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2013 Climate By the Numbers: One-Stop Shop for it All

2013 Climate By the Numbers: One-Stop Shop for it All

Our year-end infographic has it all, a one-stop shop for stats on everything from temperature to tornadoes.… Read More

Compared to 2 Previous Years, 2013 Was a Paper Tiger

Compared to 2 Previous Years, 2013 Was a Paper Tiger

The U.S. suffered its share of extreme weather and climate events in 2013, from a monster tornado that flattened large parts of Moore, Okla., to the driest year on record in California. But compared to the blockbuster calamities of the previous 2 years, 2013 stands out more for its relative tameness.… Read More

Natural Defenses Can Best Protect Coasts Says Study

Natural Defenses Can Best Protect Coasts Says Study

It isn’t just the catastrophic storms and tropical cyclones that threaten disaster for the world’s coastal cities. Simple, insidious things like sea level rise, coastal subsidence and the loss of wetlands could bring the sea water coursing through city streets in the decades to come. Jonathan Woodruff of the University of Massachusetts Amherst in … Read More

Reducing Sunlight by Geoengineering Will Not Cool Earth

Reducing Sunlight by Geoengineering Will Not Cool Earth

Two German scientists have just confirmed that you can’t balance the Earth’s rising temperatures by simply toning down the sunlight. It may do something disconcerting to the patterns of global rainfall. Earlier this year a U.S.-led group of scientists ran sophisticated climate models of a geoengineered world and proposed the same thing. Now Axel K… Read More

Toasty November Vaults 2013 Into Top 5 Warmest Years

Toasty November Vaults 2013 Into Top 5 Warmest Years

According to NOAA, the November warmth catapulted the year-to-date from the 7th-warmest on record, which is where it stood as of the end of October, to being tied with 2002 for the fourth-warmest year on record. This puts 2013 on track to be the warmest year on record without an El Niño event, depending on where December temperatures end up.… Read More

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow: U.S. Sets Benchmark

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow: U.S. Sets Benchmark

But while the U.S. has shivered through the start to winter, the rest of the world was unusually mild during November. According to NASA, November was the warmest such month on record worldwide since reliable instrument temperature data began being collected in 1880. The top 10 warmest Novembers in NASA’s dataset have each occurred since 2001.… Read More

Oceans Storing More Carbon than Previously Thought

Oceans Storing More Carbon than Previously Thought

Oceans cover 70 percent of the Earth’s surface, and act as an important carbon sink. However, each part of the ocean works in different ways to take up carbon from the atmosphere and store it. Two new studies shed light on the nuances how these processes work in the Arctic Ocean and coastal zones. The findings about the Arctic were published recen… Read More

New Climate Records Focus on Earth’s Sensitivity

New Climate Records Focus on Earth’s Sensitivity

– You may think the prospect of climate change is alarming, a call to action to slow down our emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. You’re almost certainly right. But some scientists are now suggesting you should be much more concerned than you are, because they think we may be seriously underestimating the problem. The Geologica… Read More