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Hurricane Sandy: Coverage of the Storm and its Aftermath

Hurricane Sandy: Coverage of the Storm and its Aftermath

As Hurricane Sandy heads for the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, where it threatens to cause widespread damage rivaling the biggest storms on record in the region, it is evolving into a potentially unprecedented storm. The storm is part hurricane, part fearsome nor’easter, and as the result of a bizarre confluence of events it has been been pinned … Read More

Tackling Climate Change ‘Would Save Millions of Lives’

Tackling Climate Change ‘Would Save Millions of Lives’

Tackling climate change would save millions of lives a year by the end of the century purely as a result of the decrease in air pollution, according to a new study. The study is published as scientists from around the globe gather in Stockholm to thrash out final details of a landmark assessment of climate science. Their final report is due to be … Read More

History Shows Weather Patterns May Head North

History Shows Weather Patterns May Head North

As the world warms, weather patterns will change. The already arid Middle East and American West will get even drier, and so will the well-watered Amazon region. Monsoon Asia and equatorial Africa, wet already, will get even rainier, according to new research from Columbia University in the U.S. The oceanographer Wallace Broecker and his colleague… Read More

Tiny Plankton in the Oceans Could Have Big Impact

Tiny Plankton in the Oceans Could Have Big Impact

Some of the most minute forms of marine life may have a significant effect both on more developed creatures and on the oceans’ ability to absorb carbon dioxide. An international team of scientists has found that the smallest species of plankton thrive when levels of CO2, the main greenhouse gas from human sources, rise and increase the acidity of … Read More

IPCC Analysis, Criticism for NOAA, Antarctic Sea Ice

IPCC Analysis, Criticism for NOAA, Antarctic Sea Ice

The IPCC report maybe have been the big climate news this week, but it wasn't the only climate muck that's fit to rake… Read More

Zeroing In on IPCC’s Sea Level Rise & Warming ‘Hiatus’

Zeroing In on IPCC’s Sea Level Rise & Warming ‘Hiatus’

By significantly raising the projected rates and amounts of sea level rise through 2100, the IPCC is sounding alarms for coastal cities worldwide, many of which are already being forced to adapt to increased coastal flooding. The devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy in New York in 2012 drove home the lethal combination of long-term sea level rise… Read More

Climate Projections More Confident, Dire From IPCC

Climate Projections More Confident, Dire From IPCC

Manmade global warming is rapidly transforming the planet at rates that are unprecedented in human history, from melting Arctic sea ice to heating the land and seas and contributing to extreme weather events, concluded a new landmark climate report from the United Nations on Friday.… Read More

NOAA Criticized for Likely Satellite Gap and China Option

NOAA Criticized for Likely Satellite Gap and China Option

The precariousness of U.S. weather satellite infrastructure was driven home earlier this year when a “micrometeoroid” struck a geostationary weather satellite, forcing NOAA to rely on a backup satellite. But in the near future, there may be long chunks of time when there are no backups available.… Read More