2007's Top 10 Scientific Findings

By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 30, 2007 2:45 PM CST
Rajendra Pachauri speaks at a function celebrating him for receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in his role as the Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) at an event organized by...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – What were the most important scientific findings of 2007? LiveScience gives you the top 10:

  1. Climate change: The IPCC issued its strongest warning yet that humans are causing global warming.
  2. Arctic melting: Two studies found retreating arctic ice.
  3. Extreme weather: Global warming is contributing—specifically hurricanes and heat waves.
  4. Alternative energy: Biofuels’ futures are uncertain as researchers uncovered pros and cons for gasoline’s successors.

  1. C02: Despite media attention, carbon dioxide emissions accelerated.
  2. Coral degradation: Human-caused stressors are destroying the reefs twice as fast as rain forests.
  3. Endangered species: More than 2,000 species were added to the list.
  4. Prolonged drought: Global warming could make dry areas drier and wet areas wetter.
  5. Antarctic revelations: Subglacial lakes and new undersea creatures were among a slew of discoveries highlighting the mysterious continent.
  6. Impending oil peak: Oil production could peak as soon as 2008.