Earth on Fire: The Overheating Planet

Earth on Fire: The Overheating Planet

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Wednesday, 21 May 2014

GLOBAL CLIMATE DATA FOR APRIL 2014

This month's data published by NOAA/NCDC shows:

Global Highlights

  • The combined average temperature over global land and ocean surfaces for April 2014 tied with 2010 as the highest on record for the month, at 0.77°C (1.39°F) above the 20th century average of 13.7°C (56.7°F).
  • The global land surface temperature was 1.35°C (2.43°F) above the 20th century average of 8.1°C (46.5°F), marking the third warmest April on record. For the ocean, the April global sea surface temperature was 0.55°C (0.99°F) above the 20th century average of 16.0°C (60.9°F), also the third highest for April on record.
  • The combined global land and ocean average surface temperature for the January–April period (year-to-date) was 0.64°C (1.15°F) above the 20th century average of 12.6°C (54.8°F), the sixth warmest such period on record.

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

WEST ANTARCTIC MELT IS UNSTOPPABLE

A study by NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory has concluded that the melting of a section of the West Antarctic icesheet is unstoppable. It has passed the point of no-return, and will contribute at least 1.2 metres to global sea-levels.

And 400 kilometres down the rock is pushing upward at a rapid clip as the weight of ice under the Antarctic reduces.

Saturday, 3 May 2014

SNAILS ALREADY DISSOLVING IN THE OCEAN

A harbinger of things to come: 'An increasingly acidified Pacific Ocean is dissolving the shells of tiny marine snails that live along North America’s western coast. The broad finding, which has surprised some researchers, suggests that sea life is already being affected by changes in the ocean’s chemistry caused by rising carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere', reports Science.