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Antarctic Surface Melt More Widespread Than Thought

Antarctic Surface Melt More Widespread Than Thought

Since the days of the great early 20th century polar explorers, scientists have noticed the unbelievably bright blue ponds and streams of meltwater that can form on the glaciers and ice shelves of Antarctica and were even crucial to the recent collapse of one ice shelf. While most research into Antarctic ice melt has concentrated on the impacts of… Read More

This Graphic Puts Global Warming in Full Perspective

This Graphic Puts Global Warming in Full Perspective

To say the world is having a streak like no other is an understatement. Global warming has made cold scarce on a planetary scale. This March clocked in as the second warmest March on record when compared to the 20th century average, according to newly released data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. NASA data published last … Read More

Harvard Scientists Taking Geoengineering Into the Field

Harvard Scientists Taking Geoengineering Into the Field

Geoengineering has been a topic on the fringe of climate discussions for more than a decade, but it’s been edging ever closer to the mainstream as carbon pollution rises. It’s slated to take a step closer still later this year, with a group of Harvard scientists planning a small scale experiment. Their test will redirect the sun’s rays back into s… Read More

Scientists: Get Used to Wildfires in a Warming World

Scientists: Get Used to Wildfires in a Warming World

Communities across the Western U.S. and Canada may have to adapt to living with the ever-increasing threat of catastrophic wildfires as global warming heats up and dries out forests across the West, according to a University of Colorado study published Monday. Residents living in neighborhoods adjacent to forests — known as “wildland-urban … Read More

Op-Ed: A View From the Top: The Growing Role of Scientists

Op-Ed: A View From the Top: The Growing Role of Scientists

The “March for Science” planned for April 22 in Washington has become a moment when science recognizes it must reclaim its rightful seat as protector of objective truth. … Read More

Warming-Driven Glacier Melt Leads to ‘River Piracy’

Warming-Driven Glacier Melt Leads to ‘River Piracy’

In the summer of 2016, the global warming-induced retreat of Kaskawulsh Glacier — one of the largest glaciers in Canada — altered the flow of its meltwater so substantially that it killed off one river and shunted its waters over to another, an abrupt geological act known as river piracy. A team of researchers were serendipitously on hand to… Read More

Rich Countries Urged to Honor Climate Pledges

Rich Countries Urged to Honor Climate Pledges

China, Brazil, India and South Africa have urged industrialized countries to honor financial commitments made in Paris in 2015 to help developing countries fight against global climate change, they said in a statement. Following a meeting in Beijing, climate change ministers from the "BASIC" bloc of four major emerging economies called on rich … Read More

Loss of Coral Reefs Could Cost $1 Trillion Globally

Loss of Coral Reefs Could Cost $1 Trillion Globally

The loss of coral reefs caused by rising sea temperatures could cost $1 trillion globally, a report from Australia’s Climate Council has projected, with the loss of Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef alone costing that region 1 million visitors a year, imperilling 10,000 jobs and draining $1 billion from the economy. The longest global coral … Read More