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‘Oldest Living Things in the World’ Tell a Tale of Climate

‘Oldest Living Things in the World’ Tell a Tale of Climate

The spindly trunk of a Norway spruce reaches above the lichen-covered rocks. Nothing about the tree is remarkable aside from it being the only thing to reach more than a foot feet off the ground on a windswept plateau. Yet Rachel Sussman traveled the roughly 3,500 miles from her Brooklyn studio to western Sweden to photograph it. Its age is what d… Read More

New Ozone-Destroying Gases Found in the Atmosphere

New Ozone-Destroying Gases Found in the Atmosphere

Dozens of mysterious ozone-destroying chemicals may be undermining the recovery of the giant ozone hole over Antarctica, researchers have revealed. The chemicals, which are also extremely potent greenhouse gases, may be leaking from industrial plants or being used illegally, contravening the Montreal protocol which began banning the ozone destroye… Read More

China’s Toxic Air Pollution Resembles Nuclear Winter

China’s Toxic Air Pollution Resembles Nuclear Winter

Chinese scientists have warned that the country's toxic air pollution is now so bad that it resembles a nuclear winter, slowing photosynthesis in plants – and potentially wreaking havoc on the country's food supply. Beijing and broad swaths of six northern provinces have spent the past week blanketed in a dense pea-soup smog that is not expected t… Read More

Short on Ocean Data, Scientists Turn to Seals for Help

Short on Ocean Data, Scientists Turn to Seals for Help

Despite being a crucial driver of the world’s ocean circulation patterns, the Southern Ocean is the ocean that researchers know the least about. The vast body of water begins off the southern tip of South America and Africa and rings the frozen expanse of Antarctica, and has some of the most tumultuous weather of any spot on Earth.… Read More

Scientists Warn Planet Likely to Warm at Least 4ºC by 2100

Scientists Warn Planet Likely to Warm at Least 4ºC by 2100

Temperature rises resulting from unchecked climate change will be at the severe end of those projected, according to a new scientific study. The scientist leading the research said that unless emissions of greenhouse gases were cut, the planet would heat up by a minimum of 4ºC (39.2ºF) by 2100, twice the level the world's governments deem dangerou… Read More

Rich Marine Life in Antarctic Fjord Is Puzzling Scientists

Rich Marine Life in Antarctic Fjord Is Puzzling Scientists

– Arctic fjords are poor places, low in marine life and muddied by glacial melt water. In the southern ocean, where everything is upside down, it’s a different story. Scientists from the University of Hawaii report that they found unexpected riches deep in the fjords of the Antarctic Peninsula. The Peninsula is one of the fastest-warming places on… Read More

Six Degrees: Cold is Trending, Xaver & Climate Impacts

Six Degrees: Cold is Trending, Xaver & Climate Impacts

This week's top stories tackle a cold trend, windstorm Xavier, the arctic blast and climate shifts.… Read More

Ozone Hole Could Be on the Mend

Ozone Hole Could Be on the Mend

Every spring in Antarctica brings conditions that favor the creation of the ozone hole. This year’s hole maxed out earlier this week, and while it’s smaller than in recent years, scientists say it’s too early to call it a recovery. Irina Petropavlovskikh, an ozone researcher at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences in Bo… Read More