17th December 2006 Trees
Govindasamy Bala and Ken Caldeira, speaking at the AGU meeting
in San Francisco, have highlighted the problem of reduced albedo
caused by tree planting on land normally covered by snow.
17th December 2006 Open
Marike Holland and colleagues at NCAR in Colorado, US, have warned
that the Arctic Ocean may be almost enitrely free of sea ice in
summer by as early as 2040 due to global warming.
17th December 2006 Moral
Sir David Attenborough has called for a moral change in the fight
against climate change. Sir David was giving evidence to the Environment
Committee's climate change inquiry in Westminster.
17th December 2006 Shallow
Michael Riedel and colleagues at McGill University in Montreal
have reported their discovery of methane hydrates at much shallower
depth than expected during their research expedition in 2005.
4th December 2006 Climate
Louis Verchot and members of the Consultative Group on International
Agricultural Research have highlighted the key role genetically
modified crops could play in mitigating the impacts of climate
4th December 2006 Getting
The EU has set much more stringent limits on greenhouse gas emissions
under the Emissions Trading Scheme. The cuts are equivalent to
an average of 7% for the period 2008-2012.
4th December 2006 Old
Xuli Tang and colleagues at the Chinese Academy of Sciences have
suggested that old forests may still be able to sequester significant
amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
4th December 2006 In
The US Supreme Court is considering whether carbon dioxide should
be classified as a pollutant in a landmark case brought by 12
states and numerous campaign groups.
27th November 2006 Carbon
Mike Rapauch and colleagues working on the Global Carbon Project
have shown that growth in anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions
has accelerated to 2.5 percent per year.
23rd November 2006 Methane
Sherwood Rowland, of the University of California, and colleagues,
have reported that the previously rapid rise in atmospheric methane
concentrations has slowed down markedly in recent years.
23rd November 2006 Life-cycle
The Energy Savings Trust in the UK is to provide information to
businesses on the full life-cycle climate impact of products,
with the aim of reducing indirect greenhouse gas emissions.
23rd November 2006 Nairobi
The UN climate summit in Nairobi has ended with agreement that
the Kyoto Protocol will be reviewed in 2008. The former Soviet
bloc member Belarus has also been allowed to join the Protocol.
2nd November 2006 Stern
Sir Nicholas Stern's report on the economics of climate change
has warned that global GDP may be cut by up to 20 percent by 2100
if greenhouse gas emissions aren't drastically reduced.
2nd November 2006 Big
Guns, Big Smoke
Al Gore is to advise the UK government on the environment, while
Sir Nicholas Stern is heading to the US to push home the message
of his landmark report on climate change economics.
2nd November2006 Coral
Carl Gustaf, and colleagues of the World Conservation Union and
The Nature Conservancy, have assessed the ways in which coral
reef and mangrove ecosystems can be better protected from climate
15th October 2006 Damage
Tufts University in Massachusetts has produced a report for Friends
of the Earth in which its researchers estimate the costs of failing
to take action on climate change may reach $20 trillion by 2100.
15th October 2006 Flood
George Kaser, at the University of Innsbruck, has warned of the
potential for extreme water shortages resulting from glacial loss.
He estimates that 99.9 percent of glaciers are now in retreat.
15th October 2006 Burping
David Beever and colleagues at the feed producer Keenan and Co.
have again highlighted the great potential for reducing methane
emission from cattle through changes in the compostion of their
15th October 2006 Green
Wildlife trusts in the UK are planning to provide a netowrk of
green spaces for native wildlife in the hope that these will help
mitigate the effects of climate change on their habitats and food
24th September 2006 California
The State of California is taking six car manufacturers to court
over their contribution to enhanced global warming and its impacts
in California. The State claims that car manufacturers should
24th September 2006 Stop
George Monbiot, Mark Lynas and GHGonline's Dave Reay are among
the speakers at the forthcoming Stop Climate Chaos event
to be held at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh, UK.
24th September 2006 Extra
Sir Richard Branson, owner of Virgin, has committed 3 billion
US dollars to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The money
will come from the profits of the Virgin Air and Rail travel companies.
17th September 2006 Rapid
Son Ngheim and colleagues at NASA have reported that the extent
of sea-ice in the Arctic dropped sharply between 2004 and 2005.
An area of so-called 'perennial' ice the size of Pakistan was
17th September 2006 Aim
Kevin Anderson and colleagues at the Tyndall Centre in the UK
have warned that the current UK target for cutting greenhouse
gas emissions is far too low. They recommend a 70 percent cut
17th September 2006 Al
Al Gore's film 'The Inconvenient Truth' opens in cinemas across
the UK this week. Al Gore is also training 1,000 climate change
communicators to give the slide show on which the film is based.
17th September 2006 Ring
Pascale Poussart, and colleagues at Princeton University in the
US, have revealed a new technique to examine changes in climate
through the study of rings in tropical tree species.
7th September 2006 Bubble
Katey Walters and colleagues at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks,
have revealed that much larger amounts of methane than previously
thought are being emitted from lakes in Siberia.
7th September 2006 All
The US Environmental Protection Agency faces a Supreme Court case
over whether it should limit greenhouse gas emissions from cars.
The case is brought by 12 US states, plus several cities and NGOs.
7th September 2006 Plankton
Petter Scrutton and colleagues at Oregon State University, US,
have warned that the inferred carbon dioxide uptake by phytoplankton
from satelllite images may have led to large overestimations.
20th August 2006 California
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger plans to cap greenhouse gas emissions
in California. Major industries would have to make large cuts
in emissons, with the aim of a 25 percent cut in State emissions
7th September 2006 Species
Chris Thomas and colleagues at the University of York, UK, have
reported that of over 300 species monitored over the past 25 years,
85 percent have extended their ranges northwards.
20th August 2006 Carbon
A joint team from Harvard, Columbia and MIT claim that large amounts
of carbon dioxide could be stored in the oceans by pumping it
to depths of 3,000m, where it would be trapped in an ice-like
20th August 2006 Midges
Feel the Bite
Alison Blackwell and her team at the University of Edinburgh,
UK, have reported a 30 percent drop in the numbers of midges this
summer. Long periods of hot and dry weather are thought to have
20th August 2006 Disaster
Marko Schulze and colleagues at the University of Bristol, UK,
have warned that increasing temperatures will see a rise in the
risk of droughts, flooding and wildfires over the next two centuries.
8th August 2006 Tapping
Lord Rees, President of the Royal Society, has urged world governments
to invest more heavily in new energy technologies in order to
cut greenhouse gas emissions, and so help tackle global warming.
8th August 2006 Edinburgh
Dave Reay and Michael Northcott, both of Edinburgh University,
will be speaking about the morality and mitigation of climate
change at Edinburgh International Book Festival on August 17th.
8th August 2006 Home
UK Prime Minister Tony Blair has called on home owners to do their
bit to fight global warming. Domestic energy use contributes more
than a quarter of total UK greenhouse gas emissions each year.
8th August 2006 Carbon
The House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee has highlighted
rising greenhouse gas emissions from big cars and air travel.
They recommend an increase in taxation for such big emitters.
1st August 2006 California
Arnold Schwazenegger and Tony Blair have agreed a joint plan of
action aimed at tackling climate change in the UK and California.
Their aim is to share knowledge and promote low carbon technologies.
1st August 2006 Flaming
Preliminary data from the UK Meteorological Office indicate that
July was the hottest month in the UK since records began in 1914.
The previous hottest month on record was the August of 1995.
1st August 2006 Praise
UK Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,
David Miliband MP, has given GreenHouseGas Online an honourable
mention in his blog. Many thanks David
27th June 2006 Carbon
The US Supreme Court is to decide whether the US Government should
be forced to limit carbon dioxide emissions from the industry
and transport sectors. A dozen US states have given their backing.
27th June 2006 New
Neil Gilbert, director of Antarctica in New Zealand, has warned
of the danger of invasion of the Antarctic by species from warmer
climes. The threat is due to climate change and increasing visitor
27th June 2006 Climate
The US National Research Council has broadly supported the findings
of Michael Mann, Raymond Bradley and Malcolm Hughes and their
so-called Hockey Stick figure of global temperature change.
23rd June 2006 Arctic
Remko Scharroo and colleagues in Holland and the UK have reported
that sea levels in the Arctic fell by around 2mm each year between
1995 and 2003. This trend is opposite to that observed globally.
23rd June 2006 The
UK Member of Parliament Mark Lazarowicz has succeeded in getting
his Climate Change and Sustainability Bill through Parliament.
The bill will make generation of renewable energy in UK homes
15th June 2006 Coral
Ray Berkelmans and Madeleine van Oppen, of the Australian Institute
of Marine Science, have reported that there is hope that some
of the coral reefs damaged by rising sea temperatures could recover.
15th June 2006 Limited
UK Prime Minister, Tony Blair, has met with business leaders,
including those of Shell, Tesco and Vodafone, to discuss how best
businesses might help cut greenhouse gas emissions.
15th June 2006 The
The Natural History Museum in London is aiming to raise public
awareness of the impacts of climate change. The exhibit, called
the Art of Climate Change, includes work from artists writers
30th May 2006 Ivy
in the Greenhouse
Jacqueline Mohan and colleagues at Wood's Hole, Massachusetts,
have warned that elevated concentrations of carbon dioxide may
lead to the rapid spread of posion ivy through forests.
30th May 2006 Call
The former US vice-president Al Gore has spoken at the Hay Festival
in the UK of the urgent need to tackle climate change. His film
on the issue - An Inconvenient Truth - is released to cinemas
worldwide in June.
17th May 2006 Coral
in the Cooker
Nick Graham of the University of Newcastle in the UK, and colleagues
from around the world, have predicted that rising sea temperatures
could devastate many coral reefs due to bleaching.
17th May 2006 BBC
vs Climate Change
Sir David Attenborough is to examine the science and impacts of
climate change in a new two-part film made for BBC1 as part of
their 'Climate Chaos' season. The second film asks 'Can We Save
17th May 2006 Vanishing
Richard Taylor and his team at University College London have
warned that the remaining few ice fields in Africa may disappear
within just 20 years due to the rapidly warming climate.
8th May 2006 Stagnant
Gabriel Vecchi and colleagues at NOAA in Princeton, New Jersey,
have shown that intensifying global warming caused by rising greenhouse
gas emissions has led to a decline in wind speeds in the Pacific.
8th May 2006 Clear
A report from the federal Climate Change Science Program, commissioned
by the US government, has said that there is clear evidence that
climate change is caused by human activities.
29th April 2006 Biomass
The UK government has reiterated its support for biomass fuels
to offset fossil fuel use. It is seen as part of a package of
measures to cut CO2 emissions by 20 percent by 2010.
29th April 2006 US
The US Environmental Protection Agency has revealed the change
in US greenhouse gas emissions between 1990 and 2004. They have
increased by 16 percent, with annual CO2 emissions now 7 billion
29th April 2006 Eyes
in the Sky
It is hoped that two satellites launched yesterday by NASA will
provide new and detailed information on the impact of clouds and
aerosols on global climate. The satellites are named Cloudsat
28th April 2006 Carbon-Rich
Car manufacturers in the European Union are failing to meet targets
for lowering average carbon dioxide emissions from new cars. The
aim is for an average of 140g of CO2 per kilometre by 2008.
11th April 2006 Lighter
Martin Wild and colleagues at the Institute for Atmospheric and
Climate Science in Zurich have highlighted the threat of elevated
rates of global warming due to a reduction in solar dimming.
4th April 2006 Glacial
Michael Zemp of the World Glacier Monitoring Service in Switzerland
has predicted that the Alps could lose three-quarters of their
glaciers during the 21st century as a result of global warming.
2nd April 2006 Antarctica
John Turner and colleagues at the British Antarctic Survey in
the UK have reported an unexpected degree of warming across Antarctica
and the Southern Ocean. Winter temperatures have risen 2oC in
2nd April 2006 British
Carbon dioxide emissions in Britain rose again between 2004 and
2005. The rise is blamed on increased energy use and a change
from gas power to a greater reliance on coal-fuelled electricity
2nd April 2006 Missing
A new report suggests the UK may not meet its commitment to cut
carbon dioxide emissions by 20 percent by 2010. Archbishop Rowan
Williams has warned that billions may die if more action is not
23rd March 2006 Life
in the Anthropocene
Jonathon Overpeck and colleagues at the University of Arizona
have highlighted the potential for rapid sea level rise in response
to global warming. Comparable warming 130,000 years ago led to
a 5 metre rise.
23rd March 2006 Anopheline
Mercedes Pascual and colleagues at the University of Michigan
in Ann Arbor, US, have linked rising temperatures in some regions
of Africa with increases in the number of cases of malaria in
20th March 2006 Heating
Judith Curry and colleagues at the Georgia Institute of Technology
in Atlanta have found warming ocean waters to be a key factor
in the formation of devastating category 4 and 5 hurricanes, such
20th March 2006 Carbon
Oil Companies, Statoil and Shell, have announced that they plan
to start burying carbon dioxide under the bed of North Sea. The
carbon dioxide will be taken from a Norwegian power station and
piped to the injection site.
20th March 2006 People
Cambridge Science Festival 2006 has made climate change a leading
topic, with a host of events aimed at raising awareness of the
issue. Here GHGonline.org's Dave Reay talks to BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.
11th March 2006 Click
The British Association for the Advancement of Science is asking
everyone in the UK to make a personal pledge to cut their own
contribution to global warming. Click for Climate is part of the
UK's National Science Week.
11th March 2006 Thin
End of The Edge
Jay Zwally and colleagues at NASA have reported that the Greenland
and Antarctic ice sheets have been losing mass in the last decade
or so. The melt is equivalent to 20 billion tonnes of water every
2nd March 2006 Probability
In a draft report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
now believe that only greenhouse gas emissions can explain the
extreme changes in weather patterns currently being observed around
28th February 2006 Cold
Thomas van Hoof and colleagues at Utrecht University in the Netherlands
have drawn a link between the big fall in population caused by
plague in the 14th century and the subsequent 'Little Ice Age'
20th February 2006 Quick
James Zachos and colleagues at the University of California have
reported that current rates of greenhouse gas emissions are 30
times those that triggered a period of global warming 55 million
20th February 2006 A
US researchers Eric Rignot and Pannir Kanagaratnam have revealed
that the rate of ice melt in Greenland is much faster than previously
thought. The Greenland ice sheet is now losing twice as much ice
as a decade ago.
20th February 2006 Climate
Several US conservation groups, have filed a petition with the
UN arguing that the US has a legal duty to protect World Heritage
sites, such as the Waterton-Glacier Peace Park, from the effects
of global warming.
20th February 2006 Stomata
Nicola Gedney and colleagues at the UK's Hadley Centre have suggested
that increases in global river runoff are a result of increased
CO2 concentrations leading to decreased water loss from plants.
9th February 2006 What
Car For Jesus?
US evangelicals have launched their own drive to cut greenhouse
gas emissions. The campaign is aimed at getting both the US administration
and individuals to cut their emissions and so help tackle global
9th February 2006 Going
Sweden is planning to become completely independent of oil within
the next 15 years. The Swedish government is aiming to use a combination
of renewable energy sources to replace current oil usage.
9th February 2006 Model
Tim Palmer and colleagues at the European Centre for Medium Range
Weather Forecasts, in the UK, have reported that climate models
can successfully be used to predict malaria epidemics and so allow
9th February 2006 Bury
The UK's Commons committee on science and technology has said
that power stations should make use of carbon capture and storage
technology to help the UK as a whole meet its Kyoto Protocol commitments.
29th January 2006 Arctic
Torre Jorgensen, and colleagues at Alaska Biological Research,
have reported that areas of Alaska frozen for the last 300,000
years now have puddles. Such melt may cause huge greenhouse gas
29th January 2006 Kyoto
Environmentalists in Canada are concerned that the newly-elected
Conservative government will withdraw Canada from the Kyoto protocol.
Canada's greenhouse emissions are currently 25 percent above 1990
29th January 2006 Wave
to the Future
The Carbon Trust has said that up to one fifth of the UK's electricity
needs could be provided by wave and tidal power. The Trust is
calling for increased investment to help further development and
bring down costs.
23rd January 2006 900,000
Years On Ice
Heinrich Miller and colleagues across Europe may have extracted
an ice core from Antarctica that provides a record of atmospheric
temperature, carbon dioxide and methane dating back up to 900,000
23rd January 2006 Rising
John Church and Neil White, of the CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric
Research Centre in Australia, have revealed that global sea levels
are now rising at rate of about 3mm a year - faster than in previous
23rd January 2006 Standby
Norman Baker MP has highlighted the huge amount of energy wastage
that occurs due to electrical appliances being left in standby
mode. The annual related carbon emissions are around 800,000 tonnes
in the UK alone.
15th January 2006 Fungal
Alan Pounds, and colleagues at the Monteverde Mountain Forest
Preserve in Costa Rica, has blamed global warming for the steep
population decline in some frog species - warming favours the
chytrid frog fungus.
15th January 2006 Methane
Frank Keppler and his team at the Max Planck Institute in Germany
claim to have detected significant amounts of the powerful greenhouse
gas methane being produced by leaves and whole plants under aerobic
15th January 2006 Tech-no-fix
The Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate
has agreed more funding for low emission technologies and renewable
energy at its first meeting in Sydney. No greenhouse gas emissions
targets were set.
8th January 2006 BBQ
Paul Hunter, of the University of East Anglia, has reiterated
the risks to human health of increasing temperatures in the UK.
Faster food spoilage combined with more BBQs could lead to more
8th January 2006 The
Dave Reay of Edinburgh University and GHGonline.org has highlighted
the great potential for reducing workplace energy use, and so
greenhouse gas emissions, through simple changes in behaviour.
3rd January 2006 Record
With 2006 just arrived it has been revealed that last year was
one of the warmest ever recorded, perhaps the warmest.
Temperatures in the Northern Hemisphere were 0.65 degrees C above
the 1961-1990 average.
3rd January 2006 Pollution
Shui Bin and colleagues at the National Center for Atmospheric
Research in Boulder, Colorado, have suggested that by increasing
imports some countries may be able to 'export' their own greenhouse
3rd January 2006 Resolutions
New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Conneticut, Maine, New Hampshire
and Vermont have all signed up to the Regional Greenhouse Gas
Initiative designed to cut greenhouse gas emissions from power