Effects of Global Warming: El Niņo-Southern Oscillation, Current Sea Level Rise, Al Gore and the Environment

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General Books LLC, 2010 - 174 pages
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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 83. Chapters: El Ni o-Southern Oscillation, Retreat of glaciers since 1850, Physical impacts of climate change, Current sea level rise, Ocean acidification, Global Energy and Water Cycle Experiment, Arctic shrinkage, Effects of global warming on Australia, Season creep, Glacier mass balance, Regional effects of global warming, Effect of climate change on plant biodiversity, Climate change and poverty, Human impact of climate change, Shutdown of thermohaline circulation, Effects of climate change on terrestrial animals, Effects of global warming on India, Arctic methane release, Long-term effects of global warming, Extinction risk from global warming, Climate risk, Open Polar Sea, Effects of climate change on marine mammals, Uunartoq Qeqertaq, Glacial earthquake, Great Green Wall, Global warming and wine. Excerpt: The retreat of glaciers since 1850 affects the availability of fresh water for irrigation and domestic use, mountain recreation, animals and plants that depend on glacier-melt, and in the longer term, the level of the oceans. Studied by glaciologists, the temporal coincidence of glacier retreat with the measured increase of atmospheric greenhouse gases is often cited as an evidentiary underpinning of global warming. Mid-latitude mountain ranges such as the Himalayas, Alps, Rocky Mountains, Cascade Range, and the southern Andes, as well as isolated tropical summits such as Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, are showing some of the largest proportionate glacial loss. The Little Ice Age was a period from about 1550 to 1850 when the world experienced relatively cooler temperatures compared to the present. Subsequently, until about 1940, glaciers around the world retreated as the climate warmed substantially. Glacial retreat slowed and even reversed temporarily, in many cases, between 1950 and 1980 as a slight global cooling occurr...

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