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Greenhouse Gas News Archive 2005

grass 12th December 2005 Montreal Movement
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 discussions.


ice 12th December 2005 Fastest Melt?
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.


parched 12th December 2005 Drier Africa
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 century.


starfish 30th November 2005 Day After Today?
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.


eggs 28th November 2005 Montreal MOP
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.


flood 28th November 2005 Creeping Death
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 warming.


ice lattice 28th November 2005 650,000 year high
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.


cloud 13th November 2005 Water Warming
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.


light bulb 13th November 2005 Greenhouse Extension
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 consumption.


flood 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 growth.


money 6th November 2005 GDP and Kyoto
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.


bracket fungi 6th November 2005 Coming or Going?
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 food supplies.


seashore 6th November 2005 Volcanic Cooling
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.


sun 29th October 2005 Baked Med
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


tree 29th October 2005 Biomass Boost
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.


flood 29th October 2005 Charles' Call
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.


BAS ship 23rd October 2005 Krill Soup
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.


fire 23rd October 2005 Wood Burner
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.


coastline 9th October 2005 CryoSat Crash
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 ice melt.


phone 9th October 2005 Rain Check
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.


petrol station 9th October 2005 Swap Shop
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 climate change.


waste 9th October 2005 Maggot Mountain
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 health.


icemelt 2nd October 2005 White Flag
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% below average.


autumn 2nd October 2005 Red October
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.


flowers 2nd October 2005 Heat Shock
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 vegetation.


coastline 27th September 2005 Carbon Burial
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.


sun 27th September 2005 Plane Talking
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.


flood 15th September 2005 Heating Hurricanes
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.


crops 11th September 2005 Famine Warning
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 of hunger.


dave reay 11th September 2005 Climate Change Book
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. See the first review...


tree 11th September 2005 Long Burn
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.


soil 11th September 2005 Warming Earth
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 carbon emissions.


flame 28th August 2005 Tired of Waiting
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.


flowers 28th August 2005 Temperature Trends
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 change models.


pc 28th August 2005 Science Festival 2005
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.


ice melt 28th August 2005 Glacial Melt
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 supplies.


ice 16th August 2005 Positive Feedback
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.


waterfall 15th July 2005 Everest Forever
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 Barrier Reef.


money 15th July 2005 Carbon Counter
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.


beach 15th July 2005 G8 Progress
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.


sun 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 in Gleneagles.


fish 30th June 2005 Acid Bath
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.


sky 30th June 2005 Clearer means Hotter
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.


phone 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 climate change.


drought 26th June 2005 Dry Spread
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 climate change.


ocean 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 plankton distributions.


logo 26th June 2005 100,000 Hits 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.


fire 14th June 2005 Volcanic Cooling
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.


phone 9th June 2005 Hot Spin
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 warming.


trees 9th June 2005 Together We Stand
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.


coastline 9th June 2005 Better Bird's Eye
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 represent.


sun 9th June 2005 G8 in Gleneagles
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.


beach 19th May 2005 Antarctic Weight Gain
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.


leaves 19th May 2005 Papuan Mache
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 warming.


tree trunk 19th May 2005 Amazonian Emitter
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.


snow 19th May 2005 Shiny Band-aid
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 ski slopes.


fire 19th May 2005 Pick 'n Mix
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 requirements.


drought 9th May 2005 Nowhere to Go
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 their habitat.


cloud 9th May 2005 Nuclear Unclear
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 idea.


ice crust 9th May 2005 Ben and Jerry's
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 widely.


ice lattice 9th May 2005 Shrinking Glaciers
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.


sun 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 by 2035.


sea defence 19th April 2005 Tide Marks
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.


flood 19th April 2005 Aquatic Centre
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 country.


grass 19th April 2005 Doing My Bit
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.


money 19th April 2005 Must Try Harder
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.


gas burner 19th April 2005 Home Help
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 targets.


grass 31st March 2005 Millennium Assessment
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.


sunset 31st March 2005 Mauna Higher
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.


farm 31st March 2005 Double Edged
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 nutritional value.


sun 31st March 2005 Warming to Gordon
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 environment.


flood 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 inevitable.


phone 17th March 2005 Hiding from Consensus
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 present affects".


waterfall 17th March 2005 Himalayan Melt
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.


fire 17th March 2005 Black China
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.


eggs 17th March 2005 Local Greener
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 produce.


dry mud 17th March 2005 World Beaters
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.


cloud 6th March 2005 Greener Seats
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.


pc 6th March 2005 Puck Stop
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 records.


ice 6th March 2005 Little Ice Age
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.


stream 6th March 2005 Arctic Lake
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 change.


dave reay 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 to.


beach 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 emissions.


leaf 21st February 2005 One Small Step
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 closer.


smoke 21st February 2005 Health Insurance
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.


money 21st February 2005 Kyoto Price Tag
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


sun 15th February 2005 Enter Kyoto
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.


exhaust 11th February 2005 A Grade Cars
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 4-wheel drives.


cloud 11th February 2005 Clouding Issue
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.


sea 11th February 2005 Cremate and Bury
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 may follow.


storm surge 11th February 2005 Risk Management
"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 thought.


trees 11th February 2005 Thinning Forests
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.


oak tree 31st January 2005 Clear and Present
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.


garage 31st January 2005 Decade Deadline
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 greenhouse emissions.


phone 31st January 2005 Sceptic Environmentalists
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 warming.


computer 31st January 2005 More Extreme Extremes
The results of the world's biggest climate change experiment - - indicate that global warming during this century will be between 2 and 11 degrees centigrade, with an average of about 3.4.


fern 31st January 2005 Climate Consensus
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.


sun 17th January 2005 Global Dimming
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.


web 17th January 2005 Arctic Message
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 Inuit culture.


bulb 17th January 2005 Power Points
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.


logo 2nd January 2005 Happy New Year
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.


bridge 2nd January 2005 The Year Ahead
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.


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