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Effects of Global Warming

Antarctic ice melting accelerating, most rapidly in past 50 years, study finds

Australian and British scientists found evidence of faster melting in ice cores drilled at James Ross Island in Antarctica. Photo: AFP

Summer ice in the Antarctic is melting 10 times quicker than it was 600 years ago, with the most rapid melt occurring in the last 50 years, a joint Australian-British study showed yesterday. A research team from the Australian National University and the British Antarctic Survey drilled a 364-metre-long ice core from James Ross Island in the continent's north to measure past temperatures in the area.

Tuesday, 16 April, 2013, 5:12am

Climate change a clear and present danger

Climate change a clear and present danger

It almost seems fitting. The country that uses the most oil, has produced the greatest amount of carbon dioxide emissions for decades and has consistently denied the evidence of climate change has been given the slap it required. With tens of deaths, a crushed infrastructure and billions of dollars worth of damage, Hurricane Sandy is the wake-up call America needed.

2 Nov 2012 - 3:56am 4 comments

Take action to save the planet

The recent arrival of a baby polar bear in a Berlin zoo captured the attention of people around the world.

While the furry cub has won the hearts and minds of animal-lovers, it has also drawn attention to the plight of a species whose habitats are fast shrinking due to the effects of global warming.

16 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

We lost a planet but solved that nagging puzzle

It was the year when the solar system's second favourite planet was voted out of existence, and when the missing link between fish and land animals was found. It was also the year when the spectre of global warming became ever more alarming but where mathematicians and medics hailed the solution of a century-old puzzle and the world's first cancer vaccine respectively.

28 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Warm front

Earth is the hottest it has been for at least 400 years

The northern hemisphere is likely to be at its hottest for 2,000 years

The amount of warming in the last decades of the 20th century has not been matched in the previous 1,000 years

Human activities are to blame 'for much of the recent warming'

23 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Exposed to Mother Nature's fury

Beneath the endlessly horrific details surrounding Hurricane Katrina lurks a monster question: Just how angry is Mother Nature over the irreverent, careless way we humans and our energy-hungry machines have been manhandling our precious, precariously balanced planet?

7 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Disappearing seasons have designers hot under the collar

The effects of global warming on the climate have tested the nerve of the city's fashion designers, who face big design challenges with unusual seasonal changes.

According to data compiled by Ho Pui-yin, associate professor at the history department at Chinese University, records show that Hong Kong is gradually becoming warmer.

16 Aug 2004 - 12:00am

Flood risk doubles as sea level rises

Hong Kong's sea levels have risen 12cm over the past 50 years - faster than global averages - and doubling the chance of coastal flooding during storms, weathermen warn.

Full report - C1

15 Jun 2004 - 12:00am

Ask Mr Brain...all will be explained

Where does the term 'in the doldrums' come from?

The phrase means to feel sad or be in low spirits. It also means not to be in a state of progress, growth or improvement.

The doldrums is an area around the Earth centred slightly north of the equator in the Indian and western Pacific oceans, the African and Central American west coasts.

28 Feb 2001 - 12:00am