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Polar Bear Numbers to Fall as Arctic Ice Shrinks

Polar Bear Numbers to Fall as Arctic Ice Shrinks

Polar bear populations are likely to fall by more than 30 percent by around mid-century as global warming thaws Arctic sea ice, according to experts who have conducted the most detailed review of the predators to date. The report, by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), estimated there are between 22,000 and 31,000 polar … Read More

This is Why Scientists Have Hope For the Climate

This is Why Scientists Have Hope For the Climate

There’s no getting around the fact that climate change is a bummer. The planet is warming, ice is melting, oceans are acidifying and, well, you get the point. While the bad news is important to know what we’re getting into with this whole climate change thing, it’s also worth remembering there’s reason for hope. This year the world finally came … Read More

With CO2 Boost, Marshes Can Rise to Meet Flood Risks

With CO2 Boost, Marshes Can Rise to Meet Flood Risks

New research suggests that rising levels of heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the atmosphere could help communities of marsh plants grow quickly enough to keep up with changes that would otherwise inundate them. “The fertilization effect from increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere definitely enhances marsh-plant biomass functioning,” said Kather… Read More

What Happened to the Polar Vortex?

What Happened to the Polar Vortex?

It has been ridiculously warm across the eastern half of the country this month, with many spots likely to see their warmest December on record. New York City may reach as high as 72°F on Christmas Eve. Washington D.C. is forecast to reach the mid-70s, and Miami the mid-80s. One of the factors behind this decidedly un-Christmas-like weather is a… Read More

More Than 50,000 Wind Turbines Now Twirl Across U.S.

More Than 50,000 Wind Turbines Now Twirl Across U.S.

Wind power in the U.S. grew to 70 gigawatts of electric power generating capacity spread across 50,000 wind turbines in November — enough renewable energy to power 19 million homes, the American Wind Energy Association announced Monday. Renewable energy, including wind and solar, are major parts of the federal government’s plan to cut greenhouse … Read More

Florida’s Record Warm 2015 an Outlier in U.S. East

Florida’s Record Warm 2015 an Outlier in U.S. East

Florida stuck out like a sore thumb on U.S. temperature maps this year, the lone bright orange spot in the sea of blue that dominated the eastern half of the country for most of the year. And after particularly sultry November weather that has bled into December, it is likely to see its hottest year on record — the only state east of the… Read More

North Carolina, Georgia Growing New Crop of Solar Farms

North Carolina, Georgia Growing New Crop of Solar Farms

Though most utility-scale solar power is produced in California and Arizona, large solar power installations are catching on quickly in North Carolina and Georgia. There, utility scale solar will have grown from nearly nothing five years ago to more than 3,000 megawatts of solar power capacity by the end of 2016, according to a new report.… Read More

El Niño Could Usher in a Decade of Stronger Events

El Niño Could Usher in a Decade of Stronger Events

In Buffalo, early December meant breaking a 116-year-old record for a lack of snow. In Duluth, Minn., a newspaper reported that the temperature was 40 degrees above zero, not below. And in Miami, beachgoers stayed indoors during what had become the third-wettest December in local history, just eight days into the month. What's going on with the … Read More