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Study: 97 percent Agreement on Manmade Global Warming

Study: 97 percent Agreement on Manmade Global Warming

The research, which is the most comprehensive analysis of climate research to date, finds that 97.1 percent of the studies published between 1991 to 2011 that expressed a position on manmade climate change agreed that it was happening, and that it was due to human activity. The study looked at peer reviewed research that mentioned climate change … Read More

Panel Finds Flaws with NWS Guidance on Sandy’s Surge

Panel Finds Flaws with NWS Guidance on Sandy’s Surge

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released its final review of the agency’s performance during Hurricane Sandy, finding that while the agency provided accurate forecasts of the storm’s path and strength well ahead of time, there were many shortcomings, including confusing and poorly timed guidance on the expected storm surg… Read More

Good News, Bad News from New EIA Emissions Analysis

Good News, Bad News from New EIA Emissions Analysis

There was good news and bad to be mined from a state-by-state analysis of carbon emissions over a decade, which was released this week by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). Overall, the EIA reported that between 2000 and 2010, 38 states saw an overall drop in their annual energy-related carbon emissions, but between 2009 and 2010, … Read More

Amid Rapid Arctic Warming, U.S. Releases New Strategy

Amid Rapid Arctic Warming, U.S. Releases New Strategy

With ministers from the eight Arctic states meeting this week in Kiruna, Sweden, for the 2013 ministerial meeting of the Arctic Council, the Obama administration has laid out a broad new U.S. Arctic policy that sets strategic goals for how the U.S. will cope with a rapidly changing Arctic region.… Read More

Tinderbox-Dry Western U.S. at High Risk of Major Wildfires

Tinderbox-Dry Western U.S. at High Risk of Major Wildfires

The anticipated escalation in U.S. wildfire activity comes after the slowest start to wildfires in at least 10 years, according to Jeremy Sullens, a forecaster at NIFC. As of May 3, the country had seen 13,150 wildfires, which have burned about 153,000 acres. Due to a combination of drought and record heat, 2012 saw one of the most destructive wild… Read More

Amazon May Lose 65 Percent of Land Biomass by 2060

Amazon May Lose 65 Percent of Land Biomass by 2060

There will be no winners if agriculture made possible by widespread felling in the Amazon continues to expand, say researchers from Brazil and the U.S. They calculate that the large-scale expansion of agriculture at the expense of the forest could entail the loss of almost two-thirds of the Amazon’s terrestrial biomass by later this century … Read More

China ‘Moving to Lead on Climate Change,’ Says Report

China ‘Moving to Lead on Climate Change,’ Says Report

Both China and the U.S., the world’s two principal emitters of greenhouse gases, have been making significant recent progress on tackling climate change, a report by an influential Australian advisory group says. Its report, The Critical Decade: Global Action Building on Climate Change, has particular praise for China, saying its efforts “demonstra… Read More

Warming Temps Cause Trees to Limit Warming—a Little

Warming Temps Cause Trees to Limit Warming—a Little

Trees may provide the Earth with a little shade from global warming – indirectly. European and Canadian researchers report that they have found what engineers like to call a negative feedback loop above the forests of Europe and North America. It works like this. Trees – those natural chemical factories that routinely deliver complex aromatic compo… Read More