atmospheric carbon dioxide

One-Fifth of the World's Corals Are Dead: Climate Change to Blame

One-Fifth of the World's Corals Are Dead: Climate Change to Blame

TOWNSVILLE, Queensland, Australia, December 10, 2008 (ENS) – The world has lost 19 percent of its coral reefs, according to the 2008 global update of the world’s reef status issued today. Climate change is considered the biggest threat to coral reefs. The main climate threats, such as increasing sea surface temperatures and ocean acidification, are…

Climate Change Could Ruin Florida's $5.5 Billion Reef Economy

Climate Change Could Ruin Florida's $5.5 Billion Reef Economy

SARASOTA, Florida, December 3, 2008 (ENS) – A new analysis of economic activity generated by Florida’s coral reefs finds that some 70,000 jobs and more than $5.5 billion in business in the state could disappear if climate change destroys the reefs. “A business-as-usual approach to climate change could mean a lot less business for Florida,”…

Freezing Plants in a Warming World

Freezing Plants in a Warming World

OAK RIDGE, Tennessee, February 29, 2008 (ENS) – Widespread damage to plants from a sudden freeze that occurred across the Eastern United States from April 5 to 9, 2007 was made worse because it had been preceded by two weeks of unusual warmth, according to an analysis published in the March 2008 issue of the…

U.S. Scientists Head to Antarctica for Climate Research

U.S. Scientists Head to Antarctica for Climate Research

WASHINGTON, DC, February 21, 2008 (ENS) – More than 30 scientists will embark on a research cruise this month to the Southern Ocean, which surrounds Antarctica. There they will combat cold and wind to study how gases that impact climate change move between the atmosphere and the ocean under high winds and seas. The Southern…

Agriculture is Altering Mississippi River Chemistry

Agriculture is Altering Mississippi River Chemistry

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana, January 25, 2008 (ENS) – Over the past 50 years, farming has altered the hydrology and chemistry of the Mississippi River, injecting more carbon dioxide [www.sundance.tv] into the river and raising river discharge, finds a study by researchers at Louisiana State and Yale universities. LSU Professor R. Eugene Turner and graduate student…