12th December 2005 Montreal
The climate change meeting in Montreal has led to agreement that
those nations who have ratified the Kyoto protocol should now
decide emissions cuts for post-2012. The US has agreed to more
12th December 2005 Fastest
Gordon Hamilton, of the Climate Change Institute at the University
of Maine, US, has reported that a glacier his group have been
studying is flowing at a rate of 14km per year. Its front has
retreated 5km in the last year.
12th December 2005 Drier
Isaac Held and his team at the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Adminstration have predicted substantial drying of the Sahel and
southern Africa in response to climate change during the 21st
30th November 2005 Day
Harry Bryden and colleagues at the National Oceanography Centre
in Southampton, UK, have reported that warm Atlantic currents
have weakened by as much as 30 percent in the last 50 years.
28th November 2005 Montreal
Thousands of delegates are converging on Montreal, Canada, for
the first UN climate conference since the Kyoto protocol came
into force in February. What will follow the Kyoto Protocol remains
the big question.
28th November 2005 Creeping
Kenneth Miller and colleagues at Rutgers University in New Jersey,
US, have reported that the rate of global sea level rise has doubled
in the last 150 years. The increasing rate is blamed on global
28th November 2005 650,000
Thomas Stocker and collegaues at the University of Bern, in Switzerland,
have said that current carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere
are higher than at any time in the last 650,000 years.
13th November 2005 Water
Rolf Philipona and colleagues at theWorld Radiation Center in
Switzerland, have revealed that much of the recent warming in
Europe is due to increasing amounts of water
vapour in the atmosphere.
13th November 2005 Greenhouse
The International Energy Agency has warned that global greenhouse
gas emissions will rise by more than 50 percent by the year 2030
if far-reaching steps are not taken to reduce the growth in energy
13th November 2005 Pay
Now or Later
The International Council for Capital Formation, an economics
think tank, has predicted that meeting greenhouse gas emissions
cuts set out in the Kyoto Protocol may significantly reduce economic
6th November 2005 GDP
UK Prime Minister Tony Blair has stressed the importance of economic
growth in discussions on how the international community should
tackle global warming in a post-Kyoto protocol world.
6th November 2005 Coming
Marcel Visser and Christiaan Both, working in the Netherlands,
have revealed that a changing climate is threatening many animal
species by putting their breeding cycles out of synch with their
6th November 2005 Volcanic
John Church and colleagues at the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems
Cooperative Research Centre in Tasmania, have shown how the eruption
of Mt Pinatubo may have slowed global warming and sea level rise.
29th October 2005 Baked
Dagmar Schroeter of Harvard University, US, and colleagues, have
revealed how severe the impacts of climate change are likely to
be in Europe. The Mediterranean is at particularly high risk
29th October 2005 Biomass
Sir Ben Gill, chairman of the UK's biomass taskforce, has underlined
the great potential of biofuels in the UK to replace fossil fuels
and so reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Up to 20m tonnes a year
may be available.
29th October 2005 Charles'
Prince Charles has called for urgent action on climate change,
citing it as the greatest challenge that mankind faces. The Prince
said consumer choice could make a real difference. He is now cutting
his own emissions.
23rd October 2005 Krill
Michael Meredith and John King, of the British Antarctic Survey
in Cambridge, UK, have highlighted the threat unexpected increases
in sea temperatures around Antarctica pose to polar ecosystems.
23rd October 2005 Wood
Energy company E.ON have announced the building of the UK's first
wood-burning power station. It will be located close to existing
waste wood supplies and is predicted to produce enough energy
for 70,000 homes.
9th October 2005 CryoSat
Duncan Wingham and collaborators on the CryoSat project suffered
a cruel blow when the probe crashed into the Arctic Ocean just
after launch. CryoSat would have provided vital data on polar
9th October 2005 Rain
The Asia-Pacific climate pact, announced just a few months ago
by the US, Australia, China, India, Japan and South Korea with
the aim of tackling climate change using technology, has postponed
its first meeting.
9th October 2005 Swap
A meeting in London has brought together the leaders of more than
20 cities around the world to discuss climate change and exchange
ideas about how cities can take action to mitigate and adapt to
9th October 2005 Maggot
Dave Goulson and colleagues at Southampton University, UK, have
warned that rising temperatures could lead to a sharp increase
in the numbers of house flies, and a consequent threat to human
2nd October 2005 White
Ted Scambos, and colleagues at the US National Snow and Data Centre
in Colorado, have reported that the extent of sea ice in the Arctic
has fallen for a fourth consecutive year. Coverage is now 20%
2nd October 2005 Red
The UK is set for one of its most impressive displays of Autumn
colour for many years. Higher temperatures and lower summer rainfall
mean an increase in leaf sugar levels and leaf colours to match
those of New England.
2nd October 2005 Heat
Phillipe Ciais, Andrew Friend and colleagues across Europe have
revealed that the soaring temperatures and low rainfall experienced
during the 2003 heatwave caused a big loss of carbon dioxide from
27th September 2005 Carbon
A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
estimates that carbon sequestration technologies could enable
the capture and storage of 40 percent of fossil fuel-based CO2
emissions by 2050.
27th September 2005 Plane
The European Commission has suggested that greenhouse gas emissions
from aircraft should be included in an EU-wide carbon trading
scheme. The scheme currently only covers big industrial emitters.
15th September 2005 Heating
Peter Webster and colleagues at the Georgia Institute of Technology,
US, have linked an increase in the strength of hurricanes over
the last 35 years to a worldwide increase in sea temperatures
due to global warming.
11th September 2005 Famine
Martin Parry and Steve Long have warned that the expected increase
in crop production due to elevated carbon dioxide may not materialise,
with climate change putting an extra 50 million people at risk
11th September 2005 Climate
Climate Change Begins at Home by GHGonline editor Dave Reay has
just been released internationally. The book examines how we affect
climate change and in turn how climate change will affect us.
11th September 2005 Long
Dominic Ferreti and colleagues, at the National Institute of Water
and Atmospheric Research Limited in New Zealand, have reported
that humans had been affecting the global climate long before
the industrial revolution.
11th September 2005 Warming
Guy Kirk and colleagues at Cranfield University in the UK have
found that soils in Britain have been losing carbon over the last
25 years. The losses more than offset the reductions in the country's
28th August 2005 Tired
Nine US states have agreed a preliminary deal to cut their greenhouse
gas emissions independently from the Bush administration. The
plans include a commitment to a 10 percent cut in power station
emissions by 2020.
28th August 2005 Temperature
Carl Mears, of Remote Sensing Systems in California, is one of
several researchers who have examined the apparent discrepancy
between measured tropospheric warming and that predicted by climate
28th August 2005 Science
This year's BA Science Festival will run in Dublin, Ireland from
3rd to 10th September. There are several climate change-related
events including the Climate Change Begins at Home exhibit on
Thursday the 8th.
28th August 2005 Glacial
Marco Zapata and colleagues at the Institute for National Resources
in Peru, has warned of the retreat being observed in the country's
glaciers and the threat their disappearance poses to future water
16th August 2005 Positive
Sergei Kirpotin, of Tomsk State University, and Judith Marquand,
of Oxford University, have reported that a large area of frozen
peat bog in Siberia has started to melt. The area contains billions
of tonnes of methane.
15th July 2005 Everest
The UN is to put together a research team to study the effects
of climate change on Everest and similarly threatened world heritage
sites, such as the Huascaran National Park in Peru and the Belize
15th July 2005 Carbon
James Cameron, an adviser on carbon trading, believes that trading
such as that currently underway in Europe could spread much more
widely, with individual states in the US joining in even if their
government does not.
15th July 2005 G8
The final communique on climate change from the G8 summit in Gleneagles
states that it is a 'serious long-term challenge'. But it failed
to set any concrete targets for greenhouse gas emission reductions.
30th June 2005 Heat
The Guardian Newspaper today published its own take on the issues
which surround climate change, from the science to the solutions.
The document comes just days before the start of the G8 summit
30th June 2005 Acid
John Raven, and colleagues on the Royal Society's ocean acidification
working group, have warned that rising carbon dioxide concentrations
in the atmosphere threaten many marine species through acidification.
30th June 2005 Clearer
Meinrat Andreae of the Max Plank Institute in Germany, together
with colleagues in the UK, have modelled the impact of reduced
aerosol pollution on global warming. A minimum 6 degrees C warming
by 2100 is forecast.
26th June 2005 G8
Cool on Warming
A leaked draft of the planned action to tackle climate change
at the forthcoming G8 summit in Gleneagles indicates refusal by
one G8 member to accept the reality of global warming and human-induced
26th June 2005 Dry
Research presented as part of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment
predicts that desertification will spread in many areas, threatening
millions, as poor land use management acts in conjunction with
26th June 2005 Too
Warm for Basking
Jean-Luc Solandt of the Marine Conservation Society has reported
that basking sharks around the UK appear to be moving further
north as a result of warming waters in the south and changing
26th June 2005 100,000
GHGonline.org has recently passed the 100,000 visits mark. Many
thanks for all the positive comments and testing questions over
the last few years, I hope the site will continue to help scientists
and non-scientists alike.
14th June 2005 Volcanic
Vincent Gauci, Nancy Dise and Steve Blake, of the Open University
in the UK, have found that sulphate deposition, such as that caused
by volcanic eruptions, can reduce emissions of methane from wetlands.
9th June 2005 Hot
Philip Cooney, a White House official, has been accused by the
New York Times of editing government papers on the scientific
evidence for a link between greenhouse gas emissions and global
9th June 2005 Together
Science academies from around the world have called on their respective
governments to do more to cut carbon dioxide emissions and in
so doing help to mitigate the impacts of climate change.
9th June 2005 Better
Mark Desholm and Johnny Kahlert, of the National Environmental
Research Institute in Denmark, have reported that birds learn
to avoid offshore wind farms and the danger their rotating blades
9th June 2005 G8
Africa and Climate Change are the issues to be addressed at the
G8 summit in Gleneagles in July. The discussion on what can and
cannot be achieved at the summit is intensifying by the day.
19th May 2005 Antarctic
Curt Davis, and colleagues at the University of Missouri, have
found that East Antarctica is gaining weight due to increased
snowfall - 45 billion tonnes between 1992 and 2003 - and so helping
to slow global sea level rise.
19th May 2005 Papuan
Papua New Guinea has suggested, at a recent UN climate change
meeting, that the protection of its rainforests and the carbon
they contain should be recognised as a way of mitigating global
19th May 2005 Amazonian
The Environment Ministry of the Brazilian Government has reported
that the rate of deforestation in Amazonia is approaching record
levels. It is feared that the region could become a net producer
of greenhouse gas.
19th May 2005 Shiny
Swiss ski operators at the Gurschen glacier have resorted to covering
parts of the glacier with reflective insulation to slow the rate
of summer melt and glacial retreat, and so protect access to their
19th May 2005 Pick
Graham Sinden, of Oxford University's Environmental Change Institute,
has revealed that the right mix of renewable energy technologies
in the UK could provide a large proportion on the nation's energy
9th May 2005 Nowhere
Richard Leakey, visiting Professor at Stony Brook University near
New York, has highlighted the threat climate change poses to totemic
species in Africa, such as the Elephant, through destruction of
9th May 2005 Nuclear
SomeUK government departments are keen to discuss the issue of
nuclear power as a way to meet greenhouse gas emission targets.
UK Environment Minister Margaret Beckett remains opposed to the
9th May 2005 Ben
Jerry Greenfield, co-founder of Ben and Jerry's ice cream, has
launched a Climate Change College aimed at training 20 young people
in how to raise awareness of climate change and its impacts more
9th May 2005 Shrinking
Alison Cook and colleagues at the UK's British Antarctic Survey
have revealed that almost all (87 percent) of the glaciers flowing
into the seas around the Antarctic Peninusula are now in retreat.
9th May 2005 Climate
Change and Cancer
Brian Diffey, and colleagues at Newcastle General Hospital in
the UK, have warned that global warming and more overseas holidays
could lead to a trebling in the number of skin cancers in Britain
19th April 2005 Tide
William Thompson and Steven Goldstein, of Columbia University
in the US, have revealed that global sea levels over the last
240,000 years have been much more variable than previously thought.
19th April 2005 Aquatic
The World Wide Fund for Nature has highlighted the potential impacts
of climate change in Wales as part a new campaign to push for
greater awareness and greenhouse gas emission cuts across the
19th April 2005 Doing
Climate Change Begins at Home, the editor's book about how climate
change will affect us and how we affect it, is now available for
pre-order from Amazon and Palgrave.
19th April 2005 Must
The UK's Environmental Audit Committee has called on the government
to do more in the fight against human-induced climate change.
It suggests that relying on technological and market-led fixes
is not enough.
19th April 2005 Home
Gavin Kilip and colleagues at the Environmental Change Institute
at Oxford University, UK, have estimated that 80,000 energy-wasting
homes should be demolished to help reach UK greenhouse gas emission
31st March 2005 Millennium
The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment has released a report highlighting
the degradation of ecosystems and thier services around the world.
Climate change and intensification of agriculture are key drivers.
31st March 2005 Mauna
Data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
(NOAA), in the US, show that carbon dioxide concentrations in
the atmosphere increased yet again in the last year. They are
now up at 378 ppm.
31st March 2005 Double
Zhu Jianguo and colleagues at the Chinese Academy of Sciences
have revealed that, though elevated carbon dioxide concentrations
may make crops grow faster, they may at the same time reduce their
31st March 2005 Warming
The UK's Chancellor Gordon Brown has stressed the importance of
tackling global warming to economic well-being, both in the UK
and overseas. He said that healthy economies relied on a looked-after
31st March 2005 The
Sea, the Sea
Gerald Meehl and colleagues from the National Center for Atmospheric
Research in Boulder, Colorado, have shown what great momentum
climate change now has. An additional 10cm of sea level rise seems
17th March 2005 Hiding
Lord May, President of the Royal Society, has called on the US
government to make its postion on climate change clear after James
Connaughton, a senior US adviser, claimed GHGs "do not have
17th March 2005 Himalayan
The WWF has warned of the threat posed to hundreds of millions
of people by the melting of glaciers in the Himalayas. India,
China and Nepal may all suffer floods and then droughts as a result.
17th March 2005 Black
Susan Watts, science editor of BBC Newsnight in the UK, has examined
the coal dependency of economic development in China, and the
big implications this has for global emissions of greenhouse gases.
17th March 2005 Local
Jules Pretty and colleagues at the University of Essex and City
University, UK, have calculated the environmental costs of food,
including the climate benefits of local versus food-mile heavy
17th March 2005 World
The Royal Society has warned that the US is undermining global
efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions. The rise in US emissions
since 1990 is already greater than all the cuts of the Kyoto Protocol.
6th March 2005 Greener
The UK government has announced that those travelling by air in
at least three of its departments - DEFRA, the Foreign Office
and the Department for International Development - will have their
carbon emissions offset.
6th March 2005 Puck
Michael Mann, proponent of the famous Hockey Stick global warming
graph, defends the now controversial graph in Scientific American.
The graph uses proxies for warming such as tree rings and coral
6th March 2005 Little
Kate Ravilious, writing in the Guardian, has compared the current
cold snap in the UK with the predicted temperatures which would
result from shutdown of the Gulf Stream due to melting of the
Greenland ice cap.
6th March 2005 Arctic
Alexander Wolfe and colleagues at the University of Alberta, Canada,
have warned of the threat global warming poses to Arctic lake
ecosystems. The Arctic is described as the canary of environmental
6th March 2005 ClimateWatchers
Dave Reay, of Edinburgh University and GHGonline, has developed
an exhibit that allows individuals to assess their own climate
burden, and then view the climate change scenario they are contributing
21st February 2005 Message
in a Bottle
Tim Barnett, and colleagues at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography
in San Diego, US, have revealed evidence that recent warming of
the world's oceans has been caused by man-made greenhouse gas
21st February 2005 One
BBC correspondent Richard Black examines the process which led
to the Kyoto Protocol coming into force, its likely impact, and
what lies ahead as the commitment period of 2008-2012 draws ever
21st February 2005 Health
The impacts of climate change in the US are highlighted in a report
by Loretta Mickley of Harvard University. More deaths from heat
stress, air pollution and disease are likely as temperatures increase
during this century.
21st February 2005 Kyoto
UK business has been infromed of the greenhouse gas reductions
required of it as part of the nation's Kyoto Protocol commitment
to cut emissions. Some companies fear the emissions limits will
make them less competitive
15th February 2005 Enter
The Kyoto Protocol, designed to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions,
comes into force tomorrow. The original target was for a 5.2 percent
cut on 1990 emissions. This now looks very unlikely to be achieved.
11th February 2005 A
The Department of Transport in the UK is launching a new ratings
scheme for cars based on their greenhouse gas emissions. Ratings
go from A for the lowest emission electric cars down to F for
11th February 2005 Clouding
John Latham, at the National Center for Atmopsheric Research in
Colorado, and colleagues in the UK are hoping to develop a way
of cooling the climate using large scale cloud generation at sea.
11th February 2005 Cremate
Sir David King, the UK's chief scientist, has underlined the potential
for carbon dioxide storage in disused oil wells as a way to reduce
greenhouse gas emissions. Tax incentives for such carbon burial
11th February 2005 Risk
"Avoiding Dangerous Climate Change", a recent conference
in Exeter, UK, has concluded that the risks faced by humankind
as a result of global warming are even more serious than previously
11th February 2005 Thinning
Dave Reay, of Edinburgh University and Greenhouse Gas Online,
talks to BBC Radio 4 about forests as carbon sinks and how changes
in forest management can both enhance the sinks and reduce them.
31st January 2005 Clear
Avoiding Dangerous Climate Change, a meeting at the UK Met office,
starts tomorrow with the aim of establishing what constitutes
a dangerous level of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere.
31st January 2005 Decade
The International Climate Change Taskforce, a group of politicians
and scientists, has warned that the world may have only 10 years
in which to head-off catastrophic climate change through reduced
31st January 2005 Sceptic
Fred Singer, David Bellamy and Richard Lindzen are among several
high profile climate change sceptics attending a meeting in London
to question warnings of catastrophic impacts resulting from global
31st January 2005 More
The results of the world's biggest climate change experiment -
Climateprediction.net - indicate that global warming during this
century will be between 2 and 11 degrees centigrade, with an average
of about 3.4.
31st January 2005 Climate
Robin McKie, of the Guardian, has recently interviewed a host
of leading scientists about climate change and its coverage in
the media, including John Lawton and Alan Thorpe, his soon-to-be
successor at the NERC.
17th January 2005 Global
Gerry Stanhill's discovery of global dimming has led to intensifying
concern over the degree to which global warming during this century
may have been underestimated. A 10 degrees C rise is thought possible.
17th January 2005 Arctic
Rapid warming in the Arctic represents a warning to the whole
world according to Sheila Watt-Cloutier, chair of the Inuit circumpolar
conference. Climate change is already threatening to destroy the
17th January 2005 Power
Edward Sargent and colleagues at the University of Toronto have
created miniature solar cells. These cells hold the potential
for significant solar energy production, and so greenhouse gas
cuts, within the next 10 years.
2nd January 2005 Happy
A Happy New Year from GHGonline. Here's to a great 2005 for us
all. Watch out for Dave Reay's new book Climate Change Begins
at Home, published by Macmillan Science and out this summer.
2nd January 2005 The
This year could be a vital one in tackling greenhouse gas emissions
and climate change on a global scale. UK Prime Minister Tony Blair
hosts the G8 here in Scotland and climate change will be high
on the agenda.