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NOAA: 2012 One of Globe’s 10 Hottest on Record

NOAA: 2012 One of Globe’s 10 Hottest on Record

Last year was one of the globe’s 10 warmest years on record, with numerous milestones set that indicate that global warming is continuing, despite a plateau in the short-term trend in global average surface temperatures, according to a new climate report released on Tuesday. The report, which amounts to a 260-page checkup of the health of the clima… Read More

Climate & Conflict: Warmer World May be More Violent

Climate & Conflict: Warmer World May be More Violent

The study, published in the journal Science, concludes that climate events from heat waves to droughts and floods have strong links to violent conflicts, helping to explain patterns of crime, civil wars, and even the collapse of some ancient civilizations.… Read More

Thinning Arctic Ice, Fossil Fuel Future & Extreme Weather

Thinning Arctic Ice, Fossil Fuel Future & Extreme Weather

The impact of thinning Arctic sea ice, monsoons and heat waves, plus the future of energy and more. … Read More

Atmospheric Rivers Grow, Causing Worse Floods Ahead

Atmospheric Rivers Grow, Causing Worse Floods Ahead

Heavy and prolonged rainfall will cause both more frequent and more severe flooding across the United Kingdom and the rest of north-west Europe as the atmosphere continues to warm, say British and American scientists. A study in IOP Publishing’s Environmental Research Letters of what are known as atmospheric rivers pins the blame for the increasin… Read More

Monsoon Rains Bring Some Drought Relief to Southwest

Monsoon Rains Bring Some Drought Relief to Southwest

Dwindling reservoirs, dusty rangeland, and desiccated crops have left the Southwest waiting for rain. Luckily, July marks the start of the monsoon season and it’s delivered rain in a big so far for much of the region. A “drunken” weather pattern also brought rain to parts of the Southern Plains earlier this month. Though this has provided some ...… Read More

Climate Change Will Alter the Soil That Feeds Us

Climate Change Will Alter the Soil That Feeds Us

Global warming may be about to change the ground under our feet – and perhaps not in a good way. It could be about to affect one of the most important communities on the planet: the tiny microbes that make life possible for the rest of creation, according to new research by scientists in the U.S. and Spain. Cyanobacteria are almost everywhere, hav… Read More

Record Heat, How to Store CO2 and the Industry of Climate

Record Heat, How to Store CO2 and the Industry of Climate

A "drunken" weather pattern helps spawn heat waves, plus what's in the future of the climate industry.… Read More

Natural Barriers Protect Our Coasts Best, Say Researchers

Natural Barriers Protect Our Coasts Best, Say Researchers

The best thing to protect property from the sea is a sand dune – or a mangrove swamp, or a coral reef, kelp forest or sea grass meadow. Nature, which has been doing the job for three billion years, has had time to work out the surest and most enduring sea defenses, according to U.S. researchers. Katie Arkema of the Natural Capital Project at … Read More