RedskyNews Category: Scientific Reports

Japan Quake Caused Double Tsunami

The massive earthquake off the coast of Japan in March caused a rare “merging tsunami” in which two waves combined to amplify the destruction after landfall, according to NASA. For the first time ever, US and European radar satellites captured

World ‘Heading For 3.5 C Warming’

Current pledges for curbing carbon emissions will doom the world to global warming of 3.5 C, massively overshooting the UN target of 2 C, researchers reported at the climate talks here on Tuesday. Output of heat-trapping carbon gases is rising

Himalaya Glacial Melting Confirmed

Glaciers in the Himalayas have shrunk by as much as a fifth in just 30 years, scientists have claimed in the first authoritative confirmation of the effects of climate change on the region. The findings, published in three reports by

Arctic Much Worse Since 2006

US federal officials have said the Arctic region has changed dramatically for the worse in the past five years. It is melting at a near record pace and is darkening and absorbing too much of the sun’s heat. A new

Climate To Cause Global Exodus

Rising sea levels and droughts associated with climate change threaten to force vast shifts of populations, yet states have so far been slow to react, the Global Migration Group (GMG) warned Thursday. The body, made up of 14 United Nations

Permafrost Loss Gets Worse

The threat to climate change posed by thawing permafrost, which could release stocks of stored carbon, is greater than estimated, a group of scientists said on Wednesday. By 2100, the amount of carbon released by permafrost loss could be “1.7-5.2

Past Decade Is the Hottest Ever

Thirteen of the warmest years recorded have occurred within the last decade and a half, proving that global warming is a reality, the UN’s World Meteorological Organisation said on Tuesday. The year 2011 caps a decade that ties the record

More Extreme Weather Expected

The world is getting hotter, with 2011 one of the warmest years on record, and increasing temperatures are expected to amplify floods, droughts and other extreme weather patterns around the planet, said a U.N. report released on Tuesday. The World

Quarter Of World’s Land Degraded

The UN food agency warned Monday that a quarter of the world’s landmass is “highly degraded,” making it difficult to meet the food needs of a booming population. “Humankind can no longer treat these vital resources as if they were

Elephants To Be Saved By Bees

Elephants do not like bees. Indeed just the sound of an angry bee is enough to make whole herds of mighty elephants flee in fear. Now African scientist Lucy King has been awarded one of the United Nations’ top environmental

NZ To Be Hit By Rising Seas

Rising sea levels will make it riskier to live in New Zealand and render parts of the coast uninhabitable over the next century, a climate scientist says in the wake of an international report. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Earthquakes Are On The Rise

In reviewing seismic activity around the world as reported by the U.S.G.S. prior to writing this article the author also noted the number of earth quakes worldwide in the 5.0 to 5.9 range over the past ten years have nearly

Fukushima Radiation Stunts Growth

Eight months on from the nuclear meltdowns at Japan’s Fukushima plant the long-term cancer risks for children are in the spotlight, but a new study has highlighted more immediate problems. Thousands of children living in the fallout zone are confined

Greenhouse Gases Hit Record High

The amount of global warming-causing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere rose to a new high in 2010 and the rate of increase has accelerated, the UN weather agency said on Monday. Levels of carbon dioxide – a greenhouse gas and

Extreme Weather To Get Worse

KAMPALA (Reuters) – An increase in heat waves is almost certain, while heavier rainfall, more floods, stronger cyclones, landslides and more intense droughts are likely across the globe this century as the Earth’s climate warms, U.N. scientists said on Friday.

Climate Drives Extreme Weather

Man-made climate change has already boosted heatwaves and flood-provoking rainfall and is likely to contribute to future natural disasters, according to a report by UN scientists unveiled Friday. But the toll from these extreme weather events will depend as much