Global warming slowdown answer lies in depths of Atlantic

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The key to behind the slowdown in global warming in recent years could lie in the depths of the Atlantic and Southern oceans where excess heat is being stored – not the Pacific Ocean as has previously been suggested, according to new research.

But the finding suggests that a naturally occurring ocean cycle burying the heat will flip in around 15 years’ time, causing global temperature rises to accelerate again.

Seen but not heard

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Children in developing countries are the worst affected by climate change, according to a recent Unicef report. 

This is not news. In 2013, a Unicef report found children in developing nations will bear the brunt of climate change, and in 2012 research by Oxfam likewise lamented the rise of malnourished children due to climate change.

Great Barrier Reef's greatest threat is climate change

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Climate change is the most serious threat to the Great Barrier Reef, according to a major new report.

Warmer ocean currents are also likely to remain a threat to the Queensland coral ecosystem for many years, the Great Barrier Reef Outlook Report 2014 said.

“It is already affecting the reef and is likely to have far-reaching consequences in the decades to come,” the 300-page report said.

Climate change ravaging Antarctic fur seals: study

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Paris: A food shortage likely caused by climate change is shrinking a South Antarctic fur seal colony and changing the profile of its surviving members, researchers said on Wednesday.

South Georgia island’s Antarctic fur seal pups have a lower average birth weight, and there are fewer breeding adults — who hold out longer to reproduce than in the past, according to study results published in the journal Nature.