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150 Years in 30 Seconds: Sea Level Debt Sinking U.S. Cities

150 Years in 30 Seconds: Sea Level Debt Sinking U.S. Cities

Measurements tell us that global average sea level is currently rising by about 1 inch per decade. But in an invisible shadow process, our long-term sea level rise commitment or "lock-in" — the sea level rise we don’t see now, but which carbon emissions and warming have locked in for later years — is growing 10 times faster, and this growth rate is… Read More

Relocation of Alaska’s Sinking Newtok Village Halted

Relocation of Alaska’s Sinking Newtok Village Halted

Newtok, on the Bering Sea coast, is sinking and the highest point in the village – the school which sits perched atop 20-foot pilings - could be underwater by 2017. But the village's relocation effort broke down this summer because of an internal political conflict and a freeze on governmen… Read More

Hottest Year, Hybrid vs. Electric Cars and 2013 Hurricanes

Hottest Year, Hybrid vs. Electric Cars and 2013 Hurricanes

The hottest year, the hurricane forecast, which states are best for green cars and more. … Read More

Scientists Say Nature ‘Is Better at Carbon Farming’

Scientists Say Nature ‘Is Better at Carbon Farming’

Large forests planted with a single species of tough small tree could capture enough carbon from the atmosphere to slow down climate change and green the world’s deserts at the same time, researchers say. A group of German scientists says the tree Jatropha curcas is very resistant to arid conditions and can thrive where food crops would not surviv… Read More

Arctic’s Rapid Sea Ice Loss Threatens Wildlife

Arctic’s Rapid Sea Ice Loss Threatens Wildlife

The loss of Arctic sea ice is bad news for the Pacific walrus, and for polar bears: the walrus has further to swim to dig for clams on the sea floor, and the polar bear has less chance of catching seals. But the real problems begin at the base of the food chain. Since the end of the last century, more than two million square kilometers of sea ice … Read More

Sea Level Rise to Play Bigger Role in NYC Storms: Study

Sea Level Rise to Play Bigger Role in NYC Storms: Study

Hurricane Sandy caused upward of $60 billion in damage including an estimated $19 billion in damage and economic losses in New York City alone. Sea level rise played a relatively minor role in contributing to these losses. However, a new study finds that that might not be the case for future storms, even those that pack less of a punch than Sandy.… Read More

NOAA’s Updated Forecast Calls for Busy Hurricane Season

NOAA’s Updated Forecast Calls for Busy Hurricane Season

Despite a quiet start to August, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is still forecasting a very active Atlantic hurricane season, the agency announced on Thursday. The updated outlook calls for a 70 percent chance of an above average season, with 13 to 19 named storms, with top winds of at least 39 mph, including six to nine hurric… Read More

Hybrids Better for Climate than Leaf, Tesla in Most States

Hybrids Better for Climate than Leaf, Tesla in Most States

An electric car is only as good for the climate as the electricity used to power it. And in states that rely heavily on fossil fuels like coal and natural gas for their electricity there are many conventional and plug-in hybrid vehicles that are better for the climate than electric cars.… Read More