Monthly archives: December 2008

Dec

31
2008

Erratic weather ‘harms wildlife’

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-12.27.08 UK wildlife is struggling to cope as erratic and unseasonal weather has taken its toll for a second consecutive year, the National Trust says. It says birds, mammals and particularly insects have all suffered from a cold, late spring, a wet summer with little sunshine and a long, dry autumn. Read more


Dec

31
2008

SOUTHERN AFRICA: Climate Change Threatens Livelihoods

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-12.26.08- Climate change will affect the Zambezi River basin more severely than any other river system in the world, according to Kenneth Msibi, Water Policy and Strategy Expert for the Southern African Development Community (SADC). Increased floods, drought and increased levels of disease threaten lives and livelihoods all along the river�s length. Read more


Dec

31
2008

Sierra Warming: Later snow, earlier melt: High anxiety

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-12.26.08- Finally, snow. After weeks of waiting, mountain residents awoke to their first glimpse of winter on Dec. 13, a few fluffy inches of powder that clung to the tops of boulders like chefs’ hats. Read more


Dec

31
2008

Minnesota’s iconic moose are dying off

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-12.27.08- The primary culprit in what is known as the moose mystery, scientists say, is climate change, which has systematically reduced the Midwest’s already dwindling moose population and provoked alarm in Minnesota, where wildlife specialists gathered for a “moose summit” this month in Duluth. Temperatures tell much of the story. Over the last 40 years in northwest Minnesota, the average winter temperature has risen significantly � 12 degrees � while summers are 4 degrees warmer. Read more


Dec

31
2008

Floods could follow ice in Illinois

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-12.26.08- Mother Nature on Friday continued to mix it up in Illinois by following snow storms and blasts of Arctic air earlier in the week with freezing rain, then fog and rapidly rising temperatures that threatened flash flooding. Roadways lacquered with ice during early morning commutes thawed quickly, but mountains of melting snow began to create hazardous pools of water on those same roads later in the day. Read more


Dec

31
2008

Winter storm pounds West as ice wreaks havoc in Midwest

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-12.26.08- Yet another snowstorm closed highways in parts of the West on Friday, the latest in a tiring week of bad weather, and a dangerous sheet of ice in parts of the Midwest contributed to a looming flood problem Read more


Dec

31
2008

Floods could follow ice in Midwest

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-12.27.08- Rain and rapidly rising temperatures accompanied by thick fog threatened to cause flooding Saturday in the Midwest after days of Arctic cold, heavy snow and ice. Thick ice on roads that contributed to dozens of deaths had thawed and mountains of snow turned into pools and streams of water. Read more


Dec

31
2008

Ecosystem Changes In Temperate Lakes Linked To Climate Warming

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-12.27.08- Unparalleled warming over the last few decades has triggered widespread ecosystem changes in many temperate North American and Western European lakes, say researchers at Queen’s University and the Ontario Ministry of the Environment. Read more


Dec

31
2008

Does Global Warming Lead To A Change In Upper Atmospheric Transport?

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-12.24.08- Most atmospheric models predict that the rate of transport of air from the troposphere to the above lying stratosphere should be increasing due to climate change. Surprisingly, Dr. Andreas Engel together with an international group of researchers has now found that this does not seem to be happening. On the contrary, it seems that the air air masses are moving more slowly than predicted. This could also imply that recovery of the ozone layer may be somewhat slower. Read more


Dec

27
2008

Melting Yosemite glacier an omen

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-12.22.08- As melting water gushed off the ice in a tinseled maze of rivulets and tumbled through a gaping chasm, the hikers watched, wondered and worried. “All across the Sierra, glaciers are transitioning into ice patches. Ice patches are transitioning to snow fields. And snow fields are transitioning into bedrock,” said Greg Stock, a geologist with Yosemite National Park who joined Devine this fall on an annual survey of the Lyell glacier. Read more