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Species on the Move Present a Conservation Challenge

Species on the Move Present a Conservation Challenge

The American redstart has an enviable calendar. The tiny songbird spends its winters in Central and South America, then beats the sweltering heat of tropical summers by flying north to breed. For scientists, the globe-trotting habits of migratory species like the redstart pose an immense challenge: As the climate warms, how do you protect a… Read More

Waste Heat From Cities May Be Altering Weather Patterns

Waste Heat From Cities May Be Altering Weather Patterns

The heat that leaks directly into the environment from hot exhaust pipes, boilers and chimneys has also contributed to temperature increases in some places, according to a study published Sunday in Nature Climate Change, especially in winter— not directly, but rather because the waste heat may be altering the flow of the jet stream, and thus the wa… Read More

Politicians Urged to Unite on Climate Change Laws

Politicians Urged to Unite on Climate Change Laws

A Harvard professor is challenging America's environmental leaders to learn from their failures on climate change. Theda Skocpol accused Washington environmentalists in a research paper of grossly under-estimating the resistance to any environmental measures from Republicans in Congress and the conservative Tea Party movement. That miscalculation … Read More

Thousands of Crocodiles on the Loose After Floods

Thousands of Crocodiles on the Loose After Floods

Thousands of crocodiles are on the loose in South Africa after heavy rains and flooding forced a tourist attraction to open its gates, according to a newspaper report. Around 15,000 crocodiles made the great escape from the Rakwena crocodile farm near the border with Botswana on Sunday, according to the newspaper Beeld. Although "a few thousand" h… Read More

CO2 Emissions Expected to Rise Significantly by 2030

CO2 Emissions Expected to Rise Significantly by 2030

Warnings that the world is headed for "peak oil" – when oil supplies decline after reaching the highest rates of extraction – appear "increasingly groundless," BP's chief executive said.… Read More

Low Snowfall Raises Concerns About Drought Recovery

Low Snowfall Raises Concerns About Drought Recovery

The total extent of the persistent national drought receded slightly during the past week, but in many places, conditions look no better now than they did when winter began. In particular, thin snow cover in some Western states is raising concerns that the drought’s impacts in some of the hardest-hit regions will only get worse when temperatures… Read More

Risks of Hurricane Sandy-like Surge Events Rising

Risks of Hurricane Sandy-like Surge Events Rising

Timothy M. Hall, a climate scientist at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York, and Adam Sobel, a researcher at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Observatory, set out to investigate how common Hurricane Sandy’s impact angle was under static climate conditions. Given that global average temperatures are rising, their findings supp… Read More

Nuclear Snow? Power Plant Yields Snow in Pennsylvania

Nuclear Snow? Power Plant Yields Snow in Pennsylvania

You've probably heard of lake-effect snow and ocean-effect snow, but now you should add "nuclear snow" to the list of strange winter weather phenomena. As the Midwest and East shivers under a bitterly cold air mass, waste heat given off from the Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Plant near Shippingport generated a narrow band of snow. Up to an inch of sn… Read More