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El Nino News (9 articles)

Researchers discover tree rings tell a 1,100-year history of El Nino

El Niño and its partner La Niña, the warm and cold phases in the eastern half of the tropical Pacific, play havoc with climate worldwide. Predicting El Niño events more than several months ahead is now routine, but predicting how it will change in a warming world has been hampered by the...

Published on 10 May 2011, 05:00

Extinction Predictor 'Will Help Protect Coral Reefs'

More than a third of coral reef fish species are in jeopardy of local extinction from the impacts of climate change on coral reefs, a new scientific study has found.A new predictive method developed by an international team of marine scientists has found that a third of reef fishes studied...

Published on 15 February 2011, 05:50

Effects of El Niño land South Pacific reef fish in hot water

Unseasonal warm temperatures caused by El Niño have a profound effect on the fish populations of coral reefs in the South Pacific, scientists have found.  An international team of biologists studied the arrival of young fish to the atoll of Rangiroa in French Polynesia for four years...

Published on 1 December 2010, 07:08

More Tropical Cyclones in Past Could Play Role in Warmer Future

New Haven, Conn. — More frequent tropical cyclones in Earth’s ancient past contributed to persistent El Niño-like conditions, according to a team of climate scientists led by Yale University. Their findings, which appear in the Feb. 25 issue of the journal Nature, could have implications for...

Published on 24 February 2010, 13:35

Galapagos: the “Rosetta Stone of Evolution” faces devastation from climate change and fishing

The coastal wildlife of the Galapagos Islands – arguably the world’s most celebrated environmental treasure – has suffered outright transformations due to a combination of climate change and over fishing, with several species of marine plants and animals believed to have gone extinct and...

Published on 6 December 2009, 04:26

Global Warming May Dent El Niño’s Protective Shield from Atlantic Hurricanes, Increase Droughts Elsewhere

MIAMI -- El Niño, the periodic eastern Pacific phenomenon credited with shielding the United States and Caribbean from severe hurricane seasons, may be overshadowed by its brother in the central Pacific due to global warming, according to an article in the September 24 issue of the...

Published on 24 September 2009, 14:18

Harbingers of increased Atlantic hurricane activity identified

University Park, Pa. -- Reconstructions of past hurricane activity in the Atlantic Ocean indicate that the most active hurricane period in the past was during the "Medieval Climate Anomaly" about a thousand years ago when climate conditions created a "perfect storm" of La...

Published on 12 August 2009, 14:35

Solar Cycle Linked to Global Climate, Drives Events Similar to El Niño, La Niña

BOULDER—Establishing a key link between the solar cycle and global climate, new research led by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) shows that maximum solar activity and its aftermath have impacts on Earth that resemble La Niña and El Niño...

Published on 16 July 2009, 10:14

2008 Was Earth's Coolest Year Since 2000

Climatologists at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York City have found that 2008 was the coolest year since 2000. The GISS analysis also showed that 2008 is the ninth warmest year since continuous instrumental records were started in 1880.  Left: Annual-mean...

Published on 23 February 2009, 13:36