Top 10 Surprising Results of Global Warming
Global Warming Song and Dance
CREDIT: Nicolle Rager Fuller, National Science Foundation
Cloud Cover & Climate
Scientists have shown that as the planet warms water vapor, and thus clouds, will increase, trapping even more heat. One scientist, however, suggests random events drive clouds, which then drive warming.
Forest Fire Frenzy
CREDIT: Kari Greer/US Forest Service.
Navajo fire crews battle the blaze among parched forest trees and dried out ground cover.
CREDIT: Public Domain.
Wat Si Sawan, Sukhothai National Historical Park.
Taller Mountains Blamed on Global Warming, Too
Bleak Outlook for Snowy Peaks
Conception of GPS satellite
An artist's impression of a GPS satellite.
Survival of the Fittest
CREDIT: © Tatiana Morozova | Dreamstime.com
The vernal equinox occurs on March 20, 2011.
The Big Thaw
CREDIT: Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research
Dawn of the Dead
The Arctic takes on a gothic feel as fog rises from melting ice floes in the Laptev Sea. This photo was taken during a 2009 research expedition to Samoylov Island in northern Siberia. There, researchers with the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research are more interested in land than sea: They're investigating the permafrost of the northern Arctic to better understand how climate change could affect the tundra ecosystem. — Stephanie Pappas
Pulling the Plug
CREDIT: Angus Duncan
Canadian Arctic Research
Ice lake or supraglacial lake. Surface melt water can pond on the surface of the glacier forming large lakes that can drain catastrophically. Belcher Glacier, Devon Island, Nunavut, Canada.
Arctic in Bloom
CREDIT: NASA image by Norman Kuring, GSFC Ocean Color Team
Summer Bloom in the Barents Sea
A phytoplankton bloom seen in the Barents Sea in mid-August, 2009.
Heading for the Hills
CREDIT: Paul Nicklen | National Geographic Stock | World Wildlife Fund
Swimming Polar Bear
The rapid loss of sea ice is forcing polar bears to go for longer swims, according to research.
The Common Cold: Myths and Facts
Antihistamines can help, but there is a lot of disagreement on this and other remedies. One thing really helps: Wash your hands a lot so you don't get a cold in the first place. Image
You've probably heard about the global warming song and dance: rising temperatures, melting ice caps and rising sea levels in the near future. But Earth's changing climate is already wreaking havoc in some very weird ways. So gird yourself for such strange effects as savage wildfires, 25-mile long icebergs, disappearing lakes, freak allergies, and the threat of long-gone diseases re-emerging.