Climate News: Carbon Sinks and Record-Breaking Heat

Three stories caught my eye this week. The first study adjusts earlier estimates of carbon uptake by land plants. In the other two articles, scientists document the biological effects of Europe’s record-breaking temperatures, and estimate the risk of severe Mediterranean heat waves due to global warming.

  • Diffenbaugh, et al. 2007. Heat stress intensification in the Mediterranean climate change hotspot. Geophysical Research Letters 34: L11706.
    • Climate models indicate that global warming has increased the risk of extreme heat waves in the Mediterranean by 200 to 500 percent. The authors emphasize that "emissions reductions could reduce the risk of increased heat stress in the coming decades".
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  1. Ed W.
    Posted July 6, 2007 at 11:14 pm | Permalink

    Global warming is taking place at the same rate on all the other planets in our solar system. This is a proven fact! In other words, global warming is not caused by man.

  2. Posted July 9, 2007 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    Ed, you’re making an incorrect statement with no references to back it up. Here’s a post Bill wrote on so-called “Extraterrestrial Global Warming“. It’s well-documented with references so you can check all the facts.