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Charting the Arctic’s Future With Logbooks from the Past

Charting the Arctic’s Future With Logbooks from the Past

Figuring out the future of the rapidly warming Arctic is crucial for climate scientists, largely because changes in the region’s ice — both on land and at sea — can have major consequences for the rest of the planet. Sea ice declined to a record low in September 2012, and scientists have projected that the region will become seasonally ice-free by … Read More

Margaret Thatcher’s Strong Stance on Climate Change

Margaret Thatcher’s Strong Stance on Climate Change

Margaret Thatcher, the "Iron Lady" of British politics who died Monday at the age of 87, is being lionized as the woman who tilted British domestic and economic policy to the right. Less noted is how seriously she viewed the threat of climate change and the robustness, more than 20 years ago, of climate science and United Nations body tasked with … Read More

Spring Blizzard to Dump Heavy Snow, Spark Severe Storms

Spring Blizzard to Dump Heavy Snow, Spark Severe Storms

This storm will be notable for its broad geographic reach and multiple hazards, ranging from blizzard conditions with heavy snow and powerful winds, to severe thunderstorms containing large hail, damaging winds, and potentially tornadoes. … Read More

Climate Change Could Lead to More Turbulent Flights

Climate Change Could Lead to More Turbulent Flights

The study addresses clear air turbulence, a sharp upward or downward movement of air that can come literally out of the blue, often as the result of wind shear, with no storms or clouds in view. “It’s not just about knocking your drink over,” said lead author Paul Williams, an atmospheric scientist at the University of Reading, in England, in an in… Read More

Geoengineering Could Trigger Disaster in Parts of Africa

Geoengineering Could Trigger Disaster in Parts of Africa

Less than three weeks after two US researchers called for global agreement on the governance of geo-engineering research, British meteorologists have provided a case study in potential geo-engineering disaster. Jim Haywood from the Met Office Hadley Centre and colleagues report in Nature Climate Change that fine particles concentrated in the … Read More

Six to See: Slideshow on Week’s Top Climate News

Six to See: Slideshow on Week’s Top Climate News

Toxic algae blooms, binding emissions cuts, policy changes and more in in a slideshow of the week's top climate news … Read More

Antarctic Sea Ice Grows as Result of Warming

Antarctic Sea Ice Grows as Result of Warming

The Arctic may be shrinking as the world warms but Antarctic sea ice is expanding. Blame global warming for that, too, say Dutch scientists. The paradox is that increasing temperatures have set in motion a chain of events in the southern seas that have the opposite effect. Engineers call this negative feedback. So do Richard Bintanja and colleague… Read More

Heavy, Dam-Busting Rainstorms To Increase, Study Finds

Heavy, Dam-Busting Rainstorms To Increase, Study Finds

Boosted by the added moisture from warming air and ocean temperatures, the heaviest precipitation events, of the sort that can cause dams to fail, rivers to spill over their banks, and cities to flood, are likely to become significantly heavier by the end of this century, according to a new study.… Read More