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4 GIFs Show If Tropical Storm Arthur Will Ruin Your July 4

4 GIFs Show If Tropical Storm Arthur Will Ruin Your July 4

On Thursday morning, the first tropical storm of Atlantic hurricane season was born. A 140-mile stretch of Florida's Atlantic coast is currently under an array of tropical storm watches and warnings thanks to Tropical Storm Arthur. However, the storm is expected to strengthen slightly and could bring some real fireworks to the Mid-Atlantic just in… Read More

90-Degree Days Late Arriving for Boston, NYC

90-Degree Days Late Arriving for Boston, NYC

Boston and New York City could see their first 90°F day of the summer Tuesday or Wednesday — unusually, if not unprecedentedly, late into the season. Not that we’re complaining. “It’s not every year that you see us get this late” in the summer without hitting 90°F, said Joey Picca, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Upton… Read More

Fracked Oil, Gas Well Defects Leading to Methane Leaks

Fracked Oil, Gas Well Defects Leading to Methane Leaks

Defects in fracked oil and gas wells in Pennsylvania are leading to methane leaks in shale wells throughout the state — greenhouse gas emissions that could exacerbate climate change, according to a Cornell University study published Monday.… Read More

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