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Jan 24, 2011

New shipping rules urged to avert “Arctic Titanic”

TROMSOE, Norway (Reuters) – The Arctic Ocean needs tough new shipping rules as a rapid thaw opens the remote, icy region and brings risks of disasters on the scale of the Titanic, politicians and experts said on Monday.

“We need to agree on a new binding polar code” for shipping, Norway’s Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere told Reuters during a conference on “Arctic Frontiers” in Tromsoe, a city north of the Arctic Circle in Norway.

Jan 24, 2011

U.N. climate plans said too narrow to save forests

OSLO (Reuters) – World efforts to slow deforestation should do more to address underlying causes such as rising demand for crops or biofuels, widening from a U.N. focus on using trees to fight climate change, a study said Monday.

It said a series of projects to protect forests had had limited success in recent decades — U.N. figures show that 13 million hectares (32 million acres) of forest were lost every year from 2000-09, an area equivalent to the size of Greece.

Jan 23, 2011

Some Himalayan glaciers advance, despite warming

OSLO (Reuters) – Some Himalayan glaciers are advancing despite an overall retreat, according to a study on Sunday that is a step toward understanding how climate change affects vital river flows from China to India.

A blanket of dust and rock debris was apparently shielding some glaciers in the world’s highest mountain range from a thaw, a factor omitted from past global warming reports. And varying wind patterns might explain why some were defying a melt.

Jan 19, 2011

2010 was second hottest year on record – data

LONDON/OSLO (Reuters) – Last year was the world’s second hottest behind 1998 in a temperature record dating back to 1850, the director of research at Britain’s Climatic Research Unit (CRU) Phil Jones said on Wednesday.

Jones’ unit, compiling data with the Met Office Hadley Centre, is one of three main groups worldwide tracking global warming. Last week the other two, based in the United States, said 2010 was tied for the hottest on record.

Jan 19, 2011

Exclusive – 2010 was second hottest year on record

LONDON/OSLO (Reuters) – Last year was the world’s second hottest behind 1998 in a temperature record dating back to 1850, the director of research at Britain’s Climatic Research Unit (CRU) Phil Jones said on Wednesday.

Jones’ unit, compiling data with the Met Office Hadley Centre, is one of three main groups worldwide tracking global warming. Last week the other two, based in the United States, said 2010 was tied for the hottest on record.

Jan 19, 2011

Exclusive: 2010 was second hottest year on record – data

LONDON/OSLO (Reuters) – Last year was the world’s second hottest behind 1998 in a temperature record dating back to 1850, the director of research at Britain’s Climatic Research Unit (CRU) Phil Jones said on Wednesday.

Jones’ unit, compiling data with the Met Office Hadley Center, is one of three main groups worldwide tracking global warming. Last week the other two, based in the United States, said 2010 was tied for the hottest on record.

Jan 17, 2011

Scandinavian sea may get too warm for cod – study

OSLO (Reuters) – Climate change could make a sea in southern Scandinavia too warm for Atlantic cod and rising water temperatures may be stunting the growth of young fish, a study showed on Monday.

The report, drawing on records since 1919 of more than 100,000 juvenile cod caught and measured in the Skagerrak area off south Norway, gives some of the most detailed evidence yet of how global warming may affect commercial fish stocks.

Jan 17, 2011

Scandinavian sea may get too warm for cod

OSLO (Reuters) – Climate change could make a sea in southern Scandinavia too warm for Atlantic cod and rising water temperatures may be stunting the growth of young fish, a study showed on Monday.

The report, drawing on records since 1919 of more than 100,000 juvenile cod caught and measured in the Skagerrak area off south Norway, gives some of the most detailed evidence yet of how global warming may affect commercial fish stocks.

Jan 16, 2011

Thaw of Earth’s icy sunshade may stoke warming

OSLO (Reuters) – Shrinking ice and snow cover in the Northern Hemisphere is reflecting ever less sunshine back into space in a previously underestimated mechanism that could add to global warming, a study showed.

Satellite data indicated that Arctic sea ice, glaciers, winter snow and Greenland’s ice were bouncing less energy back to space from 1979 to 2008. The dwindling white sunshade exposes ground or water, both of which are darker and absorb more heat.

Jan 13, 2011

Climate a factor in Rome’s rise and fall: study

OSLO (Reuters) – Climate change seems a factor in the rise and fall of the Roman empire, according to a study of ancient tree growth that urges greater awareness of the risks of global warming in the 21st century.

Good growth by oak and pine trees in central Europe in the past 2,500 years signaled warm and wet summers and coincided with periods of wealth among farming societies, for instance around the height of the Roman empire or in medieval times.