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Greenhouse Gas News Archive 2006

snow 17th December 2006 Trees and Carbon
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.


ice breaker 17th December 2006 Open Water Arctic
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.


sun 17th December 2006 Moral Climate
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.


crops 17th December 2006 Shallow Methane
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.


crops 4th December 2006 Climate Crops
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 change.


money 4th December 2006 Getting Tough
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.


trees 4th December 2006 Old but Active
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.


clouds 4th December 2006 In The Dock
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.



light bulb 27th November 2006 Carbon Acceleration
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.


biomass burning 23rd November 2006 Methane Slow-down
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.


pc 23rd November 2006 Life-cycle Analysis
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.


drought 23rd November 2006 Nairobi Summit
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.


sun 2nd November 2006 Stern Report
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.


Atlantic ocean 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.


fish 2nd November2006 Coral Reef Refuges
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 change.


money 15th October 2006 Damage Forecast
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.


drought 15th October 2006 Flood then Drought
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.


cows 15th October 2006 Burping Cows
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 feed.


tree trunk 15th October 2006 Green Retreats
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 supplies.


exhaust 24th September 2006 California in Court
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 pay damages.


dave reay 24th September 2006 Stop Climate Chaos
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.


money 24th September 2006 Extra Virgin
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.


ship 17th September 2006 Rapid Melt
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 lost.


gas hob 17th September 2006 Aim Lower
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 by 2030.


flowers 17th September 2006 Al Gore Film
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.


tree trunk 17th September 2006 Ring Changes
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.



ice and bubbles 7th September 2006 Bubble Trouble
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.


car 7th September 2006 All Rise
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.


algal growth 7th September 2006 Plankton Pressure
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.


flame 20th August 2006 California Cuts
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 by 2020.


bracket fungi 7th September 2006 Species Migration
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.


ice lattice 20th August 2006 Carbon Caged
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 lattice.


waterlogged soils 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 reduced numbers.


cracked soil 20th August 2006 Disaster Warning
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.


sun 8th August 2006 Tapping Technology
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.


dave reay 8th August 2006 Edinburgh Book Festival
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.


gas hob 8th August 2006 Home Start
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.


exhaust 8th August 2006 Carbon Accounting
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.


car 1st August 2006 California Scheming
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.


flowers 1st August 2006 Flaming July
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.


logo 1st August 2006 Praise Indeed
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


sun 27th June 2006 Carbon in Court
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.


southern ocean starfish 27th June 2006 New Arrivals
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 numbers.


pc 27th June 2006 Climate Hockey Stick
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.


ice 23rd June 2006 Arctic Anomaly
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.


gas 23rd June 2006 The Micro Generation
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 easier.


starfish 15th June 2006 Coral Could Recover
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.


tree 15th June 2006 Limited Company
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.


ship 15th June 2006 The Ship
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 and scientists.


tree 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.


drought 30th May 2006 Call Me Al
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.


fish 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.


leaves 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 Planet Earth?'


waterfall 17th May 2006 Vanishing Act
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.


research ship 8th May 2006 Stagnant Greenhouse
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.


clouds 8th May 2006 Clear Evidence
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.


wood burning 29th April 2006 Biomass Boost
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.


cars 29th April 2006 US Emissions Mount
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 tonnes.


mist 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 and Calipso.


exhaust 28th April 2006 Carbon-Rich Cars
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.


cloud 11th April 2006 Lighter and Hotter
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.


waterfall 4th April 2006 Glacial Melt
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.


BAS ship 2nd April 2006 Antarctica Anomaly
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 30 years.


gas 2nd April 2006 British Carbon
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 generation.


barren land 2nd April 2006 Missing the Target
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 taken.


sun 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.


pool 23rd March 2006 Anopheline Africa
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 these regions.


flood 20th March 2006 Heating the Hurricanes
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 as Katrina.


flame 20th March 2006 Carbon Burial
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.


spring sunlight 20th March 2006 People and Planet
Cambridge Science Festival 2006 has made climate change a leading topic, with a host of events aimed at raising awareness of the issue. Here's Dave Reay talks to BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.


petrol station 11th March 2006 Click for Climate
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.


ice 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 year.


pc 2nd March 2006 Probability of One
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 the planet.


tree trunk 28th February 2006 Cold Sweat
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' in Europe.


gas ring 20th February 2006 Quick Heat
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 years ago.


ice 20th February 2006 A Greener Land
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.


sunlit flowers 20th February 2006 Climate in Court
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.


trees 20th February 2006 Stomata Stopper
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.


sun 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 warming.


exhaust 9th February 2006 Going Swedish
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.


puddles 9th February 2006 Model Malaria
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 mitigation.


coastline 9th February 2006 Bury or Bust
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.


melt water 29th January 2006 Arctic Puddles
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 emissions.


phone 29th January 2006 Kyoto Killer?
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 levels.


waves 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.


ice lattice 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 years.


flood 23rd January 2006 Rising Tide
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 decades.


pc 23rd January 2006 Standby Wastage
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.


waterfall 15th January 2006 Fungal Frogs
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.


leaves 15th January 2006 Methane from Plants
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 conditions.


flame 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.


eggs 8th January 2006 BBQ Botulism
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 food poisoning.


pc 8th January 2006 The Office
Dave Reay of Edinburgh University and has highlighted the great potential for reducing workplace energy use, and so greenhouse gas emissions, through simple changes in behaviour.


sun 3rd January 2006 Record Breaker
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.


ship 3rd January 2006 Pollution Swapping
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 gas emissions.


fire 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 stations.


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