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Shellfish Face Uncertainty as Oceans Become Warmer

Shellfish Face Uncertainty as Oceans Become Warmer

If you like the occasional plate of grilled scallops or fancy an oyster now and then, read on and ponder. The health of several species of European shellfish is under threat. The bad news is that the shellfish face an uncertain future as the oceans become warmer and more acidic because of the changing climate. But there is some better news too: th… Read More

Reducing Sunlight by Geoengineering Will Not Cool Earth

Reducing Sunlight by Geoengineering Will Not Cool Earth

Two German scientists have just confirmed that you can’t balance the Earth’s rising temperatures by simply toning down the sunlight. It may do something disconcerting to the patterns of global rainfall. Earlier this year a U.S.-led group of scientists ran sophisticated climate models of a geoengineered world and proposed the same thing. Now Axel K… Read More

FEMA Knew Flood Maps Left NYC Unprepared for Sandy

FEMA Knew Flood Maps Left NYC Unprepared for Sandy

When Patrice and Philip Morgan bought a house near the ocean in Brooklyn, they were not particularly worried about the threat of flooding. Federal maps showed their home was outside the area at a high risk of flood damage. For that reason, the government did not require them to buy flood insurance, a cost imposed on neighbors on more vulnerable … Read More

Tree Find Confirms Alps Warming at Twice Global Rate

Tree Find Confirms Alps Warming at Twice Global Rate

It was only a single, withered conifer needle, but it told a dramatic story of climate change. Glaciologists found it in a set of ice cores drilled through a glacier on top of Mount Ortles, in the Italian Alps. It lay about 80 meters (262 feet) below the glacial surface, encased in solid ice, and carbon dating confirmed that it had blown from the… Read More

Still Uncertain: Climate Change’s Role in Drought

Still Uncertain: Climate Change’s Role in Drought

A new analysis from the National Center for Atmospheric Research says there are still many uncertainties about how climate change is affecting drought globally.… Read More

Toasty November Vaults 2013 Into Top 5 Warmest Years

Toasty November Vaults 2013 Into Top 5 Warmest Years

According to NOAA, the November warmth catapulted the year-to-date from the 7th-warmest on record, which is where it stood as of the end of October, to being tied with 2002 for the fourth-warmest year on record. This puts 2013 on track to be the warmest year on record without an El Niño event, depending on where December temperatures end up.… Read More

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow: U.S. Sets Benchmark

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow: U.S. Sets Benchmark

But while the U.S. has shivered through the start to winter, the rest of the world was unusually mild during November. According to NASA, November was the warmest such month on record worldwide since reliable instrument temperature data began being collected in 1880. The top 10 warmest Novembers in NASA’s dataset have each occurred since 2001.… Read More

Six Degrees: Giant Wind Farms, Megadroughts & Sea Level

Six Degrees: Giant Wind Farms, Megadroughts & Sea Level

We've summarized the top climate stories from the week and put them together into one great slideshow. … Read More