Monthly Archives: August 2010

Can any good come out of the Chernobyl disaster?

Almost everyone has at least heard about the Chernobyl disaster. On the 26th of April 1986, whilst testing was being carried out on reactor number 4 of the Ukrainian nuclear power plant at Chernobyl, a spike in power output caused … Continue reading

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Antarctica shrinks – new estimates from satellite data

Substantial loss of ice-sheet mass has been confirmed for Greenland and West Antarctica, thanks to an innovative approach to data interpretation. The satellite data also showed that the contribution of the receding ice sheets to sea-level rise has accelerated over … Continue reading

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Tree growth declines in a warmer climate

In theory, rising CO2 levels could cause plant growth to increase. Higher levels of CO2 can stimulate growth, as can the associated warmer temperatures. This would provide a welcome negative feedback – some of the manmade CO2 increase would be … Continue reading

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Can science feed us?

Predictions suggest the world’s population will peak in 40 years time at 9 billion, and to feed them all we need a 40% increase in food production. In a recent review, Valentí Rull from the Botanical Institute of Barcelona questioned whether … Continue reading

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