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Cold-water eddy ‘monsters’ mighty current off Sydney

Oceanographers have identified a huge, dense mass of cold water off Sydney but know very little about what causes it or the influence it has in the Tasman Sea ecosystem.

Carbon sinks losing the battle with rising emissions

The stabilising influence that land and ocean carbon sinks have on rising carbon emissions is gradually weakening, say scientists attending this week’s international Copenhagen Climate Change Conference.

Scientific sub makes deep-sea discoveries

A four-week expedition to explore the deep ocean south-west of Tasmania has revealed new species of animals and more evidence of impacts of increasing carbon dioxide on deep-sea corals.

Emissions rising faster this decade than last

The latest figures on the global carbon budget to be released in Washington and Paris today indicate a four-fold increase in growth rate of human-generated carbon dioxide emissions since 2000.

Explaining the methane mystery

Scientists have explained why atmospheric levels of the greenhouse gas methane have stabilised in recent years, but warn that increases could resume in the near future.

Fewer rain storms across southern Australia

Decreasing autumn and winter rainfall over southern Australia has been attributed to a 50-year decrease in the average intensity of storms in the region – a trend which is forecast to continue for another 50 years.

Fish growth enhanced by climate change

Changes in growth rates in some coastal and long-lived deep-ocean fish species in the south west Pacific are consistent with shifts in wind systems and water temperatures, according to new Australian research published in the United States this week.

GREENHOUSE 09: new climate change challenges

Australia’s biennial climate science conference – GREENHOUSE 2009 – opens next week in Perth with a review of the latest Australian and international science contributing towards an understanding of climate change.

Confirmed – deforestation plays critical climate change role

New research confirms that avoiding deforestation can play a key role in reducing future greenhouse gas concentrations.

CO2 emissions increasing faster than expected

Carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels – the principal driver of climate change – have accelerated globally at a far greater rate than expected over recent years, according to a paper published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Global CO2 emissions may set a record this year

Global carbon dioxide emissions contributing to atmospheric warming show no sign of abating and may reach record levels in 2010, according to the Global Carbon Project (GCP), supported by CSIRO’s Marine and Atmospheric Research Division.

Global methane levels on the rise again

After eight years of near-zero growth in atmospheric methane concentrations, levels have again started to rise.

Global pollution scientists take the air in Hobart

International scientists are meeting in Hobart this week to discuss the ongoing need for global monitoring of gases responsible for ozone depletion and climate change.

Original climate benchmark makes a comeback

An original climate benchmark first identified for South Australian farmers in the 1860’s –Goyder’s Line – is on the move, according to a review by scientists and primary producers.

International climate change conference for Perth

The extent of climate change impacts on the environment and resource use will be the focus of an international conference to be held in Perth in March, 2009.

Human-generated aerosols affect our weather

The rise of human-generated pollution in the global atmosphere is forcing a change in ocean circulation in the Southern Hemisphere, in turn affecting our region’s weather systems.

‘Human hand’ in south-west WA rainfall reduction

About half of the long-term rainfall decline experienced in south-west Western Australia since the 1960s can now be linked to increases in greenhouse gases, according to two CSIRO scientists.

Increase in carbon dioxide emissions accelerating

New research shows the rate of increase in carbon dioxide emissions more than doubled since the 1990s.

CSIRO ocean scientist heads national research body

Veteran CSIRO ocean scientist Dr Gary Meyers has taken up the directorship of Australia’s Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS).

Adaptation – reducing Australia’s climate impacts

A greater focus on adapting to climate change is required to reduce Australia’s vulnerability, according to a final report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published today.

Korea and Australia to partner in marine research

A three-year collaborative research agreement will be signed in Hobart today between two scientific organisations which have a keen interest in preserving the long-term viability of regional fisheries.

Littlest ship an ‘ocean science giant’

Australian climate scientists in Hobart and their international colleagues are celebrating the feats of a tiny New Zealand research vessel that is transforming the study of oceans and climate in the Southern Hemisphere.

Search for marine facts about climate impacts

Scientists and marine managers will meet in Brisbane this week to evaluate and prepare for future impacts of climate change on Australia’s marine ecosystems.

Science solves puzzle of marine management

CSIRO’s Wealth from Oceans National Research Flagship and the Western Australian Government have developed practical tools to help planners manage potentially competing uses of Australia’s marine ecosystems.

Marine scientist wins prestigious Pew Fellowship

One of the world’s most prestigious awards for scientific research into the challenges facing the world’s oceans – a Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation – has been won by a senior ecosystem modeller with CSIRO’s Wealth from Oceans Flagship, Dr Beth Fulton.

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