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The Rise of El Niño in 1 Swell Image

The Rise of El Niño in 1 Swell Image

El Niño gawkers, rejoice. A new set of imagery provides a good visual clue yet another sign that El Niño conditions appear to be developing. On Tuesday, NASA’s Earth Observatory released a map showing ocean heights in the tropical Pacific in early May compared to May 1997, which preceded an El Niño formed against which all other El Niños are measu… Read More

Great Barriers: Reefs First Line of Coastal Defense

Great Barriers: Reefs First Line of Coastal Defense

A new study quantifies what many surfers already know: coral reefs help defuse incoming waves and create huge breaks. While that helps determine where to hang ten, it also hints at something much more important: reefs are a first line of defense for coastal communities when it comes to storm surge protection and that in many cases, they are much m… Read More

April Was 2nd Warmest Globally; Average for U.S.

April Was 2nd Warmest Globally; Average for U.S.

While April was an uneventful month temperature-wise in the U.S., with most areas experiencing near-average temperatures, the month was the second-warmest April on record globally, according to new NASA data. That makes April the 350th month in a row — more than 29 years — with above-average temperatures, largely caused by the buildup of manmade… Read More

What Does U.S. Look Like With 10 Feet of Sea Level Rise?

What Does U.S. Look Like With 10 Feet of Sea Level Rise?

New research indicates that climate change has already triggered an unstoppable decay of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. The projected decay will lead to at least 4 feet of accelerating global sea level rise within the next two-plus centuries, and at least 10 feet of rise in the end. What does the U.S. look like with an ocean that is 10 feet higher? … Read More

Watch the Earth Live From Space, Music Not Included

Watch the Earth Live From Space, Music Not Included

Stop watching the clock on Friday afternoon and start watching the Earth live and in HD from outerspace. The International Space Station (ISS) recently started streaming video as it races around the planet, allowing everyone a chance to enjoy the view previously only accessible to astronauts. The view of our planet from space has captivated astrona… Read More

Can We Talk About the New NCA Website?

Can We Talk About the New NCA Website?

This week’s release of the National Climate Assessment, which chronicles in painstaking detail how climate change is affecting the U.S., is a far cry from what most expect when they hear the words “government report.” The NCA represents the first major digital release of a federal report, one that could be a prototype for all future reports. The … Read More

Climate Change in the U.S. in 8 Compelling Charts

Climate Change in the U.S. in 8 Compelling Charts

The newly released National Climate Assessment spans 30 chapters with thousands of references on how climate change is and will impact the U.S. The draft report received over 4,000 comments from the public, which the 300 scientists writing the report were required to address. The message of the report that climate change is already happening in th… Read More

U.S. Climate Change Report Warns of Regional Impacts

U.S. Climate Change Report Warns of Regional Impacts

On Tuesday, the federal government released its third report of climate change in the U.S. The report, called the National Climate Assessment, makes clear that climate change is a present-day issue and a growing threat. While climate change is often viewed as a global problem, the report highlights how impacts vary across all regions of the country… Read More