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Climate Change Feedback Loops :: Background Reading

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The Spring 2008 issue of YES! looks at the climate crisis and shows what it will take to rise to this global challenge.

One step is understanding why change is so urgent. Pandora's Icebox reveals the feedback loops that can lead to climate's vicious cycles. Below you find the sources that tell this story in more detail.

 


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Vanishing Arctic Ice

"NASA Watches Arctic Ice," NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, September 28, 2005.

"Tipping Points in the Tundra," Jonathan A. Foley, Science, Vol. 310 No. 5748, October 23, 2005.

 

 

 

 


image of windturbines by Doug Murray

Melting Permafrost

"Climate Change Cited in Siberian Landscape Shift," Gregory Feifer, National Public Radio, September 18, 2006.

 

 

 

 

 


image of windturbines by Doug Murray

Clogging the Ocean Sink

"Catastrophic Shifts in Ecosystems," Marten Scheffer et al, Nature, Vol. 413 No. 6856, October 11, 2001.

"Is the Ocean Carbon Sink Sinking?" David Archer, RealClimate, November 1, 2007.

"Positive Feedbacks from the Carbon Cycle," David Archer, RealClimate, May 27, 2006.

 

 


image of windturbines by Doug Murray

Amazon Rainforest Die-Off

"Climate Variability and Vegetation Vulnerability in Amazonia," L.R. Hutyra et al, Geophysical Research Letters, Vol. 32 No. 24, December 2005.

"Tipping Points in the Earth System," Timothy M. Lenton, Earth System Modelling Group, August 30, 2007.

 

 

 


General References on Climate Feedback Loops

"Abrupt Changes in Rainfall During the Twentieth Century," Gemma Narisma et al, Geophysical Research Letters, Vol. 34 No. 6, March 2007.

"Catastrophic Shifts in Ecosystems," Marten Scheffer et al, Nature, Vol. 413 No. 6856, October 11, 2001.

"The Father of Climate Change," Ian Sample, The Guardian, June 30, 2005.

"Musings About Models," Gavin A. Schmidt, RealClimate, August 20, 2007.

"Positive Feedbacks from the Carbon Cycle," David Archer, RealClimate, May 27, 2006.

"Tipping Points in the Earth System," Timothy M. Lenton, Earth System Modelling Group, August 30, 2007.

"Tipping Points in the Tundra," Jonathan A. Foley, Science, Vol. 310 No. 5748, October 23, 2005.

 

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