Thursday, April 30, 2009

Stories for a Changing Climate

Antarctic ice melting faster than expected
Tom Arup
April 6, 2009
"The report shows that the Antarctic Peninsula alone has decreased by 27,000 square kilometres in the past 50 years."
17 days later.....
Antarctic ice spreading
AM - Thursday, 23 April , 2009 08:15:00

Scientists in the United Kingdom have produced a study which shows ice has grown by 100,000 square kilometres each decade over the past 30 years and perversely (!) the increase is being put down to the hole in the ozone layer.

Climate change threat to alpine ski resorts
By Graham Tibbetts
Last Updated: 6:28PM BST 21 May 2008
In some years the amount that fell was 60 per cent lower than was typical in the early 1980s, said Christoph Marty, from the Swiss Federal Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research in Davos, who analysed the records.
"I don't believe we will see the kind of snow conditions we have experienced in past decades," he said.

6 months later in the same newspaper:

The Alps have best snow conditions 'in a generation'
Heavy storms this week mean that skiers will enjoy records amounts of snow in Alpine resorts this Christmas.
By Peter Hardy
Last Updated: 4:02PM GMT 19 Dec 2008

'Quiet Sun' baffling astronomers
By Pallab Ghosh
Science correspondent, BBC News
The Sun is the dimmest it has been for nearly a century.