RedskyNews Category: Rising Temperatures

Australia Wilts As Worst Heatwave Ever Hits

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Emergency services have gone to high alert in southeast Australia as the region’s worst heatwave in a century sent temperatures soaring and residents scurrying for cover. Authorities warned elderly, sick and infant residents of the states of Victoria and South

Global warming ‘irreversible’ for next 1000 years

Climate change is “largely irreversible” for the next 1,000 years even if carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions could be abruptly halted, according to a new study led by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The study’s authors said there

Sea of Galilee drying up

A dwindling water supply in the Sea of Galilee is pushing Israel to increase its use of desalination plants, with plans to expand two facilities and build two more by 2010. The biblical body of water is 16.2 feet below

Arctic Saw Fastest August Sea Ice Retreat on Record

Following a record-breaking season of arctic sea ice decline in 2007, NASA scientists have kept a close watch on the 2008 melt season. Although the melt season did not break the record for ice loss, NASA data are showing that

Greenland’s ice cap melting faster than expected

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COPENHAGEN (AFP) – Greenland’s ice cap, which covers more than 80 percent of the island, is melting faster than expected because of global warming, a Danish researcher said on Monday. The 1.8-million-square-kilometre (695,000-square-mile) ice cap, which accounts for 10 percent

Alps hit by two-decade decline in snowfall

PARIS (AFP) – A forthcoming study has added to worries that the Alpine ski industry will be badly affected by global warming, the British weekly New Scientist reports on Wednesday. A “dramatic step-like drop” in the amount of snow falling

Warmer Ocean Water Means Less Oxygen

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WASHINGTON – Low-oxygen zones where sea life is threatened or cannot survive are growing as the oceans are heated by global warming, researchers warn. Oxygen-depleted zones in the central and eastern equatorial Atlantic and equatorial Pacific oceans appear to have

Canada’s polar bears in dire straits: WWF

OTTAWA (AFP) – Some of Canada’s polar bear populations risk being wiped out within four decades because of climate change and human activity including hunting, the World Wide Fund For Nature warned Sunday. Canada, whose frozen north is home to

Iceland: life on global warming’s front line

REYKJAVIK (Reuters) – If any country can claim to be pitched on the global warming front line, it may be the North Atlantic island nation of Iceland. On a purely physical level, this land of icecaps and volcanoes and home

Rapidly Melting Mountain Snow and Glaciers bring for water shortages

VIENNA, April 14 (Reuters) – Glaciers and mountain snow are melting earlier in the year than usual, meaning the water has already gone when millions of people need it during the summer when rainfall is lower, scientists warned on Monday.

Warmer seas spell disaster for oceans

HANOI (AFP) – The future food security of millions of people is at risk because over-fishing, climate change and pollution are inflicting massive damage on the world’s oceans, marine scientists warned this week. The two-thirds of the planet covered by