Research News and Features

2008 News and Features

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

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Separating the Man-Made from the Natural

Analyzing anthropogenic signals in the climate records requires the ability to distinguish them from natural effects with similar time scales. (Dec '08)
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Looking Both Ways at Pollution

Regulation of pollutants often treats their air quality and climate change effects separately, but a unified approach may produce better results. (Dec '08)
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How Much CO2 Should We Aim For?

A new study suggests that humanity must take prompt action to begin reducing the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to 350 parts per million. (Dec '08)
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Getting a Grip on Ice Sheet Changes

To better understand how climate change will affect the Greenland ice sheet, scientists modeled the melting Laurentide ice sheet of 9000 years ago. (Oct '08)
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Cyclones at Saturn's Poles Create Swirl of Mystery

Cassini images reveal a giant cyclone at Saturn's north pole and show that a monstrous cyclone at the south pole is powered by Earth-like storms. (Oct '08)
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How Will Global Peak Oil Affect Climate?

Researchers have identified feasible emission scenarios that could keep carbon dioxide below levels that some scientists have called dangerous for climate. (Sep '08)
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Uncertainties Limit Climate Change Predictions

Gaps in our understanding of climate response in the tropics and polar regions limit our ability to predict future climate change impacts in all areas. (Aug '08)
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Climate Change From Short-Lived Emissions

Three climate models were used to study the climatic effects through the year 2050 of short-lived atmospheric species such as sulfates, aerosols, and tropospheric ozone. (Jul '08)
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Modeling the Dust Bowl Climate Forcings

A series of climate model simulations studied how dust storms altered precipitation during the Dust Bowl drought of the 1930s. (Jun '08)
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Earth Impacts Linked to Climate Change

A new study shows that human-caused climate change has impacted a wide range of natural systems, from Arctic permafrost thawing to African lakes declining in productivity. (May '08)
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Dr. Robert Jastrow, 1925-2008

The founder of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies and its director for two decades recently passed away at the age of 82. (Mar '08)
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2007 Tied as Earth's Second-Warmest Year

NASA scientists have determined that 2007 tied with 1998 for Earth's second warmest year in a century. (Jan '08)
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