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Why is Arctic sea ice decreasing while Antarctic sea ice is not?

The Royal Society is seeking to create more informed conversations on climate change. As part of this the organisation has explained why Arctic sea ice is decreasing while Antarctic sea ice is not. Why is Arctic sea ice decreasing while Antarctic sea ice is not? Sea ice extent is...


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If the world is warming, why are some winters and summers still very cold?

Weather variations and how this links to climate change has been addressed by the Royal Society in a short guide. If the world is warming, why are some winters and summers still very cold? Global warming is a long-term trend, but that does not mean that every year will...


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Does the recent slowdown of warming mean that climate change is no longer happening?

The fact that rising temperatures have recently slowed down has been used as a reason by climate sceptics to claim manmade climate change is not occurring. However, in a short guide explaining climate science, the Royal Society shows why the figures do not disprove manmade climate change. Does the...


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Does the rate of warming vary from one decade to another?

The pace of global warming varies from decade to decade and the Royal Society has explained why this is the case and what the differences mean. Does the rate of warming vary from one decade to another? Yes. The observed warming rate has varied from year to year, decade...


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Is there a point at which adding more CO2 will not cause further warming?

‘Is there a point at which adding more CO2 will not cause for further warming?’ is one of the questions that Royal Society has answered in a guide that explains the science behind climate change. Is there a point at which adding more CO2 will not cause further warming?...


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Is the current level of atmospheric CO2 concentration unprecedented in Earth’s history?

Atmospheric CO2 has almost certainly reached unprecedented levels, according to the Royal Society. Over the last 200 years the level of CO2 has increased rapidly. Is the current level of atmospheric CO2 concentration unprecedented in Earth’s history? The present level of atmospheric CO2 concentration is almost certainly unprecedented in the past...


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Climate is always changing. Why is climate change of concern now?

Manmade climate change sceptics often argue that the climate is always changing and as a result human activities, such as burning fossil fuels, is not having a large impact. The Royal Society explains why the changes are now important. Climate is always changing. Why is climate change of concern...


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What do changes in the vertical structure of atmospheric temperature — from the surface up to the stratosphere — tell us about the causes of recent climate change?

The Royal Society has produced a short guide to climate science that seeks to create informed conversations. It covers a range of topics, including what changes in the vertical structure of atmospheric temperature can tell us about climate change. What do changes in the vertical structure of atmospheric temperature...


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What role has the Sun played in climate change in recent decades?

The Royal Society explores the impact the sun has had on climate change since the 1970s as part of its short guide to climate science.  What role has the Sun played in climate change in recent decades? The Sun provides the primary source of energy driving Earth’s climate system,...


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CO2 is already in the atmosphere naturally, so why are emissions from human activity significant?

If CO2 is already part of the atmosphere, why is it important to limit emissions? is one of the questions the Royal Society seeks to explain.  CO2 is already in the atmosphere naturally, so why are emissions from human activity significant? Human activities have significantly disturbed the natural carbon cycle by extracting long-buried fossil fuels...


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How do scientists know that recent climate change is largely caused by human activities?

The science behind how experts know that the majority of climate change is cause by man-made gases is explained by the Royal Society as part of a short guide on climate change. How do scientists know that recent climate change is largely caused by human activities? Scientists know that...


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Is the climate warming?

‘Is the climate warming?’ is the first question the Royal Society’s answers in its short guide to climate science. The series aims to create well informed conversations around the issues of climate change and its impacts. Is the climate warming? Yes. Earth’s average surface air temperature has increased by...


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Blue & Green Daily: Wednesday 24 December headlines

Blue & Green Daily finds and summarises the top sustainability stories around the web every morning. We start with our own picks from Blue & Green Tomorrow. Global 500 firms account for 10% of global emissions 10% of wildlife havens have been lost or damaged in last five years...


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Blue & Green Daily: Tuesday 23 December headlines

Blue & Green Daily finds and summarises the top sustainability stories around the web every morning. We start with our own picks from Blue & Green Tomorrow. Climate change affecting coral reefs across northern Pacific UK’s largest solar farm connects to National Grid —————————————————————————————————————————————— 23 December headlines The geopolitical...


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Blue & Green Daily: Monday 22 December headlines

Blue & Green Daily finds and summarises the top sustainability stories around the web every morning. We start with our own picks from Blue & Green Tomorrow. NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory returns first maps Climate change could cut crop production by 18% —————————————————————————————————————————————— 22 December headlines UK’s biggest solar...



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