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Melting Permafrost Will Boost Temps, But Not Quickly

Climate scientists have long known that human-generated greenhouse emissions are only part of the story with global warming. A rising planetary temperature sets in motion all sorts of secondary effects that can boost the temperature even higher — effects like melting Arctic sea ice, rising levels of heat-trapping water vapor in the atmosphere, and … Read More

A Forecast for the American West: Hot and Hotter

Over the summer and on into the fall, images of flames, smoke plumes, firefighting teams and ruined homes have been on replay, and with good reason: As of Aug. 31, this year tied the record for total acreage burned by wildfires, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. More than 8.4 million acres have burned to date — an area larger than … Read More

Image of the Day: Satellite Spots Parched U.S. Landscape

The map is based on an index called the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index, or NDVI, which is a measure of how plant leaves absorb visible light and reflect infrared light. According to NASA, drought-stressed vegetation reflects more visible light and less infrared than healthy vegetation.… Read More

Watch 131 Years of Global Warming in 26 Seconds

Watch this amazing 26-second video depict how temperatures around the globe have warmed since 1880. That year is what scientists call the beginning of the “modern record."… Read More

Sea Level in the Year 3000: Why We Should Care

Sometimes a new scientific result is so clearly important that the bottom line needs no explaining — a report showing how ocean acidification threatens food security around the world, for example, or one that ties melting ice in the Arctic to the threat of colder, snowier winters for the U.S. But it’s tougher to see why anyone should care about … Read More

Image of the Day: Walnut Trees Can’t Stand the Heat

According to research from Purdue University, hotter, drier conditions and increased odds of extreme weather events associated with climate change may prove fatal for walnut trees, bringing economic consequences to areas across the nation. Take California for example, which sold over 500,000 tons of walnuts in 2010 for more than $1 billion dollars … Read More

Image of the Day: Cookies & Candy for the Cows

In an attempt to feed their cattle amid these times of high corn prices due to one of the U.S.'s top 10 worst drought events on record, farmers are turning to an unconventional solution: candy. According to an article from Reuters, cattle are being fed cookies, gummy worms, sprinkles, marshmallows, fruit loops, or anything else the farmers can … Read More

Image of the Day: Massive Storm Strikes Alaska (Again)

According to the National Weather Service, the storm in Alaska is so large it could cover most of the lower 48 states. As the Capital Weather Gang blog reported on Thursday, this storm is one of three very intense storms to strike different parts of the world in recent days.… Read More