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Drones Find New Purpose Studying Arctic Ice Melt

Drones Find New Purpose Studying Arctic Ice Melt

The logical next step for exploring some of the world's most inhospitable terrain is being taken. Researchers are using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) – drones – to explore the last great repositories of ice in Greenland, Antarctica and Alaska. About two dozen universities and research organizations, including NASA and the National Oceanic and At… Read More

Newfangled ‘Icepod’ Tracks Greenland’s Melting Ice Sheets

Newfangled ‘Icepod’ Tracks Greenland’s Melting Ice Sheets

The LC-130 Hercules flew low over the ice sheet in a tight grid pattern, Teflon-coated landing skis barely 300 meters above the soft upper layer of snow. At the rear of the plane, scientists clustered round a monitor displaying a regular pattern of dark red waves generated by a radar signal. Somewhere in the vast, white emptiness below were two tin… Read More

The U.N., Storms, and Air Travel: Climate Takes the Stage

The U.N., Storms, and Air Travel: Climate Takes the Stage

Climate change takes center stage this week when it comes to storms, air travel and the U.N.… Read More

Report Ties Climate to Extreme Events, But Shows Hurdles

Report Ties Climate to Extreme Events, But Shows Hurdles

Climate scientists examining a dozen extreme weather events from 2012 found that manmade global warming likely contributed to at least half of them, including a record-breaking deadly heat wave in the U.S. The international report released on Thursday offers a demonstration of the new capabilities that scientists are developing in an emerging, comp… Read More

Risk of Sandy-Level Flood in NYC Has Doubled Since 1950

Risk of Sandy-Level Flood in NYC Has Doubled Since 1950

As the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy approaches, a new study points to the rapidly escalating risk of Sandy-magnitude flooding events in the New York City area due to global sea level rise. The study, published Thursday in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, found that sea level rise during the 1950 to 2012 period has alr… Read More

Wildfire Videos, Mega Canyons, Energy Plans and More

Wildfire Videos, Mega Canyons, Energy Plans and More

Stunning wildfire imagery, a look at Greenland's newly found canyon, and details on Obama's energy strategy … Read More

Gripping Time-Lapse of Destructive Yosemite Wildfire

Gripping Time-Lapse of Destructive Yosemite Wildfire

This series of time-lapse videos of the Rim Fire was taken by employees of Yosemite National Park. Showing the wildfire's behavior during the day and at night, the videos make the fire appear to be a living, breathing creature, and an eerily beautiful one at that. … Read More

Nearly Half of All Western Wildfire Costs Go To California

Nearly Half of All Western Wildfire Costs Go To California

With one of California’s largest-recorded wildfires still burning largely uncontained and threatening water and electricity for millions, the total bill for fighting U.S. wildfires in 2013 is now likely to soar well past $1 billion. By the time the blaze is put out, which could be weeks from now, California’s Rim Fire will likely be among the most … Read More