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Arctic’s Boreal Forests Burning At ‘Unprecedented’ Rate

Arctic’s Boreal Forests Burning At ‘Unprecedented’ Rate

Wildfire activity in the boreal forest biome, which is also known as taiga, plays a crucial role in the globe’s carbon budget, since these forests represent almost 10 percent of the planet’s land surface and contain more than 30 percent of the planet’s terrestrial carbon stocks. Globally, the boreal forest covers 6.41 million square miles, forming … Read More

In Rapidly Changing Arctic, U.S. Playing Game of Catch-Up

In Rapidly Changing Arctic, U.S. Playing Game of Catch-Up

At a meeting on the impacts of an ice-diminishing Arctic on maritime operations, held in Washington this week, top U.S. Arctic officials at the Coast Guard, Navy, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and other agencies acknowledged that the U.S. still lags behind several other nations in its capabilities for operating in the … Read More

Sea Levels Set for Continuing Rise in a Warming World

Sea Levels Set for Continuing Rise in a Warming World

Sea level rise may be slow to show its hand but once it really starts, researchers say, it will keep going for centuries, with baleful effects. For each degree by which the Earth warms, they believe, sea levels will probably rise by over two meters. Some recent research has suggested that the future rate of sea level rise may not be as fast as ...… Read More

More Storms, More Heat, More Extremes Says WMO

More Storms, More Heat, More Extremes Says WMO

If you think the world is warming and the weather getting nastier, you’re right, according to the United Nations agency committed to understanding weather and climate. The World Meteorological Organization says the planet “experienced unprecedented high-impact climate extremes” in the 10 years from 2001 to 2010, the warmest decade since the start … Read More

The Name of the Game: Hot, Dry, and Warming

The Name of the Game: Hot, Dry, and Warming

As these images illustrate, it's a hot, dry tale for our planet these days, with the future not offering much relief.… Read More

Rowboat Expedition to Arctic to Highlight Climate Change

Rowboat Expedition to Arctic to Highlight Climate Change

The Irish-Canadian team setting out next week to cross the Northwest Passage by row boat knows full well the hazards of the fabled journey through the Arctic: the unpredictable storms, the ice jams, the prospect of becoming prey for a polar bear. "They are the only animal out there that will actively hunt down a human being," said Kevin Vallely, a… Read More

From Rivers to Airports to Ice, Water Takes Center Stage

From Rivers to Airports to Ice, Water Takes Center Stage

From ice to rivers to flooding, water dominates the stage in a slideshow of the week's top climate news. … Read More

Record 2012 Greenland Melt Challenges Climate Models

Record 2012 Greenland Melt Challenges Climate Models

A weather pattern that may have become more common in recent years was largely responsible for causing last summer’s record melt in Greenland, according to a new study. The research, published this week in the International Journal of Climatology, found that a giant protective dome of high pressure established itself above Greenland throughout the … Read More