More Climate (and Extinction) Notes, May 2010

Posted on May 13, 2010

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Research by an international team of biologists says 20% of all lizard species could go extinct by 2080 if climate change is not checked.

ScienceNow:  Climate change causing lizards to “wink out of existence” http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2010/05/climate-change-causing-lizards-t.html

The newly-formed British government has appointed a science minister without a science background, but who “has spoken strongly in favour of science.”

ScienceInsider:  British science and climate/energy ministers named. http://news.sciencemag.org/scienceinsider/2010/05/british-science-and-climateenerg.ht

When plants sweat, it has a cooling affect on the climate.  However an unexpected side-effect of the increase of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is a shrinking of the pores of plants, inhibiting this natural refrigeration effect.  Thus carbon dioxide warms the planet two ways, as a greenhouse gas, and by the side-effect of  preventing plants from sweating.  Add that in to ocean acidification ….

ScienceDaily: Carbon dioxide’s effects on plants increase global warming, study finds. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/05/100503161435.htm

US National Academy of Science:  Ocean Acidification: A National Strategy to Meet the Challenges of a Changing Ocean http://dels.nas.edu/resources/static-assets/materials-based-on-reports/reports-in-brief/ocean_acidification_key_findings_final.pdf

The following announcement appears on the US National Academies website:

IPCC Review Committee Holds First Public Sessions. May. 13 — The InterAcademy Council (IAC), an organization of the world’s science academies, convenes its first committee meeting to review the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on Friday, May 14 in Amsterdam. Live audio webcasts are scheduled from 4:20 a.m to 6 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. EDT.

http://www.nationalacademies.org/

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