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The Year’s 7 Most Telling Images From Space

The Year’s 7 Most Telling Images From Space

What’s better than a year-end list? A year-end list . . . from space. As of July this year, there are 1,235 satellites in operation by countries around the world tracking everything from carbon dioxide to the weather. Throw in the International Space Station and you’ve got one heck of an Earth-observing system circling this fair planet. The image… Read More

Cheap Gas May Not Mean More Driving This Winter

Cheap Gas May Not Mean More Driving This Winter

Whether low prices at the pump, thanks in part to tumbling crude oil prices, lure you onto the freeway this winter, they may not translate to more people driving or more gasoline consumption nationwide, according to a new U.S. Energy Information Administration report.… Read More

What Holiday Lights Look Like To NASA

What Holiday Lights Look Like To NASA

American urban cores shine 20 to 30 percent more brightly during the holiday period than is the case during other times of the year. In American suburbs, meanwhile, “we consistently see” increases of outdoor lighting of 30 to 50 percent.… Read More

Woods Placky Talks Hottest Year with Al Jazeera

Woods Placky Talks Hottest Year with Al Jazeera

With just a week left eight days left in the year, it seems like a foregone conclusion that this will be the hottest year on record according to a number of meteorological agencies in the U.S. and abroad. Yet one group at the University of Alabama-Huntsville is reporting that this year will be the third warmest on record according to satellite data… Read More

You Should Watch This Space Time-lapse Right Now

You Should Watch This Space Time-lapse Right Now

If you're a fan of epic ultra high definition time-lapse videos from space — and really who isn't — then you'll be happy to know that Christmas arrived early. The European Space Agency has stiched together more than five months of astronaut Alexander Gerst's time-lapse photography from the International Space Station and made it into a s… Read More

Dreaming of a White Christmas? Check This Map

Dreaming of a White Christmas? Check This Map

December 25th is just around the corner, and you might be dreaming of a white Christmas. Depending on where you live, your dreams might be realistic — or they might be completely farfetched. Luckily the kind folks at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have created a handy map that can make or break your dreams. It shows the… Read More

Clues in Coral Hint at Looming Temperature Spike

Clues in Coral Hint at Looming Temperature Spike

Chemical clues in skeletons produced by coral growing at Kiribati contain a newly discovered warning. They caution of a global climate system that’s capable of drawing decades’ worth of hoarded heat out of the Pacific Ocean, and belching it back into the atmosphere. A cryptic chemical weather log kept by Tarawa Atoll’s stony coral in the tropical … Read More

NY Fracking Ban Divides Experts on Climate Impacts

NY Fracking Ban Divides Experts on Climate Impacts

New York, Quebec and New Brunswick have banned or restricted fracking mainly for public health reasons. But experts agree one of the broader ramifications of this week’s actions may be on the climate.… Read More