The Hot Zone

A bipolar seesaw

How do you have an Ice Age and warming at the same time? As wacky as the climate patterns on Earth are right now, they’ve been stranger in human history. A paper in the journal Nature this week draws attention to the Younger Dryas conundrum about 13,000 years ago, a period of abrupt climate change. The last Ice Age was ending, owing to a shift in the Earth’s orientation to the sun, bringing us into the modern, temperate period that sustained the rise of civilizations. But the global warming... [Read more]

Posted by Alison Hawkes on September 10, 2010 No Comments »
Category : Climates of the Past

Biggest of them all

Mention Arctic ice melt and the first image to come to mind is the northern Atlantic. Mostly Greenland. Sometimes the far reaches of Canada or Iceland. Maybe it’s because the northern Atlantic is the same ocean that researchers from major institutions dip their toes in in 100-plus degree heat waves. But way out in the Pacific, researchers at the University of Hawaii are taking a different look at the climate. In a paper published this week in the journal Science, oceanographer Axel Timmermann... [Read more]

Posted by Alison Hawkes on July 9, 2010 1 Comment »
Category : The Oceans


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