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Welcome to the Anthropocene epoch ...

Tuesday - Humanity’s impact on the Earth is now so profound that a new geological epoch – the Anthropocene – needs to be declared, according to an official expert group.

Americans face rising hurricane bills

Tuesday - German scientists have just issued a financial weather forecast that in a world of unmitigated climate change, the financial losses for the US per hurricane could triple, and annual losses due to hurricanes could rise eightfold.

Asia gets its own back ... soot, that is

Monday - Black carbon – soot particles that absorb sunlight, spread by fossil fuel combustion – are thought to accelerate the thinning of the glaciers of Himalaya and Tibet. Scientists have just identified the source of this Asian carbon.

Climate impact of clouds defies simple analysis

24 Aug 16 - Scientists have just been presented with new evidence on how tropical clouds’ climate impact affects rates of global warming, and therefore need to be factored into computer simulations of climate change over the next century.

Rock-solid carbon storage hopes rise

23 Aug 16 - Geologists have resolved one great problem about the capture of carbon dioxide from coal-fired or gas-fired power stations and its sequestration deep in the Earth, with what appears to be the prospect of rock-solid carbon storage.

Our marine farms might be feeling the pinch

16 Aug 16 - Ocean acidification caused by climate change might already be affecting production in New Zealand’s marine farms, scientists say.

Science studies the changing face of vegetation

16 Aug 16 - Thirteen per cent of the world’s vegetation has changed its biome, or category, over the past 30 years, new research shows.

'THE BLOB': How marine heatwaves are causing climate chaos

16 Aug 16 - Wide-scale disruption from warming oceans is increasing, but they could change our understanding of the climate.

IBM develops cheaper biodegradable plastics

15 Aug 16 - Researchers from US multinational International Business Machines say they found a way to create cheaper and biodegradable plastics.

Local scientists probe use of artificial leaves

11 Aug 16 - Artificial photosynthesis could be used to store carbon dioxide in synthetic “leaves”.

Mighty mangroves might be major weapon in climate fight

9 Aug 16 - Mangroves might be one of the world’s most viable solutions to fighting climate change.

So far, we've had our hottest year since 1909

4 Aug 16 - Temperatures in New Zealand have been 1.3deg above average for the first seven months of this year.

Little Ice Age analysis bodes ill for the future

3 Aug 16 - The dip in atmospheric carbon dioxide levels during the Little Ice Age wasnt caused by New World pioneers cutting a swathe through native American agriculture, as had been previously thought.

NZ scientist to join key climate study

Bronwyn Hayward

1 Aug 16 - A New Zealand political scientist is to join a crucial planning meeting on how the world’s scientific community should respond to the challenge of limiting global warming.

54 DEG: Searing Kuwait temp could be among the hottest

1 Aug 16 - A heat wave in the Middle East has sent temperatures soaring to heights that are rarely seen even there. On July 21, Mitribah, Kuwait, recorded a temperature of 54degC.

... and it's staying warm here

1 Aug 16 - The unseasonably warm weather is likely to continue, with forecasters saying there is a 65 to 70 per cent chance that the next three months will be warmer than usual.

Bacteria powers microscopic 'wind farm'

27 Jul 16 - By TYLER SHENDRUK | Many of society’s energy challenges require gigawatts of power, but many more are small – and some are entirely microscopic.

PHEW! Are these really winter temperatures?

25 Jul 16 - Winter temperature records across the country continue to tumble, with Auckland as warm on Saturday night as a night in November.

Australians make hydrogen with near-zero emissions

25 Jul 16 - An Australian company is using “cheap as dirt” iron ore to convert methane in natural gas into hydrogen generating near-zero emissions.

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