Tag Archive for 'NOAA'

Greenhouse gases in atmosphere continue to increase in 2011

November 20th, 2012 by World Meteorological Organization

The World Meteorological Organization reports that greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached a new record high in 2011. Between 1990 and 2011 there was a 30% increase in radiative forcing – the warming effect on our climate – because of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other heat-trapping long-lived gases. According to WMO’s 2011 Greenhouse Gas Bulletin, […]

Current rate of ocean acidification unequaled in last 300 million years

September 26th, 2012 by University of Bristol

Dr Daniela Schmidt, a geologist from the University of Bristol, speaking at the Third International Symposium on the Ocean in a High-CO2 World in Monterey, California, warned that current rates of ocean acidification are unparalleled in Earth history. Dr Schmidt of Bristol’s School of Earth Sciences said “ocean acidification has happened before sometimes with large […]

Human carbon emissions may turn ocean acidic at faster rate than during four major extinctions

March 1st, 2012 by The Earth Institute at Columbia University

The world’s oceans may be turning acidic faster today from human carbon emissions than they did during four major extinctions in the last 300 million years, when natural pulses of carbon sent global temperatures soaring, says a new study, The Geological Record of Ocean Acidification, published in Science. The study is the first of its kind […]

Global Partnership for Oceans set up to coordinate effort to save seas

February 25th, 2012 by World Bank

A coalition of governments, international organisations, civil society groups and private interests are joining together under the banner of a Global Partnership for Oceans to confront widely documented problems of over-fishing, marine degradation, and habitat loss. In a keynote speech delivered on 24 February 2012 at The Economist’s World Oceans Summit in Singapore, World Bank […]

Climate change expanding ocean dead zones

December 14th, 2011 by United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

The science behind counting fish in the ocean to measure their abundance has never been simple. A scientific paper authored by NOAA Fisheries biologist Eric Prince, Ph.D., and eight other scientists shows that expanding ocean dead zones – driven by climate change – have added a new wrinkle to that science. In the 4 December […]

Global warming confirmed by 1.6 billion temperature records made during last 200 years

November 1st, 2011 by Berkeley Earth

Global warming is real, according to a major study by Berkeley Earth released on 20 October 2011. Despite issues raised by climate change skeptics, the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature study found reliable evidence of a rise in the average world land temperature of approximately 1° Celsius since the mid-1950s. Berkeley Earth video representation of the […]

US NOAA study shows that human-caused climate change causes more frequent Mediterranean droughts

October 28th, 2011 by United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Wintertime droughts are increasingly common in the Mediterranean region, and human-caused climate change is partly responsible, according to a new analysis by NOAA scientists and colleagues at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES). In the last 20 years, ten of the driest 12 winters have taken place in the lands surrounding the […]

WWF announces $30,000 Grand Prize for 2011 International Smart Gear Design competition to reduce fisheries Bycatch

March 16th, 2011 by WWF

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF), is pleased to announce the launch of the 2011 International Smart Gear Competition to find innovative ways to reduce the amount of fisheries bycatch. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Fondation Segré, International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF), and the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans are supporting the 2011 competition […]

US NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center finds 2010 tied with 2005 as warmest year for global surface temperatures since records began

January 13th, 2011 by United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Preliminary analysis of data by scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration finds that 2010 tied with 2005 as the warmest year of the global surface temperature record since records began in 1880. NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center has distilled the following information for 2010 from the data. Combined global land and ocean annual […]

Whoever said global warming was dead?

October 18th, 2010 by Martin Rees and Anthony Giddens

Our core scientific findings remain intact.  But there are opportunities in that inconvenient truth. This year there have been outbreaks of extreme weather in many regions of the world.  No one can say with certainty that events such as the flooding in Pakistan, the unprecedented weather episodes in some parts of the US, the heat […]