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Can Saltwater Quench Our Growing Thirst?

Can Saltwater Quench Our Growing Thirst?

It seems simple enough: Take the salt out of water so it’s drinkable. But it’s far more complex than it appears at first glance. It’s also increasingly crucial in a world where freshwater resources are progressively strained by population growth, development, droughts, climate change and more. That’s why researchers and companies from the U.S. to … Read More

2015 Hottest Year to Date, Could Top 2014 Record

2015 Hottest Year to Date, Could Top 2014 Record

By the reckoning of the three main agencies that track global temperature, 2015 has so far been the warmest year in more than a century. Coming immediately after the warmest year on record, the ranking serves as a reminder of how much the globe’s overall temperature has risen thanks to the ever-growing amounts of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.… Read More

El Niño Is Hanging On: What that Means for Hurricanes

El Niño Is Hanging On: What that Means for Hurricanes

Over the next few months, the globe might see an uptick in tropical cyclone activity thanks to an El Niño that is showing signs of asserting itself more forcefully. That doesn’t mean more hurricanes everywhere, though: While El Niño tends to boost activity in the Pacific Ocean, it clamps down on storm formation in the tropical Atlantic. That link … Read More

New Studies Reveal Climate Extremes From Fire to Ice

New Studies Reveal Climate Extremes From Fire to Ice

Climate scientists don't just rely on computer models and contemporary observations to understand the intimate relationship between CO2 in the atmosphere and environmental conditions on Earth. They also look to the ancient past — and two reports in recent days have made it clear how intimate that relationship is. One chronicles an episode 2.4 … Read More

Clean Energy Seeing Global ‘Renaissance’

Clean Energy Seeing Global ‘Renaissance’

An energy renaissance is one of the central messages of the Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) Future of Energy Summit taking place this week in New York City. Bloomberg analysts, government regulators and industry officials in attendance are debating how far renewable electricity has come as prices have fallen… Read More

Pacific Winds Tied to Warming Slowdown, Dry West

Pacific Winds Tied to Warming Slowdown, Dry West

To understand why the West has been so dry since the turn of the century, cast your eye further west — to the natural waxing and waning of Pacific Ocean winds. Strong trade winds have been forcing heat into ocean depths, contributing to a temporary slowdown in land surface warming over the past 15 to 20 years that some have called a warming hiatus… Read More

When Climate Science Clashes With Real-World Policy

When Climate Science Clashes With Real-World Policy

When a San Francisco panel began mulling rules about building public projects near changing shorelines, its self-described science translator, David Behar, figured he would just turn to the U.N.’s most recent climate assessment for guidance on future sea levels. He couldn’t.… Read More

One Image That Shows Future of Climate Models

One Image That Shows Future of Climate Models

The future of climate modeling is taking a lesson from Van Gogh’s paintings with a dose of extra technicolor for good measure. Los Alamos National Laboratory released a simulation that captures the temperatures and currents of the world’s oceans in intimate detail. The image reveals ripples down to a resolution of 9 miles in the North Atlantic, th… Read More

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Washington, DC: July Days Over 90 Degrees By mid-century in Washington, DC, the the sweltering heat of July 2010 may be thought of as cooler-than-average conditions

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