Will climate change eliminate the ice age cycle?

Long-term patterns in Earth’s climate show glacial cycles that correspond to variations in Earth’s orbital geometry and affect the overall amount of sunlight that the planet receives. Known as “Milankovitch cycles”, these variations are observed in geologic reconstructions of temperature and READ MORE

Long-term effects of climate change facilitated by studying climate relicts

Climate relicts may help researchers understand climate change While hiking through the Ozarks’ characteristic oak and hickory forests as a teenager, ecologist Scott Woolbright discovered something decidedly uncharacteristic for the region: prickly pear cacti growing on an exposed, rocky ledge. READ MORE

Expansion of Mediterranean hermit crabs into the North Sea thanks to climate change

Long-term studies conducted by scientists at the institute “Senckenberg am Meer” and the Senckenberg Research Institute in Frankfurt have revealed obvious changes in the North Sea’s biota. Studies during the past twenty years indicate that southern species increasingly expand northward. READ MORE

Study reveals opposite patterns of ancient climate change in temperate areas

Identifying opposite patterns of climate change between the middle latitude areas Korean research team revealed conflicting climate change patterns between the middle latitude areas of the Northern and Southern Hemispheres in relation to glacial and interglacial cycles which have been READ MORE

If all human-related deforestation of the tropics were to stop, the forests could absorb the equivalent of one-fifth of global emissions

Reducing deforestation in the tropics would significantly cut the amount of carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere – by as much as one-fifth – research shows. In the first study of its kind, scientists have calculated the amount of carbon READ MORE

Increasing ocean temperatures means less zooplankton and therefore less fish

Phytoplankton and zooplankton biomass will decrease 6 percent and 11 percent due to climate change Sea surface temperature is expected to increase 2 ºC on average globally by 2080-2100. Some of the consequences of this increase include changes in ocean READ MORE

Did Humans Kill Off All The Large Animals? As homo sapiens spread across the globe, they hunted animals as well as their prey, extinguishing many species.

A new study unequivocally points to humans as the cause of the mass extinction of large animals all over the world during the course of the last 100,000 years. Was it mankind or climate change that caused the extinction of READ MORE

Young forests suck up more carbon dioxide than old forests

WOODS HOLE, Mass.— As forests age, their ability to grow decreases, a new study by Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) scientists and colleagues has determined. Since most U.S. forests are maturing from regeneration that began about 100 years ago when extensive READ MORE