Pat Shingleton for Jan. 29 2013 

Stronger winds for some may mean weaker winds for others. Nature Climate Change reports that coastal areas in Australia, Indonesia and Antarctica could be hard-hit by stronger winds and waves because of a warming world. Wind and waves in the Northern Hemisphere could lessen and residents of coastal regions, the fishing industry and ecosystems would notice the effects. Experts studied five different climate-change models and extrapolated data, predicting an increase in westerly winds in the Southern hemisphere, resulting in stronger, higher and more frequent waves. An opposite effect was forecast in the Northern Hemisphere, with high-pressure systems in the Pacific basin shifting northward, thus reducing wind and waves in the North Atlantic. The effects could be less beach erosion, calmer seas and less wave-power-generation. Fastcast: Still Springy.