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Last Interglacial Period Had Similar Temps, Higher Sea Levels

melting ice
Photos via J.S. Hoffman et al., Science(2017), J.S. Hoffman et al., Science (2017), Flickr / NASA Goddard Photo and Video

What does this mean for coastal cities?

January 22, 2017 — The last time the Earth’s oceans were this warm, coastlines were a lot farther inland than they are now. In a study published in the academic journal Science on Thursday, January 19, climate scientists say that current sea surface temperatures are Continue reading Last Interglacial Period Had Similar Temps, Higher Sea Levels

Sea levels could rise by six to nine metres over time, new study warns

sea levels respond directly to global temperatures
Sea levels respond directly to global temperatures, both through the melting of ice shelves and through the expansion of water as it warms. Photograph: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Evidence that continental ice sheets are sensitive to slight increases in ocean temperature suggests ocean levels will continue to rise for centuries

January 20, 2017 — Sea surface temperatures today are strikingly similar to those during the last interglacial period, when sea levels were six to nine metres above their present height, according to research. Continue reading Sea levels could rise by six to nine metres over time, new study warns

Clouds dampened warming since 1980s, study shows

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Shanghai’s skyline in a sea of clouds. Credit: zorazhuang/E+/Getty Images

A new study helps unravel one of the biggest uncertainties for scientists making climate change projections – how clouds will be affected as the Earth’s warms up

October 31, 2016 — Clouds can have both a warming and cooling effect on the Earth. They insulate the Earth’s surface like a blanket, while simultaneously cooling it by reflecting away energy from the sun.  Continue reading Clouds dampened warming since 1980s, study shows