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Feds Opening Waters to Largest U.S. Offshore Wind Farm

Feds Opening Waters to Largest U.S. Offshore Wind Farm

The Atlantic’s powerful bluster twirls thousands of wind turbines off the coast of Europe, sending gigawatts of renewable energy coursing into the power grid there. Currently, there is not a single wind turbine generating even a watt of electricity in American waters as oil platforms represent the only offshore energy development in the U.S. But th… Read More

Thunderstorms Helping Bring Ozone Down to Earth

Thunderstorms Helping Bring Ozone Down to Earth

Ozone is a bit of a shape-shifting chemical. High in the stratosphere, ozone acts as an ultraviolet-blocking shield around Earth (which is why the ozone hole is such a problem). At ground level, it’s a pollutant that can cause serious respiratory problems. And if it finds its way into the troposphere — the lowest level of the atmosphere — ozone ser… Read More

What Can We Learn from the NYC Forecast ‘Bust’?

What Can We Learn from the NYC Forecast ‘Bust’?

New Yorkers went to sleep last night expecting to wake up to their city buried in snow. Instead, they woke up with just a few inches. As has become standard practice, social media lit up with annoyed and outraged cries accusing meteorologists and the media of overhyping the storm — a common refrain when a forecast doesn’t pan out. Of course, the… Read More

Obama And Modi Are Buddies, But Will The Climate Care?

Obama And Modi Are Buddies, But Will The Climate Care?

Could the budding cordiality in the relationship between President Obama and India’s recently-elected prime minister, Narendra Modi, help to slow global warming? It’s too early to categorically answer that question in the affirmative. But it’s certainly starting to look that way.… Read More

16 Images to Illustrate the Blizzard of 2015

16 Images to Illustrate the Blizzard of 2015

New Yorkers hoping to wake up to a winter wonderland will have to content themselves with trawling Instagram pictures from New England. The blizzard of 2015 — or really the #blizzardof2015 if we're doing this right — brought less snow than expected to New York and a number of points south. But to the east on Long Island and north throughout New Eng… Read More

What A Warming World Means for Major Snowstorms

What A Warming World Means for Major Snowstorms

The first flakes have already begun falling from New Jersey up through Boston. Flights in the Northeast are being cancelled left and right. Store shelves have been cleared of bread and milk. The blizzard is coming. An intense nor’easter is slated to drop snowfalls ranging from a few inches to around 3 feet in the worst-hit spots from Monday through… Read More

Warming Ups Odds of Extreme La Niñas, Wild Weather

Warming Ups Odds of Extreme La Niñas, Wild Weather

La Niña events can drive weather patterns wild around the globe from helping exacerbate drought in West Africa and increase rainfall in areas as diverse as South Asia and the Pacific Northwest The more extreme the La Niña, which is characterized by a cooling of waters in the tropical Pacific, generally the more pronounced the impacts can be. New r… Read More

Tales of Ancient Sea Rise Told for 10,000 Years

Tales of Ancient Sea Rise Told for 10,000 Years

Without using written languages, Australian tribes passed memories of life before, and during, post-glacial shoreline inundations through hundreds of generations as high-fidelity oral history. Some tribes still can still point to islands that no longer exist — and provide their original names. That’s the conclusion of linguists and a geographer, w… Read More