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Hot West, Cold East May be the Norm as World Warms

Hot West, Cold East May be the Norm as World Warms

The split personality of this winter’s weather in the U.S. appears to have been thousands of years in the making. The big driver behind the frigid-East and warm-West divide was a kinky jet stream, a pattern that arose 4,000 years ago. While natural variations have controlled its wanderings to date, climate change could make the duality we saw this … Read More

At-Risk Cities May Help Drive Climate Change Solutions

At-Risk Cities May Help Drive Climate Change Solutions

It is already taking shape as the 21st century urban nightmare: a big storm hits a city like Shanghai, Mumbai, Miami or New York, knocking out power supply and waste treatment plants, washing out entire neighborhoods and marooning the survivors in a toxic and foul-smelling swamp. Now the world's leading scientists are suggesting that those same cit… Read More

Rising CO2 Levels Threaten Entire Marine Food Chain

Rising CO2 Levels Threaten Entire Marine Food Chain

Escalating carbon dioxide emissions will cause fish to lose their fear of predators, potentially damaging the entire marine food chain, joint Australian and U.S. research has found. A study by the Australian Institute of Marine Science, James Cook University and the Georgia Institute of Technology found the behavior of fish would be “seriously aff… Read More

6 Degrees: Kimye, TV, March Rankings and More

6 Degrees: Kimye, TV, March Rankings and More

How does Kimye and watching TV relate to climate change? Find out here in our top picks of the week. … Read More

Move Over Kimye, El Niño Bound 2 Take Over Headlines

Move Over Kimye, El Niño Bound 2 Take Over Headlines

The signs are there that an El Niño event may be on the way, arriving as early as this summer, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said Tuesday. If you’re already as tired of hearing about El Niño as you are about the latest Kimye news you’ve got a long few months ahead of you, as meteorologists keep a paparazzi-like watch out for the… Read More

March Was 4th Warmest on Record Globally

March Was 4th Warmest on Record Globally

March 2014 was the fourth-warmest March on record globally, according to recently released NASA data, making it the 349th month — more than 29 years — in which global temperatures were above the historic average. The planet’s average March temperature was 57.9°F — 0.7°C (or 1.2°F) above the average temperature from 1951-1980 — behind only the… Read More

Huge Hole in Earth’s ‘Detergent’ Layer Found Over Pacific

Huge Hole in Earth’s ‘Detergent’ Layer Found Over Pacific

The hole in the now famous ozone layer above the South Pole isn’t the only hole in the atmosphere, it turns out. Researchers recently discovered, to their considerable surprise, that the atmosphere above part of the western tropical Pacific Ocean is nearly devoid of one of the key chemicals that scrubs pollutants from the air. This newfound hole… Read More

Cast of Stars Put Face on Climate Change in New Series

Cast of Stars Put Face on Climate Change in New Series

A star-studded cast of Hollywood actors will for the first time "put a human face on climate change" in an ambitious new U.S. television series, the show's executive producer says. “Years of Living Dangerously” begins in the U.S. on the Showtime cable network at 10 pm on Sunday night. The first episode, which features Don Cheadle travelling to Tex… Read More