CLIMATE

Making long-term predictions about precipitation is virtually impossible. But scientists believe that the recent proliferation of heavy rainfall events and heatwaves is proof that climate change is taking hold
Declining chlorine levels in the stratosphere haven’t yet led to the recovery of the ozone hole that forms annually over Antarctica, according to two new NASA studies

'Missing heat' found

Suggestions that global warming has slowed or even stopped are in doubt following the publication of a new study that has identified the ‘missing heat’ in the global climate system
Strong growth in coal consumption has consolidated the fuel as the main source of carbon dioxide emissions, according to the Global Carbon Project’s (GCP) annual analysis of global carbon emissions
Neither solar activity nor the Sun’s blocking of cosmic rays is responsible for significant global warming, says a study in Environmental Research Letters
Rising sea levels, more intense drought and severe storms caused by climate change will put about 12 million people in 23 East Asian cities at risk and jeopardise US$864billion in assets
Parts of Europe have seen the temperatures of their hottest days and coldest nights increase by more than four times the global average change since 1950, according to a new study
So much rain fell on Australia in 2010 and 2011 that the global sea-level not only stopped rising, but actually dropped measurably, according to a new study
Careful analysis of a 150-year-old moss bank on the Antarctic Peninsula has revealed an unprecedented rate of ecological change since the 1960s, driven by warming temperatures

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