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East Coast Faces Rising Seas From Slowing Gulf Stream

East Coast Faces Rising Seas From Slowing Gulf Stream

Experts on the sea level rise triggered by climate change have long known that it will proceed faster in some places than others. The mid-Atlantic coast of the U.S. is one of them, and the reason — in theory, anyway — is that global warming should slow the flow of the Gulf Stream as it moves north and then west toward northern Europe.… Read More

Rich Moisture Feed Helped Blizzard Bury Northeast

Rich Moisture Feed Helped Blizzard Bury Northeast

The amazing snowfall totals were in part the result of the rich tropical moisture feed that the storm tapped into, as Climate Central reported on Feb. 8. … Read More

Canadian Doctors Urged to Fight Climate Change

Canadian Doctors Urged to Fight Climate Change

Scientists began talking seriously about some dangers of climate change more than 30 years ago — rising seas, changing weather patterns, more rain in rainy places and more drought in dry places, and more. But the risks that lie outside their areas of expertise have taken longer to draw attention — especially in the area of human health. That has… Read More

NASA to Launch New Earth-Observing Satellite

NASA to Launch New Earth-Observing Satellite

If the weather holds, NASA will launch its newest Earth-observing satellite from Vandenberg Air Force Base in southern California late Monday morning. An Atlas V rocket is scheduled to carry Landsat 8 into space just after 11 a.m. Pacific time. Once in orbit, the $855 million probe will begin capturing detailed images of Earth’s surface, adding to… Read More

UK’s Nuke Plans Lose Traction with Shift to Renewables

UK’s Nuke Plans Lose Traction with Shift to Renewables

The UK government's plan to build a new generation of 10 nuclear power stations suffered another severe blow this week when the British utility Centrica pulled out of the program, writing off a £200 million ($315M) investment in the process. To prop up the industry the government is faced with breaking two important electoral pledges and may face… Read More

Blizzard Buries New England, Breaks Snowfall Records

Blizzard Buries New England, Breaks Snowfall Records

The storm shut down travel across the region, knocked out power to nearly 700,000 customers, stranded many motorists in their vehicles on Long Island, and exceeded benchmarks set during the infamous Blizzard of 1978, which occurred 35 years ago this week.… Read More

Drought to Last Through April; Southwest May Improve

Drought to Last Through April; Southwest May Improve

Large storms brought some short-term relief to drought afflicted areas over the past week, and allowed the footprint of the national drought to shrink slightly. However, while similar rainstorms are forecasted to continue during the coming weeks, there is only slight potential for drought recovery expected for the rest of the season.… Read More

Blizzard of 2013 Brings Another Threat: Coastal Flooding

Blizzard of 2013 Brings Another Threat: Coastal Flooding

Sea levels are rising worldwide due to warming ocean temperatures, melting polar ice caps, and sinking land masses, along with other factors. Higher sea levels provide a higher launching pad for storm surges from hurricanes and nor’easters, making it possible for relatively weak storms to cause damage. In Boston, the top five highest storm tides, w… Read More