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Is the West’s Dry Spell Really a Megadrought?

Is the West’s Dry Spell Really a Megadrought?

The drought that has been afflicting most of the Western states for the last 13 years may be a “megadrought,” and the likelihood is high that this century could see a multi-decade dry spell like nothing else seen over the last 1,000 years, according to research presented at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting on Wednesday and Thursday.… Read More

Sea Level & Risk of Flooding Rising Rapidly in Mid-Atlantic

Sea Level & Risk of Flooding Rising Rapidly in Mid-Atlantic

In the Mid-Atlantic region, it turns out, local land elevation changes are accelerating regional sea level rise, with all locations in the mid-Atlantic seeing faster rates of relative sea level rise compared to the global trend, the study found. The rate of relative sea level rise in the Mid-Atlantic since the early 1900s was nearly double that of … Read More

Scientists: Lack of Data Means Fracking Impacts Unknown

Scientists: Lack of Data Means Fracking Impacts Unknown

A group of scientists and other academics investigating the climatological, environmental and social impacts of oil and gas development, particularly hydraulic fracturing, are calling for both state and federal governments and the oil and gas industry to be more transparent and provide more data about the energy drilling and production process. … Read More

While Most of U.S. Froze, Parts of Alaska Set Record Highs

While Most of U.S. Froze, Parts of Alaska Set Record Highs

Along Alaska's northern coastline, which lies above the Arctic Circle, the warmest December temperatures on record in at least 70 years occurred during the past week. At the airport in Deadhorse, which serves the oil production hub of Prudhoe Bay, the temperature hit 39 degrees on December 7, the highest December temperature on record there since a… Read More

Offshore Wind Farms Could Protect Cities from Hurricanes

Offshore Wind Farms Could Protect Cities from Hurricanes

Giant offshore wind farms could more than power major cities. They could suck the life and the power out of hurricanes, too, according to Stanford University research presented Monday at the American Geophysical Union fall meeting.… Read More

Study Adds to Arctic Warming, Extreme Weather Debate

Study Adds to Arctic Warming, Extreme Weather Debate

While the study adds to the body of evidence pointing to the outsized role the Arctic is playing in shaping weather patterns, it failed to mark an end to the debate within the scientific community over whether and how what is happening in the Far North could be having such far-reaching impacts. There is virtually no controversy among climate scien… Read More

European Cities Hesitant to Adapt to Climate Change

European Cities Hesitant to Adapt to Climate Change

European governments might have national targets to meet the demands of climate change. Many European cities, however, may not be in the mood. Diana Reckien of Columbia University in the U.S. and 11 European colleagues report in the journal Climatic Change that one in three cities have no plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and seven out of … Read More

Six Degrees: Cold is Trending, Xaver & Climate Impacts

Six Degrees: Cold is Trending, Xaver & Climate Impacts

This week's top stories tackle a cold trend, windstorm Xavier, the arctic blast and climate shifts.… Read More