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NOAA Forms Hurricane Sandy Review Team, Again

NOAA Forms Hurricane Sandy Review Team, Again

After aborting its initial attempt, NOAA formed a panel to examine the NWS's performance during Hurricane Sandy.… Read More

IPCC Predictions: Then Versus Now

IPCC Predictions: Then Versus Now

Scientists will tell you: There are no perfect computer models. All are incomplete representations of nature, with uncertainty built into them. But one thing is certain: Several fundamental projections found in Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports have consistently underestimated real-world observations, potentially leaving world gover… Read More

Warming May Bring More ‘Black Swan’ Storm Surges

Warming May Bring More ‘Black Swan’ Storm Surges

Hurricane Sandy offered a grim reminder of how vulnerable coastal cities, such as New York, are in the face of rare, powerful storms. As sea levels rise in response to global warming, this vulnerability is likely to increase, leaving officials across the U.S. and around the world to grapple with increasingly urgent questions regarding how to adapt … Read More

Report: IPCC Underestimates Climate Risks

Report: IPCC Underestimates Climate Risks

This conservative bias, say some scientists, could have significant political implications, as reports from the group – the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – influence policy and planning decisions worldwide, from national governments down to local town councils.… Read More

Climate Change Will Mean More Malnourished Children

Climate Change Will Mean More Malnourished Children

Food prices will more than double and the number of malnourished children spiral if climate change is not checked and developing countries are not helped to adapt their farming, food and water experts warned on Tuesday at the UN climate talks in Doha. As the UK energy secretary, Ed Davey, and ministers from 194 countriesarrived for the high-level … Read More

Colombia’s Cloud Forests Besieged by Climate Change

Colombia’s Cloud Forests Besieged by Climate Change

Five hours by truck and mule from the nearest town, a rumbling generator cuts through the silent night to power large spotlights as botanists crouch and kneel on large blue tarps spread across a cow pasture. It's nearly midnight, and the team works urgently to describe every detail of the dozens of colorful orchids, ferns and other exotic plants th… Read More

Changing Colombian Andes Pose Risk for Millions

Changing Colombian Andes Pose Risk for Millions

Páramos resemble a sort of alpine archipelago, each a link in the chain of distinct island ecosystems that have evolved in isolation to produce plants found nowhere else on the planet. They play a crucial role in maintaining a reliable water supply for millions of people in major cities like Bogotá and Medellín. And along with the forests below, th… Read More

Arctic Wildfires Speed Melting of Greenland Ice: Study

Arctic Wildfires Speed Melting of Greenland Ice: Study

Wildfire smoke contains dark-colored soot and other particles which, when deposited onto the Greenland ice sheet, cause the ice and snow surfaces to darken and absorb more incoming solar radiation, and therefore melt more readily. Box said that wildfire smoke may be responsible for a dramatic expansion in the portion of Greenland that experiences m… Read More