An interdisciplinary team of researchers say they have found 'missing heat' in the climate system, casting doubt on suggestions that global warming has slowed or stopped over the past decade.
Some climate change skeptics have pointed out that global atmospheric temperatures have been stable, or even declined slightly, over the past decade. They claim it's a sign that global warming has either ceased, slowed down or is not caused by human activity. So, where did all that heat that we're supposedly producing go?
One of the most controversial issues emerging from the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) is the failure of global climate models to predict a hiatus in warming of global surface temperatures since 1998.
In 2012, 11 weather disasters in the United States crossed the billion-dollar threshold in economic losses. Seven of those events were related to severe thunderstorms. New climate analyses led by Stanford scientists indicate that global warming is likely to cause a robust increase in the conditions that produce these types of storms across much of the country over the next century.
Drought shriveled crops in the Midwest, massive wildfires raged in the West and East Coast cities sweltered. The summer of 2012 was a season of epic proportions, especially July, the hottest month in the history of U.S. weather record keeping. And it's likely that we'll continue to see such calamitous weather.
Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) are to blame for global warming since the 1970s and not carbon dioxide, claims new research from the University of Waterloo recently published in the International Journal of Modern Physics B.
In the tropics at heights more than 10 miles above the surface, the prevailing winds alternate between strong easterlies and strong westerlies roughly every other year.
A NASA-led modeling study provides new evidence that global warming may increase the risk for extreme rainfall and drought.
Northern latitudes are greening up, says a NASA-funded study, increasingly resembling the lusher latitudes of the south.
The Earth's only been this warm for about a quarter of the time over the last 11,300 years, a new reconstruction of the planet's temperature history shows.
Last October's Superstorm Sandy was made far worse by the melting of Arctic sea ice, new research suggests.
Global warming over the last ten years or so would have been more extreme if it weren't for volcanoes, says a team from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Another report has linked man-made climate change with extreme weather events around the world, including recent heat waves in the United States and Russia and the unprecedented Pakistan flood.
It could take as little as a 1.5 degree rise in global temperature to thaw Siberia permanently, potentially releasing catastrophic levels of cartbon dioxide and methane from the soil.
There's one obvious reason why it's easier for a species to survive a gradual environmental change than a sudden one: more individuals stay alive when change is gradual or moderate, meaning there are more chances for a winning mutation to emerge.
Extreme rainfall events are becoming more and more commmon across the globe as climate change brings higher temperatures, researchers say.
Global warming could be a lot less extreme than feared, according to a new study which finds that worldwide temperatures have levelled off.
A new study indicates that the last interglacial period may give us a picture of where the planet is headed now, as greenhouse gases increase and temperatures rise.
Glaciers in the Andes are retreating faster than ever, say researchers, with global warming causing them to shrink by as much as half since the 1970s.
Long-term global warming has brought the world five times as many record-breaking hot months worldwide - ten times as many in parts of Europe, Africa and southern Asia. And it's only going to get worse.