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How Will We Know if 2010 Was the Warmest Year on Record?

How Will We Know if 2010 Was the Warmest Year on Record?

Gavin Schmidt, a scientist with the NASA-GISS team, argues that even though they differ somewhat, the independent assessments of Earth’s temperature trends “are exactly what is needed to reassure people. The differences reflect real uncertainties."… Read More

A 25-Year-Old Prediction of Water Scarcity in the Southwest Holds True, Study Finds

A 25-Year-Old Prediction of Water Scarcity in the Southwest Holds True, Study Finds

The already limited water resources in the Southwest have been further stressed over the past decade, during which a persistent drought has affected the region. In October 2010, Lake Mead in Nevada reached a record low level.… Read More

Top Ten Climate Events of 2010

Top Ten Climate Events of 2010

Climate Central’s scientists, working in consultation with outside experts, have compiled our first annual “Top 10 Climate Events list based on the events that had the greatest impacts, and which stood out most in the historical record.… Read More

Clean Air Laws Helped California Reduce Key Player in Global Warming, Study Says

Clean Air Laws Helped California Reduce Key Player in Global Warming, Study Says

Black carbon, more commonly referred to as soot, is an atmospheric particulate that scientists have shown to be a significant contributor to global warming.… Read More

Tidal Energy Tests the Waters

Tidal Energy Tests the Waters

The Puget Sound initiative is the first to be launched by a public utility in the Pacific Northwest. Tidal energy has made headway in recent years in Europe and Canada, and it is attracting growing interest inside the United States.… Read More

Got A Computer? Do Some Climate Science

Got A Computer? Do Some Climate Science

“Statisticians are usually happy with 30 runs through a model, says Philip Mote, a climate scientist from Oregon State University now collaborating with the international team, headed by researchers at Oxford University… Read More

Feds Understate the Cost of Climate Disruption, Critics Contend

Feds Understate the Cost of Climate Disruption, Critics Contend

A multi-agency effort to nail down the social cost of carbon emissions ignores wrenching climate impacts such as ocean acidification and makes efforts to curb emissions seem disproportionately expensive, economists say.… Read More

How La Niña May Affect Your Ski Vacation

How La Niña May Affect Your Ski Vacation

According to Whistler Blackcomb’s Breton Murphy, La Niña typically adds about 40 additional inches of snow to the mountain’s average annual total of 33.6 feet.… Read More