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Man-made climate change increases extinction dangers

4 May 15 - Climate change threatens one in six of the world’s species with extinction, according to new research.

Extremes a concern as planet gets hotter and colder

22 Dec 14 - Scientists predict that lethal heat waves in Europe, and ice storms and big freezes across the globe, could become regular events if greenhouse gas emissions are not controlled.

It doesn't take much to turn up the temperature

8 Dec 14 - Start the car, turn on the gas under the kettle, shovel some coal on the fire. Each time that happens, another pulse of carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere.

NZ carbon measuring project turns 60

24 Nov 14 - Sixty years ago, New Zealand scientists started the world’s first long time-series of atmospheric radiocarbon measurements.

Climate change will send pollen count soaring

10 Nov 14 - Scientists have identified a new hazard that will arrive as a result of climate change: a huge increase in hay fever and pollen allergies.

Move over, Queensland, here comes the Great Sydney Reef

22 Sep 14 - Welcome to tropical Sydney, where colourful surgeonfishes and parrotfishes are plentiful, corals have replaced kelp forests, and underwater life seems brighter, more colourful and all-round better. Or is it?

Drought now could be drought forever in California

22 Sep 14 - Things could soon get worse for drought-hit California. New research predicts that, by the close of the century, global warming could have reduced the flow of water from the Sierra Nevada mountains by at least a quarter.

We can make a good life for most in the doughnut

22 Sep 14 - Is it possible for humans to fulfil their needs without also destroying the environment? It’s a question we need to find an answer to soon, as the world’s poorer regions demand the same perks that...

Twister terror coming earlier in Tornado Alley

22 Sep 14 - The terrifying whirlwinds that punctuate the mid-Western summer in the United States so frequently as to earn the nickname Tornado Alley for the southern plains region states such as Nebraska,...

New facts show importance of Antarctic ice

Robert Deconto ... new figures.

25 Aug 14 - The IPCC is under-estimating the impact that melting of the Antarctic ice sheet will have on global sea-level rise, a visiting American scientist says.

It's happened before ... a long, long time ago

25 Aug 14 - It doesn’t take much to change a planet’s climate – just a little shift in the Northern hemisphere glacial ice sheet and a bit more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. After that, the response is rapid.

Climate change the enemy of ancient cities

18 Aug 14 - New research supports the growing body of evidence that many past civilisations have collapsed because of climate change. So is history repeating itself?

If the Southern Alps look different, it's because they're losing snow and ice

1 Aug 14 - A third of the permanent snow and ice of Southern Alps has disappeared, according to aerial surveys.

PHEW! We sweated it out last winter, the hottest on record

25 Jul 14 - Last winter was New Zealand's warmest on record, says the latest international report on global climate.

The pre-Holocene climate is returning – and it won’t be fun

25 Jul 14 - A string of events earlier this year provided a sobering snapshot of a global climate system out of whack. Europe suffered devastating floods, Britain's coastline was mauled, and the polar vortex...

Green cities make us feel better, says study

18 Jul 14 - Urban conservation can save significant amounts of money in health spending, according to Wellington researchers.

Believe it, Mr Abbott, climate change is hurting Australia

18 Jul 14 - the Australian prime minister may be scathing about climate science, but new research shows that burning fossil fuels is a significant factor in the long-term rainfall decline that is leaving...

Cut emissions, say scientists, it's the only way

11 Jul 14 - Once again, American scientists have come to the same conclusion: there really is no alternative. The only way to contain climate change and limit global warming, they say, is to reduce carbon...

NZ has warmest winter

27 Jun 14 - Last winter was New Zealand's warmest on record, says the latest international report on global climate.

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