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The Arctic is a Seriously Weird Place Right Now

The Arctic is a Seriously Weird Place Right Now

The sun set on the North Pole more than a month ago, not to rise again until spring. Usually that serves as a cue for sea ice to spread its frozen tentacles across the Arctic Ocean. But in the depths of the polar night, a strange thing started to happen in mid-October. Sea ice growth slowed to a crawl and even started shrinking for a bit. Intense … Read More

U.S. Record Highs Will Far Outpace Lows With Warming

U.S. Record Highs Will Far Outpace Lows With Warming

Over the first decade of this century, record high daily temperatures in the U.S. were registered twice as often as record lows, a clear sign of global warming. If emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases continue on their current track, that ratio could become even more skewed, potentially reaching 15-to-1 by midcentury, a new study finds. The… Read More

Sticking to 1.5°C Limit Would Protect World Economy

Sticking to 1.5°C Limit Would Protect World Economy

Limiting global temperature rise to 1.5°C, a goal of the Paris Agreement on climate change, would avoid economic losses by 2050 of $12 trillion, or around 10 percent of the world's GDP, compared to staying on the current track of at least 3°C of warming, the U.N. Development Programme said. Sticking to the 1.5°C limit … Read More

Trump Could Ignite ‘Dramatic’ Reversal on Clean Energy

Trump Could Ignite ‘Dramatic’ Reversal on Clean Energy

A huge shift to clean energy is under way in the U.S. but the election of Donald Trump as president means progress could be reversed unless cities and states do more, energy experts have warned. Installed wind capacity has grown by more than 40 percent in the U.S. since 2011, according to the Georgetown Climate Center, with solar capacity … Read More

Scientists Take Big Step Toward Safely Burying CO2

Scientists Take Big Step Toward Safely Burying CO2

For the first time, scientists have injected carbon dioxide into ancient lava flows and watched it solidify, demonstrating that capturing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere or a power plant smokestack and safely storing it underground may be a realistic way to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions to tackle climate change.… Read More

Young Climate Researchers Are Facing a Trump Reality

Young Climate Researchers Are Facing a Trump Reality

For those just entering the climate field or graduating soon, President-elect Donald Trump’s choices on funding and policy will set the tone for their careers. His budget decisions will dictate priorities, raising the profile of some aspects of research while chilling other areas. It’s not just a question of science policy choices. Trump’s … Read More

Supermoon Floods Warn of Crisis Facing Trump, U.S.

Supermoon Floods Warn of Crisis Facing Trump, U.S.

Donald Trump is preparing to lead America during a perilous period for the 130 million residents of its coastal counties. High tides linked to the full moon since the weekend caused minor flooding from Florida to New England, underscoring the need for improved coastal infrastructure at a time of faster rising seas. “We do see some pretty high tides… Read More

The March Continues for 2016 to be Record Hot

The March Continues for 2016 to be Record Hot

Global temperatures have begun to retreat from their El Niño-fueled peak earlier in the year, but the excess heat trapped by greenhouse gases is keeping them well above average and 2016 is likely to become the hottest year on record. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its temperature data through the end of October on… Read More