Browsing Archive: February, 2014

Volcanic eruptions may cause global warming slowdown (new study)

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Tuesday, February 25, 2014, In : Climate change 

=> article reproduced from Reuters and The Guardian (24 Feb. 2014).

Small volcanic eruptions help explain a hiatus in global warming this century by dimming sunlight and offsetting a rise in emissions of heat-trapping gases to record highs, a study showed on Sunday.

Eruptions of at least 17 volcanoes since 2000, including Nabro in Eritrea, Kasatochi in Alaska and Merapi in Indonesia, ejected sulphur whose sun-blocking effect had been largely ignored until now by climate scientists, it said.

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Climate Change Knowledge Portal, by the World Bank

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Wednesday, February 19, 2014, In : Climate change 
The World Bank
For Development Practitioners and Policy Makers

In an effort to serve as a 'one stop shop' for climate-related information, data, and tools, the World Bank created the Climate Change Knowledge Portal (CCKP), supported by the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery and others. The Portal provides an online tool for access to comprehensive global, regional, and country data related to climate change a...

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Google Earth new layer: local temperature data and global warming

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Tuesday, February 11, 2014, In : Climate change 

Google Earth: how much has global warming raised temperatures near you?

Reproduced from the Guardian.

If you've ever wondered how much global warming has raised local temperatures in your area or elsewhere on the globe, the 
University of East Anglia Climatic Research Unit (UEA CRU) has just released a new interactive Google Earth layer that will let you answer this question with ease. UEA CRU is one of the scientific organizations that compile temperature data from around the world. Their tem...

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Do ancient cities hold the key to equal, sustainable urban access? (ongoing research)

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Wednesday, February 5, 2014, In : Sustainable Development 
How far away is your school? Are there more fast food joints than farmers markets in your neighborhood? Is your doctor close enough to help you in an emergency?

Today, more than half of the world's population – that's more than 3.5 billion people – lives in cities, and cities contain the majority of services like schools, markets, and hospitals. Experts predict that by 2030, urban area will double worldwide, shifting more people into cities. However, to some, access to urban services is no...

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Six decades of warming earth (a 14'' NASA video)

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Sunday, February 2, 2014, In : Climate change 
This visualization shows how global temperatures have risen from 1950 through the end of 2013. Global warming is indeed happening. Time to face it and do our part to prevent it from continuing so.

NASA scientists say 2013 tied for the seventh warmest of any year since 1880, continuing a long-term trend of rising global temperatures. With the exception of 1998, the 10 warmest years in the 133-year record all have occurred since 2000, with 2010 and 2005 ranking as the hottest years on record.

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