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A 60-Year Glimpse At Local Climate Change Effects

Ecologist Robert Whittaker's detailed data on herb species in the Siskiyou Mountains of Oregon is helping scientists understand how plants are responding to climate changes at very fine scales.… Read More

Montana Workshop Examines Ethics of Solar Radiation Management

Even if temporarily geoengineering the climate to create a bridge to more acceptable levels of atmospheric carbon proved technically possible, there might still be legal, political, and ethical reasons not to do it… Read More

Scientists Launch Climate Science Counterattacks

After a year of dramatic setbacks, from stolen personal emails that were used to smear climate science researchers, to last week's midterm elections that ushered a large number of climate science skeptics into power, many climate scientists have had … Read More

Wildfire Predictions for the Next Century

More valuable than the projection that global wildfires will increase in the next 100 years is an understanding of how regional wildfire activity will change. This study offers a valuable forecast for wildfires in the U.S..… Read More

They’ve Banned Geoengineering—But What Exactly Does That Mean?

There’s a danger that geoengineering to stave off global warming could cause unpleasant and unintended consequences. That’s why delegates to the International Convention on Biodiversity (CBD) in Nagoya, Japan issued a statement last week… Read More

National Parks Wrestle with Warming

As the world warms, officials at the National Park Service are starting to sweat: No glaciers at Glacier, no Joshua trees at Joshua Tree. These are part of the long-range forecast for the national parks.… Read More

Southeast Rainfall More Variable as Climate Warms

In recent years the southeastern U.S. has had a string of summers with unusual amounts of rainfall. There was the withering drought in 2007, during which Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue famously held a prayer service for rain.… Read More

Historical Perspective on the Russian Heat Wave of 2010

The summer of 2010 brought intensely hot weather to large portions of the northeastern U.S., central Europe, and Russia. Russia was especially hard hit as a heat wave — with daily high temperatures hitting 100°F — contributing to the deaths of as… Read More