 2008
Sea levels rising too fast for Thames Barrier - The Independent
A fear that sea levels will rise far faster than predicted this century has led to a revision of the plan to protect London from a devastating flood caused by the sort of storm surge in the North Sea that resulted in the closure of the Thames Barrier yesterday.

23rd March 2008
Noah's Ark for salmon - Salt Lake Tribune
As global warming bears down on our Western rivers and watersheds, it threatens one of the great symbols of Western abundance: wild salmon. With each passing year, their numbers have dropped precipitously. This decline is believed to be in part the result of warming temperatures in streams and rivers.

23rd March 2008
Bat 'die-off' raises alarms - Times Herald-Record
US: Unprecedented "die-off" of thousands of cave-dwelling bats across the Northeast - climate change has kept bats flying during fall, winter and spring periods when insects are in short supply or almost nonexistent.

21st March 2008
Icy start, but 2008 may be in top 10 warmest years - Environmental News Network
OSLO (Reuters) - After the coldest start to a year in more than a decade, spring will bring relief to the northern hemisphere from Thursday. Bucking the trend of global warming, the start of 2008 saw icy weather around the world from China to Greece. But despite its chilly start, 2008 is expected to end up among the top 10 warmest years since records began in the 1860s.

20th March 2008
Dams: Deep trouble - Independent
Are vast dams around the world masking the full extent of sea-level rises?

20th March 2008
Israel suffers worst drought in decade - AP via Yahoo! News
Israel is suffering its worst drought in a decade and will have to stop pumping from one of its main sources of drinking water, the Sea of Galilee, by the end of the summer, an official said Wednesday.

20th March 2008
How the blurring of the seasons is a harbinger of climate calamity - Independent
Spring, which officially starts today, is starting to dissolve as a distinct season as climate change takes hold.
See also: Spring keeps coming earlier for birds, bees, trees, and sneezes because of global warming - Seattle Times

20th March 2008
Arctic losing long-term ice cover - BBC News
Despite colder conditions, the Arctic is losing a lot of its old, stable ice, according to satellite data.

19th March 2008
Faster climate change fears - Adelaidenow
SOUTH Australians are being warned to brace for harsher and more regular heatwaves amid fears climate change may be occurring faster than forecast. Meteorologists and researchers say timeframes calculated by organisations such as the CSIRO for climate change impacts of higher temperatures, falling rainfall and rising sea levels are now conservative at best. And they warn the normal four seasons will blur as temperatures increase and summer stretches well into the autumn months.

16th March 2008
Global warming is taking a toll on streams - The Daily American
Pennsylvania is predicted to lose 50 percent of its trout habitat in the coming decades. Other states such as North Carolina and Virginia could lose up to 90 percent of habitat. Even warmwater species are being impacted by climate alterations. The ongoing concern of the disappearance of and disease infested smallmouth bass in the Susquehanna River watershed is now being seen as result of heavy rains during the spring spawning season that have almost wiped out entire year classes of fish. Then followed by a long dry summer that escalates water temperature further stressing those fish that survive.

16th March 2008
INTERVIEW-Antarctic glacier melted more quickly last year - AlertNet
A glacier used as a benchmark to measure global warming's impact on the Antarctic Peninsula melted more than usual in the past year, according to an Argentine glacier researcher. For more than 20 years, Pedro Skvarca has studied the Devil's Bay glacier on Vega Island off the Antarctic Peninsula, a part of Antarctica that is warming five times faster than the average in the rest of the world.

14th March 2008
"It's An Ill Wind" -- Well Not All That Ill! - DeSmogBlog
Powerful winter storms sweeping across Europe have boosted wind power, oversupplying the wholesale market for electricity and driving down prices by some 12 percent since Friday. Even though road, rail and ship travel has been disrupted and insurers facing claims from damage brought by high winds, operators of wind turbines have been able to generate and sell more supply of the renewable energy into the power network.

14th March 2008
Sea Level Increase Is Kept Down by Reservoirs, Masking Ice Melt -
March 13 (Bloomberg) -- Man-made reservoirs have cut sea- level gains by 30 millimeters (1.2 inches), masking the true extent of the contribution from melting ice, scientists said.

14th March 2008
Peru Bets On Desalination To Ensure Water Supplies - Planet Ark
LIMA - Peru plans to start desalinating water from the Pacific Ocean to make up for declining supplies from fast-melting glaciers affected by climate change, President Alan Garcia said on Tuesday.

13th March 2008
Amazon's worst-ever drought in 2005 caused by global warming - People's Daily
Brazil's drought in 2005, the worst-ever hitting the Amazon, was caused by global warming instead of the El Nino weather phenomenon as previously thought, the country's National Space Research Institute (INPE) announced Sunday.

11th March 2008
Global Warming Alliance warns accident risk due to aircraft design weakness - openPR
‘The maximum crosswind limits have only increased on Boeing aircraft by 7 knots since the beginning of the jet age,’ says Donald Burfitt-Dons, Chairman of the Global Warming Alliance and a former airline pilot. ‘The control systems are designed to cope with a 30 to 35 knot crosswind on landing. That is no longer sufficient’. He is urging an immediate review of safety standards to ensure future aircraft can handle the meteorological conditions of today. Ship engineers also need to look at rudder control limitations in order for vessels particularly high sided ones, to maintain directional control in the hurricane strength winds now being encountered often in straits with limited room to manoeuvre.

11th March 2008
Salmon fishing ban mulled in California as run suffers record plunge - The Sacramento Bee
The decline occurred because the jet stream changed course in spring 2005, in turn disrupting ocean currents. The currents drive an upwelling of nutrient-rich waters, touching off a phytoplankton bloom that forms the base of the food chain. That bloom either failed to happen in some places or was delayed, leaving the menu empty when hungry young salmon went looking for food. Scientists have said the disrupted jet stream is consistent with changes likely to be caused by global warming. Salmon guide, J.D. Richey,may be one of Sacramento's first climate change victims. "A lot of people don't realize it's more than just a fish going away. We're losing a significant neighbor," Richey said. "I felt this last year there was something missing – almost at the soul level. I could just feel the salmon weren't anywhere, and it just bummed me out.".

11th March 2008
Seal cubs threatened by global warming, WWF warns
Hundreds of newborn seal cubs risk dying of hunger and cold because global warming is making ice in the Arctic Circle melt too fast, the World Wide Fund for Nature in Germany warned Monday.

11th March 2008
Reef Fish Get Lost As Climate Changes - Planet Ark
SYDNEY - Climate change might be causing reef fish to get lost, unable to return to breeding grounds from the open ocean, which could have profound implications for the survival of reef ecosystems, Australian scientists say.

11th March 2008
New Research Confirms Antarctic Thaw Fears - Spiegel Online
New research confirms that ice sheets in West Antarctica are thinning at a far faster rate than in past millennia. Although scientists are divided as to the cause of the melt, many feel it is directly related to climate change.

8th March 2008
Expanding ‘Deserts,' by Land and Sea - New York Times
Scientists have long projected that areas north and south of the tropics will grow drier in a warming world –- from the Middle East through the European Riviera to the American Southwest, from sub-Saharan Africa to parts of Australia.

7th March 2008
Global Warming Means Fewer Flowers in the Rockies - RedOrbit
Spring in the Rockies begins when the snowpack melts. But with the advent of global climate change, the snow is gone sooner. Research conducted on the region’s wildflowers shows some plants are blooming less because of it.

6th March 2008
Northern Quebec town mulls relocation as global warming softens ground - CNews
MONTREAL - Mudslides, buckled roads and sinking buildings are threatening the northern Quebec village of Salluit, leaving residents with the unwanted prospect of moving their town.

6th March 2008
Drought arrives early this year in the North - Bangkok Post
Drought has arrived early this year and it may be a lengthy one as nine northern provinces are already bracing for water shortages. The dry spell has gripped Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Lampang, Uttaradit, Nan, Phrae, Kamphaeng Phet, Sukhothai and Tak, according to officials.

6th March 2008
Will global warming increase plant frost damage? [food]
Widespread damage to plants from a sudden freeze that occurred across the Eastern United States from 5 April to 9 April 2007 was made worse because it had been preceded by two weeks of unusual warmth, according to an analysis published in the March 2008 issue of BioScience.

4th March 2008
Scientists warn of new plague of jellyfish - Guardian Unlimited
Scientists in Spain blame over-fishing and global warming for summer invasion of jellyfish

29th February 2008
Winter temperature in Finland hits record high - Xinhua
The average temperature in the Finnish capital Helsinki in January was 0.6 degrees Celsius, which was 4.8 degrees higher than that of the period between 1971 and 2000, said the institute.

29th February 2008
Hottest arctic winter ever - Barents Observer
This winter might become the mildest winter in Northern Norway ever registered. So far the average temperature in parts of the region has been up to eight degrees Celsius above the normal.

27th February 2008
Antarctic glaciers surge to ocean - BBC News
UK scientists working in Antarctica have found some of the clearest evidence yet of instabilities in the ice of part of West Antarctica.

26th February 2008
Nature's in bloomin' chaos as global warming turns the seasons on their head - Daily Mail
UK: Early spring brings with it a host of dangers to our flora and fauna. The balance of Nature is being upset and the knock-on effect may be devastating. Some species are able to adapt, while others may vanish, and their disappearance will have a significant effect on the rest of the ecosystem.

26th February 2008
Watching Peru's Oceans for Cholera Cues - NPR
Warming oceans were behind Peru's cholera outbreaks in the 1990s, and global warming may cause future outbreaks. Some scientists in Peru are closely watching microscopic marine life, hoping to catch an outbreak before it begins.

26th February 2008
Drought hits more than 2 million in northern China - Houston Chronicle
While parts of China have been rocked by record snowfalls this winter, a drought in northern China has left more than 2 million people without sufficient drinking water, a state news agency said.

26th February 2008
Europe's truffle harvests drying up amid drought that farmers blame on global warming - IHT
France: Farmers say production is down by 50-75 percent this winter season and they blame global warming.

23rd February 2008
As South American Rivers Dry Up, Miners Tap Ocean - Planet Ark
CERRO LINDO - Vast mines in Peru and Chile that supply the world with crucial metals have started to pump water from the Pacific Ocean high into the Andes Mountains because of chronic water shortages exacerbated by climate change.

23rd February 2008
Greenland's rising air temperatures drive ice loss at surface and beyond - PhysOrg
A new NASA study confirms that the surface temperature of Greenland's massive ice sheet has been rising, stoked by warming air temperatures, and fueling loss of the island's ice at the surface and throughout the mass beneath.

21st February 2008
Spain suffering worst drought in over a decade - BBC News
Spain faces water restrictions widely this summer as it suffers its worst drought in more than a decade. In one of the worst affected areas, Catalunya, the Barcelona government is hoping to pre-empt a summer crisis by importing water by tanker.

21st February 2008
Climate Change Has Major Impact On Oceans - Science Daily
Climate change is rapidly transforming the world's oceans by increasing the temperature and acidity of seawater, and altering atmospheric and oceanic circulation, reported a panel of scientists at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting in Boston.

18th February 2008
Southern Ocean rise due to warming, not ice melts - AlertNet
Rises in the sea level around Antarctica in the past decade are almost entirely due a warming ocean, not ice melting, an Australian scientist leading a major international research programme said.

18th February 2008
Birds choke to death on migrant fish - Guardian Unlimited
Baffled scientists warn of a 'catastrophic' impact as snake pipefish flood into British waters

17th February 2008
World Wine Map Changing With Climate - Discovery Channel
Climate change is threatening to redraw the world's wine-producing map, and the effects are already being seen in earlier harvests and coarser wines, experts told an international conference Friday.

16th February 2008
Pacific Northwest hypoxic events unprecedented - EurekAlert!
CORVALLIS, Ore. – A review of all available ocean data records concludes that the low-oxygen events which have plagued the Pacific Northwest coast since 2002 are unprecedented in the five decades prior to that, and may well be linked to the stronger, persistent winds that are expected to occur with global warming.

15th February 2008
Mosquito invasion threatens a plague on Ulster - Belfast Telegraph
Ulster has been invaded by mosquitoes - and the diseases they carry could pose a heightened risk to human health as climate change starts to bite.

14th February 2008
Growers face early start to Myzus pest migration - Farming UK
UK: Potato, sugar beet and vegetable growers must be ready for an early attack of Myzus persicae again this year, predicts aphid expert Dr Richard Harrington of Rothamsted Research. And it is a trend that is set to continue with climate warming, he reported. Official forecasts will be issued at the end of February, but the mild conditions so far make early aphid movement look likely.

14th February 2008
Antarctica is Cold? Yeah, We Knew That - RealClimate
Guest commentary from Spencer Weart, science historian Despite the recent announcement that the discharge from some Antarctic glaciers is accelerating, we often hear people remarking that parts of Antarctica are getting colder, and indeed the ice pack in the Southern Ocean around Antarctica has actually been getting bigger. Doesn't this contradict the calculations that greenhouse gases are warming the globe? Not at all, because a cold Antarctica is just what calculations predict… and have predicted for the past quarter century. It's not just that Antarctica is covered with a gazillion tons of ice, although that certainly helps keep it cold.

13th February 2008
King Penguins Declining Due to Global Warming - National Geographic
Warming seas near Antarctica are making prey scarce for the large birds, which are forced to travel further distances to feed their chicks.

12th February 2008
Super-sized squid may be indicator of climate change - Eureka Times-Standard
There's a new squid in town. Southern waters were once the domain of Humboldt squid, but over the course of decades the tentacular jumbos have been gradually ranging farther north.

11th February 2008
Climate change affects Ugandan coffee output - Independent Online
The temperature is rising a little too quickly in Uganda - and coffee farmers are getting worried. Growers say that global warming is damaging production of coffee, Uganda's biggest export. Ask coffee farmer Emmanuel Kawesi, who has a "feeling" about the impending danger. "It's hotter now - this is not usual,"

9th February 2008
Botanists see winter fading away in U.K. - PhysOrg
Climate change is leading some British botanists to conclude that winter is disappearing as a distinct season in the United Kingdom.

9th February 2008
Hottest year on record for Shanghai in 2007: official media - PhysOrg
Shanghai may have endured one of its coldest months ever in January but 2007 was the eastern Chinese city's hottest year on record, state press reported on Friday.

9th February 2008
UK 'set for early spring arrival' - BBC
Researchers suggest spring is likely to arrive early in the UK.

5th February 2008
Lack of 'good ice' in winter stresses area's water levels - Toledo Blade
Tthe Great Lakes, the region's greatest natural resource and the backbone of its economy, take a beating from these on-again, off-again winters.

5th February 2008
Andes glaciers gone in 20 years - Channel 4 News
Scientists in Peru have issued a dire warning, claiming that glaciers high in the Andes will all but disappear within two decades.

4th February 2008
California salmon collapse roils West Coast fishing industry - San Francisco Chronicle
Humboldt County fisherman Dave Bitts is bracing for another lean year after the sudden collapse of California's most important salmon run. Like many West Coast fisherman, Bitts depends on wild "king" salmon for up to two-thirds of his income. Now, he doesn't know how he's going to pay his bills. "We've never been in this situation before," said the 59-year-old Bitts. "It's my bread-and-butter, as it is for all my pals. And this year, it appears our bread-and-butter is not there." Federal fishery regulators said this past week that the number of chinook salmon returning to the Sacramento River and its tributaries last fall was astonishingly low.

4th February 2008
Ice cores show faster global warming - United Press International
Ice cores from Greenland and Antarctica show that Earth warmed faster in the 20th century than at any other time in the past 22 millennia, researchers said. Climatologists from Bern University said their study also showed that concentrations of greenhouse gases are increasing at a faster rate, reported. For example, the concentration of carbon dioxide increased by 31 parts per million during one 1,600-year interval in the pre-industrial period -- its fastest growth before the industrial age -- and went up by the same amount in the past 20 years.

2nd February 2008
Greenhouse effect has 'significantly dried' the western United States -
Stop development in southwestern states, say researchers.
Human activity is largely to blame for the worsening water shortages in the western United States over the past half-century, a new study shows.
The analysis of climate trends that influence the availability of freshwater shows that humans are responsible for 60% of the observed changes.

1st February 2008
Peat bogs leaking CO2 emissions - Guardian Unlimited
Science environment: Scientists drop heather on peat bogs to halt dangerous emitter of carbon dioxide

31st January 2008
Increased hurricane activity linked to sea surface warming - PhysOrg
The link between changes in the temperature of the sea`s surface and increases in North Atlantic hurricane activity has been quantified for the first time. The research - carried out by scientists at UCL (University College London) and due to be published in Nature on January 31 - shows that a 0.5°C increase in sea surface temperature can be associated with a ~40 per cent increase in hurricane activity.

31st January 2008
warming exposes ancient vegetation -
Large tracts of land and ancient vegetation that has not seen the light of day in 1,600 years have been liberated from ice caps on Baffin Island, confirming the unprecedented scale of climate change underway in Canada's North. The "current warming exceeds any sustained warm episode in at least the past 1,600 years," reports a U.S. research team that is dating the landscape reappearing as the island's ice disappears.

31st January 2008
CU study: 'No-ice' alert in Arctic - Boulder Daily Camera
"Even with no additional warming, our study indicates that these ice caps will be gone in 50 years or less. That hasn't certainly happened in 1,600 years."

30th January 2008
Calif. Salmon Population Declines - PhysOrg
(AP) -- The number of chinook salmon returning to California's Central Valley has reached a near-record low, pointing to an "unprecedented collapse" that could lead to severe restrictions on West Coast salmon fishing this year, according to federal fishery regulators.

30th January 2008
China weather chaos a sign of things to come: experts - AFP via Yahoo! News
Don't tell the thousands of Chinese stuck at railway stations or airports, but the chaos caused by a vicious cold spell afflicting much of China could be just a taste of things to come, experts say.

30th January 2008
2007 Was Tenth Warmest For U.S., Fifth Warmest Worldwide - Science Daily
The average temperature for the contiguous U.S. in 2007 is officially the tenth warmest on record, according to data from scientists at NOAA's National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C. The agency also determined the global surface temperature last year was the fifth warmest on record.

28th January 2008
Environment: Will Coffee Be a Casualty of Climate Change? - Alternet [essential]
Coffee farmers in South America don't need to read the latest IPCC reports; they already know.

26th January 2008
Creepy-crawlies head to Europe thanks to globalisation, climate - PhysOrg
Europe now has 1,517 alien species of insects, worms, mussels and other invertebrates, a tally that is growing steadily thanks to globalisation and climate change, French researchers said on Friday.

26th January 2008
Tuvalu struggles to hold back tide - BBC News
The nine tiny South Pacific islands of Tuvalu only just break the surface of the ocean - but for how much longer?
See also:The ebb and flow of sea level rise - BBC News

23rd January 2008
Red Cross says changing climate worsens disasters - Reuters
Climate change is making it harder for many people to access clean water and food, and widening the spread of malaria and dengue fever, the world's largest humanitarian aid agency said on Monday. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is asking donors for $292 million per year for 2008 and 2009 to help communities steel themselves for the threats of global warming.

22nd January 2008
Greenhouse gases at new peak in sign of Asia growth - Reuters via Yahoo! UK & Ireland News
Atmospheric levels of the main greenhouse gas have set another new peak in a sign of the industrial rise of Asian economies led by China, a senior scientist said on Saturday.

20th January 2008
Peninsula flood creates 'islands' - BBC News
Regular flooding turns parts of the Lleyn peninsula turn into islands say people living there.

20th January 2008
Ferry study of jellyfish 'threat' - BBC News
Experts are organising spotters on ferries for signs of 'glow-in-the-dark' jellyfish heading for the coast.

19th January 2008
Sea adventure: Thoreson saw changes caused by warming -
Sea adventure: The sea-weary crew of six with Dave Thoreson of Okoboji was halfway into the 73-day trek on the edges of the Earth, trying to become the first American yacht to travel east to west through the Northwest Passage. Thoreson, surprised by the lack of Arctic ice, knew they had made it.

18th January 2008
Dry, polluted, plagued by rats: the crisis in China's greatest river - Guardian Unlimited
Ships stranded as China's greatest river reaches 142-year low

18th January 2008
'Big climate impact' on UK coasts - BBC News
Climate change is having a major impact on Britain's coasts, coastal seas and sea life, a report concludes.

17th January 2008
Spring comes early for Max the stork - Physorg
Max the stork, currently the oldest animal being tracked by satellite, is flying north after a remarkably short winter sojourn in southern Spain, a natural history museum in Switzerland said Wednesday.

17th January 2008
2007 was tied as Earth's second warmest year - PhysOrg
Climatologists at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York City have found that 2007 tied with 1998 for Earth`s second warmest year in a century.

17th January 2008
Ice loss from Antarctica accelerating -
GLOBAL warming has caused annual ice loss from the Antarctic ice sheet to surge by 75 per cent in a decade, according to the most detailed survey ever made of the white continent's coastal glaciers.

14th January 2008
Study: Northeast Winters Warming Fast - Physorg
(AP) -- Earlier blooms. Less snow to shovel. Unseasonable warm spells. Signs that winters in the Northeast are losing their bite have been abundant in recent years and now researchers have nailed down numbers to show just how big the changes have been.

13th January 2008
Global warming taking its toll on Kootenays - Globe and Mail
Global warming taking its toll on KootenaysGlobe and Mail, Canada. Ian Bruce, a climate-change specialist with the David Suzuki Foundation, said there are troubling signs the Kootenay region is changing more quickly than ...

12th January 2008
Older Arctic sea ice replaced by young, thin ice - Physorg
A new study by University of Colorado at Boulder researchers indicates older, multi-year sea ice in the Arctic is giving way to younger, thinner ice, making it more susceptible to record summer sea-ice lows like the one that occurred in 2007.

12th January 2008
Winter Ice on Lakes, Rivers, Ponds: A Thing of the Past?
If you're planning to ice skate on a local lake or river this winter, you may need to think twice, according to scientists John Magnuson, Olaf Jensen and Barbara Benson of the University of Wisconsin at Madison. The records show that later freezing and earlier ice breakup occurred on lakes and rivers across the Northern Hemisphere from 1846 to 1995. Over those 150 years, said Magnuson, changes in freeze dates averaged 5.8 days per 100 years later, and changes in ice breakup dates averaged 6.5 days per 100 years earlier. The findings translate to increasing air temperatures of about 1.2 degrees Celsius each century.

12th January 2008
Thames hit by alien mussels boom - BBC News
An "explosion" of alien mussels in the Thames has been caused by global warming, a scientist says.

12th January 2008
Drought-hit Cyprus considers importing water - Environmental News Network
Drought-stricken Cyprus may import water to beat a crippling shortage that is threatening to tap the island's reservoir reserves dry, its agriculture minister said on Wednesday. The decision to bring water in sea tankers from Greece would depend on weather over the next two months, but the outlook for rain was not promising, Photis Photiou said.

10th January 2008
Australia floods strand thousands - BBC News
Thousands of people remain stranded by some of the worst flooding in eastern Australia for 20 years.

8th January 2008
Global Warming Hits China - Forbes [canaries]
There are few more startling embodiments of climate change than the current health of China's largest freshwater lake, Poyang Lake, in the southeastern province of Jiangxi. The surface area of Poyang Lake has shrunk to 50 square kilometers from its peak of more than 3,000 during the summer--it is 1.67% of its size six months ago. Some perspective is needed. A spectacular fluctuation in the lake's area from the summer flood season to the winter dry period has long been commonplace. However, the Jiangxi hydrological bureau reported that the area of the lake last winter was 300 to 500 square kilometers, up to 10 times larger than this year's figure. The lake's title would seem to require a caveat: China's largest freshwater lake-- in July.

7th January 2008
Warmer climate brings new faces to UK - The Independent [canaries]
Britain's bird of the year in 2008 may turn out to be a beautiful white heron whose original home was Africa.

7th January 2008
On the brink - Guardian Unlimited
Hardly anybody else has mentioned it, so I might as well. An estimated £38bn ($75bn) went up in smoke, down the drain, was swept away or blown to kingdom come during 2007. Or to put it another way, human disasters triggered by natural hazards pushed economic losses to alarming levels.

5th January 2008
This drought may never break - Sydney Morning Herald
IT MAY be time to stop describing south-eastern Australia as gripped by drought and instead accept the extreme dry as permanent, one of the nation's most senior weather experts warned yesterday.

4th January 2008
Global temperatures 2008: another top ten year - Government News Network
Although 2008 is set to be cooler globally than recent years say Met Office and University of East Anglia climate scientists, it is still forecast to be one of the top ten warmest years.

4th January 2008
Australia Hit by Floods, Fires Amid Global Warming - Planet Ark
CANBERRA - Australia endured bushfires, floods and record high temperatures in its drought-ravaged foodbowl in 2007 as global warming brought the nation's sixth hottest year on record, the weather bureau said on Thursday.

4th January 2008
2007 Was One of the 10 Warmest Years, Met Office Says -
Jan. 2 (Bloomberg) -- 2007 was one of the 10 warmest years ever, based on global recorded temperatures, according to the Met Office, the U.K. weather forecaster.

3rd January 2008
Rich harvest for Devon fleet as anchovies invade - The Independent
Warm ocean currents have bought a welcome windfall to a Devon fishing fleet in the form of shoals of valuable anchovies.

2nd January 2008
Significant decline in monsoon rainfall - The Hindu
Bangalore: The southwest monsoon, responsible for 80 per cent of the country's annual rainfall and the basis of Indian agriculture, has substantially reduced in the last 50 years, shrinking in duration, spatial distribution and quantum.

31st December 2007
Terror of the north on the brink - Globe and Mail
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is expected to announce within days whether, in light of the animal's shrinking habitat, it will classify the polar bear as a threatened species under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

31st December 2007
US drought spans coast to coast; dancing for rain -
The drought gives a glimpse of what climate scientists are predicting for the coming century if global warming continues and greenhouse gasses are not brought under control.

31st December 2007
Netherlands Has Another Record Warm Year in 2007 - Planet Ark
AMSTERDAM - The average temperature in the Netherlands in 2007 matched 2006, the warmest year in 300 years, and the Dutch meteorological institute said it was a sign of global warming.

31st December 2007
The Year in Review: The planet - The Independent [essential]
The sheer scale of what happened hasn't sunk in, it probably hasn't sunk in at all, with most people. They're not looking back on 2007 and talking about it, in the office, in pubs or over dinner. Listen to them: they're talking about Brown taking over from Blair, or David Cameron's prospects, or England failing to qualify for the European football championships. Or they're talking about getting and spending, or love and hate, as they always have. But what happened in September dwarfs all that.

28th December 2007
Insured losses from natural disasters nearly double, risks up on global warming - CBC News
From winter storms in Europe, flooding in Britain and wildfires in the U.S., losses to insurers from natural disasters nearly doubled this year to just below US$30 billion globally after an unusually quiet 2006, a leading reinsurer said Thursday. Munich Re warned that climate change could mean a growing number of weather-related catastrophes in coming years. "The trend in respect of weather extremes shows that climate change is already taking effect and that more such extremes are to be expected in the future," board member Torsten Jeworrek said in a statement. "We should not be misled by the absence of mega-catastrophes in 2007."

28th December 2007
Year hottest ever in N. Hemisphere - Toronto Star
When the calendar turned to 2007, the heat went on and the weather just got weirder. January was the warmest first month on record worldwide – 0.85 degrees Celsius above normal. It was the first time since record-keeping began in 1880 that the globe's average temperature has been so far above the norm for any month of the year. And as 2007 drew to a close, it was also shaping up to be the hottest year on record in the Northern Hemisphere.
See also:
Melting Arctic ice cap top weather story: Environment Canada - CNews
Weather odds could become the norm - CBC North

27th December 2007
Climate change adversely affecting predators in world's oceans - TopNews
Climate change adversely affecting predators in world's oceansTopNews, India. "Global warming may lead to severe contraction of favorable reproductive zones for some species of tunas that will have larger effects than fisheries on ...

26th December 2007
Erosion threatens Canada's coastlines - Times Colonist
Crumbling coastlines are hardly a problem unique to P.E.I. Bigger storms are eroding Canadian shorelines, particularly throughout the North and the Atlantic region. Scientists identify climate change as one of the culprits.

24th December 2007
Group says warming imperils ribbon seals - Seattle Times
The Center for Biological Diversity on Thursday filed a 91-page petition with the National Marine Fisheries Service seeking to list ribbon seals as threatened or endangered. The group says the classification is needed because sea ice is disappearing because of climate change brought on by humans.

23rd December 2007
South China in the midst of its worst drought in 50 years - BBC News
More than one million people in south China are now without water as the country suffers from its worst drought in over 50 years.

17th December 2007
Glaciers in West China shrink by up to 18% - China Daily
Lanzhou -- Glaciers in China's high-altitude western areas have shrunk seven to 18 percent over the past five years, according to a new survey by Chinese scientists.

15th December 2007
Carbon dioxide levels at 650,000-year high - Denver Post
More than two miles above the Pacific surf, at the summit of the world's largest volcano, the evidence of human influence on global warming is in the air.

15th December 2007
2007 data confirms warming trend - BBC News
This year has been one of the warmest since 1850, despite the cooling influence of La Nina conditions, according to scientists..

14th December 2007
Without its insulating ice cap, Arctic surface waters warm to as much as 5 C above average - PhysOrg
Record-breaking amounts of ice-free water have deprived the Arctic of more of its natural "sunscreen" than ever in recent summers. The effect is so pronounced that sea surface temperatures rose to 5 C above average in one place this year, a high never before observed, says the oceanographer who has compiled the first-ever look at average sea surface temperatures for the region.

13th December 2007
Norway's Arctic islands at their hottest since Viking era: scientists
Norway's Arctic archipelago of Svalbard recently experienced its highest temperatures since the end of the Viking Age around 800 years ago, the Norwegian Polar Institute said Tuesday.

12th December 2007
Scientist: 'Arctic is screaming' -
WASHINGTON (AP) -- An already relentless melting of the Arctic greatly accelerated this summer, a warning sign that some scientists worry could mean global warming has passed an ominous tipping point. One even speculated that summer sea ice would be gone in five years.

12th December 2007
2007's weather extremes: 263 all-time high temps broken in US ... - UI The Daily Iowan
2007's weather extremes: When the calendar turned to 2007, the heat went on and the weather just got weirder.
January was the warmest first month on record worldwide - 1.53 degrees above normal. It was the first time since record-keeping began in 1880 that the globe's average temperature has been so far above the norm for any month of the year.
And as 2007 drew to a close, it was also shaping up to be the hottest year on record in the Northern Hemisphere.
U.S. weather stations broke or tied 263 all-time high temperature records, according to an Associated Press analysis of U.S. weather data. England had the warmest April in 348 years of record-keeping there, shattering the record set in 1865 by more than 1.1 degrees Fahrenheit.
It wasn't just the temperature. There were other oddball weather events. A tornado struck New York City in August, inspiring the tabloid headline: "This ain't Kansas!"
In the Middle East, an equally rare cyclone spun up in June, hitting Oman and Iran. Major U.S. lakes shrank; Atlanta had to worry about its drinking water supply. South Africa got its first significant snowfall in 25 years. And on Reunion Island, 400 miles east of Africa, nearly 155 inches of rain fell in three days - a world record for the most rain in 72 hours.

12th December 2007
New Tibetan ice cores missing A-bomb blast markers; Suggest Himalayan ice fields haven't grown in last 50 years
Ice cores drilled last year from the summit of a Himalayan ice field lack the distinctive radioactive signals that mark virtually every other ice core retrieved worldwide.
Scientists believe that the missing signal means that this Tibetan ice field has been shrinking at least since the A-bomb test half a century ago. If true, this could foreshadow a future when the stockpiles of freshwater will dwindle and vanish, seriously affecting the lives of more than 500 million people on the Indian subcontinent.

12th December 2007
Penguins in decline due to global warming - Times Online
The Emperor penguins which won the hearts of millions of children in the film Happy Feet have suffered a devastating population slump in the last 50 years, according to a report. Many colonies have fallen in size by 50 per cent as the penguins have been squeezed by the effects of climate change and overfishing, the WWF said in its report, Antarctic Penguins and Climate Change.

12th December 2007
Warming climate triples northern fire frequency - CNET
Black spruce forests in Alaska and Canada have burning more often and more deeply since 1987--and releasing more carbon dioxide as a result.

11th December 2007
China suffers worst drought in 10 years - China Daily
China experienced serious drought this year, which was the worst for a decade, the State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters said on Friday.

8th December 2007
British Climate Impact Report Sets Scene For Future - Planet Ark
LONDON - Land and sea temperatures around Britain have risen sharply under the influence of climate change and more is on the way, a government report said on Friday.

7th December 2007
SA fire danger reaches 'extreme' level - The Australian
SA fire danger reaches 'extreme' levelThe Australian, Australia. FIREFIGHTERS fear South Australia is "breaking new ground" as climate change brings days of extreme fire danger earlier in the summer.

7th December 2007
Global warming wreaks havoc with nature - Seattle Post Intelligencer
While humans debate at U.N. climate change talks in Bali, global warming is already wreaking havoc with nature. Most plants and animals are affected, and the change is occurring too quickly for them to evolve.

6th December 2007
Greenhouse robs rainfall in farm belt - Sydney Morning Herald
GLOBAL warming has caused the world's tropical regions to expand much more rapidly than predicted, raising the prospect of an even drier farm belt in southern Australia, and the spread south of diseases such as dengue fever. As talks on climate change begin at a United Nations meeting in Bali today, research reveals the tropical zone has widened by more than two degrees of latitude over the past 25 years..

3rd December 2007
Global warming resulting in an increased similarity of plants in Alps - The Cheers
New research by environmentalists indicates that global warming has resulted in an increased similarity of vegetation in mountain summits in the Alps. The findings indicate that as a result of climate change, an upward shift of flora is taking place in the area. This is not only increasing the number of species on the mountain summits studied, but also leading to an increasing homogenization of the species composition of Alpine summit vegetation. This means that species diversity within individual areas is increasing, but that species diversity across ecosystems is declining. According to biologists, the resulting homogenization of the flora could lead to a reduction in regional biodiversity, as more and more species are now forced to share the summits.

3rd December 2007
Daffodils blooming early at Eden - BBC News
Gardeners at Cornwall's Eden Project are delighted by the early arrival of two daffodil varieties.

30th November 2007
2007 cools, set to be 6th warmest year on record - AlertNet
Source: Reuters By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent OSLO, Nov 28 (Reuters) - This year is set to be the sixth warmest since records began 150 years ago, cooler than earlier predicted which means a slight respite for European ski resorts or bears trying to hibernate. "2007 will likely be near equal with 2006, so joint sixth warmest year," Phil Jones, head of the Climatic Research Unit at Britain's University of East Anglia, told Reuters.

29th November 2007
Global warming sends salamanders packing - PhysOrg
A genetic study of the salamander family that encompasses two-thirds of the world's salamander species shows that periods of global warming helped the amphibians diversify and expand their range from North America into Europe and Asia, where pockets of them are still found today.

28th November 2007
Flying foxes fall prey to Earth's rising temperature - Times Online
Flying foxes have been dropping off trees and dying in droves because of the effects of climate change, researchers say. More than 30,000 of the fruit bats are estimated to have died since 1994 in heat waves associated with global warming. Mass deaths from heat stress have occurred at least 19 times since 1994, as opposed to only three anecdotal reports of similar flying fox deaths before then. The bats started to die as temperatures approached 42C, the study in Australia found. They are the first large mammal other than humans to be shown to suffer mass mortality during a heat wave.

28th November 2007
Melting Ice Displaces Walruses In The Russian Arctic - Science Daily
Some 40,000 walruses have appeared on the Russian Arctic coast, a phenomenon that scientists believe is a result of global warming melting Arctic sea ice. According to WWF, this is the largest walrus haul out - areas where walruses rest when they are out of the water - registered in the Russian Arctic.

27th November 2007
This winter may be warmest ever - WZZM 13 Grand Rapids
The Northern Hemisphere is the warmest this year since record-keeping started 127 years ago, according to the National Climatic Data Center. Temperatures for January through October averaged 1.3 degrees above the norm.

27th November 2007
Polar bears dying in years of early ice melt - Nature
A census of polar bears in Canada’s Hudson Bay has lent some hard numbers to the long-held fear that retreating sea ice is causing some bears to starve or drown. Now, looking at 20 years of data from bears captured along the coast of Hudson Bay, a team of scientists from the United States and Canada has found that fewer of the youngest and oldest bears survived in years when the ice broke early.

24th November 2007
Early climate change victim: Andes water - Las Cruces Sun-News
Bolivia: El Alto and its sister city of La Paz, the world's highest capital, depend on glaciers for at least a third of their water—more than any other urban sprawl. And those glaciers are rapidly melting because of global warming..

24th November 2007
Killer jellyfish hit Irish salmon farm for the second time
A massive invasion of deadly jellyfish threatened Northern Ireland's only salmon farm for a second time in two weeks yesterday.

24th November 2007
Climate change a growing threat in Tibet, media report - Phayul
Climate change is causing more weather-related disasters than ever in the Himalayan region of Tibet, where the temperature is rising faster than the rest of China, state press reported Wednesday.

22nd November 2007
Snowdonia shows signs of global warming - Daily Post
Welsh environment minister Jane Davidson said last night she was shocked by photographs taken ten years apart, one showing Snowdon covered in snow and the other more recent picture, without its white peaks. They are part of an exhibition by the National Trust entitled Exposed – Climate Change in Britain’s Backyard, which opened in the Senedd building in Cardiff Bay last night.

22nd November 2007
Billions of jellyfish wipe out N. Irish salmon farm -
DUBLIN, Ireland (AP) -- The only salmon farm in Northern Ireland has lost its entire population of more than 100,000 fish, worth $2 million, to a spectacular jellyfish attack, its owners said Wednesday.

22nd November 2007
Cranberries are headed north - The Christian Science Monitor
Farmers see signs that the climate-sensitive cold-loving berries are shifting their range into Canada. Blueberries, too. What's to be done?

21st November 2007
Primroses flower in warm autumn - BBC News
BBC Scotland continues to record unusual weather events to illustrate possible climate change.

21st November 2007
Flocks of 'lost' auks spark climate change fears - The Independent
Record-breaking sightings of vast flocks of little auks in Britain have prompted new concerns over the impact of climate change on the migration patterns of bird species. The record for the size of flock has been broken twice in four days, according to the National Trust, with 18,000 of the tiny black-and-white seabirds recorded around the Farne Islands off Northumberland last week - 7,000 more than the previous record set off Flamborough Head, East Yorkshire, in 1995. But even this vast gathering was dwarfed by the flock spotted there on Sunday when 29,000 little auks were seen.

15th November 2007
The big thirst: The great American water crisis - Independent
The US drought is now so acute that, in some southern communities, the water supply is cut off for 21 hours a day. Leonard Doyle reports from Chattanooga, Tennessee, on a once-lush region where the American dream has been reduced to a single four-letter word: rain.

15th November 2007
Chile's San Rafael glacier fast disappearing - PhysOrg
Chunks of glacial ice tinkled in whisky glasses as chilled tourists gazed in wonder from their boat at the massive San Rafael glacier and the markers tallying its losing battle against global warming.

10th November 2007
Global Warming Behind Water Crisis in Northeast China - DeSmog Blog
Government officials in China are claiming global warming as the culprit behind massive water shortages in Northeast China. The famous Crescent Moon lake used to be over 10 meters deep, but is now only 1 meter deep as the encroaching desert sucks up the water. The disappearing lake at this point of the Silk Road is the most powerful symbol of an emerging water crisis. China's Water Resources minister, Chen Lei, said recently that an annual water shortage of nearly 40 billion cubic meters in China can be blamed on global warming. "The changes have led to a combination of both frequent drought and flooding." water shortage water crisis china global warming climate change crescent moon lake

10th November 2007
Surprised gardener grows strawberries in November - UKTV Gardens
Signs that the climate is becoming warmer continue as a Suffolk gardener grows strawberries in the winter.

9th November 2007
Climate change is delaying spring in some areas - New Scientist
Contrary to expectations, plants in the southern US are blooming later in the year as the climate warms

8th November 2007
Humpback whales seen in Arctic - The West Australian
Endangered humpback and fin whales swam hundreds of kilometres north of their usual habitat this northern summer. Environmentalists say it is another sign of the effects of global warming and the shifting Arctic ecosystem.

7th November 2007
Tibetans wake up to nosebleeds in super-dry autumn
BEIJING (Reuters) - Moisture has become a luxury in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa where many locals are waking up to nosebleeds in the dry autumn, state media said on Monday as the Himalayan region faces growing threat of global warming.

6th November 2007
Mass exodus from Mexico flooding - BBC News
Hundreds of thousands of people flee severe flooding in the southern Mexican state of Tabasco.

4th November 2007
Lake Huron water levels spell deep trouble - Toronto Star
When Julie Woodyear was a kid, she and her brother raced each other around their family's Georgian Bay island in dinghies. Thirty years later, a dinghy race would involve dragging the boats over land because her island is no longer an island. It's become part of the mainland.

4th November 2007
Shrinking ice means Greenland is rising fast - New Scientist
The country's landmass has become surprisingly buoyant - accelerating upwards as its ice cap reduces in size, say scientists

3rd November 2007
Flooding traps 300,000 in Mexico - BBC News
Rescue workers battle to help those trapped by flooding in Mexico's Tabasco state, with more rains forecast.

3rd November 2007
Glacier melting: Pandora's Box? - China Internet Information Center
As global warming continues, glacier recession on the Tibetan Plateau has quickened, triggering a series of environmental calamities.

1st November 2007
Forests losing the ability to absorb man-made carbon - PhysOrg
The sprawling forests of the northern hemisphere which extend from China and Siberia to Canada and Alaska are in danger of becoming a gigantic source of carbon dioxide rather than being a major "sink" that helps to offset man-made emissions of the greenhouse gas.

1st November 2007
Western Canada's Glaciers Hit 7000-Year Low
Tree stumps at the feet of Western Canadian glaciers are providing new insights into the accelerated rates at which the rivers of ice have been shrinking due to human-aided global warming.

31st October 2007
More astounding NASA video: Arctic Sea Ice Loss 1979 to 2007
For some of our readers, the video we posted last week of the startling loss of Arctic sea-ice as recorded by NASA this summer just wasn't enough to convince them that the planet is in serious trouble. So here's a new NASA video showing the massive Arctic sea ice loss over the last 28 years. Look at the difference between 2005 and 2007 alone. Startled now? This animation is from NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio at the Goddard Space Flight Center. This animation compares the 2005 annual Arctic minimum sea ice from 09/21/2005 (shown in orange) with the 2007 minimum sea ice from 09/14/2007.

31st October 2007
Methane Bubbling From Arctic Lakes, Now And At End Of Last Ice Age - Science Daily
A team of scientists led by a researcher at the University of Alaska Fairbanks has identified a new likely source of a spike in atmospheric methane coming out of the North during the end of the last ice age.

26th October 2007
Massive California fires consistent with climate change - PhysOrg
The catastrophic fires that are sweeping Southern California are consistent with what climate change models have been predicting for years, experts say, and they may be just a prelude to many more such events in the future - as vegetation grows heavier than usual and then ignites during prolonged drought periods.

25th October 2007
South struggles to cope with drought - The Christian Science Monitor via Yahoo! News
Kids in Jefferson, Ga., are shutting the tap off as they brush their teeth. Adults are doing bigger, but fewer, laundry loads. And just about everybody is glancing nervously at the puddle passing for the town's reservoir.

23rd October 2007
Sweatin' the Mediterranean Heat - RealClimate
Guest Commentary from Figen Mekik This quote from Drew Shindell (NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, New York) hit me very close to home: "Much of the Mediterranean area, North Africa and the Middle East rapidly are becoming drier. If the trend continues as expected, the consequences may be severe in only a couple of decades. These changes could pose significant water resource challenges to large segments of the population" (February, 2007-NASA, Science Daily). I live in Michigan, but Turkey is my home where I go for vacation on the Med. This year's drought was especially noteworthy, so I would like to share some of my observations with you, and then explore the links between the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO), Mediterranean drought and anthropogenic global warming (AGW).

23rd October 2007
Inch By Inch, Great Lakes Are Getting Smaller, And Cargo Carriers Face Losses - Free Internet Press
Water levels in the Great Lakes are falling; Lake Ontario, for example, is about seven inches below where it was a year ago. And for every inch of water that the lakes lose, the ships that ferry bulk materials across them must lighten their loads by 270 tons - or 540,000 pounds - or risk running aground, according to the Lake Carriers' Association, a trade group for United States-flag cargo companies.

23rd October 2007
Oceans 'soaking up less CO2' - BBC News [essential]
Scientists say there has been a worrying drop in the amount of CO2 soaked up by the world's oceans.

20th October 2007
Drought-Stricken South Facing Tough Choices - New York Times [essential]
A drought in the Southeastern United States has become so severe that some cities are just months away from running out of water.

17th October 2007
Global warming has led to the waters and cliffs of Cornwall increasingly becoming a haven for Europe's most threatened seabird - a species usually found in the Mediterranean. A new survey by National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, and the RSPB has discovered that a significant chunk of the world population of Balearic shearwaters now spend summer and autumn in Cornwall - with some staying on all year.

17th October 2007
Acid oceans warning - University of Queensland
The world's oceans are becoming more acid, with potentially devastating consequences for corals and the marine organisms that build reefs and provide much of the Earth's breathable oxygen.

17th October 2007
Carteret Islands sinking fast - The National
THE Carteret Islands are almost invisible on a map of the South Pacific, but the horseshoe scattering of atolls in eastern-most Papua New Guinea is on the frontline of climate change, as rising sea levels and storm surges eat away at their existence.

17th October 2007
Drought causing foundations to crack - WAFF 48 News Huntsville
North Alabama's drought has destroyed crops and drained lakes. Now it could cause your house to shift, costing you big.

13th October 2007
Beer prices rise as drought continues - Sydney Morning Herald
The price of beer and other Australian staples are set to rise in NSW due to prolonged drought.

13th October 2007
Thousands of walrus on Alaska shore alarm scientists; global warming cited - CNews
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Thousands of walrus have appeared on Alaska's northwest coast in what conservationists are calling a dramatic consequence of global warming melting the Arctic sea ice.

8th October 2007
Kashmir glaciers face the heat - OneWorld South Asia
Owing to global warming, most of the small glaciers in Indian administered Kashmir have totally melted down while the big glaciers in most of the areas have decreased in size.

6th October 2007
Dengue fever epidemic hits Caribbean, Latin America
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - Dengue, a mosquito-borne virus that causes high fever, nausea and painful body aches, is reaching epidemic levels in the Caribbean and Latin America, health officials say.

6th October 2007
Western Progress / Experts look at forest 'reality' - The Missoulian
Since 2002, six of 11 Western states have set records for the amount of acreage burned in a single season. In the 1950s, an average of about 160,000 acres burned in the Rocky Mountain West each year. By the 1960s, the number was closer to 230,000 acres. In the 1970s, fire swept over closer to 400,000 acres every year. Since the late 1980s, it's not unusual for wildfire to scorch more than 1 million acres in a season, Covington said. With the effects of global warming, it is likely wildfires could burn even larger areas over time. "We're not finished yet," he said.

6th October 2007
Dragonflies, open water reveal rapid Arctic change - Globe & Mail
"We're a decade ahead of the worst-case scenario."

6th October 2007
Climate change disaster is upon us - Guardian Unlimited
A record number of floods, droughts and storms around the world this year amount to a climate change "mega disaster", the United Nation's emergency relief coordinator, Sir John Holmes, has warned. Sir John, a British diplomat who is also known as the UN's under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, said dire predictions about the impact of global warming on humanity were already coming true.

5th October 2007
The Top 5 Nastiest Creatures Getting Stronger Due To Climate Change - Groovy Green
When some people think of Global Warming, a vision of comfortable winters, more days at the beach, and less sweaters comes to mind. For those living away from coastal regions, the concerns of hurricanes or sea levels is non-existent. Out of sight, out of mind. The realities are that climate change will affect each and every one of us. From the ways our communities rely on food produced in other states and nations; to the costs of energy and sourcing of water. But it gets worse. Much worse. We now present to you The Top 5 Nasty Creatures Getting Stronger Due To Climate Change. Some of them seem straight out of science fiction.

1st October 2007
Alien intrusions threaten Sweden's seas - PhysOrg
A gluttonous American pseudo-jellyfish, giant Japanese oysters, and an unidentified virus killing seals: strange intrusions are threatening Sweden's seas and fishermen are concerned.

29th September 2007
Bluetongue disease detected in UK - BBC News
The first-ever case of Bluetongue disease in Britain is found in a cow near Ipswich, Suffolk.Bluetongue disease is transmitted by the Culicoides imicola midge. It is passed from animal to midge, and from midge to animal, but is not transmitted from animal to animal. The virus has long blighted Africa, but in recent years has begun to spread northwards into Europe. Some scientists believe that climate change could be behind its spread, as warmer temperatures have seen the biting insects gradually move north.

23rd September 2007
Global warming concerns after Africa deluge - Financial Times
More than 1m people have been hit by some of the worst floods in Africa in a generation, fuelling concerns over the continent's exposure to extreme weather events linked to climate change.

20th September 2007
Greenland's Jakobshavn glacier sounds climate change alarm - TODAYonline
French Minister for Ecology, Sustainable development and Planning Jean-Louis Borloo (C) is pictured, on 10 Sep, in Quervain bay (Greenland west coast) with amateur speleologist Serge Aviotte (L) and climatologist Jean Jouzel (R), during a visit in Greenland to survey the impact of global warming in the Arctic.

20th September 2007
Evidence of global warming surrounds a skeptic - Seattle Post Intelligencer
"We will not lose our forests. We will not run out of energy, raw materials or water," argues Lomborg, booked at Town Hall tonight. Huh? Instead of coming into our house and lecturing us, Lomborg ought to take a few days off and look around. He should travel into British Columbia, where warmer winters in the very cold Chilcotin Plateau have allowed the mountain pine beetle to embark on what's likely to be a cross-North America killing spree. The pine beetle has "colonized" a swath of land 800 miles long and 300-plus miles wide. The beetles have crossed the Continental Divide into Alberta.

20th September 2007
Arctic Summer Ice Thickness Halves to 1 Metre - Planet Ark
OSLO - Large tracts of ice on the Arctic Ocean have halved in thickness to just 1 metre (3 ft) since 2001, making the region more accessible to ships, a researcher said on Tuesday.

19th September 2007
Elie tornado strongest ever in Canada - Winnipeg Free Press
A tornado that struck Elie in June was the strongest in Canadian history, Environment Canada reported Tuesday.

19th September 2007
Baby bats hit by cold, wet summer - BBC News
Bats are abandoning their young in a struggle to survive during a poor breeding conditions, say conservationists.

18th September 2007
Western Canadian pine beetle infestation spreads
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Reuters) - Voracious beetles that have ravaged more than 9 million hectares (35,000 square miles) of British Columbia's forests have wiped out about 40 percent of the infested region's marketable pine trees, according to a report released on Monday.

18th September 2007
Humans implicated in rising water vapor - Contra Costa Times
The case implicating humans' role in climate change was bolstered this week by another fingerprint, this one on water vapor in the atmosphere. Scientists used computer models that simulate the climate to show that the rise in water vapor could not have been caused by natural climate fluctuations

18th September 2007
Mammoth dung, prehistoric goo may speed warming - AlertNet [essential]
For millennia, layers of animal waste and other organic matter left behind by the creatures that used to roam the Arctic tundra have been sealed inside the frozen permafrost. Now climate change is thawing the permafrost and lifting this prehistoric ooze from suspended animation. But Zimov, a scientist who for almost 30 years has studied climate change in Russia's Arctic, believes that as this organic matter becomes exposed to the air it will accelerate global warming faster than even some of the most pessimistic forecasts. "This will lead to a type of global warming which will be impossible to stop," he said. When the organic matter left behind by mammoths and other wildlife is exposed to the air by the thawing permafrost, his theory runs, microbes that have been dormant for thousands of years spring back into action.
"The deposits of organic matter in these soils are so gigantic that they dwarf global oil reserves," Zimov said. U.S. government statistics show mankind emits about 7 billion tonnes of carbon a year. "Permafrost areas hold 500 billion tonnes of carbon, which can fast turn into greenhouse gases," Zimov said. "If you don't stop emissions of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere ... the Kyoto Protocol (an international pact aimed at reducing greenhouse emissions) will seem like childish prattle."

17th September 2007
Satellites witness lowest Arctic ice coverage in history - ESA
The area covered by sea ice in the Arctic has shrunk to its lowest level this week since satellite measurements began nearly 30 years ago, opening up the Northwest Passage - a long-sought short cut between Europe and Asia that has been historically impassable.

15th September 2007
The sea ice is getting thinner - PhysOrg
Large areas of the Arctic sea-ice are only one metre thick this year, equating to an approximate 50 percent thinning as compared to the year 2001. These are the initial results from the latest Alfred-Wegener-Institute for Polar and Marine Research in the Helmholtz Association lead expedition to the North Polar Sea.

14th September 2007
The June-August 2007 summer season ended with a long-lasting heatwave that set more than 2,000 new daily high temperature records across the southern and central U.S., according to scientists at NOAA's National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C. The record heat helped make this the second warmest August and the sixth warmest summer on record for the contiguous U.S., based on preliminary data. At the end of August, drought affected almost half of the continental U.S. The global surface temperature was seventh warmest on record for the June-August period.

13th September 2007
Global warming is killing trees in California parks -
A new study ties a 22 percent increase in mortality among trees in the California Sierra Nevadas to a temperature-driven increase in drought.

13th September 2007
Gorillas head race to extinction - BBC
Gorillas, orangutans, and corals are among the plants and animals which are sliding closer to extinction. The Red List of Threatened Species for 2007 names habitat loss, hunting and climate change among the causes.

12th September 2007
Arctic ice the size of Florida gone in a week - ABC 13 Texas
An area of Arctic sea ice the size of Florida has melted away in just the last six days as melting at the top of the planet continues at a record rate.

12th September 2007
Fruit trees don't lie: Grower notices warming - Ludington Daily News
PERE MARQUETTE TWP. - Local farmer Art Lister says his fruit trees don't lie. The story they've been telling him, especially in the last 10 years, is that Mason County is getting warmer.

11th September 2007
Glacier Melt Casts Doubt On Value Of Southern Hydroelectric Projects (Sept. 11, 2007) Scientists from the Center of Scientific Studies of Valdivia (CECS) said this week that Chile's glaciers are melting at twice the speed observed just ten years ago. The scientists, who recently participated in a specially called international forum on glaciers, also warned that this trend could have devastating ramifications due to current plans to construct hydroelectric dams around Chile.

11th September 2007
Shockwaves from melting icecaps are triggering earthquakes, say scientists - The Independent
High up inside the Arctic circle the melting of Greenland's ice sheet has accelerated so dramatically that it is triggering earthquakes for the first time.

8th September 2007
Bigger, hotter and longer - BBC News
Fires wreaking destruction in the American West are set to become the norm for many months of the year, says Tim Egan.

8th September 2007
Pine Tree Pest Is Discovered in Vermont - PhysOrg
(AP) -- A wood-boring insect seen as a serious threat to pine trees has been found in Vermont.

7th September 2007
Mosquito virus arrives in Europe - BBC News
A debilitating tropical virus carried by mosquitos has become established in Europe for the first time.

7th September 2007
Loss of Arctic ice leaves experts stunned - Guardian Unlimited [essential]
The Arctic ice cap has collapsed at an unprecedented rate this summer, with an area almost twice as big as the UK disappearing in the last week alone, say scientists.

5th September 2007
Caribbean fish found off Cornwall - BBC News
A fish that normally lives in the Caribbean is caught by a fisherman in Cornish waters.

5th September 2007
Warming leaves gray whales hungry - OCRegister
ANCHORAGE, Alaska Researchers off Mexico's Pacific coast have observed what might be a case of global warming's effects in the far north: gray whales returning to calving grounds malnourished. Where layers of fat should have covered whales' spines last winter, researchers saw vertebrae sticking out. They spotted other signs of malnutrition - depressions around the blowholes and head, and protruding shoulder blades - that may indicate declining health.

1st September 2007
The pine beetle's deadly march - The Globe and Mail
At night, you can hear them moving in the trees. They've swept through parks and golf courses and ranchland and caught thermal currents to fly on the jet stream. They've colonized an area 1,200 kilometres long and 575 kilometres wide, nearly the size of Sweden.

1st September 2007
Climate change ticks ever closer - Toronto Star
On the Leslie St. spit, signs of global warming are being picked right from the feathers of migratory birds. And the ticks now spreading north carry with them the spectre of Lyme disease

1st September 2007
Ice fjords, lifeblood for polar species, at risk in melting Arctic - AFP via Yahoo! News
The Svalbard archipelago near the North Pole is already seeing the dramatic effects of global warming: the mercury is rising twice as fast as elsewhere on the planet, posing a serious threat to the ecosystem.

1st September 2007
Global warming ruining the tundra - RIA Novosti
Scientists all over the world have been talking about global warming for a long time. Now some of the threats are becoming real. Global climate change has prejudiced a unique environmental project of Russian scientists - a Pleistocene Park in the northeast of Russia, the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) in the lower reaches of the Kolyma, a tributary of the Lena River. In the 1980s, scientist Sergei Zimov, now an expert on the environment with an international reputation, was in charge of the North-East Scientific Station run by the Russian Academy of Sciences. He decided to restore in the pre-polar tundra the environment of the Pleistocene era of 10,000 years ago, when the climate, flora and fauna had already become modern and humans started evolving into their present form.

1st September 2007
Record rains for British summer - BBC
This summer looks to have been the wettest since records began, according to Met Office figures.

1st September 2007
Vast ice island stuck in Arctic - BBC News
An island of ice the size of Manhattan has drifted into a remote channel and is now jammed by pack ice.

1st September 2007
While Greece burns ... - Grist Magazine
Now we have an unprecedented outbreak of fire in Greece, and once again some are quick to insist that no connection can be made between drought, wind, record-breaking heat -- and devastating fires. Scientists aren't so sure. Nineteen different climate models predict that the subtropic zones, such as the American Southwest and south Greece, including the Athens area, will become hotter, drier, and more likely to suffer drought as global warming intensifies.

1st September 2007
From voles to beetles, they all suffered this summer
As the wettest, weirdest summer I've seen in 35 years as a naturalist draws to an end, what will it mean for wildlife long-term? For most insects and other invertebrates, it has been a poor season (though those which like it damp have thrived).

1st September 2007
Ireland hotting up, says report - BBC News
The Irish climate is heating up almost twice as fast as the rest of the world, a report suggests.

31st August 2007
Sockeye salmon running on empty - Abbotsford News
The worst sockeye salmon run in decades is now swishing its way upstream toward the spawning beds. With less than 30 per cent of the expected number of salmon showing up in the Fraser River, it's a disaster for commercial fishermen, aboriginals and sports anglers alike. The developing pattern of poor returns in recent years is deeply disturbing. Plenty of salmon should have hatched from the previous spawn and gone out to sea. But indications point to warmer ocean water - likely due to climate change - that has resulted in less food for offshore sockeye and more predators chasing them.

31st August 2007
As you've probably already guessed, it's the wettest summer on record - The Scotsman
THE summer of 2007 is set to be wettest on record, it was revealed last night.

31st August 2007
Extreme conditions: What's happening to our weather?
Britain is just a few showers away from recording a record wet summer, at the climax of the most remarkable period of broken weather records in the country's history. All of the smashed records are to do with temperature and rainfall - the two aspects of the climate most likely to be intensified by the advent of global warming.

28th August 2007
Leading Article: The world is warming before our eyes
Toasted villages, torched forests. Images of weeping relatives confronting the sight of charred bodies of failed escapees in their cars. The terrible scenes from Greece in recent days have added to suspicions voiced throughout Europe that 2007 was no ordinary summer. Statistics suggest the popular hunch was indeed correct and that 2007 really was a mad, bad summer, marked by unprecedented deluges in the north and extreme heat in the south.
28th August 2007
In pictures: 'Magnificent seven' - BBC News
Climate change allows British butterflies to head further north, a study says.

28th August 2007
Beetles devour Colorado forests - Pueblo Chieftain
Mountain pine beetles are obliterating a forest that stretches from British Columbia to Mexico, and in the process are creating a hazard for fire, public safety and water supply.

28th August 2007
European blood-sucker falls victim to global warming -
Europe's only known land leech may be on the brink of extinction due to shifts in climate, report researchers writing in the journal Naturwissenschaften. The findings are significant because they suggest that "human-induced climate change without apparent habitat destruction can lead to the extinction of populations of cold-adapted species that have a low colonization ability," according to the authors.

28th August 2007
Is climate change bringing the state more bugs? Bitten by the bug - Barre Montpelier Times Argus
As state entomologist, Jon Turmel speaks with authority about bugs: "They're just so cool." But ask him about the new insects arriving with the onset of global warming and he admits they're not so hot. Turmel points to ticks spreading Lyme disease northward. Mosquitoes flying up with West Nile virus and several forms of encephalitis. Plant-eating pests such as the hemlock woolly adelgid, a tree-munching troublemaker recently discovered in the southeastern corner of the state. Scientists can report with certainty the appearance of new and more numerous insects statewide. They also note the creatures are coming as the state's average temperatures are rising as a result of global warming.

28th August 2007
Long-term increase in rainfall seen in tropics
NASA scientists have detected the first signs that tropical rainfall is on the rise with the longest and most complete data record available.

28th August 2007
Death toll mounts in Greek fires - BBC
Greek emergency workers continue to find the charred bodies of people burned to death by forest fires that are raging in the south of the country.

25th August 2007
Bird by bird, the avian population is shrinking - The Christian Science Monitor via Yahoo! News
Forty-three years ago, when I reached what my grandfather imagined to be the eve of puberty, I was summoned to spend the weekend with him at his house in rural Connecticut.

25th August 2007
Islands emerge as Arctic ice shrinks to record low - AlertNet
NY ALESUND, Norway, Aug 20 (Reuters) - Previously unknown islands are appearing as Arctic summer sea ice shrinks to record lows, raising questions about whether global warming is outpacing U.N. projections, experts said. Polar bears and seals have also suffered this year on the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard because the sea ice they rely on for hunts melted far earlier than normal. "Reductions of snow and ice are happening at an alarming rate," Norwegian Environment Minister Helen Bjoernoy said at a seminar of 40 scientists and politicians that began late on Monday in Ny Alesund, 1,200 km (750 miles) from the North Pole. "This acceleration may be faster than predicted" by the U.N. climate panel this year, she told reporters at the Aug. 20-22 seminar. Ny Alesund calls itself the world's most northerly permanent settlement, and is a base for Arctic research.

21st August 2007
Arctic sea ice at record low level and still melting: U.S. Ice Data Center - CNews
WASHINGTON (AP) - There was less sea ice in the Arctic on Friday than ever before on record, and the melting is continuing, the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center reported.

18th August 2007
Warm temperatures may be causing Sierra tree deaths - Contra Costa Times
Tree deaths in the Sierra Nevada have increased over the past two decades, and scientists say the trend may be linked to higher temperatures. Ecologists at the U.S. Geological Survey's Western Ecological Center in Three Rivers tracked the fate of more than 21,000 trees in old-growth forests of Yosemite and Sequoia national parks and found the death rates rose significantly between 1983 and 2004.

9th August 2007
Swifter decline for coral reefs - BBC
Coral reefs in the Pacific and Indian oceans are vanishing faster than had previously been thought, a study shows.

9th August 2007
Lake Fades in Two Months Because of Global Warming - ABC News
Scientists are blaming global warming for the disappearance of a glacial lake.

9th August 2007
Massive slide covers entire glacier - The Globe and Mail
Landslide on Yukon's Mount Steele had a minimum velocity of 252 kilometres an hour and covered the Steele glacier“Thanks to glacier melt due to global warming, mountain areas have become more susceptible to changes and stress,” he said. “This is a worldwide phenomenon taking place.”

9th August 2007
Purple Snail May Be Climate Change Casualty - NPR
Scientists say a purple snail that lived on islands in the middle of the Indian Ocean may be the first species to go extinct in the modern era due to climate change. They say an unusual series of long hot summers did the snail in.

9th August 2007
Spain Hauls in 8 Tonnes of Jellyfish From Beaches - Planet Ark
MADRID - Spain has launched a campaign to investigate and collect a plague of jellyfish on its coastline, and so far has collected eight tonnes of them, the Environment Ministry said on Tuesday.

8th August 2007
'07 weather extremes seen as sign of what awaits us - Seattle Times
A monsoon dropped 14 inches of rain in one day across many parts of South Asia this month. Germany had its wettest May on record, and April was the driest there in a century. Temperatures reached 113 degrees last month in Bulgaria and 90 degrees in Moscow in late May, shattering longtime records. The year still has almost five months to go, but it has already experienced a range of weather extremes that the United Nations' World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said Tuesday is well outside the historical norm and is a precursor of much greater weather variability as global warming transforms the planet.

8th August 2007
Puffin chicks 'starving to death' - BBC News
A seabird on St Kilda is struggling to find enough food for its young, says the National Trust for Scotland.

7th August 2007
Early springs show Siberia is warming fast - New Scientist
UK. The trend is likely to be triggering more forest fires, say researchers, and to be linked to global warming.

2nd August 2007
Insurers Claim Global Warming Makes Some Regions Too Hot to Handle - Scientific American
As the nation braces for an active hurricane season, private insurers jump ship, leaving federal and state governments liable for ever increasing payouts.

2nd August 2007
Hemlocks threatened by an unwelcome guest - The Christian Science Monitor
Scientists are working to stop the hemlock woolly adelgid from killing trees in the Eastern US and spreading northward.

2nd August 2007
Climate change worries for bird - BBC News
A rare mountain bird is to be radio tracked in an effort to better understand its declining numbers.

2nd August 2007
Global warming cited in feline 'heat' wave - National Post
An explosion in Toronto's stray cat population is the latest phenomenon being blamed on global warming, joining a growing list of evils that includes increases in hay fever and seal mating as well as decreases in the supply of maple syrup and Bulgarian prostitutes.

2nd August 2007
Warm waters deadly to Yellowstone trout - Denver Post
In the Firehole River that slashes through the wild grasses and woods of Yellowstone's west side, the trout began to take notice. As the water warmed on that early July day, the levels of dissolved oxygen dropped. The fish - rainbows, with their bright crimson lateral slash, and brown trout, with their multicolored spots - began to panic. They darted up and down the river, seeking a cooling pocket. Within 48 hours, rangers and biologists would stand amid the tall grasses on the banks of one of the nation's most famous trout streams and watch in sadness as several hundred - and perhaps 1,000 - big and small trout were swept downstream, the white bellies of their corpses reflecting the sunlight. It was the largest fish kill known to biologists in the 135-year history of the park.

29th July 2007
The mystery of Lake Superior's low levels, surging temperatures - The Globe and Mail
Suddenness and severity of changes in Superior worry many in the region as levels drop 30 centimetres this year with near-record surface temperatures

29th July 2007
Arctic spring's 'rapid advance' - BBC News
Spring in the Arctic is arriving "weeks earlier" than a decade ago, research shows.

19th June 2007
Gannet population under threat from global warming
Researchers at the University of Leeds have warned that global warming is a major threat to the gannet, a species known for its stable populations and constant breeding success.

19th June 2007
More violent conflict on horizon due to climate change, he says - WorldNetDaily
U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon blames the ethnic and religious violence in Darfur on global warming and insists more conflicts of this kind are coming because of climate change.

19th June 2007
Climate Change Affects Cod Stocks - Post Chronicle
A U.S. study has linked environmental factors such as climate change to the collapse of the North Atlantic cod fishery. University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth researchers determined a recently published study of cod stocks off Canada and New England showed that after falling in the 1970s stocks increased sharply for about five years then began a steep decline again, suggesting environmental factors played a stronger role in the collapse of the cod fishery than previously thought. In the new study, Brian Rothschild and colleagues at UMass Dartmouth argue an interruption in the food chain, possibly caused by climate change, was a key factor in the cod's disappearance.

16th June 2007
Crawfish is sign of climate change - East Lothian Courier
Skipper of local fishing boat, the Tern, Andrew Mack, 59, found a crawfish (or crayfish) in his nets as he trawled for langoustines a couple of miles offshore from Gullane. And his son Daniel said he couldn't believe his eyes when he saw the spiny lobster as they are usually only found in warmer climates such as the Caribbean or the Mediterranean coast, and are particularly common Down Under. It is reported to be the first time this species has been caught in the Firth of Forth and only the third time on the east coast.

15th June 2007
Widespread warmth leads to the fifth warmest spring for united states - NOAA News
Driest spring on record across the southeast worsens drought. The fifth warmest spring on record for the contiguous United States occurred in 2007, according to scientists at the NOAA National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C. A severe-weather outbreak in the nation's midsection brought devastating tornadoes in early May, while a record-dry spring in the Southeast led to worsening drought conditions. Continued extreme dryness in May east of the Mississippi River and in the Far West expanded the drought area. The global land-surface temperature was the highest for the month of May, as well as for boreal spring. The combined global land- and ocean-surface temperature was fourth warmest for May, and tied with 1998 as the warmest January-May period.

15th June 2007
Common bird species in dramatic decline - The Christian Science Monitor
New data show the populations of some of America's well-known birds in a tailspin, thanks to the one-two punch of habitat fragmentation and, increasingly, global warming.

15th June 2007
Arctic plants have adjusted to climate changes - International Herald Tribune
Many Arctic plant species have readily adjusted to big climate changes, repeatedly re-colonizing the rugged islands of Norway's remote Svalbard archipelago through 20,000 years of warm and cool spells since the frigid peak of the last ice age, researchers say.

15th June 2007
UM experts say climate change is affecting Maine's ecosystem - Bangor Daily News
Scientists and wildlife experts agree that Maine"s ecosystem is changing, and the insects, mammals and trees are giving us early warning signals that the changes are happening quickly.

15th June 2007
Burning down the South - Creative Loafing Atlanta
The wildfires that have swept through the Okefenokee this year are the largest in the lower 48 states in nearly a century. Do they portend a hotter future?

14th June 2007
Climate change brings toxic moth to England - Scientific American
A species of toxic moth which has been moving steadily north from the Mediterranean because of global warming has reached England, the Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew said on Wednesday. Emergency measures have been put in place to protect trees in Kew Gardens in West London, where a number of Oak Processionary Moths (Thaumetopoea processionea) have been discovered, Kew Gardens said in a statement.

14th June 2007
Trees lose to beetles - The Star Online
A once-majestic pine forest in Belize is struggling to recover from a devastating plague of beetles that scientists say was caused by climate change.

12th June 2007
Climate change causes early arrival of Caretta caretta to Alanya shores - Today's Zaman
Turkey’s endangered caretta carettas [turtles] were already the subject of much attention both as a tourist attraction and a part of the country’s natural wealth, now however, they are in the news for a different reason after their arrival on Turkey’s southern sandy shores a month early; yet another result of global warming, experts say.

11th June 2007
Climate change fires up dengue - Shanghai Daily
Climate change fires up dengueShanghai Daily, China. "The threat of dengue is increasing because of global warming, mosquitoes are becoming more active year by year, and their geographical reach is expanding ...

11th June 2007
The wrath of 2007: America's great drought - Independent
America is facing its worst summer drought since the Dust Bowl years of the Great Depression. Or perhaps worse still.
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11th June 2007
Warming clouds national parks - Chicago Tribune
Global warming is altering the identity of national parks in the West, especially the Pacific Northwest, where the iconic string of glacier-capped mountains inexorably shrinks from the horizon, park officials warn. The melting ice caps in Washington state, home to more glaciers than anywhere else in the lower 48, are providing one of the most visual accountings of global warming outside Alaska and the Arctic region, enhanced by federal officials' digital archiving last year of photos of park glaciers taken 50 years ago.

10th June 2007
As N.E. warms, tiny pests take root - Boston Globe
The woolly adelgid is turning Hemlock Hill in Boston's Arnold Arboretum into a hemlock graveyard.
See also: Gypsy Moths Leaving Mark in Mid-Atlantic

10th June 2007
Spanish Beaches Invaded by Jellyfish -
(AP) --What do tourists and jellyfish have in common? They both love warm water and proliferate along Spanish beaches in the summer.
Scientists blame the problem in part on overfishing, which has sapped stocks of natural jellyfish predators like tuna and turtles, and of small fish that compete with jellyfish to feed on plankton. Another factor is global warming: jellyfish are drifting close to beaches more frequently as decreasing rainfall causes a drop in cooler, freshwater runoff from rivers - a natural barrier for the creatures, said Josep-Maria Gili, a marine biologist.

10th June 2007
Antarctic glaciers 'flow faster' - BBC
Satellite data confirms glaciers on the Antarctic Peninsula have picked up speed in recent years.

7th June 2007
Arctic browning thanks to global warming: UN -
Temperatures in the Canadian Arctic have been rising at almost double the global rate, mainly because of greenhouse-gas emissions, says a United Nations panel.
See also: Dirty snow may warm Arctic as much as greenhouse gases - PhysOrg

7th June 2007
Scientists change weather measures, world warms - Reuters
EXETER (Reuters) - Global warming is forcing weather scientists at Britain's Met Office to change the way they compare seasonal temperatures, they said on Wednesday.

7th June 2007
Drought continues to affect south-eastern USA - BBC News
Although Tropical Storm Barry dropped more than 5 inches of rain across parts of South Carolina, it was not enough to stop state water officials from upgrading the official drought status across the US state.
See also: US Southwest could be heading for a megadrought

7th June 2007
Hong Kong summers hotter than 40 years ago - Reuters
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Average summer temperatures in Hong Kong have risen over the past 40 years, researchers have found, blaming global warming and heat trapped by buildings.

7th June 2007
'Twice as many' species at risk - BBC
The number of endangered species in Britain has almost doubled in 13 years, according to a major new study. There are now 1,149 species of plants, mammals, birds and insects, and 67 different types of habitat under threat from climate change and human activity.
See also: Up to 900 species of land bird at risk by 2050

7th June 2007
Warmest spring on record, says the Met Office - Guardian Unlimited
UK has just experienced the warmest spring on record, with temperatures 0.2C higher than the previous record in 1945.
See also: World warmer than average in year to May

6th June 2007
Drought Uncovers Artifacts in Fla. Lake
(AP) -- A drought that has bared parts of the bed of Florida's largest lake has exposed human bone fragments, pottery and even boats - and archaeologists are trying to evaluate the artifacts before water levels rise again.

6th June 2007
Thunder? It's the sound of Greenland melting - Reuters AlertNet
Atop Greenland's Suicide Cliff, from where old Inuit women used to hurl themselves when they felt they had become a burden to their community, a crack and a thud like thunder pierce the air. "We don't have thunder here. But I know it from movies," says Ilulissat nurse Vilhelmina Nathanielsen, who hiked with us through the melting snow. "It's the ice cracking inside the icebergs. If we're lucky we might see one break apart." It's too early in the year to see icebergs crumple regularly but the sound is a reminder. As politicians squabble over how to act on climate change, Greenland's ice cap is melting, and faster than scientists had thought possible.

6th June 2007
Bali tourism struggling as reef declines - Adelaide Now
AS it struggles to recover from the effects of two terrorist bombings, Bali's tourism industry is facing a new threat - global warming.

5th June 2007
Global Warming Threatens New Zealand "Dinosaurs" - Planet Ark
WELLINGTON - It has survived ice ages, volcanic eruptions and the intrusion of humans on its South Pacific island home, but New Zealand's last survivor of the dinosaur age may become extinct due to global warming.

5th June 2007
Norwegians Strain to Remove Pesky Arctic "Palm" - Planet Ark
TROMSOE, Norway - Stimulated by warming temperatures, a poisonous plant commonly called the "Tromsoe palm", has invaded Norway and threatens to damage its pristine Arctic ecosystem, its nature agency chief said on Monday.

5th June 2007
Global warming brings vampire moths to Finland - Reuters
HELSINKI (Reuters) - Global warming is bringing more warmer-climate creatures to Finland, including moths that feast on human blood, according to nature researchers.

5th June 2007
Old Adaminaby resurfaces in Australian drought - Reuters via Yahoo! News
Drowned 50 years ago for progress and the promise of near limitless water, the town of Old Adaminaby has re-emerged from its sunken grave as drought ravages one of Australia's biggest lakes.

5th June 2007
Return of heron after 141 years - BBC
A species of heron which has not been seen in Greater London since 1866 is spotted once again.

5th June 2007
2006: Second most extreme weather ever - Grist Magazine
Global warming has long been predicted to make the weather more extreme. Wouldn't it be great if there were an official government index of extreme weather -- of heat, drought, rainfall, and hurricanes -- that would let us know if the prediction had come true? Well, such an index exists: the National Climatic Data Center's Climate Extremes Index. As the figure shows, the most extreme year by far was 1998; 2006 was the second most extreme, followed closely by 2005. The fourteen least extreme years all predate 1981. The weather is becoming more extreme, as predicted...

5th June 2007
Climate Change Signal Detected In The Indian Ocean - Science Daily
The signature of climate change over the past 40 years has been identified in temperatures of the Indian Ocean near Australia. “From ocean measurements and by analysing climate simulations we can see there are changes in features of the ocean that cannot be explained by natural variability,” said CSIRO oceanographer Dr Gael Alory.

31st May 2007
Vanishing Himalayan glaciers threaten a billion - Reuters AlertNet
Himalayan glaciers could disappear within 50 years because of climate change, having far-reaching implications for more than a billion people living in the region, experts said on Monday.

5th June 2007
Global warming is shrinking the Great Lakes - New Scientist
Low water levels in North America's vast natural reservoirs are partly due to a recent drought, but also to warmer waters

31st May 2007
UK's Met Office Sees Another Hot Summer - Planet Ark
LONDON - This summer will probably be hotter than average in Britain and there is now a one in six chance of average temperatures reaching or exceeding levels seen in the sweltering summer of 2003, the UK's Met Office said.

31st May 2007
Bhutan eyes glacier floods as area warms - MSNBC
Already, 24 of 2,674 glacial lakes are close to bursting as glaciers retreat.

26th May 2007
Glacier visit aiming to be an ice-opener - Denver Post
"My main message is the Greenland ice sheets and the Arctic in general are responding to climate change," Steffen said by satellite phone this week. "And the ice loss here is even larger than we expected."

26th May 2007
Ice melting a threat to hydro plants: ISRO - Hindustan Times
The glaciers in the Himalayan landscape are not only melting at a faster rate because of climate change, they also pose a threat to the hydro power plants in the region, says a study by the Indian Space Research Organsiation (ISRO)

26th May 2007
The village that was swallowed by the sea - BBC News
Dr Thanawat Jarupongsakul, a scientist from Bangkok's Chulalongkorn University says that climate change has helped cause the loss of nearly 600 km of Thailand's coastline.

26th May 2007
Warm spring 'affecting wildlife'
A warm spring has brought about the early arrival of some UK wildlife, the first results of this year's Springwatch survey suggest.

26th May 2007
Experts cite climate change in European allergy explosion
Scientists, meeting in Vienna from May 16 to 20 for the annual congress of the EuropeanAcademy for Dermatology and Venereology, said global warming has not only added to the number of allergies but also resulted in an increasing number of foreign plants moving into Europe, causing still more new allergies. Often hay fever, asthma or allergic eczemas were interconnected with skin diseases, allergy specialist Johannes Ring of Munich Technical University said. "Most allergies start with skin problems, even food allergies." In severe cases - for example heavy asthma attacks or allergic reactions to insect bites - an allergy could be fatal.

19th May 2007
Global April Surface Temperature Third Warmest on Record - NOAA News
DESPITE RECORD COLD START, APRIL TEMPERATURE NEAR AVERAGE FOR U.S. The combined global land and ocean surface temperature for April was the third warmest on record (1.21 degrees F/0.67 degrees C above the 20th century mean). The global surface temperature for the combined January-April period was the warmest on record. Separately, the global April land-surface temperature was the warmest on record. Elevated monthly mean temperatures—more than 5 degrees F (3 degrees C) above average—covered large parts of Asia and Western Europe. The April ocean-surface temperature tied for seventh warmest in the 128-year period of record as neutral ENSO (El Niño-Southern Oscillation) conditions persisted in the equatorial Pacific..

18th May 2007
Big Area of Antarctica Melted, Satellite Finds - Planet Ark
WASHINGTON - Vast areas of snow in Antarctica melted in 2005 when temperatures warmed up for a week in the summer in a process that may accelerate invisible melting deep beneath the surface, NASA said on Tuesday.

17th May 2007
Jump in rat population in western China blamed on global warming - CNews
BEIJING (AP) - An early boom in the rat population in western China has been blamed on global warming, Chinese news media reported Tuesday.

16th May 2007
China drought threatens water supply for millions - AlertNet
Source: Reuters BEIJING, May 15 (Reuters) - A spring drought is intensifying across north China thanks to scarce rainfall and high temperatures, drying up reservoirs and farmland and threatening drinking water ...

16th May 2007
Ocean around Japan warming up fast -report - Reuters AlertNet
Ocean around Japan warming up fast -reportReuters AlertNet, UK. The report comes at a time when the international community is struggling to take global action against climate change.

16th May 2007
Bird migration patterns shifting, early warning of climate change - CNews
BONN, Germany (AP) - Like canaries that once warned of danger in mine shafts, migrating birds are becoming harbingers of another risk - climate change.

14th May 2007
220 wildfires rage across Florida - Independent
Florida, the US state that is most vulnerable to global warming, is belatedly joining the fight to control climate change as more than 220 wildfires - fanned by the first named storm of the season - rage across its territory.

13th May 2007
Glacial melt threatens watershed of Asian plateau - San Jose Mercury News
The glaciers of the Himalayas store more ice than anywhere else on Earth except the polar regions and Alaska, and the steady flow of water from their melting icepacks fills seven of the mightiest rivers of Asia. Now, because of global warming and related changes in the monsoons and trade winds, the glaciers are retreating at a startling rate, and scientists say the ancient icepacks could nearly disappear within one or two generations.

13th May 2007
Missouri Floods Subside, May Have Been Exacerbated by Warming - Bloomberg
The heavy rainfall that caused the Missouri River to rise as much as 13 feet (4 meters) above its flood stage in some areas may have been exacerbated by global warming, climatologists said. As much as 10 inches (25 centimeters) of rain fell in the state in the past week, the National Weather Service said. ``Some of the extreme rains can be blamed on global warming,'' said Jeff Masters, director of meteorology for the Weather Underground Web site in Ann Arbor, Michigan. ``It's thought that as the globe continues to warm, these events will become more extreme.''

13th May 2007
Climate Change Fosters Coral-Eating Starfish - IPS
At the Kushimoto marine park, 640 km southwest of the national capital, divers proudly display the coral-eating starfish they pluck away from the famed table coral formations that attract tourists for their sheer beauty. 'The ocean around Kushimoto has become one degree warmer compared to the 1970s, and this is causing the proliferation of coral-destroying starfish. Removing the animals is hard work but our divers are eager to help,'' says Keiichi Nomura, biologist at the marine park.

12th May 2007
NSW drought worsening - Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Latest figures show that more than 80 per cent of New South Wales is now in drought.

12th May 2007
Exotic planting scheme stepped up - BBC News
More olive and palm trees are to be planted in central London in response to the changing weather.

12th May 2007
Dangerous and growing The most destructive Minnesota wildfire in ... - Pioneer Press
Dangerous and growing The most destructive Minnesota wildfire in ...Pioneer Press, MN. "Personally, it's hard to argue against the idea of climate change and global warming." The last major wildfire in the region struck last year, ...

7th May 2007
Judging by the azaleas, winter is losing its bite - Albany Times Union
Warmer regional temperatures mean new plant species thrive while others are threatened

7th May 2007
Wildlife fears after low rainfall - BBC News
People are asked to report any environmental incidents as fears grow for wildlife after a hot and dry spring. Fears that rivers could become toxic to fish have been voiced by the Environment Agency after a dry April.

6th May 2007
Timeline: Changeable UK weather - BBC
The UK is experiencing summertime conditions in early spring - with temperatures already hitting more than 26C in the south. Here is a summary of this year's changeable weather. Record highs and observations will be updated through what the Met Office predicts could be the hottest year yet recorded.

6th May 2007
Something?s Up With the Violets - New York Times
FOR many New Yorkers, familiarity with nature comes mainly in the form of extravagant salads, but for Steve Brill, extravagant salads come from his familiarity with nature. He has been living off the bounty of the city?s parks for 25 years, feasting on wild edibles and leading foraging tours twice a week.

6th May 2007
Italy declares drought emergency - [food]
ROME, Italy (Reuters) -- Italy declared a state of emergency in northern and central regions on Friday due to fears of drought following unusually warm and dry weather.

4th May 2007
Warmer streams threat to species - BBC News
A 25-year study finds climate change is warming streams affecting small creatures.

4th May 2007
Alarm grows in European farming over drought - [food]
Berlin - A spring drought affecting parts of Europe north of the Alps is worrying farmers, who say they need rain within the next couple of weeks or crops will fail. Helmut Born of the German Farmers Federation said this week: "We are hearing from the meteorologists that the drought area stretches from northern France through to Poland." Affected farmers say the soil is as dry as it usually is in August.

4th May 2007
Rising sea levels threaten small Pacific island nations - International Herald Tribune
Dire climate change predictions may seem like science fiction in many parts of the world. But in the tiny, sea-swept Pacific nation of Tuvalu, the crisis has already arrived.

4th May 2007
Arctic Leaders Blame Warming for Wolves, Suicide - Planet Ark
WASHINGTON - Global warming sent marauding wolves into an Alaskan hamlet, killed Norwegian reindeer with unlikely parasites and may even spur suicide among Inuit youth, Arctic leaders said on Thursday.

4th May 2007
Busy gardeners say it's down to global warming - Guardian Unlimited
Two thirds of gardeners report earlier blooming bulbs, and over a quarter are convinced it is caused by climate change.

4th May 2007
As the Climate Changes, Bits of England's Coast Crumble - New York Times
As climate change has accelerated erosion on the east coast of Britain, many scientists and politicians have decided that it no longer makes sense to defend the land. Under the policy of managed retreat, farms, nature preserves and villages are surrendered to the sea.

4th May 2007
Butterflies make early appearance
The hottest April on record has meant butterflies are hatching up to two months early.

4th May 2007
Global warming blamed for Swedish beetle-infestation - International Herald Tribune
Until now, the beetle has never been a big problem in Northern Europe, mainly because long and cold winters kept their numbers down. But for this year and the next, experts are predicting an explosion in the number of beetles, causing the death of up to 60 million cubic meters, or 2.1 billion cubic feet, of trees - almost two-thirds of the yearly regeneration of Sweden's forests. "This is the worst situation we've ever seen here in Sweden," said Bo Langstrom, a professor of entomology at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. "Usually, the beetle only produces one brood per year here in Sweden. But last year, for the first time, it produced two."

3rd May 2007
Warmest April average temperature since records began in 1659 - Guardian Unlimited
Last month was the warmest April since records began in 1659.

3rd May 2007
Shrinking giants: The grey whales under threat from starvation
They were one of the triumphs of conservation worldwide. Grey whales were hunted to the brink of extinction in the 1850s after the discovery of calving lagoons, and again in the early 1900s with the introduction of floating whaling factories. In 1937, they were given partial protection by the International Whaling Commission (IWC), and full protection 10 years later.

3rd May 2007
Amphibians in losing race with environmental change
Even though they had the ability to evolve and survive for hundreds of millions of years - since before the time of the dinosaurs and through many climatic regimes - the massive, worldwide decline of amphibians can best be understood by their inability to keep pace with the current rate of global change, a new study suggests.

1st May 2007
Arctic melt faster than forecast - BBC
Arctic ice is melting faster than computer models of climate calculate, according to a group of US researchers.
See also: Arctic Sea Ice Forecast Trends

1st May 2007
Pacific whale decline 'a mystery' - BBC News
Grey whales along the Pacific coast of North America appear to be in distress, with not enough food available.

30th April 2007
April weather set to break record - BBC News
The UK Met Office figures indicate this month will be the warmest April in England since records began.

28th April 2007
Ice shrinks, birds migrate early in warmer Arctic - AlertNet
A Norwegian glacier has shrunk on an island 1,000 km (600 miles) from the North Pole, a usually frozen fjord is ice-free and snow bunting birds have migrated back early in possible signs of global warming.

26th April 2007
It's springtime for snifflers - New York Daily News
Spring is barely in swing but New York doctors are already getting calls from allergy sufferers miserable from trees pollinating after a short, mild winter.

26th April 2007
UK vineyards helped by global warming - Sydney Morning Herald
English wines, once the butt of mocking jokes by connoisseurs, enjoyed their best harvest for a decade as global warming created ideal conditions for grapes.

26th April 2007
Arctic ice nears record low - USA Today
Scientists report that the 2007 minimum extent of sea ice across the Arctic could set an all-time record low due to global warming. Based on current data, researchers at the University of Colorado say there's a 33% chance this will...

24th April 2007
An island made by global warming - The Independent
The map of Greenland will have to be redrawn. A new island has appeared off its coast, suddenly separated from the mainland by the melting of Greenland's enormous ice sheet, a development that is being seen as the most alarming sign of global warming.

24th April 2007
Higher temperatures slow tropical tree growth -
Climate change may be reducing growth rates of tropical rainforest trees, a development that could have widespread impacts for biodiversity, forest productivity, and even climate change itself, according to new research published in Ecology Letters.

24th April 2007
Deep sea fish growing slower due to global warming -
Changes in ocean temperature have altered the growth rates of commercially harvested fish over the past century, according to a new study published in this week's early online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

24th April 2007
The 'Canaries' Under The Sound - Hartford Courant
Microscopic shells shed by single-celled creatures lie deep within the estuary's sediment, and researchers believe they have a lot to tell us about climate change.
Foraminifera: Elphidium excavatum ousted by Ammonia beccarii. Causes: A warming Ocean and excess nitrogen. Effects: Dramatic changes to the marine food chain.

22nd April 2007
Scientists Forecast 1 In 3 Chance Of Record Low Sea Ice In 2007 - Science Daily
University of Colorado at Boulder researchers are forecasting a one in three chance that the 2007 minimum extent of sea ice across the Arctic region will set an all-time record low.

22nd April 2007
Leading Article: A global warning from the dust bowl of Australia - Independent [essential] [food]
Australia is in the midst of a crippling drought, the country's worst on record. Many towns and cities have been forced to enact drastic water restrictions as reservoirs have run dry. Rivers have been reduced to a trickle. The drought has severely damaged the agricultural sector. Farmers are raising emaciated cattle and sheep. Cotton-lint production has plummeted. Wine grape and rice output has collapsed. Agricultural production has fallen by almost one-quarter in a year. And it is estimated that the drought has knocked three-quarters to 1 per cent off the country's growth as a whole.

See also: Australian drought threatens crop catastrophe - Guardian Unlimited [food]

20th April 2007
Early sighting of basking shark - BBC News
A basking shark is spotted cruising through Irish waters - two months earlier than usual. According to Dr Savidge, the sighting of the shark is extremely unusual for this time of year as there are only a few sightings in the lough each year and these are usually in the high summer months of July and August. However, in recent years there has been a rise in the number of sightings of the coast off the British Isles which is believed to be partially due to climate change as the sharks follow plankton from warmer seas.

20th April 2007
Global warming blamed for lack of icebergs - StarPhoenix
Plenty of icebergs have been produced in Greenland in the last decade, but warming seas are melting them before they get to Canada, according to marine geologist Chris Woodworth-Lynas.

20th April 2007
Forest fire alert due to warm, dry weather - NZZ
The Swiss environment office has put the country on alert, warning of a high risk of forest fires due to the lack of rain and unseasonably warm weather.

20th April 2007
Hop farm brother plants vineyard - BBC News
Warmer weather in the South East has prompted a man to return to his family farm to plant a vineyard.

20th April 2007
Changes in Bird Abundance in Eastern North America: Urban Sprawl and Global Footprint? - RedNova
By Valiela, Ivan; Martinetto, Paulina The abundance of birds recorded in the North American Breeding Bird Survey decreased by up to 18 percent between 1966 and 2005.

19th April 2007
Drought in Australia by Matt Taylor - BBC News
Australia's worst drought on record got tougher on Thursday when the prime minister announced there won't be enough water to allow irrigation along the country's largest river system, unless there's significant rainfall over the next month.

19th April 2007
Climate change has pushed up Jakarta rainfall: BMG - Jakarta Post
Climate change has pushed up Jakarta rainfall: BMGJakarta Post, Indonesia. Increased temperatures caused by human-induced global warming have led to higher monthly rainfall in Jakarta, according to the Geophysical and ...

'Spring is new summer' - report - BBC News
Hawthorns blossoming and swifts returning mean summer has come early thanks to climate change, says a report.

18th April 2007
Bangladesh: A nation in fear of drowning
The once lush island of Aralia is disappearing under rising waters as flooding becomes more frequent, temperatures increase and disease kills four people a month. Shamola Begum will never forget the way her son cried in the last days of his life. Nine-year-old Masuk had always been a sickly child, but before he died he'd pleaded: "Mother, I need food." But Shamola often only had a little rice to feed him; nothing more.

18th April 2007
'Fewer leaves' behind frog demise
A decline in leaf-litter in forests, not a fungal infection, could be behind the demise of frogs, a study suggests. Scientists, from Florida International University, the University of Costa Rica and San Diego State University, suggested shifts in the area's climate had led to a decline in the habitat needed to sustain the creatures.

18th April 2007
Butterfly may be a sign of change - BBC News
The rare sighting of a migratory butterfly could be a further indicator of global warming, say conservationists.

17th April 2007
Out of Africa: diseases could hit animals and crops - The Herald
Many different species are relocating their habitats in response to global warming, and diseases are doing much the same. Blue-tongue is one such disease that now poses an imminent threat to the UK. It was first described in South Africa and then spread through the tropics and sub-tropics.

17th April 2007
Frogs offer new climate warning - Guardian Unlimited
Amphibian and reptile numbers fall by 75% in reserve meant to save them.

17th April 2007
Catastrophic Climate change very evident for travellers to Argentina - Canadian National Newspaper
Global warming is a subject that is never far from the news, and yet there are very few places on the planet where evidence of climate change can be so clearly seen as in the ice fields of the south Andies in Argentina and Chile. The Perito Moreno glacier in southern Argentina is a particularly beautiful and arguably typical example. Until recently this ancient frozen leviathan was still advancing, one of only three in the world to do so. Now, things have changed, as we discovered when we visited the area.

17th April 2007
Storm Spurs Talk of Climate Shift - The New York Sun
The greatest storm to hit the city in more than 20 years, providing the plants with a needed drink, causing some challenging commutes, and threatening the Long Island coastline, is escalating the debate about a climate shift. "We can no longer deny the science and bury our heads in the sand. Climate change is real issue with real consequences. And as a coastal city, New York can't just sit back and hope for the best."

16th April 2007
From Canada's north, a ground-level view of global warming -
NUNAVUT, Canada (AP) -- Inuit hunters are falling through thinning ice and dying. Dolphins are being spotted for the first time. There's not enough snow to build igloos for shelter during hunts.

16th April 2007
As ocean levels swell, an English coast crumbles - International Herald Tribune
Erosion on the East Coast of the U.K. has never been so quick - an effect of climate change, according to many scientists.

14th April 2007
Britons set for a warm weekend - Guardian Unlimited
Large parts of Britain to enjoying temperatures of up to 25C, around 10 degrees above the seasonal average and warmer even than the south of Spain. Looking ahead to this summer, the Met Office warned yesterday there was a "high probability" that temperatures would exceed the averages of the last 30 years.
Bookmakers William Hill said today they were cutting the odds on the UK seeing a temperature of 100F (37.8C) this year from 8-1 to 4-1 following heavy betting. "The sums of money we are taking on the temperatures reaching 100F are unprecedented," a spokesman said. "We have already taken several four-figure bets and we are now the shortest price we have ever been in April."

13th April 2007
Satellite to study source of 'night shining' clouds - New Scientist
Iridescent, silvery blue clouds at the edge of space that may be connected to global warming will be studied by a NASA spacecraft set to launch on 25 April. The Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) mission will be the first satellite dedicated to studying the enigmatic phenomenon of "noctilucent", or night-shining clouds. The shimmering clouds can be seen glowing just before sunrise or just after sunset because they are so high up - forming at an altitude of about 80 kilometres - that the Sun illuminates them from below the horizon.

13th April 2007
Street crime 'to rise with temperatures' experts warn - The Scotsman
as Britain warms over the next century, law enforcement experts are beginning to worry that they will soon lose the help of two of their key winter allies - Frost and Snow. There are also concerns that warmer summers will encourage increased alcohol consumption, which is strongly linked to criminal activity. Ken Pease, visiting professor of crime science at University College London and one of Britain's leading criminologists, said: "We know that more people on the streets, larger crowds, and alcohol consumption are all linked to increases in crime. And it stands to reason that warmer weather will encourage all three. "The question really is not whether global warming will lead to an increase in street crime, but by how much?"

12th April 2007
What's killing seabirds? Scientists baffled - Seattle Times
Something is killing seabirds. For the third winter running, seabirds not usually seen in such near-shore waters have been washing up, apparently starved to death, on beaches in California, Oregon and Washington. And for the third year, scientists say the reasons aren't clear. What they do know is this: The deaths matter. Ocean temperatures have, on average, been warm and the food web has been unproductive during the past three years, said Bill Peterson, an oceanographer with the National Marine Fisheries Service. "The birds were stressed at the end of their rope," he said.

12th April 2007
Unicorns of the sea: Dying in the depths
Narwhals, the "unicorns" of the sea, are in particular danger as whales and dolphins, already depleted by centuries of hunting, are driven towards extinction by global warming, a new report reveals.

7th April 2007
Loons face threat from global warming - Battle Creek Enquirer
Washington, DC -- The red-throated loon population in Alaska declined by 53 percent from the 1970s to the 1990s.

7th April 2007
Climbers Witnessing Global Warming - San Francisco Chronicle
Mountaineers are bringing back firsthand accounts of vanishing glaciers, melting ice routes, crumbling rock formations and flood-prone lakes where glaciers once rose. The observations are transforming a growing number of alpine and ice climbers, some...

7th April 2007
Things far from rosy as climate change hits traditional British gardens - Daily Telegraph
Gardeners in Britain are abandoning their lush green lawns and burgeoning flowerbeds in favour of Mediterranean-style planting because of global warming, it is being claimed.

7th April 2007
Mexicans worry over drying lake - BBC News
The BBC's Duncan Kennedy visits a cherished Mexican lake which may be drying up from global warming effects.

6th April 2007
Lake Superior's warming accelerates - Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune
For the past generation, Lake Superior has been warming even faster than the climate around it, according to a study by several professors at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Attributed to reduced ice cover because of milder winters, the warming has caused the lake's "summer season" to begin about two weeks earlier than it did 27 years ago. "It's a remarkably rapid rate of change," said Jay ...

6th April 2007
Reef could be dead in 20 years - Sydney Morning Herald
The Great Barrier Reef could be dead in 20 years unless there is a drastic reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, a marine biology expert said today. Rising sea temperatures were bleaching the coral and causing it to die, said Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg of the Australian Research Council Centre for Excellence for Coral Reef Studies.

6th April 2007
Sea life threatened by acidic oceans: UN panel - Sydney Morning Herald
Rising carbon dioxide emissions are making the world's oceans more acidic, particularly closer to the poles, heralding disaster for marine life, a major UN report on climate change impacts has warned. Harvey Marchant, Australian lead author on polar regions for the report, the second of four this year by the UN climate panel, said research showed a high take-up of carbon dioxide by polar oceans was producing marked changes in several species.

6th April 2007
Climate change fruitful for fungi - BBC News
An extraordinary amateur nature diary shows that UK fungi are fruiting more as the climate warms.

6th April 2007
Warming may not spark tree growth - Harvard University Gazette
A bright spot in the gloomy global warming picture has been scientists' predictions that at least some carbon dioxide will be removed from the atmosphere by a burst of growth from tropical forests. New research from the Arnold Arboretum, however, questions that prediction, finding that trees in two forests on opposite sides of the world have been growing dramatically slower, not faster, as temperatures have risen over the past 20 years.

6th April 2007
Briny future for vulnerable Malta - BBC News
The BBC's Matt McGrath investigates how rising sea levels are making life more difficult on the island of Malta.

4th April 2007
Drought forces bulldozing of fruit trees - Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Thousands of dead fruit trees are being bulldozed in north-east Victoria because of the drought.

4th April 2007
Farmers Warming Warning - RedNova [food]
GLOBAL warming has been blamed for a breeding boom among snowgeese that is causing havoc for US farmers.

4th April 2007
Farewell to a melting glacier - BBC News
James Painter returns to the Chacaltaya glacier in Bolivia for the first time in 15 years to find it is melting fast.

4th April 2007
How climate change affects you - BBC News
The BBC News website asked users for their views on how climate change was affecting their lives.

4th April 2007
Global Harming -- Climate Change Threatens Ecosystems Worldwide - RedNova
The frogs went silent SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Back in the Puerto Rican rain forest for the first time in five years, biologist Rafael Joglar sensed something was wrong. He wasn't hearing the frogs whose nocturnal calls he had long recorded in the misty highlands.

4th April 2007
Warming sea to hit commercial fisheries: CSIRO - ABC Online
A new CSIRO report has warned that climate change is causing a significant change in the make-up of Australia's oceans. The first major study into the impact of global warming on Australia's marine ecosystem reveals that ocean temperatures on the east coast of Tasmania have increased by up to two degrees Celsius in the last 20 years. That is sparking a significant shift in fish species, with tropical fish migrating south into temperate waters.

4th April 2007
Crops threatened by heat, drought - China Daily
Warm winter weather combined with the prolonged drought that has gripped a wide swathe of China have put crops at risk across the country, officials have said.

4th April 2007
Warmest March ever - The Norway Post
The Met Office has never recorded as high a mean temperature for March as this year. The average temperature for the month was 4.1 degrees higher than normal.

3rd April 2007
Russia Sees Ill Effects of 'General Winter's' Retreat - Washington Post
Experts have long feared that Earth's warming climate would cause tropical diseases such as malaria to spread into more temperate zones, but a dramatic example of an apparently climate-related disease outbreak cropped up this winter in a cold place -- Russia. Warmer winters are allowing virus carrying mice that would normally perish to survive and infect humans. The viruses can cause a serious, and sometimes deadly, disease known as hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome, or HFRS.

2nd April 2007
The Age Of Warming - CBS News
If you were waiting for the day global warming would change the world, that day is here. It's happening, far from civilization's notice, in a place about as remote as you can get. Scientists believed Antarctica, at the bottom of the world, was too vast, too remote, to be bothered by climate change any time soon. But now glaciers are setting speed records for melting. Whole colonies of penguins are disappearing. Why does it matter? Antarctica is a climate giant, driving ocean and wind currents worldwide, with enormous potential to raise sea levels.

2nd April 2007
Climate change: Canada's cruel harvest - Independent
The authorities in Ottawa announced last week a sharp reduction in the numbers of pups that hunters will be allowed to kill this spring in a first official acknowledgement of the impact the melting ice is having on the seal population. Conservationists, however, are demanding that the harvest be cancelled.

2nd April 2007
Dengue Surging In Mexico, Latin America - CBS News
The deadly hemorrhagic form of dengue fever is increasing dramatically in Mexico, and experts predict a surge throughout Latin America fueled by climate change, migration and faltering mosquito eradication efforts.

31st March 2007
Special detective team wades in when Florida sea creatures die in droves - Seattle Times
The federal working group's members say marine die-offs are on the rise, due largely to algae blooms and viruses from environmental pressures such as farming runoff, warming oceans and discarded waste.

31st March 2007
The moose mystery - Minnesota Public Radio
Is the heat or the humidity hurting Minnesota moose?

31st March 2007
Where have all the cuckoos gone?
Reseacher David Glue believes that the main reason why the cuckoo is in crisis is to be found not in the UK but thousands of miles away in Africa. "We know that the cuckoo overwinters in East Africa, which is increasingly being hit by drought as a result of climate change and which is making conditions very difficult for both wildlife and people in the region,"

29th March 2007
Norwegian ocean waters are warmest ever recorded - USA Today
Winter ice cover in the Arctic Barents Sea in 2006 was the lowest ever recorded, and waters all along the Norwegian coast were hitting record high average temperatures, the national Institute of Marine Research said Wednesday.

29th March 2007
Scientists say Antarctic ice sheet is thinning
HOUSTON (Reuters) - A Texas-sized piece of the Antarctic ice sheet is thinning, possibly due to global warming, and could cause the world's oceans to rise significantly, polar ice experts said on Wednesday.

29th March 2007
NASA Data Shows Golden State Heating Up - RedNova
Average temperatures in California rose almost one degree Celsius (nearly two degrees Fahrenheit) during the second half of the 20th century, with urban areas blazing the way to warmer conditions, according to a new study by scientists at NASA and California State University, Los Angeles.

29th March 2007
Lack of ice set to kill start of Canada seal hunt
OTTAWA (Reuters) - The first stage of Canada's controversial annual harp seal hunt is likely to be scrapped because the ice floes where pups are born have broken up and many animals have drowned, officials and animal rights activists said on Tuesday.

27th March 2007
'Global warming' riddle of dead baby porpoise discovered miles upstream - The Scotsman
A HARBOUR porpoise has been found dead miles from the sea in another possible sign of how global warming is affecting our sea creatures, The Scotsman can reveal.

27th March 2007
100pc in drought declared in Victoria - Stuff
SYDNEY: Australia's lingering drought, one of the worst on record, has produced a first-ever official declaration that all agricultural land in the southeastern state of Victoria is in drought.

24 March 2007
Millions face drought in China - BBC News
Very low levels of rainfall in south-western China have left 5.5 million people short of water, officials say.

24 March 2007
Moscow enjoys warmest start to spring by Steph Ball - BBC News
Wednesday saw Moscow experiencing its warmest 21st March as spring officially got under way. Although it seems that winter is proving reluctant to release its grip on the UK and parts of Europe, Muscovites have instead been shedding their winter clothes as temperatures pushed well above the average.

23rd March 2007
Study: Lake Superior summer temps rising - Science Daily - press release
U.S. scientists have determined Lake Superior's summer surface temperatures have increased by approximately 2.5 degrees Celsius since 1979. The researchers, led by Jay Austin and Steven Colman of the University of Minnesota, said the increase is about twice the rate of regional atmospheric warming.

23rd March 2007
Global warming puts Canada's hunted seals on thin ice - AFP via Yahoo! News
Global warming is threatening Canada's harp seals, protesters warned Thursday, calling for this year's annual cull to be cancelled to spare seals already in peril from retreating ice.

23rd March 2007
Why Are Coho Salmon Disappearing? - KGO-TV Bay Area
The fight to save an endangered salmon run. Is global warming a factor? A special effort to spare this troubled species.

22nd March 2007
Flowers, animals signal spring arrived long ago
OSLO (Reuters) - Early flowers, migrating swallows and sleepless bears are among signs that spring has arrived long ago in the northern hemisphere even as a record mild winter formally ends on Tuesday with a rare chill.

21st March 2007
Winter 2006-07 ties for second-warmest on record - CBC
As spring officially begins Tuesday night, Canadians can bid farewell to one of the warmest winters ever recorded.

21st March 2007
Has Pacific Northwest snowpack declined? Yes. - RealClimate
Clearing up confusion over the "50 percent decline".

20th March 2007
Drought helps cut Hunter grape tonnage - Australian Broadcasting Corporation
The Hunter Valley Vineyard Association says this year's grape tonnage is down an estimated 40 per cent on previous years, mainly due to the drought.

20th March 2007
Birds shift north instead of flying south for winter - The Ithaca Journal
More bird species in the United States are ranging farther north and even staying there for the winter in a possible sign of adaptation to global warming, ornithologists and conservation groups say.

19th March 2007
Poster child of climate change: Polar bear - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Global warming has found its photogenic, endangered symbol -- the polar bear.

19th March 2007
Plague of beetles raises climate change fears for American beauty - Guardian Unlimited
Beetle infestation could destroy 90% of Colorado's distinctive lodgepole pine forests.

19th March 2007
Ivorian Cocoa Growers Say Drought Worst in Memory - Planet Ark
A harsh spell of dry weather in Ivory Coast's central Daloa region which has lasted several months is the worst in living memory and is killing off young cocoa trees, farmers and cooperatives said on Friday.

19th March 2007
Shorter winters in Asia due to global warming: scientists - Taipei Times
Shorter winters in Asia due to global warming: scientistsTaipei Times, Taiwan. Winter is under threat in many parts of Asia, and most scientists say global climate change is the cause. "Winter is becoming shorter," said Benjamin ...

17th March 2007
Climate change 'destroying glaciers' in Argentina -  
[BUENOS AIRES] The glaciers of the Argentinian Patagonia are being destroyed by climate change with most of them gone by 2030, says a scientist.

16th March 2007
Ocean heat blamed for the mysterious disappearance of glaciers  
A mysterious phenomenon is causing four major glaciers in the Antarctic to shrink in unison, causing a significant increase in sea levels, scientists have found.

16th March 2007
Winter warmth breaks all records - BBC News  
This year's winter in the northern hemisphere was the warmest since records began in 1880, US experts say.

16th March 2007
Portugal posts one of the warmest years on record - Yahoo / AFP
This year was the fifth warmest in Portugal since records started being kept in 1931, the national weather office said.

30th December 2006
Buzz Of Bumblebees Heard In Britain In Depths Of Winter - Medical News Today
UK: Driven by climate change, and by planting of exotic garden plants that flower through the winter, one species of bumblebee seems to have given up hibernating altogether.

29th December 2006
No Time for Ice Sculptures; They Melt as They’re Made - NY Times
USA, New York: The average temperature this month has been 44 degrees, 6 degrees above normal for this time of year, the National Weather Service said. On Dec. 2, the mercury climbed to 70 degrees in Central Park, a record high for the day.

27th December 2006
Barrier Reef fish starving to death, study says -
FISH species on the Great Barrier Reef are starving to death because climate change is killing off their food source, an environmental study has found.

27th December 2006
Invasion of beavers felt in far north Warming trend is eroding a way of life - Anchorage Daily News
Alaska: "Before, there were no beavers there because there was no source of food for them," said Cochran, 57, executive director of the Alaska Native Science Commission. "Now there are trees in people's front yards. The treeline has moved so much farther north that the beavers are now moving into the area. That has so much to do with everything that's going on in the environment."

25th December 2006
Extreme Autumn Temperatures Cause Unseasonable Flowering In The Netherlands - Science Daily
Observers in the Netherlands reported that more than 240 wild plant species were flowering in December, along with more than 200 cultivated species. According to biologist Arnold van Vliet of Wageningen University, this unseasonable flowering is being caused by extremely high autumn temperatures.

22nd December 2006
Spain Set for Warmest Year on Record - Planet Ark
This year is on track to be the warmest on record in Spain, a country which was already hot before global warming set in, the government said on Tuesday.

20th December 2006
The average annual temperature for the contiguous U.S. will likely be the third warmest on record in 2006, according to scientists at the NOAA National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C. The year is noted for widespread drought and record wildfires, as well as heavy precipitation and flooding in some parts of the country. Following the warmest year on record for the globe in 2005, the annual global temperature for 2006 is expected to be sixth warmest since recordkeeping began in 1880

19th December 2006
Seasonal Disorder - The Independent
UK: The countryside is looking rather peculiar this winter. It seems we have a number of unexpected guests for Christmas. Dragonflies, bumblebees and red admiral butterflies, which would normally be killed off by the frost, can still be seen in some parts of the country. Bigger beasts are here too. Swallows and house martins, which normally fly south to Africa at this time of year, are still lingering. These strange winter guests could presage something far more sinister and unwelcome for our planet.
See also:Do they know it's Christmas?

18th December 2006
Boston feels the warmth - Los Angeles Times
USA, Boston: Mail carriers cheerfully walked their routes, unburdened by hats or coats or boots made for blizzards. Joggers ran beside the (unfrozen) Charles River in shorts, and swimmers leapt into the sea at L Street Beach. Middle-aged guys cruised Commonwealth Avenue in top-down convertibles.

18th December 2006
2006 sets British heat records - BBC News
Several records for temperatures in Britain have been broken during 2006.
See also: November rainfall hits new record

14th December 2006
2006 was Earth's sixth warmest year on record - New Scientist  
2006 was the Earth's sixth warmest year on record, averaging 0.4°C above the 1961 to 1990 average, according to the World Meteorological Organization. The records extend back to 1861. And the UK charted its warmest year ever – its records go back to 1659.

14th December 2006
2006 Warmest Year in Netherlands in 300 Years - Planet Ark
Netherlands: This year is on track to be the warmest in the Netherlands since temperatures were first measured in 1706, the Dutch meteorological institute KNMI said on Tuesday, linking the record with global warming.

13th December 2006
Warming oceans produce less phytoplankton - New Scientist 
As the Earth’s oceans warm, the masses of tiny plants growing at their surface is declining, say US researchers. Their results show that the productivity of global oceans is tightly linked to climate change and has been steadily decreased between 1999 and 2004.
The Independent has a better headline: Climate change is killing the oceans' microscopic 'lungs', but NASA has nicer pictures.

7th December 2006
Britain's Autumn Was Warmest on Record - Planet Ark
Britain has experienced its warmest autumn on record, with average temperature across the United Kingdom beating the peak set in 2001, Britain's meteorological office said on Friday.

4th December 2006
Cold Likely Not Halting Canada Pine Beetle Spread - Planet Ark
Canada: The Arctic front that has locked Western Canada in an early winter deep-freeze, has apparently not been harsh enough to kill an insect infestation munching through the region's forests.

30th November 2006
Wildlife warning as autumn temperatures hit new high - Guardian Unlimited
Environment campaigners today issued new warnings about the impact of climate change on Britain's wildlife as figures showed this autumn is almost certain to be the warmest on record.

28th November 2006
Global warming fuels fungal toad-killer - New Scientist
The first evidence in Europe of a species decline from a disease linked to climate change has been shown, researchers say.

25th November 2006
Global warming triggers North Sea temperature rise - PhysOrg.Com
The North Sea's water temperature rose to a record average of 2.4 degrees Celsius in October compared to the same period between 1963-1993 in the latest climate-change spinoff, a new German study found.
[See Mum, I told you it was warmer...]

15th November 2006
U.N. says 2005 set record for greenhouse gases in atmosphere - International Herald Tribune
Greenhouse gases in the Earth's atmosphere reached a record high in 2005 and are still increasing, the U.N. weather agency said Friday.

3rd November 2006
It’s so warm plants think spring is here - The Times
The weather really is going haywire. Britain’s gardeners are reporting the first signs of a “phantom spring” in the midst of one of the warmest Octobers on record.

22nd October 2006
Farmers in despair as the drought sears land - The Times
Australian drought: "...every four days officials record the suicide of another farmer."

17th October 2006
Official: this summer is the longest, hottest ever - Guardian Unlimited
UK: Figures, based on the Central England Temperature records that date back 350 years, show that the average temperature from May to September was 16.2C. This is two degrees higher than the average for this time of year. See also: Season of mists? How autumn lost its cool

15th October 2006
Arctic Sea Ice Shrinks As Temperatures Rise - Science Daily
While cool August temperatures prevented sea ice in the Arctic from reaching its lowest summer extent on record, 2006 continued a pattern of sharp annual decreases due to rising temperatures probably caused by greenhouse warming, according to University of Colorado at Boulder researchers.

4th October 2006
Climate change takes toll on Bearing Sea - Daily
Scientists suspect global warming in having a major negative impact on the Bering Sea, where much of the fish consumed the United States is caught.

2nd October 2006
Climate change makes fish migrate - Independent
A warm-water Atlantic triple fin fish has, for the first time, been caught off the coast of Britain, in another sign of species migrating north as global temperatures rise, experts said on Tuesday.

20th September 2006
Poisonous exotic fish caught off Cornwall - The Times
A rare but potentially fatal pufferfish has been caught off the coast of Cornwall.
[..interesting: 'expert' rules out global warming without providing his own better hypothesis...]

19th September 2006
Hunger kills guillemots - Guardian Unlimited 
Hundreds of guillemots - diving birds that feed on shoals of small fish - have been found starved to death along the shorelines of Northern Ireland and the west of Scotland. "Our best guess is that their food sources have moved further north due to global climate change."

16th September 2006
Arctic Sea Ice Hitting Major Lows in Wintertime - NASA
The Arctic winter wonderland, known for its icy waterways and white snowy scenery, is experiencing record low sea ice in the last two years. In a new NASA study, scientists have used satellite observations to observe unusually warm wintertime temperatures in the region and a resulting decline in the length of the Arctic ice season.

14th September 2006
NASA Sees Rapid Changes in Arctic Sea Ice - NASA
NASA data show that Arctic perennial sea ice, which normally survives the summer melt season and remains year-round, shrunk abruptly by 14 percent between 2004 and 2005. According to researchers, the loss of perennial ice in the East Arctic Ocean was even higher, nearing 50 percent during that time as some of the ice moved from the East Arctic to the West.

14th September 2006
Summer was second-warmest on record, says Environment Canada - Ottawa Citizen
Yes, it was hot. Environment Canada says the summer of 2006 was the second-warmest since national record-keeping began in 1948.

13th September 2006
Spain's Searing Drought Drains Water Supplies - Planet Ark
Spain's searing drought has sapped water reserves to record lows for the time of year, threatening supplies to the populous southern regions of Alicante and Murcia, official data showed on Tuesday.

6th September 2006
Destructive insects on rise in Alaska - Boston Globe
Alaska: Warmer winters kill fewer insects. Longer, warmer summers let insects complete a life cycle and reproduce in one year instead of two, the forest ecologist said.

11th September 2006
Beached tuna discovered at coast - BBC News
Conservation experts say the waters off Wales are being visited by a host of unusual species after a tuna was found beached at Burry Port, Carmarthenshire.

26th August 2006
"Red Devil" squid, jellyfish point to ocean upsets - Reuters 
South American "Red Devil" squid found off Alaska and jellyfish plaguing the Mediterranean may point to vast disruptions in the seas linked to global warming, pollution or over-fishing, experts say.

21st August 2006
Grey jays hit by warming as birds' freezer fails - Reuters
Grey jay birds that store frozen food to help survive icy winters are dying out in parts of North America because global warming is rotting their hoards, a scientist said.

20th August 2006
Invasion of the warm water aliens - Guardian Unlimited
UK: More and more warm water fish, whales, crustaceans and other marine species are heading north, following the plankton and fish on which they feed. In the last few years, trigger and puffer fish, rainbow wrasse, sardines, anchovies, barracudas and seahorses have been recorded. There is anecdotal evidence of great white sharks.

19th August 2006
Wildlife hit hard in worst drought for 100 years -The Independent
UK: The summer drought has generated more than 100 reports of serious effects on wildlife ranging from distressed fish and dead ducks to toxic algal blooms.

10th August 2006
Mediterranean on jellyfish alert - BBC News
Thousands of holidaymakers in the Mediterranean have been stung by jellyfish as huge swarms of the creatures invade coastal waters.

9th August 2006
Record retreat of Arctic sea ice - Daily Camera
This year's melting of Arctic summer sea ice is on track to be the most extreme since satellites began to track the polar ice cap in 1979, scientists at the National Snow and Ice Data Center on the University of Colorado campus say.

9th August 2006
Seabird chicks 'starved to death' - BBC News
As many as 200 kittiwake chicks have died of starvation at an important bird colony on cliffs in East Sussex.

6th August 2006
Winners and losers among British wildlife as summer heatwave transforms the landscape - The Independent
Wilting trees, shrinking rivers, burning heathlands; but insect life abundant, with foreign species flocking in - that's a snapshot of Britain's landscape and wildlife in the middle of one of the hottest summers on record.

5th August 2006
Summer Nights Heating Up - ENN
America in recent years has been sweltering through three times more than its normal share of extra-hot summer nights, government weather records show. And that is a particularly dangerous trend.

3rd August 2006
Heat Wave is Drying Up Europe's Water Resources - Deutsche Welle
The record temperatures in July have had a dramatic effect on Europe's water resources. Many lakes and rivers are at record lows, aggravating problems already caused by bad water management.

2nd August 2006
Ugly bugs get the hots for Scotland - Scotsman
UK: Rising temperatures are bringing exotic - and sometimes dangerous - new insects and reptiles to the shores of Britain, with black widow-like spiders found in Helensburgh and scorpions nesting in Liverpool.

30th July 2006
Warming triggers 'dead zone' - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Bottom fish and crabs washing up dead on Oregon beaches are being killed by a recurring "dead zone" of low-oxygen water that appears to be triggered by global warming, scientists say.

27th July 2006
Here comes the sunfish, riding on the crest of a heatwave - The Independent
Across the country, coastal communities from Land's End to Shetland have reported record numbers of exotic species of marine life basking in seas warmed by the recent heat wave.

26th July 2006
High Nighttime Temperatures Set Records Too - Los Angeles Times
At 77°, Burbank experienced the warmest nighttime low the city has ever recorded for July. Los Angeles International Airport, Long Beach, Woodland Hills and downtown Los Angeles also saw record high minimum temperatures.
See also That Feeling in the Air? Doomsday

25th July 2006
Blackouts as US temperatures soar - BBC News
Hundreds of thousands of people in different parts of the US continue to be affected by power outages as temperatures soar to record highs.

24th July 2006
2006 sets heat record for US - Reuters
The first six months of 2006 were the warmest, on average, since the United States started keeping records in 1895, and global warming is a contributing factor, a U.S. climate expert said on Wednesday.

20th July 2006
Warmer oceans disrupt Pacific food chain for second year - North Country Times
Warmer sea temperatures mean less krill which in turn means disaster for breeding sea birds. Only one in 400 auklet chicks will survive this season - normaly there would be hundreds.

20th July 2006
Canada's 'Winterpeg' Facing a Dry Summer - Planet Ark
WINNIPEG, Manitoba - This western Canadian city, nicknamed Winterpeg for its bitterly cold winters, is baking under the summer sun and facing its driest June and July on record, Environment Canada said Wednesday, and regional crops are showing signs of stress.

13th July 2006
Pine beetle threatens Canada's boreal forest - CBC News
A mountain pine beetle infestation that has already killed off billions of trees in British Columbia is threatening to take over Alberta's jack pine, marking the start of a deadly cross-country trek.

5th July 2006
Thirst threatens as tropical glaciers melt away - NZ Herald
Mountain glaciers around the world are melting faster now than at any time in the past 5000 years because of an unprecedented period of global warming, a study has found.

29th June 2006
Sea life counts dive for 2nd year - San Francisco Chronicle 
Decrease in essential plankton and krill disrupt food chain. There's "a great deal of disruption going on in food webs and it's climate related."

23rd June 2006
Sea urchins threaten Tasmanian fisheries - ABC
The infestation of a destructive species of sea urchin along Tasmania's coast is alarming marine ecologists and the fishing industry who claim climate change and overfishing have caused the spread of the pest, which is now threatening two of the State's key fisheries.

12th June 2006
Global warming causing new evolutionary patterns - New Zealand Herald
Some species of animals are changing genetically in order to adapt to rapid climate change within the timeframe of just a few generations, scientists said today.

9th June 2006
U.S. Leads Rise in 2004 Greenhouse Gas Emissions - New York Times
Many rich nations' emissions of greenhouse gases rose in 2004, led by a U.S. rebound to record highs.

3rd June 2006
Weather-Hit Crops Tighten European Wheat Supply - Planet Ark
Flooded fields in central Europe, a harsh Black Sea winter and low rainfall in France have dimmed the prospects for this summer's wheat crop, adding to tightening world supplies next season, analysts said on Friday.

22nd May 2006
Global Warming Hurts Spain's Vineyards, Forces Vintners to Move - Bloomberg
Global warming is killing vineyards in southern Spain, threatening a 2 billion-euro ($2.4 billion) wine industry and forcing grape growers to move to cooler climes of the Pyrenees.

22nd May 2006
Temperatures Hit Record May Highs in Central Spain - Planet Ark
Temperatures in parts of central Spain set record highs for May this week, the National Meteorological Institute said on Thursday.

19th May 2006
No Weather Relief for Drought and Flood-Hit China - Planet Ark
Drought and floods in China are threatening millions of people in cities and on farms and the weather outlook offers little prospect of relief, state media reported on Friday.

15th May 2006
First drought order for 11 years - BBC News
UK: A drought order has been granted in England and Wales for the first time since 1995, banning the non-essential use of water.

15th May 2006
Meltdown fear as Arctic ice cover falls to record winter low - Guardian Unlimited
Record amounts of the Arctic ocean failed to freeze during the recent winter, new figures show, spelling disaster for wildlife and strengthening concerns that the region is locked into a destructive cycle of irreversible climate change.

15th May 2006
The Great Coral Reef disaster - The Independent
US admits for first time that global warming is killing reefs - and will now be legally obliged to protect them.

14th May 2006
Bye Bye Birdies - Time
Populations of many migratory species have plummeted--and, in some cases, global warming seems to be at fault

8th May 2006
Climate change forces plants to search for better places to live - Guardian Unlimited
Climate change is reshaping the landscape of Britain as rising temperatures allow orchids and ferns to flourish in the north, while other species retreat to cooler conditions on high land and mountainsides.

24th April 2006
Climate change adds to Alaska woes - Casper Star-Tribune
Climate warming has accelerated conditions ideal for conflagration, contributing to record fire seasons in America's largest state and starting a trend that forest managers fear has changed the forest into the next century.

17th April 2006
Climate Change Shattering Marine Food Chain - Inter Press Service News Agency
Vast swaths of coral reefs in the Caribbean sea and South Pacific Ocean are dying, while the recently-discovered cold-water corals in northern waters will not survive the century -- all due to climate change.

10th April 2006
Warming Sound has lobsters in a pinch - Norwalk Advocate
Rising water temperatures could be to blame for the steep decline in lobsters and other cold-water species once found in abundance in Long Island Sound. According to researchers gathered yesterday in Bridgeport for the 16th annual Long Island Sound Summit, the Sound is experiencing a dramatic change in the types of wildlife that reside there.

9th April 2006
Poor data hides crisis facing species - Boston Globe
Animal and plant species are dying off rapidly around the world due to climate change, but scientists are struggling to monitor the decline due to a lack of data, top scientists said on Wednesday.

5th April 2005
Caribbean Coral Suffers Record Death - CBS News
A one-two punch of bleaching from record hot water followed by disease has killed ancient and delicate coral in the biggest loss of reefs scientists have ever seen in Caribbean waters. Researchers from around the globe are scrambling to figure out the extent of the loss. Early conservative estimates from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands find that about one-third of the coral in official monitoring sites has recently died.

30th March 2006
Drought threatens disaster for wetland birds - The Independent
Drought is hitting wetland birds harder than ever before, with waders in south-east England facing their worst-ever breeding season.

29th March 2006
Environment changes hit Europe's butterflies - Guardian Unlimited
Seven in 10 British butterfly species are declining dramatically as a result of intensive farming, habitat loss and climate change, the largest survey of Europe's butterflies has revealed.

16th March 2006
Sharp rise in CO2 levels recorded - BBC News 
US climate scientists have recorded a significant rise in the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, pushing it to a new record level.

14th March 2006
Climate change 'irreversible' as Arctic sea ice fails to re-form - The Independent 
Sea ice in the Arctic has failed to re-form for the second consecutive winter, raising fears that global warming may have tipped the polar regions in to irreversible climate change far sooner than predicted.

14th March 2006
Winter of 2005/2006 the warmest ever, coast to coast - Canoe
Between December and February, the country was 3.9 degrees above normal - the warmest winter season since temperatures were first recorded in 1948.

13th March 2006
Ghostly coral bleachings haunt the world's reefs - Reuters
Australia has just experienced its warmest year on record and abnormally high sea temperatures during summer have caused massive coral bleaching in the Keppels. Sea temperatures touched 29 degrees Celsius (84 Fahrenheit), the upper limit for coral.

13th March 2006
Early birds catch climate change - The Times
Predictions of European bird species colonising Britain because of climate change are coming true early. Stephen Moss, a BBC wildlife producer, wrote in 1998 that zitting cisticolas, Mediterranean grassland warblers could be nesting in Kent and Sussex by 2020 and the cattle egret was a likely colonist. He learnt yesterday that two zitting cisticolas had wintered on Jersey. Cattle egrets are now regular winter visitors in southern England.

11th March 2006
Frogs, beetles sound an alarm - 
The warnings are coming from frogs and beetles, from melting ice and changing ocean currents, and from scientists and responsible politicians around the world. And yet what is the U.S. government doing about global warming? The answer, essentially, is nothing. That should shock the conscience of American citizens. Actually, the Bush administration's policy is worse than doing nothing.

8th March 2006
Is it global warming, or just weird? - The Boston Globe
The National Climatic Data Center reported that this January was the warmest in the past 111 years in the United States, with an average temperature of about 40. Temperatures between August and January also set a record for warmth, with a national average of almost 53.

2nd March 2006
'Rapid Warming' Spreads Havoc in Canada's Forests - Washington Post
Millions of acres of Canada's lush green forests are dying. A voracious beetle, whose population has exploded with the warming climate, has infested an area 3 times the size of Maryland and is killing more trees than wildfires or logging.

1st March 2006
Research to investigate fish movements - ABC
"It turns out that something like 10 per cent of the species that we have in the coastal areas of Tasmania have moved further south."

27th February 2006
More missing sockeye, says Sierra Club - Richmond Review
“There are indications that climate change is adversely affecting Fraser sockeye,” the report says, noting the warming Fraser puts migrating salmon under increased stress, killing some.

25th February 2006
Winter drought fears for wildlife - BBC News
Concern is growing for flora and fauna in some parts of the UK because rainfall levels are well below the average for winter months.

24th February 2006
Arctic summer - Aftenposten 
It may still be January, but the arctic region is seeing record temperatures of a level usually seen during the summer.

26th January 2006
2005 was the warmest year on record - New Scientist
2005 was the warmest year on record, according to a new NASA report. And the year’s record warmth is more notable than previous record-breaking years as there was no boost from the tropical El Niño phenomenon.

25th January 2006
Whale Birth Decline Tied to Global Warming - National Geographic 
The problem, experts believe, is not that whales suffer directly from warm conditions, but that their food supply—mainly krill—does.

19th January 2006
Global warming boosts fungal epidemic in frogs - New Scientist
Global warming may be fuelling a fungal epidemic which is wiping out amphibian populations, according to a new study. And the finding may mean that current estimates of future species extinctions due to climate change may need to be revised upwards.

11th January 2006
2005 was Australia's hottest yet - CNN
Australia had its hottest year on record in 2005, official data showed on Wednesday, with meteorologists saying the rising temperatures were due to global warming.

4th January 2006
No honey left in European “buffets” because of climate change - WWF
Five WWF “Climate Witnesses” from the UK, Germany, Italy and Spain descended on Brussels to tell their personal stories of how climate change is affecting their lives and businesses. Snow disappearing in Scotland, fewer bees in Italy, crop losses in Spain, forests on the decline in Germany and sea levels rising off the coast of England are dangerous signs of climate change in Europe.

22 November 2005
Autumn will set Britain ablaze - Guardian Unlimited
"Farmers are finding they can cultivate crops that were once the preserve of warmer climates. Tea, kiwi fruits and apricots can all now be grown in the UK."

11 September 2005