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Thinning Arctic Ice, Fossil Fuel Future & Extreme Weather

Thinning Arctic Ice, Fossil Fuel Future & Extreme Weather

The impact of thinning Arctic sea ice, monsoons and heat waves, plus the future of energy and more. … Read More

Atmospheric Rivers Grow, Causing Worse Floods Ahead

Atmospheric Rivers Grow, Causing Worse Floods Ahead

Heavy and prolonged rainfall will cause both more frequent and more severe flooding across the United Kingdom and the rest of north-west Europe as the atmosphere continues to warm, say British and American scientists. A study in IOP Publishing’s Environmental Research Letters of what are known as atmospheric rivers pins the blame for the increasin… Read More

The Lake at the North Pole, How Bad Is It?

The Lake at the North Pole, How Bad Is It?

The webcam depicting what seems like open water is most likely “just sitting in a big melt pond” that has formed on top of the sea ice cover, Serreze said. This melt pond started forming around July 10, and is likely close to its peak depth and extent.… Read More

Monsoon Rains Bring Some Drought Relief to Southwest

Monsoon Rains Bring Some Drought Relief to Southwest

Dwindling reservoirs, dusty rangeland, and desiccated crops have left the Southwest waiting for rain. Luckily, July marks the start of the monsoon season and it’s delivered rain in a big so far for much of the region. A “drunken” weather pattern also brought rain to parts of the Southern Plains earlier this month. Though this has provided some ...… Read More

EIA’s Most Important Insights About Our Energy Future

EIA’s Most Important Insights About Our Energy Future

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its biannual International Energy Outlook on Thursday, finding that through 2040, at least, fossil fuels will remain king, despite rapid growth in renewable energy sources. The report projects that world economic output will increase by 3.6 percent per year, and world energy use will grow by 56 p… Read More

Fossil Fuels to Dominate World Energy Use Through 2040

Fossil Fuels to Dominate World Energy Use Through 2040

According to the report, renewable energy sources as well as nuclear power will be the fastest-growing energy sources during the next few decades, each growing at 2.5 percent per year, while natural gas will be the fastest-growing fossil fuel. However, in 2040, coal will remain the second-largest fuel source behind petroleum and other liquid fuels.… Read More

Arctic Warming Could Cost Upwards of $60 Trillion

Arctic Warming Could Cost Upwards of $60 Trillion

The worldwide impacts of a rapidly warming Arctic could cost the global economy an estimated $60 trillion, nearly equal to the entire global economy in 2012, according to a new study. That report, published Wednesday in the journal Nature, is the first to analyze the potential economic costs of rapid Arctic warming.… Read More

Temperature Plateau Likely Due to Deep Ocean Warming

Temperature Plateau Likely Due to Deep Ocean Warming

A recent slowdown in the upward march of global temperatures is likely to be the result of the slow warming of the deep oceans, British scientists said on Monday. Oceans are some of the Earth's biggest absorbers of heat, which can be seen in effects such as sea level rise, caused by the expansion of large bodies of water as they warm. The … Read More