Posted by: Michael Ritter PhD | July 1, 2006

News Roundup

Warming Was Top Factor in 2005 Hurricanes, New Data Says

Following the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, climate scientists began a heated debate: Was last year’s superstrong hurricane season a result of global warming?

Several experts say no, pointing to a natural long-term fluctuation in sea-surface temperatures in the Atlantic Ocean called the Atlantic multidecadal oscillation(AMO).

Few scientists doubt that human-induced global warming is occurring. But some maintain that a natural cycle played a larger role in creating last year’s bumper crop of storms.

Now a new study argues that global warming is probably the larger of the two factors.

Read article at: National Geographic News

TPE Link: Climate Change: Global Warming; Hurricanes

Northeast floods stir global warming debate

“Images of swamped homes in the U.S. Northeast deepened suspicions over global warming, giving ammunition to scientists and others who say greenhouse gas-spewing cars and factories are fueling extreme weather.”

Read article at Reuters
TPE Link: Climate Change: Global Warming; Fluvial Systems

Worse outlook for Antarctic ozone hole

“A new computer model of the Antarctic ozone hole shows it’s in worse condition than previously thought.”

Read article at CNet News
TPE Link: Ozone

Studies Show That Rockfish Thrive With Offshore Platforms As Their Home Base

“While some observers consider offshore oil and gas platforms to be an eyesore on the horizon, new data shows they are performing a critical function for marine life.”

Read article at ScienceDaily.
TPE Link: Habitat Degradation and Human Activity

NASA Satellite Positioning Software May Aid In Tsunami Warnings

” University scientists using Global Positioning System (GPS) software developed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., have shown that GPS can determine, within minutes, whether an earthquake is big enough to generate an ocean-wide tsunami. This NASA-funded technology can be used to provide faster tsunami warnings.”

Read article at ScienceDaily
TPE Link: Tools of the Geographer

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