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Study Ties Global Warming ‘Hiatus’ to Pacific Cooldown

Study Ties Global Warming ‘Hiatus’ to Pacific Cooldown

Scientists probing the mystery of why, despite ever-increasing amounts of manmade greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, global average surface temperatures have increased at a slower rate during the past 15 years, may have made a breakthrough. According to a new study published Wednesday in the journal Nature, a largely natural period of unusually co… Read More

Nearly Half of All Western Wildfire Costs Go To California

Nearly Half of All Western Wildfire Costs Go To California

With one of California’s largest-recorded wildfires still burning largely uncontained and threatening water and electricity for millions, the total bill for fighting U.S. wildfires in 2013 is now likely to soar well past $1 billion. By the time the blaze is put out, which could be weeks from now, California’s Rim Fire will likely be among the most … Read More

Yosemite Fire Example of How Droughts Amplify Wildfires

Yosemite Fire Example of How Droughts Amplify Wildfires

The massive Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park in California continues to grow, now ranking as the 14th largest wildfire in California’s history, having already charred nearly 150,000 acres. Officials said the fire is 15 percent contained, and nearly 3,700 personnel are attacking the blaze from the ground and the air, trying to stop it from growi… Read More

Waste CO2 Could be Source of Renewable Power

Waste CO2 Could be Source of Renewable Power

They could, they argue, pump the carbon dioxide through water or other liquids and produce a flow of electrons and therefore more electricity. Power-generating stations release 12 billion tons of carbon dioxide every year as they burn coal, oil or natural gas; home and commercial heating plants release another 11 billion tons. This would be enough… Read More

Cruise to Greenland Will Weigh Arctic Drilling Risks

Cruise to Greenland Will Weigh Arctic Drilling Risks

An ambitious attempt to learn more about what is happening to the Arctic sea ice is getting under way with the start of a two-week research cruise to the waters off the north-eastern coast of Greenland. The scientists will measure a range of parameters of the sea ice, icebergs and how they interact with their ship, the Swedish polar icebreaker … Read More

Krill Face Greater Risks in Warming Antarctic Waters

Krill Face Greater Risks in Warming Antarctic Waters

They may not look very appetizing, but they are what sustains much of the marine life in the southern ocean. Antarctic krill, usually less than 2.36 inches long, are the primary food source for many species of whale, seal, penguin and fish. But there’s a problem: the waters round Antarctica are warming, and it looks as if they will probably contin… Read More

Charring Fires, Silent Hurricanes and a Hot July

Charring Fires, Silent Hurricanes and a Hot July

Charring western wildfires, a warning about the remainder of the 2013 hurricane season, and a look at how July temps rank globally … Read More

The Calm Before the Storm? Quiet August for Hurricanes

The Calm Before the Storm? Quiet August for Hurricanes

The mid-September peak of the Atlantic hurricane season is rapidly approaching, but so far, a season that was forecast to be unusually active has been a bit of a snoozefest. Not a single hurricane has formed yet, as the five named storms that did spin up were unable to strengthen significantly. Weather forecasters warn, however, that the season wil… Read More