What’s New August 2010

This page lists changes to this site for August 2010.

See below for other updates and to get notified of changes to the site.

It has long been recognized that rapid climate change can have a severe impact on biodiversity and on the ability for ecosystems to naturally adapt.

As well as problems such as ocean acidification, increasing ocean stratification and dead zones also pose a threat to the planet as they affect tiny organisms in the ocean such as plankton and phytoplankton that form the basis of our food chain and support life through the production of half the oxygen we breathe.

This page has been update with further explanation and multimedia explaining this further.

Some still doubt climate change exists or think it is a vast scientific conspiracy. Yet scientific consensus amongst publishing climate scientists is extremely high. Climate change impacts and effects on humans and the planet in general have been discussed before and are introduced on this page.

This particular update includes additional notes and multimedia on ocean acidification and on indicators of a warming world with human causes. Also updated is the warmest periods section (as this past decade is now the warmest on record) and asked why recent weather such as extreme cold in some regions this past winter is still a sign of global warming.

Despite finding less and less time to work on this site, it has continued to grow. In the past year (from August 2009 to end of July 2010) the site received just under 22.5 million page views. This is up from just over 18 million page views for the previous year. Visits also fluctuate during the year and time of week, but peak periods were seeing some 55-70,000 page views a day.

Although such numbers are always imprecise (just given the nature of the web), this continued rising trend continues to pleasantly surprise me despite finding less and less spare time in recent years to keep it going.

As the web site begins its 13th year (hopefully not as a rowdy teenager!), it remains a spare time effort, maintained on my own. That may change in the future, who knows!

Thank you so much for your continued support and please do tell your friends and colleagues about the global issues web site if you find it useful.

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