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Obama Orders Rising Seas Built In to Building Standards

Obama Orders Rising Seas Built In to Building Standards

Flood risk from sea level rise brought about by climate change will have to be factored into the building standards of any new and rebuilt federally funded construction project, including those built by local governments receiving federal money, according to an executive order President Obama issued Friday. … Read More

NASA’s $1 Billion Soil Moisture Mission Ready For Lift Off

NASA’s $1 Billion Soil Moisture Mission Ready For Lift Off

NASA is spending nearly $1 billion on a new satellite, scheduled to be blasted into space over the weekend, following nearly a decade of work and two launch delays, that will help scientists measure moisture levels in the top two inches of the world’s soils. A couple inches of loam or humus could sound like much ado about nothing. But to the earth… Read More

Thunderstorms Helping Bring Ozone Down to Earth

Thunderstorms Helping Bring Ozone Down to Earth

Ozone is a bit of a shape-shifting chemical. High in the stratosphere, ozone acts as an ultraviolet-blocking shield around Earth (which is why the ozone hole is such a problem). At ground level, it’s a pollutant that can cause serious respiratory problems. And if it finds its way into the troposphere — the lowest level of the atmosphere — ozone ser… Read More

16 Images to Illustrate the Blizzard of 2015

16 Images to Illustrate the Blizzard of 2015

New Yorkers hoping to wake up to a winter wonderland will have to content themselves with trawling Instagram pictures from New England. The blizzard of 2015 — or really the #blizzardof2015 if we're doing this right — brought less snow than expected to New York and a number of points south. But to the east on Long Island and north throughout New Eng… Read More

Warming Ups Odds of Extreme La Niñas, Wild Weather

Warming Ups Odds of Extreme La Niñas, Wild Weather

La Niña events can drive weather patterns wild around the globe from helping exacerbate drought in West Africa and increase rainfall in areas as diverse as South Asia and the Pacific Northwest The more extreme the La Niña, which is characterized by a cooling of waters in the tropical Pacific, generally the more pronounced the impacts can be. New r… Read More

Cold Nights Are Decreasing Across the U.S.

Cold Nights Are Decreasing Across the U.S.

It’s easy to think of global warming as something that happens at a steady pace everywhere in the world. But that’s not the full story. It’s true that the global average temperature has been rising overall since modern record-keeping began, and it’s true that 2014 was the hottest year on record, but the rise hasn’t been perfectly steady. Each year … Read More

The Method to Our 1-in-27 Million Madness

The Method to Our 1-in-27 Million Madness

By now, you've probably heard that 2014 was the warmest year on record. You may have also heard that 13 of the 15 hottest years occurred in the last 15 years, which has pretty darn low odds of occurring. We calculated just how low the odds are (and illustrated them with a video) and have had some questions about the methodology so here's the inside… Read More

Climate Change Moves the Doomsday Clock

Climate Change Moves the Doomsday Clock

The end of civilization as we know it just got a little closer. According to an update to the Doomsday Clock, the world is now three minutes from midnight and one of the big reasons is the failure to reduce greenhouse emissions even in the face of climate change. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists maintains the clock and resets the hands every … Read More