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6 Degrees: Submerged Cities, Melt Ponds, Methane & More

6 Degrees: Submerged Cities, Melt Ponds, Methane & More

See it all here, from photos of cities under future seas to catastrophic warnings of methane impacts.… Read More

Dust in the Wind Never Looked So Stunning

Dust in the Wind Never Looked So Stunning

Watching sea salt, dust, and soot might not sound like the most exciting way to spend your Friday afternoon. But put aside your prejudice for a second (or 177 seconds to be exact) and check out this video. Winds are constantly moving these and other particles, called aerosols, through the earth’s atmosphere. The animation above from TED shows the … Read More

The Rise of El Niño in 1 Swell Image

The Rise of El Niño in 1 Swell Image

El Niño gawkers, rejoice. A new set of imagery provides a good visual clue yet another sign that El Niño conditions appear to be developing. On Tuesday, NASA’s Earth Observatory released a map showing ocean heights in the tropical Pacific in early May compared to May 1997, which preceded an El Niño formed against which all other El Niños are measu… Read More

Warming Shifting Hurricane Impacts Away from Tropics

Warming Shifting Hurricane Impacts Away from Tropics

Just what impact climate change will have on hurricanes has been a major area of study in recent decades, with the majority of the focus on what warming might do to the intensity and frequency of such storms. But a new study has revealed an overlooked trend: tropical cyclone activity is shifting away from the tropics and toward the poles. In… Read More

Great Barriers: Reefs First Line of Coastal Defense

Great Barriers: Reefs First Line of Coastal Defense

A new study quantifies what many surfers already know: coral reefs help defuse incoming waves and create huge breaks. While that helps determine where to hang ten, it also hints at something much more important: reefs are a first line of defense for coastal communities when it comes to storm surge protection and that in many cases, they are much m… Read More

April Was 2nd Warmest Globally; Average for U.S.

April Was 2nd Warmest Globally; Average for U.S.

While April was an uneventful month temperature-wise in the U.S., with most areas experiencing near-average temperatures, the month was the second-warmest April on record globally, according to new NASA data. That makes April the 350th month in a row — more than 29 years — with above-average temperatures, largely caused by the buildup of manmade… Read More

Watch the Earth Live From Space, Music Not Included

Watch the Earth Live From Space, Music Not Included

Stop watching the clock on Friday afternoon and start watching the Earth live and in HD from outerspace. The International Space Station (ISS) recently started streaming video as it races around the planet, allowing everyone a chance to enjoy the view previously only accessible to astronauts. The view of our planet from space has captivated astrona… Read More

Summer Blockbuster? El Niño Looking More Likely

Summer Blockbuster? El Niño Looking More Likely

It’s looking more and more certain that an El Niño is in the works and could arrive as soon as early summer -- bringing with it warmer global average temperatures, fewer Atlantic hurricanes, and possible drought relief for the U.S. West -- according to the latest forecast from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, released Thursday. … Read More