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Early vs. Late Snowmelt

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Early vs. Late Snowmelt

Satellite-derived images comparing the first full week of April in years with early (2002) vs. late (2008) snowmelt.

Acres Burned in Washington

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Acres Burned in Washington

Wildfires in Washington State have increased significantly in recent years, a shift that appears linked to climate change.

Tripod Fire Satellite View

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Tripod Fire Satellite View

The August 2006 Tripod Complex Fire burned some 180,000 acres of beetle-damaged forest in central Washington State.

Arctic Sea Ice: Heat Shield

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Arctic Sea Ice: Heat Shield

Arctic sea ice acts like a heat shield, reflecting most of the sun’s energy. As the ice has melted back, it reflects less, and the planet is absorbing more heat.

Nationwide: August Days over 95 Degrees

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Nationwide: August Days over 95 Degrees

Present vs. projected August days over 95 degrees Fahrenheit

Nationwide: August Days over 90 Degrees

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Nationwide: August Days over 90 Degrees

Present vs. projected August days over 90 degrees Fahrenheit

CO2 Injection

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CO2 Injection

CO2 captured from coal-fired electric power plants may be injected for storage into porous layers of rock and sand deep underground.

CO2 Capture

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CO2 Capture

In coal-burning power plants, CO2 can be captured for transport to storage sites.