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What to Make of a Warming Plateau

Published: 
Wed, 06/12/2013 - 8:27am
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Energy

As unlikely as this may sound, we have lucked out in recent years when it comes to global warming.

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A Change in Temperature

Published: 
Wed, 05/22/2013 - 9:13pm
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Energy

Since 1896, scientists have been trying to answer a deceptively simple question: What will happen to the temperature of the earth if the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere doubles?

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Climate Change's Human Connection Explained

Published: 
Tue, 04/30/2013 - 12:18am
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Energy

By the mid-1990s, it was possible to investigate the causal mechanisms behind changes in Earth's climate using relatively sophisticated mathematical models of Earth's climate. 

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Going Beyond Carbon Dioxide

Published: 
Thu, 12/06/2012 (All day)
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Energy

WE all know (or should know) by now that the carbon dioxide we produce when we burn fossil fuels and cut down forests is the planet’s single largest contributor to global warming. It persists in the atmosphere for centuries. Reducing these emissions by as much as half by 2050 is essential to avoid disastrous consequences by the end of this century, and we must begin immediately.

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A Grand Experiment to Rein In Climate Change

Published: 
Sat, 10/13/2012 (All day)
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LEGGETT, Calif. — Braced against a steep slope, Robert Hrubes cinched his measuring tape around the trunk of one tree after another, barking out diameters like an auctioneer announcing bids. “Twelve point two!” “Fourteen point one!”

Mr. Hrubes’s task, a far cry from forestry of the past, was to calculate how much carbon could be stored within the tanoak, madrone and redwood trees in that plot. Every year or so, other foresters will return to make sure the trees are still standing and doing their job.