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Who Paid For Last Summers Drought? You Did

Posted By Soroush in Planning and Management

Say the words "crop insurance" and most people start to yawn. For years, few nonfarmers knew much about these government-subsidized insurance policies, and even fewer found any fault with them. After all, who could criticize a safety net for farmers that saves them from getting wiped out by floods or drought? But consider this: According to a new analysis, crop insurance allowed corn and soybean -

EU energy policy uncertainty deterring green investment, peers warn

Posted By Soroush in Planning and Management

"Inertia and uncertainty" over EU energy policy is preventing institutional investors supporting desperately needed clean energy projects, a House of Lords committee will warn today. Around €1trn of investment is required by the end of the decade to support the development of a secure and low-carbon energy supply, peers say in a new report. But it expresses alarm at "the degree of uncertainty, co -

Global CO2 Levels Approach Worrisome Milestone

Posted By Soroush in Hydrology

Near the moonscape summit of the Mauna Loa volcano in Hawaii, an infrared analyzer will soon make history. Sometime in the next month, it is expected to record a daily concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere of more than 400 parts per million (p.p.m.), a value not reached at this key surveillance point for a few million years. There will be no balloons or noisemakers to celebrate the ev -

Adapt faster to changing climate, Europe warned

Posted By Soroush in Planning and Management

Cities around Europe may have to erect flood barriers similar to the Thames Barrier that protects London from sea surges, as climate change takes hold and leads to the danger of much more destructive storms, floods, heavy rainfall and higher sea levels, Europe's environmental watchdog has warned. The effects of climate change will be so far-reaching across the continent that vineyards may have to -

Where the Sea Has Risen Too High Already

Posted By Soroush in Hydrology

The deceptively calm waters of Langa Langa Lagoon on the west coast of Malaita Island in the Solomon Islands is home to thousands of people who have lived on artificial islands for centuries. For generations the islanders in this south-west Pacific nation have employed tenacity and ingenuity to maintain their existence on the tiny low-lying man-made atolls, devoid of freshwater and arable land. B -

Five Reasons We Need a New Global Agreement on Climate Change by 2015

Posted By Soroush in Planning and Management

In December 2011 countries agreed in Durban, South Africa to secure a new international legal agreement by 2015. This is not the first time that countries agreed to finalize such an agreement. Cynics point out that countries continually agree to formulate something new in the next couple of years -- consistently “kicking the can down the road”. After all, the agreement in Copenhagen was supposed -

Exploring the Saltiness of the Ocean to Study Climate Change

Posted By Soroush in Hydrology

Details are emerging from a recent research expedition to the Sub-Tropical North Atlantic. The objective of the expedition was to study the salt concentration (salinity) of the upper ocean. Scientists aboard the Spanish research vessel Sarmiento de Gamboa, including National University of Ireland Galway's Dr Brian Ward with two of his PhD students, Graig Sutherland and Anneke ten Doeschate, explo -

Arctic Snow Clears the Air

Posted By Soroush in Hydrology

National Science Foundation-funded researchers at Purdue University have discovered that sunlit snow is the major source of atmospheric bromine in the Arctic, the key to unique chemical reactions that purge pollutants and destroy ozone. The new research also indicates that the surface snowpack above Arctic sea ice plays a previously unappreciated role in the bromine cycle and that loss of sea ice -

Sea Surface Temperatures Reach Highest Level in 150 Years On Northeast Continental Shelf

Posted By Soroush in Hydrology

Sea surface temperatures in the Northeast Shelf Large Marine Ecosystem during 2012 were the highest recorded in 150 years, according to the latest Ecosystem Advisory issued by NOAA's Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC). These high sea surface temperatures (SSTs) are the latest in a trend of above average temperature seen during the spring and summer seasons, and part of a pattern of elevat -