14th December 2003 The
Willam Ruddiman, of Virginia University in the US, has claimed
that man has been affecting the global climate for 8,000 years,
rather than just the last 200 years. He claims that agriculture
and forest clearance are to blame.
14th December 2003 C
With the Kyoto Protocol under real threat of disintegration as
a result of political disagreement, a back-up plan called Contraction
and Convergence is gaining increasing support as a viable alternative.
14th December 2003 $60
Klaus Toepfer, of the United Nations, has warned of the growing
welfare and economic impacts climate change is having on mankind.
Natural disasters, such as flooding, have cost over $60 billion
over the past 12 months.
14th December 2003 Battered
Gregory Beauregard, and colleagues at the French National Centre
for Scientific Research, have reported on the double impact suffered
by North Sea cod stocks as a result of over fishing and rising
14th December 2003 Human
Countries refusing to ratify the Kyoto Protocol have been blamed
for violation of human rights in the Arctic. Global warming in
the region is threatening the way of life for many thousands of
9th December 2003 Forest
Three large companies are helping to restore damaged forest in
Brazil as part of their commitment to offset their own greenhouse
gas emissions. The forests have been badly damaged due to clearance
for livestock farming.
9th December 2003 Low
David Lee of Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, and colleagues,
have suggested that the climate change impact of aircraft could
be reduced if they flew lower. Flying at lower altitudes would
reduce aircraft contrails.
5th December 2003 Russian
The debate revolving around Russia's intention, or otherwise,
to ratify the Kyoto Protocol is continuing. Andrei Illarionov,
a senior adviser to President Putin had indicated no ratification,
but others have dismissed this.
5th December 2003 Apres
The UN's Environment Program has revealed that hundreds of ski
resorts around the world may have to shut down as a result of
climate change. Global warming will leave many resorts without
5th December 2003 Self
The US administration has been promoting its own efforts to tackle
climate change at a climate meeting in Milan, despite its decision
to opt out of the limits on greenhouse gas emissions set out in
the Kyoto protocol.
5th December 2003 Cars
The European Environment Agency has warned that many EU states
will not reach their targets for cuting greenhouse gas emissions
because of the rapid rise in emissions from transport, particularly
1st December 2003 No
Scott Salesk, of Harvard University, and colleagues in the US
and Brazil, have reported that the ability of the Amazonian rainforest
to soak up carbon dioxide may be much more limited than previously
1st December 2003 Talk
The ninth UN Conference of the Parties (COP9) aimed at tackling
global warming has got underway in Milan. The meeting will centre
on the use and effectiveness of forestry to meet Kyoto Protocol
1st December 2003 Speedy
Joke Waller-Hunter, of the UN, has highlighted the efforts to
cut greenhouse gas emissions in many developing nations, despite
these countries not being obliged to do so as part of the Kyoto
29th November 2003 Flat
Levels of the greenhouse gas methane in our atmosphere have levelled
off for the first time in two hundred years. Ed Dlugokencky and
colleagues in the US found a steadying of methane between 1999
22nd November 2003 Winds
The first major offshore wind farm in the UK is going online.
The turbines, situated off the coast of North Wales, are aimed
at supplying electricity for thousands of homes and cutting UK
greenhouse gas emissions.
17th November 2003 Them
Peter Stott, and colleagues from the Met Office in the UK, have
revealed the human impetus behind climate warming in the US. Their
study showed a direct link between rising greenhouse gas emissions
13th November 2003 The
Ice Age Cometh?
Bill McGuire, writing in the Guardian newspaper, has highlighted
recent research which suggests that, far from global warming meaning
rising temperatures in the UK, it could instead plunge Britain
into Arctic conditions.
11th November 2003 Wet
Karen Oberhauser and colleagues at the University of Minnesota,
US, have warned that Monarch butterflies face the loss of their
winter habitat within only 50 years as a result of climate change
driven increases in rainfall.
10th November 2003 Shipping
James Corbett, from the University of Delaware, US, has highlighted
the extent of NOx gas emissions from shipping. He reports that
the world's trawlers and tankers emit more NOx than the whole
of the USA.
6th November 2003 Warming
William Precht and Richard Aronson, marine scientists in the US,
have suggested that global warming may not be all bad for tropical
reefs. At least one coral species has expanded its range as temperatures
6th November 2003 Grand
A report by Gregory Jones, a climatologist from Southern Oregon
University in the US, suggests that rising temperatures in the
wine growing regions of the world will boost the number of vineyards.
1st November 2003 Bill
US senators have voted against a bill designed to limit carbon
dioxide emissions from industrial power plants. Opponents of the
bill claimed it would have increased household energy bills and
damaged the US economy.
1st November 2003 On
Accelerated rates of Arctic ice melt are threatening the habitat
of polar bears. Seymour Laxon and colleagues at University College
London and the Met Office Hadley Centre report rapidly thinning
1st November 2003 Foresight
The UK Environment Agency has predicted how lifestyles in the
UK will have changed by the year 2020. They predict mass immigration
due to global climate change and greenhouse gas allowances for
1st November 2003 My
GreenHouse Gas Online has become the world's number one website
on 'greenhouse gas' according to search engines Google and Yahoo.
Great that it's popular, hopefully it will just get better and
26th October 2003 Self-consumption
The huge emissions of greenhouse gas in the US, and the potential
threat sea-level rise and climate change pose to US communities,
is highlighted this week by Matthew Engel writing in the Guardian
26th October 2003 Tapping
a New Resource
Larry Kosituk, and colleagues at the University of Alberta in
Canada, have discovered a new way of grenerating electricity from
water which has the potential to rival wind and solar power as
a clean energy source.
20th October 2003 Climate
The Guardian newspaper (UK) has warned that climate change threatens
to force 150 million people from their homes over the next 50
years, vastly increasing the immigration pressure on countries
20th October 2003 Going,
Patricia Iturregui, and colleagues at the National Council for
the Environment in Peru, have warned of the threat posed to thousands
of people in the Andes by glacial melt resulting from global warming.
20th October 2003 Blooming
The gardens of Europe and North America are set for big changes
as result of global warming and elevated carbon dioxide levels
in coming years. Rapid growth rates and much longer growing seasons
9th October 2003 High
Through the discovery of a fossilized albatross colony, Sorrs
Olson, of the National Museum of Natural History Museum in Washington
DC, has found evidence for a huge sea-level rise around 400,000
9th October 2003 Natural
Valentin Meleshko, from the Central Geophysical Observatory, has
warned Russia may pay for its non-ratification of the Kyoto protocol
through widespread damage to its infrastructure caused by climate
9th October 2003 Empty
A controversial analysis of oil and gas reserves has predicted
that the most catastrophic climate change scenarios can never
happen. Burning of all oil and gas supplies would be insufficient
for such extreme warming.
9th October 2003 Immigration
A report by a London based campaign group has highlighted the
plight of refugees forced from their homes by climate change.
The report estimates that 150 million people may be forced from
their homes by 2050.
9th October 2003 Global
Global warming is currently killing around 160,000 people every
year, according to Andrew Haines and colleagues at the London
School of Hygiene and Tropical Medecine. Numbers could double
9th October 2003 Baked
John Whitfield, writing for the journal Nature, has revealed the
numerous impacts climate change is already having on the Alaskan
environment and its inhabitants. Alaska is warming faster than
anywhere else on earth.
29th September 2003 Russia
Russia takes it place at the international climate change conference
in Moscow this week with the ability to bring the Kyoto Protocol
into force by its own ratification. Their final decision still
29th September 2003 Acid
Ken Caldeira, and colleagues at the Lawrence Livermore National
Laboratory in California, US, have warned of the acidification
of the world's oceans which may occur as a result of elevated
29th September 2003 Dust
Natali Mahowald and Chao Luo, from the National Center for Atmospheric
Research in Colorado, have revealed the potential of decreasing
dust levels in our atmosphere leading to more intense climate
21st September 2003 Sundarbans
The Sundarbans, a huge delta area dominated by mangrove forest,
is threatened with complete destruction by rising sea levels.
Many thousands of people may lose their homes as a result of the
15th September 2003 PCs
do their Bit
An ambitious and highly novel project aimed at better predicting
future climate change has been launched by ClimatePrediction.net.
Individuals download a program which then runs a range of climate
15th September 2003 Heated
A new study of variations in the temperature of the earth's atmosphere
since 1978 has concluded that the troposphere has warmed substantially.
The study goes against previous reports which suggested no warming.
15th September 2003 Data
An Antarctic ice core believed to contain the longest continuous
record of climate and greenhouse gases ever recovered. It is hoped
the core will shed light on climate variability going back over
8th September 2003 Deep
The UK government is considering plans to store large amounts
of the carbon dioxide produced by fossil fuelled power stations
underneath the North Sea. However, the reliability of this approach
8th September 2003 Glacial
Stephan Harrison, of Oxford University, and co-workers, have warned
of the threat to livelihoods in Kazakhstan from climate warming.
Rapidly diminishing glaciers threaten the agricultural water supply.
1st September 2003 Rings
A study of climate history by Philip Jones and colleagues at East
Anglia University, UK, has confirmed that our climate is now warmer
than at any time in the last 2000 years. Tree rings were used
to gauge variations.
1st September 2003 Global
Keith Tovey and colleagues at East Anglia University, UK, have
set themselves the task of beating the UK government target for
cutting GHG emissions. The project involves community awareness
1st September 2003 Desert
A report by the EC Joint Research Centre has revealed drops in
crop yields across southern Europe as a result of the 2003 heatwave.
Through such impacts, global warming is predicted to transform
1st September 2003 Impact
The hot summer here in the UK has prompted further examination
of the impacts climate change will have on all our lives. Even
in a rich country such as ours the impacts are likely to be large
25th August 2003 Loopholes
in the US
American environmentalists are reeling from yet another blow to
their hopes of US action on greenhouse gas emissions. The Bush
administration is set to allow big increases in GHG emissions
from old power stations.
25th August 2003 Tke
Gregory Riskin, of Northwestern University, Illinois, USA, has
suggested that a massive release of methane from the world's oceans
may have been responsible for Earth's largest mass extinction
250 million years ago.
17th August 2003 Naming
Friends of the Earth have published a league table of the most
polluting power stations in the UK. The report names two coal
fired power stations in Scotland as among the worst for greenhouse
17th August 2003 Fish
Catherine O'Reilly, and colleagues at New York's Vassar College,
have revealed that the huge drop in fish stocks in Lake Tanganyika
is primarily a result of climate warming. The warming causes less
mixing in the lake.
17th August 2003 Kyoto
The Institute for Public Policy Research has warned that the Kyoto
Protocol will not stop climate change, its small targets meaning
that global greenhouse gas emissions will increase by 70 percent
17th August 2003 Hotter
John Schnellhuber, of the Tyndall centre in the UK, has warned
that the extreme weather conditions encountered across much of
Europe this summer may indicate a global acceleration in climate
5th August 2003 Extremes
Becoming the Norm
Europe is experiencing record breaking temperatures and the extended
period of drought is having a drastic effecton agricutlure. Concern
is growing that such extreme conditions may become increasingly
5th August 2003 Tax
Now or Pay Later
A cross-party committee of UK MPs has called for airline passengers
to pay an emissions charge to help to compensate for the environmental
damage air travel causes. They recommend a sharp increase in prices.
5th August 2003 Inuit
The warmer climate being encountered in the north of Canada is
causing areas of permafrost to melt and stark changes in the wildlife.
The Inuit living in the region are worried that their way of life
may be lost forever.
28th July 2003 Lettuce
GHGonline.org editor Dave Reay, talks to BBC Radio 4's 'Leading
Edge' program about nitrous oxide and current efforts to better
quantify emissions of this powerful greenhouse gas from agriculture.
28th July 2003 Global
Warming as a WMD
John Haughton, respected meteorologist and author of 'Global Warming:
the Complete Briefing' has attacked the inaction of western governments
over global warming. He draws comparisons with WMDs.
28th July 2003 Conference
Could the climate change impact of conference travel be greatly
reduced by the use of new virtual conferencing technology such
as the Access Grid? The editor of GHGonline discusses its potential
28th July 2003 Dead
Gunter Hoch, and colleagues at Basel University in Switzerland,
have revealed the limited extent to which mature trees can take
up carbon dioxide as concentrations in our atmosphere increase.
7th July 2003 Sun
Henrik Svensmark, of the Danish Space Research Institute, has
been re-examining the relationship between solar activity and
variations in our climate. He is focusing on the idea that cosmic
rays may drive cloud formation.
7th July 2003 The
Crutzen of the Matter
The well renowned and hugely respected climate change scientist
Paul Crutzen has recently given an interview to New Scientist
Magazine. Paul, a nobel laureate for his work on ozone depletion,
discusses his life's work.
7th July 2003 Hydrogen
Progress continues to be made in teh search for an efficient,
low greenhouse gas, method to produce hydrogen for fuel cells.
James Dumesic and colleagues have developed a low cost catalyst
for the process.
30th June 2003 Home
Erasmia Kitou and Arpad Horvath of the University of California,
US, have revealed the potential cuts in greenhouse gas emissions
made possible by home working and related changes in travel and
30th June 2003 Virtually
Using internet services, such as online banking, rather than using
the traditional modes of service, such as visiting your local
branch in person, could significantly reduce related greenhouse
23rd June 2003 A
Whiter Shade of Green
A report by the US Evironmental Protection Agency, including discussion
of the importance of global warming, has allegedly been watered
down as a result of pressure from the current US administration.
23rd June 2003 Wind
Farmers in New Zealand face paying a tax based on the amounts
of methane produced by the cattle and sheep on their farms. The
move is part of NZ governmental efforts to reduce national greenhouse
23rd June 2003 Runaway
Michael Benton, of Bristol University, UK, has revealed the devastating
effects runaway global warming may have had on life on earth 250
million years ago. Such huge impacts could be repeated in the
17th June 2003 Methane
Stephen Ragsdale, and colleagues at Nebraska University, are developing
a cattle feed additive which they hope will substantially reduce
the amount of methane emitted from cows as they breath and belch.
17th June 2003 Ozone
Yuk Yung and colleagues in the US have warned that future increases
in hydrogen emissions, arising from its wider use in the batlle
against global warming, may create larger and longer-lasting ozone
10th June 2003 For
The UK's garderners are helping to drive exploitation of natural
peatlands in Estonia, destroying a key habitat and adding to global
warming through the big emissions of carbon dioxide which result
from peat digging.
10th June 2003 Smoke
Smoke in our atmosphere has served to reduce the impact of the
greenhouse effect in previous decades, but as power stations and
other big smoke emitters are cleaned up we may be see more intense
10th June 2003 Cloud
Bas Amelung, an economist from the University of Maastrict, Netherlands,
has warned of the huge impact increasing summer temperatures may
have on the tourist industry. The Med may become too hot for many
3rd June 2003 High
David Paterson and Mireille Consalvey, of St Andrews University,
UK, are examining the impacts of sea level rise in Scotland, as
part of a wider study aimed at assessing the impact of global
warming across Europe.
3rd June 2003 Hot
Eugenia Kalnay and Ming Cai of the university of Maryland, US,
have revealed a bigger impact of land-use on rising temperatures
than previously thought. Both urban and agricultural land-uses
can have big impacts.
3rd June 2003 Battle
The Australian government is intensifying efforts to protect its
famous Great Barrier Reef from the combined onslaught of over-fishing,
pollution and global warming. Large, fishing free, 'green zones'
26th May 2003 Holistic
A team from the Hadley Centre, UK, have used an holistic approach
to climate change prediction, which uses the many factors and
interactions that drive our climate. They warn of a big temperature
rise by 2100.
26th May 2003 Load
Households in England have slightly increased the percentage of
their rubbish which they recycle, up from 11 to 12 percent, but
the total amount of non-recycled waste has jumped by more than
half a million tonnes.
20th May 2003 Reaping
Phillip Thornton, an economist in Kenya, has revealed a new technique
which can estimate the local weather many decades from now and
which should allow better preparation for climate change in the
13th May 2003 Losing
Having helped to develop the modern fuel cell, the UK is now lagging
behind other developed countries in developing such greenhouse
gas reducing technology further. The government is blamed for
13th May 2003 Europe
The EU is failing to meet its targets for reducing greenhouse
gas emissions. Emissions rose by around 1% in the year 2000 and
it seems unlikely that the cross Europe target of an 8% reduction
will be met by 2012.
11th May 2003 Mangrove
Gordon Sato, a US cell biologist, has caused alarm with his plan
to combat climate change by planting desert coastlines with mangrove
forest. Reef scientists are worried that reefs and fisheries will
4th May 2003 Escalating
A report by the UK's Department of Food, Environment and Rural
Affairs has suggested that increasing the cost of fuel, via taxes,
would be a very effective way to cut UK emissions of greenhouse
28th April 2003 Water
Richard Betts of the Hadley Centre, UK, has warned of the effects
of elevated carbon dioxide on soil water levels. Less water loss
from plants may mean more flooding and more GHG emission from
28th April 2003 Show
An exhibition cataloguing climate change on Earth and the impact
man's activities have had is now open at the Deutsches Museum
in Munich. Exhibits include a pile of coal and a steam engine
- icons of global warming.
20th April 2003 Methane
Samples of methane hydrate were successfully collected by ships
in the Pacific Ocean last summer. Researchers found that the samples
contained bubbles of methane gas and commercial exploitation moved
a step closer.
20th April 2003 Ice
Phillipe Huybrechts and colleagues in Belgium and Germany, has
suggested that the melting of Greenland's ice sheet, and the consequent
build up of meltwater, may one day protect Greenland from further
13th April 2003 Steeling
The UK is beating its targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions
from industry according to new figures. Most of the reduction
has come from the UK steel industry, mainly as a result of falling
13th April 2003 Sun
A US scientist has again questioned the importance of the Sun
in controlling climate change over the last twenty years. Scientific
opinion remains divided over the contribution of Sun activity
to recent global warming.
6th April 2003 Digging
A large group of scientists, from several different nations, are
planning to investigate a record of climate change over the last
one million years by examining the deep sediments of Lake Bosumtwi
April 2003 Fire
Mark Litvak and colleagues at the University of Texas, US, have
revealed how the frequency of forest fires affects forest carbon
dioxide uptake. It seems that 20-50 year old trees are the best
sink for carbon dioxide.
March 2003 Impact
The UK government has announced figures showing the apparent impact
of their climate change strategy on greenhouse gas emissions.
Carbon dioxide emissions have fallen by more than 3 percent in
the last 12 months.
March 2003 Pressure
Nathan Gillett and colleagues at Victoria University, Canada have,
for the first time, found evidence that man-made greenhouse gas
emissions over the last 50 years have affected global air pressure.
March 2003 Fish
Veerle Fievez and colleagues at Ghent University, Belgium, have
reported on the effective use of fish oil feed additives in reducing
livestock methane emissions. They achieved up to 40 percent cuts
in sheep methane.
March 2003 Hard
The US administration's plan to develop hydrogen fuel cell technology,
as a realistic alternative to fossil fuelled cars, has been undermined
by a report which indicates that diesel and petrol hybrid cars
remain the best option.
March 2003 Rain
Jaako Putkonen and Gerard Roe, of the University of Washington,
US, have warned of the threat to reindeer from increased rainfall
caused by climate change. In the far north, rain can form thick
ice and prevent feeding.
March 2003 Whiter
Climatologists, Edward Hanna and John Cappelen, have revealed
that, despite a consistent trend of climate warming in much of
the world, temperatures in Greenland appear to have fallen over
the last 50 years.
March 2003 Fight
Water with Water
The RSPB has flooded an area of coastal farmland in Scotland in
an attempt to create a salt marsh. The salt marsh should both
protect the land from rising sea levels and provide a habitat
for numerous bird species.
March 2003 Shelf
Hernan de Angelis and Pedro Skvarca, of the Argentinian Antarctic
Institute, have confirmed that Antarctica's global warming threatened
ice shelves are propping up huge amounts of glacial ice.
March 2003 Jojoba
Mohamed Selim, and colleagues at UAE and Cairo Universities, have
reported on the great potential of jojoba oil as an alternative
to fossil fuel for cars. The oil could help cut automotive GHG
March 2003 Pipe
Michael Halbwachs, from the University of Savoie in France, has
proposed a plan whereby the large amounts of methane contained
in the Rwanda's Lake Kivu could be tapped and used as a nationwide
March 2003 Muted
Jamie Newbold and colleagues, at the Rowett Institute in Aberdeen,
UK, have developed a cattle feed additive which can reduce methane
emissions by a fifth while at the same time increasing food processing
March 2003 Gaia
Marcos Buckeridge, a Brazilian botanist, has found that the Jatoba
tree is able to grown much faster at elevated CO2
concentrations. He hopes that its heightened CO2
uptake abilities can be isolated and used in other plants.
March 2003 Energetic
The UK government's Energy White Paper has stated their commitment
to renewable energy and their aim to reduce carbon dioxide emissions
by sixty precent by the year 2050, compared to emissions in 1990.
February 2003 Melt
A UK government report warns of the extreme climate changes faced
by Britain and Europe in coming years. Freak weather events, Meditteranean
temperatures and winters without snow will all become more likely.
February 2003 Dead
Etchings made in stone on the Isle of the Dead, Tasmania, over
160 years ago have provided useful information on sea levels before
and after the impact of contemporary global warming.
February 2003 Burning
Out of control coal fires, burning both on the surface and underground,
are leading to the emission of massive amounts of GHGs to the
atmosphere. Controlling the fires could therefore give huge cuts
in global emissions.
February 2003 Must
The pledge of the UK government to cut greenhouse gas emissions
by 12.5 percent below 1990 levels by 2012 is unlikely to be met,
according to the Sustainable Development Commission.
February 2003 Growing
A report by the UK Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
(DEFRA) has revealed that background levels of greenhouse gases
in our atmosphere are now the highest ever recorded.
February 2003 Green
A collaboration between the United Nations (UNEP) and psychologists
is aiming to better understand consumerism, with the hope that
individuals can be coaxed into less polluting, more sustainable
January 2003 Hydrogen
US President, George W Bush, has announced over a billion dollars
in funding for the devlelopment of hydrogen-powered vehicles.
Such development should eventually help to reduce automobile GHG
January 2003 Woodland
Researchers from three environmental think-tanks have suggested
that UK vehicle emissions could be substantially cut by the increased
use of biofuels, such as alcohol, derived from fast-growing trees
January 2003 Early
Research covering two decades of data on great and blue tits in
central Europe indicates that shifts in spring temperatures, resulting
from climate change, may alter the breeding success of many common
January 2003 UK
The Guardian newspaper today reported that increased melting rates,
caused by global warming, in Greenland may interrupt the flow
of the Gulf stream and so plunge the UK into winters comparable
with those in Canada.
January 2003 Bear
Polar bears may become extinct with the next 100 years, as a result
of global warming induced ice-melt, according to US ecologist
Andrew Derocher. Derocher used estimates of future sea-ice melt
for his predictions.
January 2003 Can't
Stand the Heat
Camille Parmesan and colleagues in the US have identified a consistent
trend in the response of wild species to warmer global temperatures.
It seems many are now moving towards cooler and higher ranges.