Marine species Migrations Determined by Climate After All

Marine ecologists have been grappling with a puzzler. They had expected that, as climate change warms the oceans, most  marine species would migrate toward the poles, fleeing the ever hotter waters near the equator and tracking the zone of their preferred water temperature as it shifts. But some studies revealed … Seguir leyendo / Continue reading


Climate slowdown means extreme rates of warming ‘not as likely’

Scientists say the recent downturn in the rate of global warming will lead to lower temperature rises in the short-term. Since 1998, there has been an unexplained “standstill” in the heating of the Earth’s atmosphere. Writing in Nature Geoscience, the researchers say this will reduce predicted warming in the coming … Seguir leyendo / Continue reading

Oceanic nutrient a key component of future change

Variations in nutrient availability in the world’s oceans could be a vital component of future environmental change, according to a multi-author review paper involving the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton (NOCS). The paper, published this month in Nature Geoscience, reviews what we know about ocean nutrient patterns and interactions, and how … Seguir leyendo / Continue reading

Understanding Earth’s Climate Prior to the Industrial Era

Tree-rings, ice-cores, and speleothems are all used to reconstruct climate of the past millennia. But are these records reliable? Researchers of the Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, the University of Bern’s Oeschger Center, and the University of Mainz have found out that yearly temperature and precipitation variation and extremes have … Seguir leyendo / Continue reading

How Shrubs Are Reducing the Positive Contribution of Peatlands

Peatlands (bogs, turf moors) are among the most important ecosystems worldwide for the storage of atmospheric carbon and thus for containing the climate warming process. In the last 30 to 50 years the peat (Sphagnum) mosses, whose decay produces the peat (turf), have come under pressure by vascular plants, mostly … Seguir leyendo / Continue reading