New Studies Involving Climate Change: a giant bog, lighter insects, and more!



Broken sea ice at sunset. Credit Rob Johnson via Climate Central

Big Waves Bust Up Sea Ice, Help Melt It a new study indicates, reports Andrea Thompson at Climate Central. Under global warming, more powerful storms occur more frequently, and this can whip up strong waves, which can ripple to the poles. There, the waves can break up polar ice, which then further speeds its melt.


Light colored dragonflies are doing better under global warming than their darker cousins. Credit Buiten-Beeld/Alamy

Global Warming Favors Paler Insects because lighter color reflects away more light and its heat, especially important for small-bodied organisms, a new study indicates, reports Paul Brown at the UK Guardian. Paler species of insects are doing better under global warming and increasing their range, on average.

OO UK Summer Flash Floods To Become More Frequent study shows


Aerial view of giant Congo bog. Via World News.

Giant Carbon-Storing Peat Bog Found in Congo is the size of England, reportsDavid Smith at the UK Guardian, and up to 23 feet thick. As long as the area remains undeveloped, this vast amount of carbon will not escape as a greenhouse gas into the atmosphere, where it could cause far more global warming than exists now.

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About melharte

Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte is a biologist (PhD) and climate change educator. She co-authored the free online book, COOL THE EARTH, SAVE THE ECONOMY, available at www.CoolTheEarth.US, and writes the CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK column at the HuffingtonPost. Living summers in the alpine Rockies, she is on the frontlines of watching what climate change can do. Her diagnostic digital photographs of wildflowers have appeared in numerous publications.
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