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Climate Central Leads 2012’s Climate Coverage

Climate Central Leads 2012’s Climate Coverage

Year-end numbers for media coverage of climate change were released Wednesday in an annual report by The Daily Climate, and while that coverage fell 2 percent, there were some interesting numbers. According to The Daily Climate’s archives, worldwide coverage by many major news organizations gave roughly the same amount of coverage this year as the… Read More

Image of the Day: Perilous Plight of Adélies Penguins

Image of the Day: Perilous Plight of Adélies Penguins

As one of most southerly-distributed seabirds, the Adélie is a species of penguin common along the entire Antarctic coast that except during spring when they come on land to breed, are highly reliant on the sea and its ice to hunt and live. It is this dependence that is causing severe problems for the penguins along the Antarctic Peninsula, the … Read More

Image of the Day: Chinstrap Penguins on Slippery Slope

Image of the Day: Chinstrap Penguins on Slippery Slope

The 2005 film March of the Penguins sparked an Emperor penguin fever. Now, because of the earth’s rising fever, their feathered cousins, the chinstrap penguins, are in trouble. According to a BBC Nature slideshow, the Natural History Museum in Madrid found that within the past 20 years, more than 30 percent of the chinstrap penguin population … Read More

NASA’s Latest Hit: Ice Show from Space

NASA’s Latest Hit: Ice Show from Space

If you don’t know what causes the seasons, you’re not alone: a mini-documentary made in the 1980’s showed that lots of Harvard grads don’t, either. For the record, the reason is that Earth’s spin axis is slightly tilted. In the months surrounding June, the Northern Hemisphere leans toward the Sun. There’s more sunlight, days are longer, and the … Read More

Long-Range Ice Forecast: Things Could Get Very Grim

Long-Range Ice Forecast: Things Could Get Very Grim

The best guess now is that a worst-case rise of 2 feet is no longer in the cards. The likely increase in sea level by 2100 now stands at 3 feet, with worst-case scenarios going as high as 6 feet. Three feet would threaten many coastal cities around the world with frequent, powerful floods, as the mildest of storms could send water coursing through … Read More

Image of the Day: Emperor Penguins’ Census from Space

Image of the Day: Emperor Penguins’ Census from Space

Since the penguins live in very remote areas, the satellite images are a successful way to count the populations. Research suggests that emperor penguin colonies will be dramatically affected by climate change, according to British Antarctic Survey biologist Phil Trathan.… Read More

Going Out on a Limb: Forecasting Snowier Winters?

Going Out on a Limb: Forecasting Snowier Winters?

Global warming-related Arctic sea ice loss may be contributing to snowier winters in parts of the Northern Hemisphere, according to a recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study takes a look at how Arctic sea ice loss is impacting snowfall in the Midwest, eastern U.S. and parts of Europe and Asia.… Read More

Image of the Day: Sealed with a Kiss

Image of the Day: Sealed with a Kiss

With temperatures in Antarctica are on the rise, researchers have discovered that the windier, wetter conditions predicted may spell trouble for young fur seal pups. According to Discover News, the continent's conditions will require the pups to use more energy for staying warm and less for vital growth and development, a change … Read More