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Extreme Weather 101: Heat Spikes On the Rise

Extreme Weather 101: Heat Spikes On the Rise

Heat records tumbled across the country this spring and summer as heat waves and warmer-than-normal temperatures blistered much of the United States. As scientist Deke Arndt and meteorologist Dan Satterfield explain in this edition of Extreme Weather 101, these heat spikes are likely to become more commonplace as greenhouse gases heat up the planet… Read More

Climate Science Community Loses Giant in Jerry Mahlman

Climate Science Community Loses Giant in Jerry Mahlman

I was deeply saddened when I learned today of Jerry Mahlman’s passing on November 28th in Buffalo Grove, IL. Jerry was a friend, a mentor and a true giant in the climate science community. Among his many awards, Jerry received the U.S. Department of Commerce Gold Medal, the Carl-Gustaf Rossby Research Medal from the American Meteorological Society … Read More

World Bank Ties Ending Poverty with Climate Change

World Bank Ties Ending Poverty with Climate Change

The World Bank called for urgent action on climate change on Sunday after it released a report that examined the economic, ecological and human impacts that a 7.2°F rise in global temperature would have on the world’s population… Read More

Scientists Eat Crow on Geoengineering Test. Me, Too

Scientists Eat Crow on Geoengineering Test. Me, Too

Scientists (presumably including Keith) were outraged that such a thing could happen. It’s not that they have anything against algae, but rather that the project was a type of geoengineering — a suite of anti-climate-change strategies that are highly controversial because they have the potential for triggering significant unintended consequences.… Read More

Image of the Day: An Amur Tiger Cub, Safe for Now

Image of the Day: An Amur Tiger Cub, Safe for Now

A female Amur tiger licks her cub at the Royev Ruchey zoo in Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. The Amur tiger is the largest cat in the world, reports the Huffington Post, and until the early 20th Century, when habitat loss from human invasion and poaching drove the cats to near extinction, they lived across China, Korea, and Russia. But the … Read More

Image of the Day: A Turtle’s Reaction to Climate Change

Image of the Day: A Turtle’s Reaction to Climate Change

When most of us think of sea turtles and the human-related threats they face, entanglement in fishing gear often comes to mind. And though that may be one of the larger threats the endangered species face, climate change is another that research shows should not be ignored. The reason for this, says Environment News Service (ENS), is temperature… Read More

Like Ozone Layer, Holes in Study on Thunderstorms

Like Ozone Layer, Holes in Study on Thunderstorms

Scientists know plenty about how Earth’s climate works, and greenhouse-gas pollution is messing with sea level, weather patterns, and more. There’s also plenty they don’t know yet — how global warming might affect tornadoes, for example, or how quickly the massive ice caps on Greenland and Antarctica could slide into the oceans. But there are … Read More

Trust Us, Photo is Real; And So Is Toll From Red Sludge

Trust Us, Photo is Real; And So Is Toll From Red Sludge

Spanish photographer, Palíndromo Mészáros, documents a Hungarian forest discolored by caustic waste. In October 2010, a reservoir at an aluminum oxide refinery in Western Hungary broke open, releasing 185 million gallons of corrosive red sludge, a waste product of the aluminum oxide refining process. The disaster killed nine and injured more than … Read More