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Cruise to Greenland Will Weigh Arctic Drilling Risks

Cruise to Greenland Will Weigh Arctic Drilling Risks

An ambitious attempt to learn more about what is happening to the Arctic sea ice is getting under way with the start of a two-week research cruise to the waters off the north-eastern coast of Greenland. The scientists will measure a range of parameters of the sea ice, icebergs and how they interact with their ship, the Swedish polar icebreaker … Read More

Charring Fires, Silent Hurricanes and a Hot July

Charring Fires, Silent Hurricanes and a Hot July

Charring western wildfires, a warning about the remainder of the 2013 hurricane season, and a look at how July temps rank globally … Read More

The Calm Before the Storm? Quiet August for Hurricanes

The Calm Before the Storm? Quiet August for Hurricanes

The mid-September peak of the Atlantic hurricane season is rapidly approaching, but so far, a season that was forecast to be unusually active has been a bit of a snoozefest. Not a single hurricane has formed yet, as the five named storms that did spin up were unable to strengthen significantly. Weather forecasters warn, however, that the season wil… Read More

Arctic Warming May Not Be Altering Jet Stream: Study

Arctic Warming May Not Be Altering Jet Stream: Study

A new study calls into question the widely-publicized hypothesis that rapid warming of the Arctic climate, including the precipitous loss of summer sea ice cover, is altering weather patterns throughout the Northern Hemisphere. Specifically, the study, which will be published in a forthcoming issue of Geophysical Research Letters, challenges the fi… Read More

Australia’s Flooding Rains Briefly Slowed Sea Level Rise

Australia’s Flooding Rains Briefly Slowed Sea Level Rise

Scientists may have zeroed in on the cause of a mysterious 18-month drop in global average sea level that occurred between 2010 and 2011, pointing to events that occurred on the world’s smallest continent: Australia. New research shows that during those two years, flooding rains in Australia, which resulted from a rare combination of factors, took … Read More

Wildfire Alert Heightened as Blazes Char Western U.S.

Wildfire Alert Heightened as Blazes Char Western U.S.

With 51 large wildfires currently burning across the U.S., the nation’s firefighters have been placed on a war footing — known as “National Preparedness Level 5.” This is the first time this step has been taken since 2008, according to Wildfire Today, and it reflects the combination of high fire activity, the large amounts of firefighting resources… Read More

July Adds To Globe’s String of 341 Warm Months

July Adds To Globe’s String of 341 Warm Months

The year-to-date has been the sixth warmest on record globally, and July was also the 6th-warmest such month since global surface temperature records first began in 1880, according to new data, released on Tuesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The figures show that July 2013 was the 37th straight July, and the 341st… Read More

Sandy Taskforce: Build Stronger for Worsening Storms

Sandy Taskforce: Build Stronger for Worsening Storms

A taskforce created by President Obama in the wake of superstorm Sandy has issued a report with 69 policy initiatives centered around one major recommendation: to construct stronger buildings in anticipation of more extreme storms. The report, published on Monday by the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, had 69 policy recommendations — some … Read More