Global Warming & Climate Change

Potential Impacts of Climate Change

The thermohaline circulation is a global ocean circulation. It is driven by differences in the density of the sea water which is controlled by temperature and salinity (Broecker, 1995). The thermohaline circulation is sometimes called the “ocean conveyor belt” and...

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Global Climate Change Initiative

Global warming refers to the effect on the climate of anthropogenic activities, in particular the burning of fossil fuels (coal, oil and gas) and large-scale deforestation activities, which cause large amounts of ‘greenhouse gases’ to be released into the atmosphere,...

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Forest Fires

The past decade has seen an unusual number of large, stand replacing fires in the western forests of the United States.  They are unusual in that tree ring data from the time period 1500-1900 shows a trend of low intensity fires occurring on a frequent basis that...

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Water Shortages

The U.S. government is ill prepared to confront increasingly severe water shortages across the country and should make a new commitment to water research and governance, water experts warn in a new report. Water research is fragmented among 20 federal agencies and is...

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