Forests in the spotlight in 2011

27 January, 2011 by (comments)

The United Nations Year of Forests 2011 was officially launched in New York this week, at a meeting of the UN’s Forum on Forests. The year aims to raise awareness of the sustainable management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests, and as reported by Reuters Alertnet, it is “the first major international meeting on forests afterRead More …

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Can climate modeling adapt to short-term extreme weather?

27 January, 2011 by (comments)

Non-profit climate change news service The Daily Climate reports today on the need for more refined climate models, to help take account of short-term extreme weather events. The article notes: “A two-week heat snap can be devastating to both lives and livelihoods – for some crops even a few days of heat above 90ºF kills the season. But thatRead More …


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Understanding La Niña

27 January, 2011 by (comments)

There’s a great article by IRIN today about La Niña, the cyclical weather system which has been blamed by many for extreme weather events around the world in the past few months. Apparently the current La Niña cycle is one of the strongest in the last century – but what exactly is it, and why is it happening? UnpackingRead More …

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