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Looming Warming Spurt Could Reshape Climate Debate

Looming Warming Spurt Could Reshape Climate Debate

Humanity is about to experience a historically unprecedented spike in temperatures. That’s the ominous conclusion of a vast and growing body of research that links sweeping Pacific Ocean cycles with rates of warming at the planet’s surface. Papers in two leading journals this week reaffirmed that the warming effects of a substantial chunk of our g… Read More

Sunny Side East: Solar Takes Off in Eastern U.S.

Sunny Side East: Solar Takes Off in Eastern U.S.

North Carolina is leaping ahead of California for the amount of new utility-scale solar farms currently under development, as eastern U.S. utilities find ways to catch their own rays of sunshine, a new SNL Energy report released Wednesday shows … Read More

NASA Satellites Show Rain In Detail Like Never Before

NASA Satellites Show Rain In Detail Like Never Before

Few things on our planet connect us like precipitation. The storm that drops snow in the mountains of North Carolina one day can bring rain to the plains of Spain a week later. Yet there hasn't been a way to effectively monitor all the precipitation across the globe at once, let alone create a vertical profile from the clouds to the ground. All th… Read More

How Sahara Dust Sustains the Amazon Rainforest, in 3-D

How Sahara Dust Sustains the Amazon Rainforest, in 3-D

The Amazon rainforest exists in part due to an atmospheric pipeline of dust from the Sahara Desert. And if that pipeline were to dry up or be diverted, massive biological changes could occur across the jungle. New research published on Tuesday in the journal Geophysical Research Letters uses satellite data to create the first three-dimensional look… Read More

Europe Reforms Cap-And-Trade, Lays Out Climate Vision

Europe Reforms Cap-And-Trade, Lays Out Climate Vision

On Tuesday, the European Parliament’s environment committee agreed on a plan to shore up the continent’s flagship cap-and-trade program, which has been ailing for years. Coincidentally, one day later, the European Commission outlined its vision for how Europe and the rest of the world should work together under a new U.N. pact to spare the planet t… Read More

For the West, A Winter That Has Felt More Like Spring

For the West, A Winter That Has Felt More Like Spring

From San Diego to Seattle, February has looked — and felt — a lot more like April. Flowers that normally wouldn’t start to bud until well into spring have already started to blossom and grow. Residents have been walking around in t-shirts and shorts, a rarity even for Southern California winters. “Winter has seemed to have completely forgotten… Read More

Obama’s Keystone XL Veto Not a Death Blow to Pipeline

Obama’s Keystone XL Veto Not a Death Blow to Pipeline

President Obama on Tuesday vetoed the bill Congress passed Feb. 11 forcing approval of the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline. But it isn’t dead yet, and the U.S. State Department’s long approval process for the project continues. … Read More

Three Tools to Solve The Mystery of Ocean Acidity

Three Tools to Solve The Mystery of Ocean Acidity

The United Nations General Assembly in late 2013 called on world governments “to urgently pursue further research on ocean acidification, especially programmes of observation and measurement.” Rapid advances since then could help scientists peer more deeply into the atomic structure of the water as policymakers search for local and global solutions… Read More