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How the Old Amazon May Help Explain the New

How the Old Amazon May Help Explain the New

What will be the effect of global warming on the Amazon rainforest? Over the last 30 years, forest fires, most of them deliberately started to clear land by cattle ranchers and soy farmers, have destroyed thousands of square miles of forest. This has increased carbon emissions, reduced rainfall and made the forest more vulnerable to drought. In 20… Read More

Storms Chip Away at Drought in Northern U.S.

Storms Chip Away at Drought in Northern U.S.

Two weeks of storms and a slowly melting snowpack in the northern U.S. continued to chip away at the drought gripping the center of the country. But even as the drought has contracted nationwide, parts of the Texas and the Southwest have seen conditions deteriorate, and are likely to face another tough summer of drought. The northern part of the … Read More

Scientists Raise Questions on Drought and Climate

Scientists Raise Questions on Drought and Climate

When the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued a report on April 11 that seemed to exonerate global warming as a cause of last summer’s historic drought, a reasonable person might conclude that global warming had been exonerated. After all, NOAA is a highly respected organization, and the report’s lead author, meteorologist Martin … Read More

Climate Change Responsible for Global Vegetation Change

Climate Change Responsible for Global Vegetation Change

The amount of vegetation in the world, and the way it is spread across the planet, has changed significantly in the last three decades, researchers say. They attribute more than half the changes they detected to the effects of the warming climate, with people responsible for only around a third. Surprisingly, perhaps, they are at a loss to … Read More

Links to Solar May Forge New Ties Across Mediterranean

Links to Solar May Forge New Ties Across Mediterranean

The world’s largest concentrated solar power plant opened in March in the middle of Abu Dhabi’s western region, amid the country’s giant oil fields. The $600 million plant’s hundreds of mirrors direct sunlight towards towers full of water. These are heated to drive steam turbines that provide enough electricity for thousands of homes. In a … Read More

Interactive: Short-Lived Pollutants and Sea Level Rise

Interactive: Short-Lived Pollutants and Sea Level Rise

The article, "Mitigation of short-lived climate pollutants slows sea level rise", by Hu et al., is a collaboration between scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and Climate Central, and examines how … Read More

Andes’ Tropical Glaciers Going Fast, May Soon Be Gone

Andes’ Tropical Glaciers Going Fast, May Soon Be Gone

The glaciers of the tropical Andes have shrunk by between 30 and 50 percent in 30 years and many will soon disappear altogether, cutting off the summer water supply for millions of people, according to scientists studying the region’s climate. Their findings are particularly significant because glaciers in the tropics, 99 percent of which are in … Read More

High-altitude Ice Reveals a Climate on the Rocks

High-altitude Ice Reveals a Climate on the Rocks

The story was tucked on the bottom of page A4 in last week's New York Times. Most readers probably passed on it. Another piece about how fast the ice is melting. So what's new. And few would have reacted to the name of the scientist behind the study, which found the world's largest tropical glacier is retreating at a geologic sprint. Among … Read More