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Right Whales Go Wrong Way; Is Climate A Factor?

Right Whales Go Wrong Way; Is Climate A Factor?

A mystery is unfolding in the waters of the North Atlantic. Every summer and autumn, numbers of North Atlantic right whales gather in the waters between the eastern Canadian provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia to feed on massive amounts of zooplankton. But this year the right whales – one of the rarest and most endangered animals on earth… Read More

New Map Shows Where White Christmas Odds are Highest

New Map Shows Where White Christmas Odds are Highest

If you’re looking to celebrate a white Christmas, play the odds and head to Duluth, Minn. according to a map published by the National Climatic Data Center. A snowstorm this weekend is likely to keep Duluth along with a large portion of the Upper Midwest on track for snow on the ground when presents are opened. While Duluth is the city with the hi… Read More

Fossil Fuel Investments Face Major Risks Due to Climate

Fossil Fuel Investments Face Major Risks Due to Climate

The Asset Owners Disclosure Project (AODP) asked the world’s thousand largest asset owners what they were doing to guard against the possibility that their investments in fossil fuels could, in future, become worthless. Together, the owners manage more than $70 trillion of funds. The Project found that only 27 of the 460 investment funds replying … Read More

Still Uncertain: Climate Change’s Role in Drought

Still Uncertain: Climate Change’s Role in Drought

A new analysis from the National Center for Atmospheric Research says there are still many uncertainties about how climate change is affecting drought globally.… Read More

Fracking May Make Texas Power Supply Drought Resistant

Fracking May Make Texas Power Supply Drought Resistant

A new University of Texas-Austin study shows that producing electricity from natural gas saves much more water than producing power from coal, even accounting for water lost in fracking for shale gas. In other words, fracking for natural gas used to produce electricity may make Texas more drought-resistant as the state shifts from coal power genera… Read More

In U.S., Winters Warming but Precipitation More Nuanced

In U.S., Winters Warming but Precipitation More Nuanced

The Winter Solstice arrives on Saturday, marking a headlong plunge into winter. Looking at the past 42 years of data shows that almost the entirety of the Lower 48 has warmed over the season. Precipitation trends show more regional differences, though. Winter begins in the meteorological sense on December 1 and runs through February. Since 1970, … Read More

Toasty November Vaults 2013 Into Top 5 Warmest Years

Toasty November Vaults 2013 Into Top 5 Warmest Years

According to NOAA, the November warmth catapulted the year-to-date from the 7th-warmest on record, which is where it stood as of the end of October, to being tied with 2002 for the fourth-warmest year on record. This puts 2013 on track to be the warmest year on record without an El Niño event, depending on where December temperatures end up.… Read More

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow: U.S. Sets Benchmark

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow: U.S. Sets Benchmark

But while the U.S. has shivered through the start to winter, the rest of the world was unusually mild during November. According to NASA, November was the warmest such month on record worldwide since reliable instrument temperature data began being collected in 1880. The top 10 warmest Novembers in NASA’s dataset have each occurred since 2001.… Read More