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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

NOAA: 2012 One of Globe’s 10 Hottest on Record

NOAA: 2012 One of Globe’s 10 Hottest on Record

Last year was one of the globe’s 10 warmest years on record, with numerous milestones set that indicate that global warming is continuing, despite a plateau in the short-term trend in global average surface temperatures, according to a new climate report released on Tuesday. The report, which amounts to a 260-page checkup of the health of the clima… Read More

Methane Leaking in Utah Suggests Higher National Rate

Methane Leaking in Utah Suggests Higher National Rate

A new study of the air above a natural gas field in Utah suggests that far more methane gas may be escaping into the atmosphere from drilling operations than previously estimated. The study, to be published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, is the first to use an aircraft to directly sample the air downwind of natural gas and oil wells i… Read More

Australia Faces Bigger Health Risks from Climate Change

Australia Faces Bigger Health Risks from Climate Change

Australia has been warned of the rising threat of dengue fever and heat stroke deaths in the wake of a study that found climate change is aiding the spread of infectious diseases around the world. The report, part-funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation and published in Science, found that climate change is already abetting diseases in wild… Read More

Cities Under Water, War and Heat, and New NOAA Head

Cities Under Water, War and Heat, and New NOAA Head

The impact of climate extremes on violence, Obama new NOAA head nomination and a look at the U.S. cities under future seas. … Read More

Earthquakes ‘May Contribute to Methane Leaks’

Earthquakes ‘May Contribute to Methane Leaks’

And here’s another shuddering twist to the horror story that is climate change: even earthquakes may play a role. Large quantities of methane may have escaped during a violent earthquake that shook the floor of the Arabian Sea in 1945, according to German and Swiss researchers. David Fischer of the University of Bremen and colleagues from the Alfr… Read More