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How Scientists Unraveled the El Nino Mystery

How Scientists Unraveled the El Nino Mystery

It was January 1997, and the Pacific was turning pink. The color was spreading from deep beneath the surface, starting near New Guinea and creeping east toward the coast of Peru—a distance of nearly 11,000 kilometers. On the map, it seemed as though the patch might come to encompass the entire ocean, growing and rising, expanding at the surface … Read More

6 Degrees: Warming Rates, Robots, Heating Costs & More

6 Degrees: Warming Rates, Robots, Heating Costs & More

From warming rates to robotic floats, stay current on climate with the top news of the week. … Read More

The End and Beginning of the Arctic

The End and Beginning of the Arctic

In the winter of 2013–14, hundreds of milk-white birds with luminous yellow eyes and wingspans of up to 5 feet descended on beaches, farmers’ fields, city parks and airport runways throughout southern Canada and the United States. Traditionally, snowy owls spend most of their time in the Arctic and subarctic regions. But every four years or so … Read More

How Winters Are Changing Throughout the U.S.

How Winters Are Changing Throughout the U.S.

You may be waiting until December 21 to celebrate winter but if you’re meteorologically oriented, now is the time to break out the hot chocolate and ugly sweaters. Meteorological winter officially kicked off this week with a bang in California, providing some much-needed rain to start the wet season there. And over the next 6-10 days, the majority … Read More

Low Oil Prices May Bode Ill For Climate

Low Oil Prices May Bode Ill For Climate

Oil prices are continuing their sub-$70-per-barrel dive, and the volatile oil prices expected to follow are likely to provide a bumpy road for efforts to reduce fossil fuel consumption and encourage people to embrace fuel efficiency.… Read More

Heat Turbocharged California’s Epic Drought

Heat Turbocharged California’s Epic Drought

A pair of researchers compared California's three-year drought with those that have struck during the past 1,200 years. They found dozens of instances of similar or worse rain shortfalls, often lasting longer than the current one. But none of those droughts left the state as dry as it has been this year.… Read More

Warm Water Invasion Is Fueling Striking Antarctic Ice Melt

Warm Water Invasion Is Fueling Striking Antarctic Ice Melt

The tongues of ice that stick out from and help to buttress the frozen expanse of Antarctica are increasingly under assault from warm ocean waters invading from below, potentially impact global sea level rise a new study says. That warm water intrusion eats away at the parts of Antarctica’s glaciers that flow into and float atop coastal waters.… Read More

‘Nuff Said: CO2 Emissions Plan Moves to Next Step

‘Nuff Said: CO2 Emissions Plan Moves to Next Step

The EPA's Clean Power Plan, which aims to slash CO2 from existing power plants, moves to the next step of approval now that the public comment period has passed. More than 1.6 million people submitted comments. The plan is slated to be finalized in June.… Read More