Climate change headlines and global warming news for October 2010
October 31 - North Atlantic Oscillation
Last winter the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO)
was at its strongest negative value since records started being kept
nearly 190 years ago and given the continuing negative trend, the UK and
much of Northern Europe can expect another cold winter and Southern
Europe, an active storm season. Read
October 30 - Australia told to act now on carbon price
A briefing on the impacts of global warming submitted to the Australian government has recommended it should immediately set a price on carbon. The report, gained under Australia's Freedom Of Information Act and heavily censored also stated that it is too late to avoid serious effects of climate change on Australia's economy.
October 29 - Eggshells as carbon dioxide sponges
Indian researchers believe eggshells could be used to help combat rising
carbon emissions as the membrane in the shell can
soak up almost seven times its own weight of carbon dioxide. Read
October 27 - New U.S. truck emissions regulations
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Transportation
has announced the first national standards to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve fuel efficiency of
heavy trucks and buses. The goal of the initiative is to reduce greenhouse
gas emissions by nearly 250 million metric tons during the serviceable
lives of the vehicles manufactured within the programís first five
October 26 - Arctic shipping's vicious climate cycle
As the Arctic melts, new shipping channels are being opened up - which
could in turn play a role in accelerating further melting according to a U.S. and Canadian research team that includes a University of Delaware scientist.
October 24 - Space tourism and climate change
Space tourism may have a negative impact on climate if it becomes popular.
According to a pair of researchers, hybrid engines using synthetic solid hydrocarbons as a fuel and nitrous oxide as an oxidizer would inject black carbon soot into the stratosphere,
possibly impacting atmospheric circulation and regional temperatures. Read
October 23 - Call for geo-engineering moratorium
The controversial concept of geo-engineering, the purposeful tinkering of
the planet's climate, has met with stiff resistance from some quarters. Green
groups say given the consequences of such drastic actions are unknown, the
United Nations should ban geo-engineering projects. Read
October 21 - Krill kill climate change related?
What is killing krill, the tiny creatures of the ocean that form
the basis of the aquatic food chain. Is it climate change, over fishing or
something else? A study over two decades has found an alarming decrease in
krill and researchers are still trying to understand why. Read
October 20 - Extreme, prolonged droughts forecast
When it comes to rain, it will be feast or famine in the years ahead
according to a new study. The National Centre for Atmospheric Research
says parts of Asia, including Australia, the United States and southern
Europe, and much of Africa, Latin America and the Middle East may
experience severe drought within next few decades, but the world's
northern regions could see increased rainfall - and perhaps more than they
would like. Read
October 19 - USA forests losing carbon sink capability
The ability of forests in the western United States to sequester carbon is
diminishing as the planet warms. Research has found hotter summers,
changing rainfall patterns and less snow cover are already "aridifying"
Western forests. Read
October 18 - Carbon cutting ship design unveiled.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has announced a new design for container ships that it says will bring 35% reduction in carbon emissions.
Key features of the design are a dual propulsion system and special air
lubrication system for the hull, which Mitsubishi says reduces friction as
the vessel moves through the water. Read
October 17 - Climate change spurring migrations in
The United Nations High Commission for Refugees says that climate change is already causing migrations within the country and that the situation would worsen in the years ahead as global warming continued.
October 16 - African leaders say climate talks will fail
African's leading spokesperson on climate change does not hold high hopes
for upcoming climate talks in Cancun, Mexico; saying they will be a
"total flop" and will not eventuate in a deliver set targets for
greenhouse gas emissions reduction. Read
October 15 - Americans' global warming understanding
A recent survey has found found that only half of Americans understand
global warming's main cause is the activity of humans and only 43% know
what the greenhouse effect is. The Yale University study also found 63
percent of Americans believe that global warming is happening, but many do
not understand why. Read
October 13 - Tasmania to feel the heat
According to new climate modelling, if carbon emissions continue at the current rate,
Australia's island state of Tasmania could be 3 degrees Celsius hotter by the end of
this century. Tasmania contains many sensitive habitats that could be
severely impacted by such an increase. Read
October 12 - Birth control the answer to climate change?
The Earth's population could reach 9 billion by 2050, but a new analysis
from U.S. National Center for Atmospheric Research has found that by
somehow curtailing that growth to 8 billion it could save at least 1.4 billion metric tons of carbon from entering the atmosphere each year by
October 11 - Earth's water cycle "pushed to the
The amount of water evaporating from the land into the atmosphere hit a maximum 12 years ago and is now dropping according to
researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry. The researchers says as the atmosphere is now warmer, it can hold more water, effectively trapping it and leaving less water available on the surface for maintaining the cycle.
October 10 - Glaciers threatened in China
Glacial coverage in western China may decrease by close to 30 percent by 2050 due to global warming and cropping. Extreme drought currently affects 697,000 square
kilometres of China and drought is impacting 2.98 million square kilometres, which is over 38% percent of China's land area.
October 9 - Increased fresh water flows into oceans
University of California Irvine researchers have the amount of fresh water
flowing into the world's oceans has increased significantly. 18 percent
more fresh water reached the oceans between 1994 and 2006, an average
yearly rise of 1.5 percent. Among the causes are more frequent storms
dumping water on land which then runs off into the sea, but instead of
this being good news, it seems wet regions are just getting wetter and dry
regions drier. Read
October 8 - U.S. and China clash at climate talks
At the UN climate talks in Tianjin in China, the US has threatened to
pursue alternatives to the UN process and China's negotiator has hinted to
the threat as unacceptable behavior. Read
October 7 - World to pass greenhouse emissions
Global greenhouse gas emissions could be close to one third more in 2020 than the level considered needed to avoid catastrophic climate change. The redline according to a study by the WWF is 40 gigatonnes annually by 2020, however the world looks set to exceed that considerably - 47.9 - 53.6 gigatonnes.
October 6 - Livestock greenhouse gas emissions to
Researchers at Dalhousie University, Canada, have published a study
stating that the booming livestock industry, on its own, could generate
enough carbon emissions by 2050 to cause temperatures to exceed 'safe'
levels of climate change. Read more. Read
October 5 - Legal action to force emission
Developing nations particularly at risk from the effects of climate change
could sue developed countries according to a new study. A UK group says
poor countries may be able to pursue an inter-state case before the United
Nations' International Court of Justice; and given the desperation some
are facing, it may well happen. Read
October 4 - Pakistan facing massive malaria
The news keeps getting worse for the people of Pakistan. First the record
breaking flooding and now malaria is posing a major threat with 2 million
cases expected in the coming months. Additionally, and on top of over 1.6
million cases of digestive and skin diseases, 20 million people affected
by the flooding will struggle to cope as the winter approaches. Read
October 3 - Global warming affecting India's
With the number of heavy monsoon rainfall periods in India's north east region reducing and heavy monsoon rainfall on the rise in the Central part of the country; the nations' monsoon season is becoming less predictable and last year was India's warmest in the last hundred years.
October 2 - Royal Society revises climate change
The Royal Society has toned down its predictions for climate change, saying that while greenhouse gas concentrations due to human activity are the dominant cause of recent global warming, it isn't possible to determine exactly how much the Earth will warm or exactly how the climate will change.
October 2 - Australian banks still bankrolling coal
A new report from Greenpeace claims Australia's big four banks are
continuing to invest huge sums in coal power and using bank customers
money to do so. Read
October 2 - Current climate change targets not
Based on historical geological data, researchers from the University of
Exeter have found that current emission reduction targets with the goal of
keeping global temperatures from rising above 2 degrees Celsius may not
avoid catastrophic effects of climate change. Read
October 2 - Osama bin Laden plays climate change
In what some say is an attempt to improve his image, Osama bin Laden has
released an audio tape that makes mention of climate change, stating that
it claims more lives than wars. Read
October 1 - Biochar could reduce carbon emissions
A Cornell University soil scientist believes biochar - heating organic matter in the absence of oxygen - could play a major role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions if applied to processing waste materials. Additionally, when buried in farm fields, biochar helps retain moisture and adds nutrients.