Climate Change Information Project - June 2012 Digest Vol. 1
Below are articles from the Climate Change Information Project. The focus of the project is to get scientifically-based articles relating to climate change disseminated to the broader public. Currently, most of this information tends to stay within the scientific community.
U.S. Records Warmest March; More Than 15,000 Warm Temperature Records Broken
ScienceDaily (Apr. 10, 2012) Ã‚Â Record and near-record breaking temperatures dominated the eastern two-thirds of the United States and contributed to the warmest March on record for the contiguous United States, a record that dates back to 1895. More than 15,000 warm temperature records were broken during the month. For full story http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/04/120410114021.htm
2010 Spike in Greenland Ice Loss Lifted Bedrock, GPS Reveals
ScienceDaily (Dec. 9, 2011) Ã‚Â An unusually hot melting season in 2010 accelerated ice loss in southern Greenland by 100 billion tons -- and large portions of the island's bedrock rose an additional quarter of an inch in response.
That's the finding from a network of nearly 50 GPS stations planted along the Greenland coast to measure the bedrock's natural response to the ever-diminishing weight of ice above it.
For full story http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/12/111209123214.htm
Ocean Acidification Linked to Larval Oyster FailureScienceDaily (Apr. 11, 2012) Ã‚Â Researchers at Oregon State University have definitively linked an increase in ocean acidification to the collapse of oyster seed production at a commercial oyster hatchery in Oregon, where larval growth had declined to a level considered by the owners to be on-economically viable.
A study by the researchers found that elevated seawater carbon dioxide (CO2) levels, resulting in more corrosive ocean water, inhibited the larval oysters from developing their shells and growing at a pace that would make commercial production cost-effective. As atmospheric CO2levels continue to rise, this may serve as the proverbial canary in the coal mine for other ocean acidification impacts on shellfish, the scientists say. For full storyhttp://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/04/120411132219.htm
West Antarctic Ice Shelves Tearing Apart at the Seams
Science Daily (March 27, 2012)
A new study examining nearly 40 years of satellite imagery has revealed that the floating ice shelves of a critical portion of West Antarctica are steadily losing their grip on adjacent bay walls, potentially amplifying an already accelerating loss of ice to the sea. ... For full storyhttp://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/03/120327134356.htm
Extreme Weather of Last Decade Part of Larger Pattern Linked to Global Warming
ScienceDaily (Mar. 25, 2012) Ã‚Â The past decade has been one of unprecedented weather extremes. Scientists of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in Germany argue that the high incidence of extremes is not merely accidental. From the many single events a pattern emerges. For full story http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/03/120325173206.htm
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