Research News and Features

2007 News and Features

Following are news releases and science briefs from calendar 2007. Listings are also available for 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2006, 2005, and 2004.

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NASA Climate Experts Aided Nobel Effort

NASA scientists made important contributions to the International Panel on Climate Change's studies of global warming, which shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. (Dec '07)
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Earth's Temperature Tracker

After tracking Earth temperature for decades, scientist James Hansen is confident the global warming trend is mainly the result of human-produced greenhouse gases. (Nov. '07)
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Wetlands' Outsize Influence on Climate

The role of wetlands in the climate system is twofold because of their important part in the hydrologic cycle and in the methane that they emit. (Oct '07)
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Global Warming and Violent Weather

GISS scientists have developed a new climate model that indicates that the most violent severe storms and tornadoes may become more common as Earth's climate warms. (Aug '07)
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Climate Approaches Dangerous "Tipping" Point

GISS research finds that human-made greenhouse gases have brought the Earth's climate close to potentially dangerous consequences for the planet. (May '07)
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Climate Change and Summer Heat Waves

A NASA study suggests that greenhouse-gas warming may raise average summer temperatures in the eastern U.S. nearly 10°F by the 2080s. (May '07)
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Storms Power Saturn's Jet Streams

New Cassini mission research suggests eddies, or giant rotating storms, are the "engine" powering Saturn's jet stream winds. (May '07)
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The Color of Life, Here and Out There

NASA scientists believe they have found a way to predict the color of plants on planets in other solar systems. (Apr '07)
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Particulate Consequences

Changes over the next few decades in the types of aerosol pollutants and where they are emitted will affect how climate changes. GISS scientists recently looked at two possible scenarios. (Mar '07)
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Global "Sunscreen" Has Likely Thinned

A new NASA study has found that an important counter-balance to the warming of our planet by greenhouse gases appears to have lost ground. (Mar '07)
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Warmer Future Could Bring Droughts

GISS scientists may have discovered how a warmer climate in the future could increase droughts in certain parts of the world. (Feb '07)
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2006 Was Earth's Fifth Warmest Year

Climatologists at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies have found that 2006 was the fifth warmest year in the past century. (Feb '07)
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Modeling Carbon Monoxide

Scientists from ten countries recently studied how well we understand the spread of the pollutant carbon monoxide through the atmosphere and its interaction with important greenhouse gases. (Feb '07)
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Searching for Sources of Tiny Pollutants

Locating pollutant sources is important to improving air quality and understanding their impact on climate. NASA scientists are tracking the path and distribution of aerosols to link their origin with their warming and cooling effects. (Jan '07)
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Sea Level Rise, Then and Now

A warming climate is expected to cause sea level rise, leading to coastal flooding and other undesirable effects. Examining past episodes of rising oceans allows us to anticipate the future. (Jan '07)
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The Physics of Climate Modeling

Climate is a large-scale phenomenon that emerges from complicated interactions among small-scale physical systems. Yet despite this complexity, climate models have demonstrated impressive successes. (Jan '07)
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