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Offshore Wind Farms Could Protect Cities from Hurricanes

Offshore Wind Farms Could Protect Cities from Hurricanes

Giant offshore wind farms could more than power major cities. They could suck the life and the power out of hurricanes, too, according to Stanford University research presented Monday at the American Geophysical Union fall meeting.… Read More

Study Adds to Arctic Warming, Extreme Weather Debate

Study Adds to Arctic Warming, Extreme Weather Debate

While the study adds to the body of evidence pointing to the outsized role the Arctic is playing in shaping weather patterns, it failed to mark an end to the debate within the scientific community over whether and how what is happening in the Far North could be having such far-reaching impacts. There is virtually no controversy among climate scien… Read More

European Cities Hesitant to Adapt to Climate Change

European Cities Hesitant to Adapt to Climate Change

European governments might have national targets to meet the demands of climate change. Many European cities, however, may not be in the mood. Diana Reckien of Columbia University in the U.S. and 11 European colleagues report in the journal Climatic Change that one in three cities have no plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and seven out of … Read More

Six Degrees: Cold is Trending, Xaver & Climate Impacts

Six Degrees: Cold is Trending, Xaver & Climate Impacts

This week's top stories tackle a cold trend, windstorm Xavier, the arctic blast and climate shifts.… Read More

Books Paints Bleak Picture for Australia Sans Cuts

Books Paints Bleak Picture for Australia Sans Cuts

Australia must drastically increase its emissions reduction target to 40 percent by 2020 to avoid “almost unimaginable social, economic and ecological consequences” from climate change, a new book penned by leading scientists and economists, including Ross Garnaut, has warned. The book, “Four Degrees of Global Warming: Australia in a Hot World,” se… Read More

Critical Weather Forecasting Bill Moves One Step Closer

Critical Weather Forecasting Bill Moves One Step Closer

The bill would establish a research program within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to extend the lead time for tornado warnings beyond 1 hour, and contains provisions aimed at closing the performance gaps between the agency’s weather forecasting computer models and those of other nations.… Read More

Xaver Packs Punch in Europe But Barriers Hold

Xaver Packs Punch in Europe But Barriers Hold

Windstorm Xaver brought powerful winds and an intense storm surge from Scotland to Denmark, but it appears storm barriers and preparedness helped most locations weather the brunt of the storm. Some of the first impacts of Xaver were fierce winds that raked across the Scottish highlands. There, wind gusts were recorded up to 142 mph according to da… Read More

Windstorm Xaver Hits Europe With Massive Storm Surge

Windstorm Xaver Hits Europe With Massive Storm Surge

The storm, which has been named Windstorm Xaver, has already brought a storm surge of at least 9 feet to locations along the eastern shore of Great Britain. In response, the government has issued nearly 30 “severe flood warnings” — the highest alert category — along with hundreds of other flood advisories, and has t… Read More