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Limiting Methane Leaks Critical to Gas, Climate Benefits

Limiting Methane Leaks Critical to Gas, Climate Benefits

Knowing how much methane is leaking from the natural gas system is essential to determining the potential climate benefits of natural gas use. Climate Central’s extensive review of the publicly available studies finds that a pervasive lack of measurements makes it nearly impossible to know with confidence what the average methane leak rate is for … Read More

Making Sense of the Moore Tornado in a Climate Context

Making Sense of the Moore Tornado in a Climate Context

The devastating Moore, Okla., tornado now joins the ranks of America’s strongest and deadliest twisters on record, coming almost exactly two years after a deadly tornado struck Joplin, Mo. In trying to make sense of the Moore tornado, here are some of the things we know and don't know about tornadoes, and whether and how climate change may be inf… Read More

Warming Causing Rockies, Everest to Lose Ice and Snow

Warming Causing Rockies, Everest to Lose Ice and Snow

Around 20 percent of the snow cover in North America’s greatest mountain range has been lost – because of warmer springs in the last three decades. Scientists from the American Geophysical Union and the U.S. Geological Survey report that they had established a pattern of snowfall in the northern and southern Rockies: when the snowpack was large in… Read More

Study Projects Steep Increase in NYC Heat-Related Deaths

Study Projects Steep Increase in NYC Heat-Related Deaths

With global average temperatures increasing in response to manmade emissions of greenhouse gases, the world has already been seeing an uptick in the frequency and severity of deadly extreme heat events, and a decrease in cold weather extremes. A new study looks at how these trends are likely to play out in one iconic city in particular: New York. I… Read More

Rising Temperatures in Europe Leave Ducks Grounded

Rising Temperatures in Europe Leave Ducks Grounded

Most birds are acutely sensitive to changes in temperature. Scientists now say that changes in climate and warmer temperatures in parts of Europe have resulted in the migration patterns of certain birds being radically altered. A study looking at the migration patterns of three species of duck – the goldeneye, goosander and tufted duck – has found… Read More

Clouds ‘Cool Earth Less Than Once Thought’

Clouds ‘Cool Earth Less Than Once Thought’

Extra cloud cover caused by emissions of industrial pollutants is known to reduce the effects of global warming, but its impact in reducing temperatures has been over-estimated in the climate models, new research has found. This is particularly significant for China and India, because it has been believed that these two giant countries would be pa… Read More

Tornadoes Resume; Drought Divides; Fish on the Move

Tornadoes Resume; Drought Divides; Fish on the Move

Tornado season resumes, drought divides the U.S. and how warming is affecting ice and fish. … Read More

Weather Service to Add Major Might to Computing Power

Weather Service to Add Major Might to Computing Power

The NWS plans to use $25 million of the $48 million provided to it in the Sandy supplemental bill, along with funds that are called for in President Obama’s fiscal year 2014 budget proposal, to bring about "unprecedented" computing upgrades — going from an operational computing capacity of 213 peak teraflops at the end of the current fiscal year, t… Read More