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Flood-Ravaged Boulder, Colo., Sets Annual Rainfall Record

Flood-Ravaged Boulder, Colo., Sets Annual Rainfall Record

With 30.12 inches of rain and counting, more than half of which fell since Sept. 9, the city has already eclipsed its previous annual record of 29.93 inches, which was set in 1995. The average yearly precipitation (rain and melted frozen precipitation) in Boulder is 20.68 inches. The annual precipitation record is especially noteworthy since befor… Read More

Zombie Satellite Comes Alive In New Life as DSCOVR

Zombie Satellite Comes Alive In New Life as DSCOVR

A satellite that sat in mothballs for a decade is now on track for a 2015 launch, NASA announced on September 10. Called the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR), the satellite will monitor the Sun continuously, looking for signs of solar storms that could disrupt communications on Earth in an effect known as “space weather.” At the same time, … Read More

Climate Change Threatens Southern Africa’s Vital Crops

Climate Change Threatens Southern Africa’s Vital Crops

The study, published by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), and with contributions from scientists in countries across the southern Africa region, uses available data and a variety of models to examine likely agricultural developments, particularly related to crops, in the period to 2050. Agriculture is the primary source of … Read More

Parts of Europe Heating Faster than Global Average

Parts of Europe Heating Faster than Global Average

Temperatures in some parts of Europe have already increased by more than 2C in the last 60 years with changes in local climate allowing new crops to be grown. An example is the new wine growing area in southern England, which this year is celebrating its best ever grape harvest. Hundreds of acres of new vineyards are being planted to take advantag… Read More

Colorado’s ‘Biblical’ Flood in Line with Climate Trends

Colorado’s ‘Biblical’ Flood in Line with Climate Trends

It will take climate scientists many months to complete studies into whether manmade global warming made the Boulder flood more likely to occur, but the amount by which this event has exceeded past events suggests that manmade warming may have played some role by making the event worse than it would have otherwise been.… Read More

Western Wind Power May Soon Compete With Natural Gas

Western Wind Power May Soon Compete With Natural Gas

Except for Colorado renewable power, wind and solar generated in most Western states will be cost-competitive with natural gas-generated electricity by 2025 as renewable portfolio standards are met. … Read More

Study: Panda Poo May Be Coup for Future of Biofuels

Study: Panda Poo May Be Coup for Future of Biofuels

In panda poo could be the future of biofuel. That’s the conclusion of research presented Tuesday at a meeting of the American Chemical Society in Indianapolis suggesting that bacteria in panda feces could help make biofuel production more efficient.… Read More

Microgrids in NYC & Conn.—A New Kind of Power Struggle

Microgrids in NYC & Conn.—A New Kind of Power Struggle

With the ravages and power outages of hurricanes Irene and Sandy seared in recent memory, soon, a public school, a small private grocery store and a gas station in Hartford, Conn., will be linked by a microgrid designed to keep the electricity flowing in those buildings when the next major storm hits. Hartford city officials consider the school, … Read More