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Launch Nears for NASA’s New CO2-Measuring Satellite

Launch Nears for NASA’s New CO2-Measuring Satellite

Since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution to the end of the 20th century, humans put some 300 to 600 billion tons of carbon into the Earth’s atmosphere from the emission of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. Only about 200 billion tons of carbon has stayed in the atmosphere, warming it up by trapping heat — the rest has been taken up… Read More

First Tropical Storm Looms, As Does a Wet July 4th

First Tropical Storm Looms, As Does a Wet July 4th

It might not look like much now, but a messy storm system off the coast of Florida could put a damper on Fourth of July festivities along the East Coast if it pulls itself together to form the first tropical storm of the Atlantic hurricane season. Right now the system is just a loose collection of thunderstorms known as a tropical wave, a precurso… Read More

Basis for EPA Clean Power Plan Cuts a ‘Mystery’

Basis for EPA Clean Power Plan Cuts a ‘Mystery’

The nation’s biggest CO2 emitter won’t need to make the biggest cuts in existing power plant CO2 emissions, according to the Clean Power Plan’s goals proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.… Read More

New CO2 Milestone: 3 Months Above 400 PPM

New CO2 Milestone: 3 Months Above 400 PPM

April fell first. It lasted through May. Now June will be the third month in a row with average carbon dioxide levels above 400 parts per million. Atmospheric concentrations of the greenhouse gas, which helps drive global warming, haven’t been this high in somewhere between 800,000 and 15 million years. And while the 400 ppm mark is somewhat… Read More

Map Shows When Summer Heat Peaks in Your Town

Map Shows When Summer Heat Peaks in Your Town

If you live in the Northeast, the hottest day of the year is likely still to come. However, Tucsonians (Tucsonites?), rejoice! Peak heat is likely behind you according to a new map released by the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC). With the passing of the summer solstice, the days are now getting shorter in the northern hemisphere. But the dog … Read More

Downpour Floods City Ahead of U.S. World Cup Match

Downpour Floods City Ahead of U.S. World Cup Match

Torrential rains drenched Recife, Brazil, site of Thursday's crucial World Cup match between the U.S. and Germany. According to Brazil's meteorological service, 3.4 inches of rain have fallen in Recife, a city of 3.7 million, since this morning. The Washington Post reports that 2.9 inches of that had fallen as of 9 a.m. The rain quickly overwhelme… Read More

5 Graphics That Show U.S. Climate Change Costs

5 Graphics That Show U.S. Climate Change Costs

Tuesday’s ”Risky Business” report laid out the financial impacts of climate change on the U.S. economy. The report dubs climate change an “interest-only loan,” meaning future generations will be stuck paying for the consequences of climate change we’re fueling with current greenhouse gas emissions. Behind the much-publicized report that was present… Read More

Texas Breaks Wind Power Production Record

Texas Breaks Wind Power Production Record

Texas, the nation’s largest wind power producer, hit a major milestone in March when it produced more wind power in a given moment than ever before, according to a new Energy Information Administration report.… Read More