14th December 2004 Bottom
At the current United Nations climate conference in Buenos Aires
the cost effectiveness of greenhouse gas reductions, such as those
set out in the Kyoto Protocol, is continuing to cause a great
deal of debate.
14th December 2004 China
China and Brazil have set out their plans to tackle climate change
through cuts in greenhouse gas emissions. China represents a potentially
huge source of greenhouse gas emissions in years to come.
14th December 2004 No
and No Again
Harlan Watson, senior US negotiator at the UN climate conference
in Buenos Aires, has defended the decision of the US administration
to stay outside of the Kyoto Protocol saying it carries with it
a political agenda.
14th December 2004 Icy
Chronis Tzedakis of Leed University, UK, and colleagues, has been
examining the potential for elevated greenhouse gas concentrations
in the atmosphere to cause the climate to flip into a new ice
14th December 2004 Coral
Ben McNeil, and colleagues at the University of New South Wales
in Australia, have modelled the effect of elevated carbon dioxide
and temperature on corals. Higher temperatures may actually be
30th November 2004 Developing
Wangari Maathi, winner of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize, has urged
greater action by African nations to cut greenhouse gas emissions
and tackle climate change. She has been responsible for large
30th November 2004 SUV
The New Economics Foundation has said that four wheel drives should
be made to carry a health warning due to the environmental threat
they pose. Some have greenhouse gas emissions of over 12 tonnes
30th November 2004 Warm
The Tree Council, in the UK, has said that this year's stunning
Autumnal clours may be a result of global warming - hotter, drier
summers meaning more stressed trees and so more intense autumn
30th November 2004 Plane
The House of Lords in the UK has added its weight to calls for
reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from air-travel. Prime
Minister Tony Blair is set to target rapidly increasing emissions
from aircraft during 2005.
16th November 2004 Mountain
Arun Bhakta Shrestha, of Nepal's Department of Hydrology and Meteorology,
is one of many calling for action in the face of potentially devastating
water shortages caused by glacial melt in the Himalayas.
16th November 2004 Peat
Jack Rieley, of the University of Nottingham, UK, has highlighted
the huge carbon dioxide emissions arising from out of control
peat fires. The fires can burn underground for many years if left
16th November 2004 Hot
Energy consumption in China is expanding at breackneck speed.
The increase in consumption is largely being met by coal-fired
power stations, with soaring particulate and greenhouse gas emissions.
16th November 2004 Warming
Camille Parmesan, and colleagues at the University of Texas at
Austin, have reported that climate change is affecting US wildlife.
Some southern species are pushing north, while some northern species
are in retreat.
8th November 2004 Krill
Angus Atkinson, and colleagues at the British Antarctic Survey
in Cambridge, UK, have revealed that krill - a key component of
the food chain in the Southern Ocean - are in serious decline.
Disappearing sea ice is blamed.
8th November 2004 Ticking
Crispin Tickell, a former UK government adviser, has sounded an
optimistic note on action to tackle greenhouse gas emissions.
Given the huge threat climate change poses, he believes concerted
action will come.
8th November 2004 Costs
John Schellnhuber, research director at the Tyndall Centre in
the UK, has said that the cost of avoiding runaway global warming
could be a minute fraction of the huge costs we may incur by doing
8th November 2004 South
David King, the UK government's chief scientist, has warned that
the rises in sea level likely to occur as a result of global warming
will flood huge areas during this century, redrawing coastlines
around the world.
8th November 2004 Deep
Elliot Morley, UK environment minister, is seeking support from
key industrial nations for a plan to store carbon dioxide in geological
sinks. Old North Sea oil and gas fields may provide large storage
28th October 2004 Keep
Robert Jackson and William Schlesinger of Duke University in the
US have revelaed the huge swathes that could be cut through US
greenhouse gas emissions (about 10 percent) by increasing car
28th October 2004 Tall
John Moncrieff and colleagues at the University of Edinburgh are
set to measure greenhouse gas fluxes over Scotland using samples
taken atop a 750ft radio mast. There are now 6 such sites across
28th October 2004 Climate
The Policy Studies Institute has warned that taxes designed to
increase recyling rates and reduce wastage of energy and natural
resources may hit the poorer sections of society more than the
28th October 2004 Sunspotty
Sami Solanki, and colleagues at the Max Planck Institute in Germany,
report that sunspot activity has been greater in the last 70 years
than in the preceeding 8,000, though this cannot explain current
28th October 2004 Sunfish
The Energy Saving Trust in the UK has warned of the changes to
the British way of life we can expect as a result of climate change.
The impacts they highlight include disappearing lawns, cod and
21st October 2004 Fifth
The Working Group on Climate Change and Development has issued
a report warning of the great threat climate change poses to the
developed world and any efforts efforts to fight famine and poverty.
21st October 2004 Shortlisted
Greenhouse Gas Online is a finalist for 'Best Scientific Resource
Website' at the Laboratory News Awards 2004. It's great to have
such recognition given the quality of the other three finalists.
21st October 2004 Remote
The WWF has drawn attention to the problems of greenhouse gas
accounting. Their report suggests that UK emissions are higher
than those currently reported due to the embodied emissions of
21st October 2004 Biofuel
The UK government is forming a task force designed to drive forward
the development of biomass fuel production and use in Britain.
Biofuels such as Miscanthus, straw and forest wastes may be used.
21st October 2004 Bok
The South African government has launched a new national strategy
guide aimed at better preparing the country for the impacts of
climate change, such as the threats to health, food production
and water resources.
14th October 2004 Steep
Charles Keeling, and colleagues at Mauna Loa observatory in Hawaii,
has revealed that carbon dioxide concentrations jumped by 2ppm
in 2003 - the second consecutive such jump in a non-El Nino year.
14th October 2004 Hydrogen
Andrew Oswald, an economist at the University of Warwick in the
UK, has estimated that a transition to 'green' hydrogen power
for US cars would require enough wind turbines to cover half of
14th October 2004 Twins
Robert Watson, and colleagues in the World Bank's Millennium Ecosystem
Assessment, has highlighted the twin threat to the environment
of increasing nitrogen pollution and rising greenhouse gas emissions.
14th October 2004 Green
British Telecom has announced that it is switching the energy
supply for its many offices and exchanges to renewably produced
electricity. The move will cut greenhouse gas emissions by thousands
14th October 2004 Twelve
Ian Sample, writing for The Guardian newspaper in the UK, has
identified 12 areas of the world most prone to climate change,
including the Greenland and West Antarctic ice sheets, the ozone
layer and Amazonia.
7th October 2004 In
from The Cold
Russian president Vladimir Putin has said that he wants Russia
to sign up to the Kyoto Protocol. This move will bring the Protocol
into force, making commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
7th October 2004 Littoral
The Environment Agency in the UK have released a new flood risk
map to allow British households to see how likely they are to
face flooding. It is hoped the map will help inform future housing
7th October 2004 Spinach
Sinead Collins and Graham Bell, of McGill University in Montreal,
Canada, have reported that algae exposed to elevated concentrations
of carbon dioxide are not able to easily adapt and draw down this
extra carbon supply.
7th October 2004 Counting
Hans von Storch, a climate modeller in Germany, has suggested
that swings in global temperature may have been more common than
previously thought. As such, recent warming may not be completely
7th October 2004 Recycle
Matthew Pinsent and Eddie Izzard have lent their support to a
new 10 million pound boost to recycling in the UK. The project
aims to push up the amount of waste recycled in the UK to 25 perecent
26th September 2004 Chocks
Ted Scambos, of the National Snow and Ice Data Center in the US,
and co-researchers, has revealed that the speed of glaciers in
Antarctica is accelerating in repsonse to the loss of the Larsen
B ice shelf.
26th September 2004 Climate
Andre-Denis Wright, and colleagues at CSIRO in Australia, have
developed a jab to give to sheep which reduces the amounts of
the greenhouse gas methane they burp into the atmosphere by 8
26th September 2004 An
The Chinese and British governments have warned of the potentially
devastating impact of climate change on food production in China.
Falls of between 20 and 37 per cent in rice and wheat production
26th September 2004 Natural
The UN agency 'International Strategy for Disaster Reduction'
has said that more people are being caught up in natural disasters
around the world, with global warming serving to increase their
26th September 2004 Calypso
Jon Maidens and colleagues at the World Resources Institute in
theUS have warned that almost two thirds of the coral reefs in
the Caribbean are under threat from humans - rising sea temperatures
being a key concern.
17th September 2004 Micropower
So-called micropower systems, through which homes generate their
own heat and electricity, are set to spread in coming years as
efforts and pressure to reduce domestic emissions of greenhouse
17th September 2004 Blair's
UK Prime Minister, Tony Blair, has made clear just how concerned
he is about the impacts of climate change. He told an audience
of policy makers that climate change repsented the biggest environmnetal
challenge of all.
17th September 2004 Storm
Robert Weisberg, a climatologist at the University of South Florida,
has, along with other climatologists, has stressed that the series
of hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico cannot be directly linked
to global warming.
17th September 2004 Sun
State authorities in Uttar pradesh, India, are planning to power
village school computers in the region using solar energy. Most
houses have no mains power and many schools have to contend with
frequent power cuts.
17th September 2004 Moth
Kelvin Conrad, of Rothamsted Research in the UK, has highlighted
the possible link between climate change and the decline being
seen in around two-thirds of moth species in the UK. A fifth are
in steep decline.
4th September 2004 In
John Vidal of the Guardian has examined the connection between
climate change, the devastating floods in India and Bangladesh,
the conveyor belt of hurricanes in the US, and the generally more
extreme weather of 2004.
4th September 2004 Tied
Christian Azar, of Goteborg University, has highlighted the need
for governments to give proper consideration to better utilising
greenhouse gas sinks as a way to offset growing emissions and
so help mitigate climate change.
4th September 2004 Acid
Katherine Richardson, of the Department for Marine Ecology in
Aarhus, Denmark, has warned that the acidification of our oceans
due to rising carbon dioxide concentrations could destroy all
coral by the year 2065.
4th September 2004 One
in the Hand
US president George W Bush has finally admitted that emissions
of greenhouse gases are likely to be the cause of global warming.
However, the administration has no plans to re-enter negotations
on the Kyoto Protocol.
4th September 2004 Banana
Bill Clarke, an engineering lecturer at the University of Queensland,
Australia, is developing a method of renewable electricity generation
using bruised bananas. His banana power plant could power 500
23rd August 2004 Dry
Christopher Field and colleagues in Stanford, California, have
warned that the hugely valuable Californian wine and dairy industries
face huge losses as a result of global warming-induced droughts
across the state.
23rd August 2004 Dust
Andre Goudie, of the University of Oxford, UK, has highlighted
the key role dust storms are playing in the global climate. Dust
being deposited in oceans can produce huge algal blooms and affect
23rd August 2004 Fish
Kurt Lambeck, of the Australian National University in Canberra,
has used fish pens built by the Romans along the Italian coast
to show that most sea level rise since Roman times has occurred
in the last 100 years.
23rd August 2004 Acid
A research study lanuched by the Royal Society in the UK is aiming
to investigate the increasing acidity occurring in our oceans
as a result of increasing carbon dioxide concentrations in our
23rd August 2004 Frequent
With devastating floods in England and Scotland in the last two
weeks the BBC has examined the issue and found how floods in the
UK are likely to become more frequent as a result of global climate
10th August 2004 Smokescreen
Vincent Gauci, of the Open University, UK, has suggested that
the sulphur in industrial air pollution may be helping to reduce
emissions of the greenhouse gas methane from soils, and so helping
to cool the earth.
10th August 2004 Maldives
Rising sea levels threaten to engulf the Maldives, a group of
1,200 low-lying islands home to a third of a million people. Many
islanders in the north have already agreed to evacuate over the
next 15 years.
10th August 2004 No
Climate change threatens to turn southern Spain into a dust bowl
according to a report by climatologist David Viner. His model
predicts temperature increases in Spain of up to 5 degrees centrigrade
10th August 2004 Sounding
A village in Alaska, Shishmaref, is being threatened with evacuation
as the battle to keep rising seas from engulfing the village becomes
unwinable. The tide is estimated to be encroaching a further 10
feet each year.
10th August 2004 Tide
A survey on behalf of the BBC has revealed the growing concern
of the British public about climate change, with 64 precent saying
that climate change represented one of the most important problems
facing the world.
14th July 2004 Historic
David Beerling and colleagues at Sheffield and Bristol Universities,
have cited the role that the non-carbon dioxide gases, like methane
and nitrous oxide, played in past global warming and warned about
14th July 2004 Biodiesel
The use of biodiesel in UK vehicles is set to grow rapidly due
to its lower greenhouse gas emissions, as compared to traditional
petrol and diesel, the easy conversion of existing diesel engines,
and a falling price.
14th July 2004 Something
Martin Edwards, of the Alistair Hardy Foundation for Ocean Sciences,
and collaborators, have warned of the changes in phytoplankton
occurring as a result of increasing temperatures in the North
14th July 2004 Nuclear
UK Prime Minister Tony Blair has hinted that the government may
turn to nuclear power to tackle greenhouse gas emissions and climate
change. The government want to cut emissions by 60% by 2050.
14th July 2004 Bog
Chris Freeman of the University of Wales, Bangor, UK, has reported
that the world's peat bogs are releasing large amounts of carbon
dioxide and, as global warming intensifies, could become a major
1st July 2004 Sleepless
Kenneth Cassman, and a multi-national team of researchers, have
found that rising nightime temperatures are causing a drop in
rice yields. Such an impact could threaten the food security of
1st July 2004 Hands
Across The Atlantic
A cross-party committee in the UK's House of Lords have called
on Tony Blair to use his 'special relationship' with George W.
Bush more effectively and persuade the US to finally ratify the
1st July 2004 Popeye
Marco Baldo and colleagues at the Massacusetts Institute of Technology
have developed electrical cells powered by photosynthetic proteins.
The cells could one day provide 'green' energy for electrical
1st July 2004 Chain
The contribution of nuclear power to world energy output is dropping
amid intense security fears and rising costs. However, some have
suggested that more nuclear power is required to help mitigate
1st July 2004 Low
The European Environment Agency has warned that the rate at which
galciers in Europe are retreating is now greater than at any time
in the last 10,000 years. Some of the galciers provide vital supplies
of clean water.
21st June 2004 Bug's
Max Barclay and colleagues at the UK's Natural History Museum
have identified global warming as the explanation for a new insect,
the green shield bug, having been found living and breeding in
21st June 2004 Water
A study by the UN University in Tokyo has warned that two billion
people around the world will be facing the threat of flooding
by the year 2050. Rising sea levels, a growing global population
and deforestation are blamed.
21st June 2004 On
A group of leading US climate scientists, meeting in Washington,
have called for urgent action to be taken to address global climate
change. They include Don Kennedy, editor of the prestigious journal
21st June 2004 Word
In Your Shell-like
Ron Oxburgh, chairman of oil giant Shell, has admitted that he
is very worried about the threat climate change poses to the planet
and that we urgently need to do more to sequester greenhouse gas
21st June 2004 Rain
Man, Woman and Child
Householders in the UK, infamous for its rain, have been asked
to do more to conserve diminishing water supplies by collecting
more rain in their gardens. The UK is currently considering its
first desalination plant.
8th June 2004 Write
Insurers in the UK have warned that the cost of house insurance
could rise drastically as a result of climate change. A growing
number of severe storms and greater flooding risks mean that claims
could double or triple.
8th June 2004 Do
As I Say
Despite promises to cut energy use and greenhouse gas emissions
across the EU, energy use in many european countries is still
on the rise according to the European Environment Agency's new
report 'EEA Signals 2004'.
8th June 2004 Gaia
James Lovelock, the famous developer of the Gaia Hypothesis, has
warned that only a catastrophe will result in real action being
taken to mitigate climate change, such as cutting fossil fuel
8th June 2004 Arctic
Jan Backman, and colleagues, part of the Arctic Coring Expedition
(Acex) are on their way to the Arctic to extract cores from the
sea bed and so better understand the history of the ice, a key
regulator of climate.
8th June 2004 Greening
A project designed to show how communities can rely on renewable
energy and slash their greenhouse gas emissions is underway near
Lisbon. The project, Mata de Sesimbra, will eventually cover 5,000
27th May 2004 Biomass
A report by the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution has
highlighted the big potential for using biofuels in the UK. They
say that more use could be made of farm and forest waste for energy
27th May 2004 More
Days After Tomorrow
The new blockbuster 'The Day after Tomorrow', about the possible
effects of climate change, was greeted with laughter from a group
of climate reviewers able to preview it recently. The film opens
27th May 2004 Carbon
Richard Starkey and Kevin Anderson, of the Tyndall Centre for
Climate Change Research, UK, have proposed the idea of giving
individuals 'carbon quotas' as a way of reducing their greenhouse
27th May 2004 Global
Increasing cloud cover and particulates in our atmopshere are
allowing less and less sunlight through to the earth's surface,
so causing a general dimming across the planet but also potentially
lessening global warming.
26th May 2004 Dry
Climate modeller, Syukuro Manabe, and colleagues at Princeton
University in the US, have predicted that the continuing rise
of carbon dioxide concentrations in our atmosphere could result
in severe water shortages.
6th May 2004 Climate
Change at Home
The editor of Greenhouse Gas Online, Dave Reay, has secured a
contract with publishers Macmillan to write a book about climate
change and the individual entitled 'Climate Change Begins at Home'.
More to follow...
6th May 2004 In
Leading science writers, Tim Radford and Paul Brown, have set
out some of the key impacts of climate change that we can expect
to see over the coming years - hurricanes, fish stock collapses,
glacial melt and more.
6th May 2004 Space
Qiang Fu, and colleagues at the University of Washington, US,
have suggested that the anomaly of the atmosphere warming more
slowly than predicted can be explained by stratospheric cooling
of greenhouse gases.
6th May 2004 Missing
the EU Climate Target
The European Union looks likley to miss its own targets for reducing
greenhouse gas emissions. There is concern that there is not enough
financial pressure being put on heavy industries to reduce their
6th May 2004 Unblocked
John Sheppherd, of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
in the UK, has highlighted the need for alternatives to direct
cuts in emissions of greenhouse gases, such as investing more
in carbon sequestration.
28th April 2004 Glacial
Neil Glasser, of the University of Aberystwyth, UK, and colleagues,
have reported that the San Rafeal glacier in Chile - a top tourist
attraction - is rapidly retreating. The glacier is around 1km
shorter than it was in the 1990s.
28th April 2004 The
A new organisation aimed at tackling climate change has been formed
in the UK. The so-called Climate Group plans to liase between
governments, businesses and industry to achieve real political
28th April 2004 No
Environmental campaigners have called for greater control of the
burgeoning budget airline market and the huge amounts of greenhouse
gas it is responsible for. A climate change tax has been suggested
for all flights.
28th April 2004 Saucer
Simon Holgate and Philip Woodworth, of the Proudman Oceanographic
Laboratory, UK, have revealed that sea levels are rising faster
near coasts than out at sea. It remains unclear, though, exactly
why this happening.
28th April 2004 Costing
A UK government study has warned that the cost of damage caused
by flooding and erosion could leap by 20 times during the 21st
century. Big cuts in greenhouse gas emissions have the potential
to reduce the problem.
19th April 2004 The
Day After Tomorrow
Several climate change researchers have openly criticised the
new Hollywood blockbuster about climate change. They argue that
the scenario, whereby climate change leads to a new ice, age is
unlikely in the extreme.
19th April 2004 Maidstone
The south of England, and in particular Kent and Sussex, may become
champagne growing regions in years to come. Climate change, combined
with chalky soils, could make these areas ideal for champagne.
19th April 2004 New
Climate modellers, meeting in Sweden last week, have criticised
the pressure from policy makers to come up with specific climate
change predictions for localised areas, rather than addressing
change at larger scales.
19th April 2004 Sweep
Two US companies are attempting to develop a system which can
scrub carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The aim is for the system
to be effective even when carbon dioxide concentrations are close
19th April 2004 Greenerland
Jonathon Gregory, and colleagues at the University of Reading,
have warned that the Greenland ice sheet will completely melt
within 1000 years. Their study suggests runaway melting could
begin within 50 years.
4th April 2004 King's
Sir David King, the UK government's chief scientist, has reiterated
his belief that climate change poses a bigger threat to the world
than terrorism and that continuing political inaction could spell
disaster in years to come.
4th April 2004 Steamy
Beate Liepert, and colleagues at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory,
NY, have suggested that the global warming may actually reduce
rainfall in many areas, instead of increasing it as previously
4th April 2004 Silent
Two studies, funded by the UK's Natural Environment Research Council,
have identified a rapid decline in the numbers of many British
plant and animal species in response to human impacts, such as
29th March 2004 Soya
US biochemists are developing a new form of aviation fuel which
should help to greatly reduce the climate impact of air-travel.
The new fuel uses soya oil to provide a carbon neutral alternative
to standard jet fuel.
29th March 2004 Growing
The United Nations Environment Programme has revealed that, over
the last 25 years, the Earth has become increasingly green due
to a combination of accelerated forest growth and more conservation.
29th March 2004 Montreal
Pressure is increasing to allow wider use of the powerful greenhouse
gas and ozone depleter, methyl bromide. The gas is used as a pesiticide
and some developed countries want the current ban relaxed.
29th March 2004 Turning
A company in the UK have developed a new form of tidal power turbine
which promises to be both easy to install and environmentally
sensitive. The company, SMD Hydrovision, plan to deploy the system
23rd March 2004 Carbon
Pieter Tans, and colleagues at the US's National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration, have revealed that concentrations of the greenhouse
gas, carbon dioxide, have reached a record high of 376 ppm.
23rd March 2004 Climate
Several international think-tanks have been brought together for
their first meeting in Windsor, UK, to discuss how climate change
can best be tackled. The 'taskforce' will make its recommendations
23rd March 2004 Hot
Simon Thornton-Wood, of the UK's Royal Horticultural Society,
has warned that climate change may mean traditional orchards and
fruit bushes will vanish from the south of Britian due to warmer
23rd March 2004 Pedal
A new type of vibrating accelerator pedal from car giant DaimlerChrysler
could cut fuel use and so greenhouse gas emissions by over 10
percent. The pedal gives motorists advance warning of when to
23rd March 2004 Alpine
Kevin Krajick, writing in the journal Science, has warned of the
huge threat global warming poses to plant and animal species in
high mountain environments. Invasion and outcompetition are the
14th March 2004 Sink
The large carbon sink that is the Amazon rainforest may be shrinking
due to the impact of man. Even supposedly pristine forest is thought
be changing in response to rapidly rising carbon dioxide concentrations.
14th March 2004 Green
A study by a United Nations research team has established the
huge environmental damage being caused by computers. They report
that making an average PC uses 10 times its own weight in fossil
14th March 2004 Hands
Across the Ocean
The UK government's chief scientist, Sir David King, has urged
the US to help in the fight against global envrionmental change.
Their assistance is vital given their big contribution to global
greenhouse gas emissions.
14th March 2004 Hot
Juerg Luterbacher, and colleagues at the University of Bern, Switzerland,
have calculated that the summer of 2003 was the hottest across
Europe in 500 years. The stong warming trend in Europe began in
14th March 2004 Early
The UK's Woodland Trust and the BA believe that the public are
getting used to the earlier springs resulting from climate change.
As part of National Science Week they have asked to hear about
signs of premature spring.
7th March 2004 Man
Robert Wright and Luke Flynn, from the University of Hawaii, have
calculated that the amount of energy released by volcanic eruptions
is now dwarfed by human-made energy output and its consumption.
7th March 2004 Green
London is set for an increasingly green future if its current
mayor, Ken Livingston, is re-elected. Having cut car-use using
congestion charging, the mayor is pushing for a big increase in
renewable energy schemes.
7th March 2004 Cod
Michael Heath, a fisheries expert from Aberdeen, UK, has said
the damage caused to fish stocks in the Atlantic by overfishing
has been exacerbated by climate change. Warming waters threaten
cod and other cold water fish.
7th March 2004 Wind
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds has warned that
it is considering fighting UK government plans to build wind farms.
The group is concerned that birds and their habitats would be
put in danger.
7th March 2004 Ozone
Markus Rex, and colleagues at the Alfred Wegner Institute in Germany,
have revealed that global warming could be intensifying the thinning
of the ozone layer in the Arctic. Climate change could treble
29th February 2004 Climate
John Schnellhuber, a leading climate scientist at the University
of East Anglia, UK, has made public his feeling that most policymakers
in the US do accept the major threat to humankind posed by climate
29th February 2004 Lesser
Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, and co-workers at the University of Queensland,
Australia, has warned that the Great Barrier Reef could lose 95
per cent of its living coral by the year 2050 as a result of increasing
29th February 2004 Saltire
A study of the environmental impact of individuals in Scotland
has reported that, if the whole world lived like the average Scot,
we would need two extra planet Earths. Energy use in Scotland
equalled a billion TVs.
22nd February 2004 See-Saw
Vladimir Petoukhov, a climate scientist from the Postdam Climate
Institute in Germany, has warned that climate change in coming
years may cause Europe's weather to frequently flip from one extreme
22nd February 2004 Climate
Andrew Leakey, of the University of Illinois in the US, has predicted
that climate change could boost cash crop yields in the US. He
estimates that a 13 percent increase in soybean yields will be
seen by the year 2050.
22nd February 2004 Sim
A new computer game has been developed to help planners predict
the impacts of flooding over the next 100 years and devise the
most effective mitigation options. A range of climate scenarios
22nd February 2004 Dusty
Joseph Prospero, of the University of Miami in the US, has suggested
that the summertime dust storms which hit the US, and which pose
a serious health hazard, are a result of greenhouse gas induced
warming in Africa.
22nd February 2004 Bush
A statement by a group of concerned scientists, including 12 Nobel
laureates, has attacked George W Bush over his handling of climate
change mitigation and the US interpretation of the scientific
case for action.
15th February 2004 Reef
An extensive review of research has warned that the world's coral
reefs are under a multi-pronged attack from soil run-off, pollution,
fishing and climate change. More than half may be permanently
damaged by 2100.
15th February 2004 Ski
Climate change has forced the closure of two of Scotland's largest
ski resorts. With a succession of warm winters and very little
snow the ski industry in Scotland has seen a massive drop in visitors.
15th February 2004 More
Despite the all too apparent effects of climate change in Alaska,
many of the state's inhabitants remain committed to the oil industry
and the jobs it currently provides. Mark Lynas reports on the
issue in the Guardian.
8th February 2004 Global
John Emmert and colleagues, at the Naval Research Laboratory in
the US, have found that a layer of our atmosphere, the thermosphere,
is becoming thinner. Greenhouse gases are blamed for such global
8th February 2004 Win-Win
The UK Environment Ageny has launched a scheme to reward volunteers
who make an effort to improve their own communities, with a hope
that local action on key issue like climate change will be encouraged.
2nd February 2004 Weathering
Anthony Cohen of the Open University, and colleagues, have found
evidence for the recovery of the Earth from a period of intense
global warming through increased weathering rates and drawdown
of carbon dioxide.
2nd February 2004 Compound
Friends of the Earth have calculated that Exxon Mobil Corporation,
the oil giant, has been responsible for 5 percent of global carbon
dioxide emissions, from 1882 to 2002. Emissions add up to about
20 billion tonnes.
27th January 2004 Iron
A team of researchers have set off for a research cruise in the
Southern Ocean, designed to test the idea that fertilising the
sea with iron can reduce global carbon dioxide concentrations
and so climate change.
27th January 2004 Usual
An international group of climate scientists have dismissed the
importance of cosmic rays as leading drivers climate change. Instead
they believe greenhouse gases remain the prime culprit for modern
27th January 2004 Golden
Leading US environment expert, Jonathan Lash, of the World Resources
Institute, has suggested that Europe does more to encourage Russia
to ratify the Kyoto Protocol and, by so doing, finally bring it
27th January 2004 Into
Climate change experts, Bert Bolin, Paul Crutzen, Will Steffen
and Margot Wallstrom, have together warned of the new era of climatic
uncertainty faced by humankind and the very limited amount of
action on mitigation.
27th January 2004 Carbon
The UK energy minister, Steven Timms, has warned that householders
and businesses may face increased energy bills as part of British
government efforts to limit greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate
18th January 2004 Climate
The leading scientific journal Nature has provided free access
to its recent articles on predicted species extinction resulting
from climate change. Up to a third of land plants and animals
may be lost by the year 2050.
18th January 2004 Ever
Christoph Schär and colleagues at the Swiss Federal Institute
of Technology, have estimated the the impact of global warming
on summer-time temperatures in Europe. Their work warns of more
11th January 2004 Smelling
Sir David King, the UK Government's chief scientific adviser,
has warned of the huge threat to human-kind in the 21st century
posed by climate change. He criticises the market-led climate
policy of the Bush administration.
11th January 2004 The
Demise of Species
Chris Thomas, and colleagues, have published a study which predicts
the loss of a million species by 2050, with only a small rise
in global temperatures. Greater rises may result in the loss of
a third of all species.
11th January 2004 Fire
Guido van der Werf, and colleagues at the US Department of Agriculture
and at NASA, have revealed the important role forest fires might
be playing in the rise of greenhouse gas concentrations in our
11th January 2004 Blue-Sky
A group of scientists, from various fields, have been discussing
a host of possible ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and
mitigate climate change. The meeting, in Cambridge, UK, aims to
explore every avenue.
11th January 2004 Captain's
The Climatological Database for the World's Oceans (Cliwoc) at
the University of Sunderland, UK, is planning to use the logbooks
of sailing ships from the 18th and 19th century to examine our
4th January 2004 Happy
A very happy New Year to all visitors to Greenhouse Gas Online.
It's a big year for the site and its editor as things are due
to come to a head for me career-wise. Here's hoping for a great
2004 for us all.
4th January 2004 Not
Australian climate scientists have sent a stark warning to their
Prime Minister, John Howard, regarding the impact climate change
may have on their country. Their study predicts a temperature
rise of six degrees by 2070.
4th January 2004 Home
Jan Kooijman, a Dutch academic, has underlined the problem of
single-living in attempts to tackle greenhouse gas emissions and
climate change. His report suggests that one-person households
are a growing problem.