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Collapse of West Antarctic ice sheet is “now irreversible”

Eric Rignot, a glaciologist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, reports in The Observer, 17th May 2014: “Last Monday, we hosted a Nasa conference on the state of the West Antarctic ice sheet, which, it could be said, provoked something of a reaction. “This Is What a Holy Shit Moment for Global Warming Looks Like,” ran […]

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Further evidence of polar ice melting

The Guardian reports, 1st September 2014: “German researchers have established the height of the Greenland and Antarctic ice caps with greater precision than ever before. The new maps they have produced show that the ice is melting at an unprecedented rate. The maps, produced with a satellite-mounted instrument, have elevation accuracies to within a few […]

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Warming of the seas is changing the marine ecology of the Gulf of Maine, USA

The Guardian reports, 3rd September 2014: “Imagine Cape Cod without cod. Maine without lobster. The region’s famous rocky beaches invisible, obscured by constant high waters. It’s already starting to happen. The culprit is the warming seas — and in particular the Gulf of Maine, whose waters are heating up faster than 99% of the world’s […]

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Coral reefs in the Caribbean could disappear within 20 years without protection

The Guardian reports, 2nd July 2014: “A comprehensive analysis by 90 experts of more than 35,000 surveys conducted at nearly 100 Caribbean locations since 1970 shows that the region’s corals have declined by more than 50%. But restoring key fish populations and improving protection from overfishing and pollution could help the reefs recover and make […]

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Change in Arctic bird breeding patterns confirms that the Arctic is warming

The Guardian reports, 8th July 2014: “Arctic migrants are nesting up to seven days earlier as the world warms. The sandpiper makes a beeline for the Alaskan shores, to join the phalarope on the beach and the songbirds in the woods — and all because the winter snows are melting earlier. Conservation scientists Joe Liebezeit […]

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First power plant with “carbon capture” in the North Sea secures funding

The Guardian reports, 8th July 2014: “Drax, the operator of Britain’s biggest power station, has secured up to €300m (£238m) of European Union funding to build a power plant whose carbon dioxide emissions will be trapped and buried deep beneath the North Sea. The new plant will be built on land next to Drax’s existing […]

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Larger whale populations could “reverse climate change and increase fisheries”

The Guardian reports, 8th July 2014: “The first success of the environmental movements of the 1960s was to save the whale. Now, with deep irony, whales may be about to save us with their poo. A new scientific report from the University of Vermont, which gathers together several decades of research, shows that the great […]

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“Dark snow” is accelerating ice melt in the Arctic and Greenland

The Guardian reports, 5th July 2014: “The phenomenon of “dark snow” is being recorded from the Himalayas to the Arctic as increasing amounts of dust from bare soil, soot from fires and ultra-fine particles of “black carbon” from industry and diesel engines are being whipped up and deposited sometimes thousands of miles away. The result, […]

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Antarctic Emperor penguins need protection in order to avoid risk of extinction

The Guardian reports, 29th June 2014: “The entire population of Antarctica’s famous emperor penguins could fall by a third by the end of the century because of disappearing sea ice, putting them at risk of extinction, say researchers writing in the journal Nature Climate Change. They also called for marine reserves to buffer the fish […]

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High Seas should be closed to fishing because fish are a significant “carbon sink”

Science Daily, 5th June 2014, reports: “Fish and aquatic life living in the high seas are more valuable as a carbon sink than as food and should be better protected, according to research from the University of British Columbia. The study found fish and aquatic life remove 1.5 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide from the […]

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Scotland’s coastal “machair” grasslands at risk from climate change

The Guardian reports, 23rd May 2014: “The Hebrides and Northwest coast of Scotland are home to 70 per cent of the world’s machair, one of the rarest habitats on Earth and disappearing rapidly with climate change. Machair is unusually fertile grassland along the coast, enriched by winds driving off the Atlantic that blow tiny fragments […]

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Plan to drill for gas in coal seams under the North Sea

The Journal reports, 31st March 2014: “A billion-pound plan to reach untapped coal reserves under the North Sea will be under way by the end of the year, as the vast scale of the energy source beneath the North Sea is made clear. Scientific data of the true extent of the coal deposits on the […]

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New “ozone-eating” gases identified in Antarctica’s ozone hole

The Guardian reports, 9th March 2014: “Dozens of mysterious ozone-destroying chemicals may be undermining the recovery of the giant ozone hole over Antarctica, researchers have revealed. The chemicals, which are also extremely potent greenhouse gases, may be leaking from industrial plants or being used illegally, contravening the Montreal protocol which began banning the ozone destroyers […]

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SCAR AGM Opportunity

Anne Page, Secretary of SCAR (Suffolk Coast Against Retreat) invites you to the 2014 Annual General Meeting of SCAR to be held at 10.30 am on Saturday 29th March at 10.30 am (Coffee from 10 am) at the Riverside Centre, Stratford St Andrew. The Guest Speaker will be Lord Deben, Patron of SCAR and Chair […]

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Norfolk Surge Damage

The surge damage that hit the Norfolk Coast on the evening of Thursday 5th December was the worst experienced since 1953. In fact along the North Norfolk coast facing the gale the sea was pushed to an even higher level during the storm flood peak sea levels as well as producing even bigger waves. The […]

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Large fish have disappeared from vast tracts of Australian coast

From The Guardian 21st February 2014: Vast tracts of Australia’s coastline have been denuded of large fish, with marine life under pressure from climate change, over-fishing, pollution and invasive species, a year-long study has found. The reef life survey, undertaken by volunteer divers along the entire Australian coastline, took in reefs up to 400 nautical […]

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Arctic summer sea ice thicker and more extensive in 2013 compared to recent years

BBC News reports, 16th December 2013: “The bounce back in the extent of sea ice in the Arctic this summer was reflected also in the volume of ice. Data from Europe’s Cryosat spacecraft suggests there were almost 9,000 cu km of ice at the end of this year’s melt season. This is close to 50% […]

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Magellanic and Adelie penguins experiencing pressure “due to climate change”

The Guardian reports, 30th January 2014: “Penguins are in peril because of extreme environmental conditions linked to climate change, research has shown. Two new studies highlight the plight of penguin colonies trying to cope with the effects of global warming in Argentina and Antarctica. At both locations, the beguiling birds face an uncertain future. Climate […]

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“Greenland is now at the heart of 21st century geopolitics” says Greenland PM

The Guardian reports, 23rd January 2014: “Climate change, says Aleqa Hammond, Greenland’s Prime Minister, is placing Greenland at the heart of 21st century geopolitics. As the ice retreats, it is moving from being a non-player in global affairs to the centre of a new international resource rush. “Climate change and this resultant new industrialisation brings […]

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Speculation by scientists that the Gulf Stream could be weakening

The Guardian reports, 20th January 2014: “The UK’s run of rain-drenched summers could be ended by a slow-down in major Atlantic currents which bring warm, wet air to Europe, according to research. The currents were known to have weakened since 2004 but the new work suggests the trend began in the 1990s and shows no […]

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