According to a group of international scientists, global warming is not happening as quickly as once thought.
Consider the following: Bill Nye the Science Guy has a video on just what the heck is going on with climate change.
New research suggests that Genghis Khan may have been aided by (natural, not man-made) climate change in his quest to run rampant over most of Eurasia. Studies of tree-rings from the period between Khan's ascendance, conquest and death showed conditions that benefited a Mongol horde.
While politicians tiptoe around climate change, scientists are coming up with more and more mind-numbingly cool ways to mitigate its causes and effects. Falling along the lines of other geo-engineering projects, a new approach suggests using asteroid dust to block and absorb solar radiation well before it can reach the Earth.
The ocean weighs a lot. Probably. We're pretty sure it does, at any rate. Figuring out precisely how much the ocean weighs will help us to model sea level rise, and so some oceanographers want to go drop a scale into the Pacific and see what it says.
Seeing as we can all agree that global warming is definitely real, it's probably a good idea to start doing something about it. Making slight changes to our lifestyle is obviously a ridiculously thing to suggest, so let's move on to more realistic schemes like global weather modification through controlled atmospheric aerosol release, which might actually be affordable.
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Not sold on that artificial volcano idea as a method of modifying our climate? Here's something else to try: dumping massive amounts of iron into the oceans to spur algae blooms that suck carbon out of the atmosphere. Ocean fertilization, as it's called, isn't a new idea, but newly published experimental results suggest that it might actually make sense.
Dinos did it. Now we're finding out even the Earth passes gas. The gas is coming from sites all over the Arctic where methane gas is escaping as the ice melts. Aside from the obvious comic factor of our planet farting like a giant cow, there is the serious side that sudden releases trapped ancient methane could have an effect on climate change.
A study published this week in the journal Nature Climate provides evidence that wind farms are responsible for localized temperature increases of up to 0.72 degree per decade. While some people equate this with wind farms "causing" global warming, the reality is that just about everything humans do to our environment causes climate change.