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Australia Blasted by Record Heat — Again

Australia Blasted by Record Heat — Again

Strange early-season temperatures again dogged sweaty Australians over the weekend, with Saturday’s continent-wide average maximum topping 97°F — a record for October. Spring heat waves that have been baking the continent in recent weeks are “consistent” with the modeled effects of global warming in Australia, said Tom Knutson, a National Oceanic … Read More

6 Degrees: Rising Seas, Shrinking Goats & Zombie Ice

6 Degrees: Rising Seas, Shrinking Goats & Zombie Ice

This year breaks heat records, the drought hangs on, goats get smaller and more in this week’s climate news. … Read More

Europe Reaches Climate Deal, Sends Message

Europe Reaches Climate Deal, Sends Message

The first big piece of the upcoming United Nations climate deal has fallen into place. The European Union on Friday became the first major party to the negotiations to declare how far it will go in reducing its climate impacts under a global post-2020 treaty, which is scheduled to be finalized next winter in Paris. The European Commission’s vote to… Read More

To Shrink a Goat, Warm the Globe

To Shrink a Goat, Warm the Globe

If a young Italian goat magically joined Alice in a climate-changed Wonderland, new research suggests it would skip the fattening cake and suckle instead at the body-shrinking potion. As global warming’s grip strengthens around the Italian Alps’ already-diminutive chamois — as the goat-antelope species that was studied is known — temperature rise … Read More

What’s The Deal With Europe’s Climate Talks?

What’s The Deal With Europe’s Climate Talks?

Energy and climate change are figuring prominently in the news on the other side of the warming and acidifying pond this week. European leaders are set to meet on Thursday and Friday to decide how aggressively their countries will work toward slowing global warming. "It's a big week for the EU,” said Tim Nuthall, spokesman for the European Climate… Read More

Zombie Glacier Surprises Scientists

Zombie Glacier Surprises Scientists

Glaciologists tend to speak of glaciers as if they were living creatures. They say they grow and die and have good health and bad. Now, with Halloween approaching, a handful of scientists has found a way that the anthropomorphized rivers of ice that they study can simultaneously live and die as the globe warms. The discovery of a ghoulishly semi-l… Read More

El Niño Brings Floods, Risks — and Opportunities

El Niño Brings Floods, Risks — and Opportunities

The phantom El Niño continues to hold sway over the weather and climate world, in part because it has such a strong influence on weather patterns around the globe. But the weather it influences isn’t the end of the story or even the biggest point. What really matters is how those shifts can lead to flooding or drought. A new study looks at those d… Read More

Regulations Could Douse North Dakota Gas Flares

Regulations Could Douse North Dakota Gas Flares

New regulations in North Dakota are expected to slash the CO2 emissions from flaring natural gas wells in North Dakota, where about a third of the natural gas produced along with crude oil in the Bakken shale is burned off, producing CO emissions. … Read More