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Launch Nears for NASA’s New CO2-Measuring Satellite

Launch Nears for NASA’s New CO2-Measuring Satellite

Since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution to the end of the 20th century, humans put some 300 to 600 billion tons of carbon into the Earth’s atmosphere from the emission of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. Only about 200 billion tons of carbon has stayed in the atmosphere, warming it up by trapping heat — the rest has been taken up… Read More

New CO2 Milestone: 3 Months Above 400 PPM

New CO2 Milestone: 3 Months Above 400 PPM

April fell first. It lasted through May. Now June will be the third month in a row with average carbon dioxide levels above 400 parts per million. Atmospheric concentrations of the greenhouse gas, which helps drive global warming, haven’t been this high in somewhere between 800,000 and 15 million years. And while the 400 ppm mark is somewhat… Read More

World Bank: Tackling Climate Will Grow the Economy

World Bank: Tackling Climate Will Grow the Economy

Fighting climate change would help grow the world economy, according to the World Bank, adding up to $2.6 trillion a year to global GDP in the coming decades. The findings, made available in a report on Tuesday, offer a sharp contrast with claims by the Australian government that fighting climate change would “clobber” the economy. The report also… Read More

Picture This: World Cup Flooding & Spectacular Lightning

Picture This: World Cup Flooding & Spectacular Lightning

Think you might have missed an awesome weather shot while you were busy watching the World Cup? Fear not, Climate Central has you covered. We’re rounding up the best weather and climate images from the week and giving you the story behind them. From Mother Nature’s best attempts to keep Cup fans from a match to a chart that illustrates just how bad… Read More

Taking a Bite Out of Climate: 4 World Cup Snacks

Taking a Bite Out of Climate: 4 World Cup Snacks

Remember how your mother put ants on a log to get you excited about eating a healthy snack? Do your mom proud by replacing those raisins with actual ants for your World Cup snacking. Insects are naturally packed with protein and omega fatty acids so you can binge without the guilt of potato chips. But bug’s aren’t just a personal health issue. Rai… Read More

Could 2014 Become the Warmest Year on Record?

Could 2014 Become the Warmest Year on Record?

For 351 months in a row, or more than 29 years, global temperatures have been warmer than average. May 2014, the 351st month in the uninterrupted series, was the warmest May on record, coming in with an average temperature 1.33°F above the 20th century average for the month (58.6°F), according to figures released Monday by the National Oceanic and… Read More

Waves in the Atmosphere Fueling Extreme Weather

Waves in the Atmosphere Fueling Extreme Weather

The pattern of a wavy jet stream was a recurring theme in U.S. weather forecasts this winter as a particularly jagged one essentially split the country in two. While there is a debate over whether climate change causes that pattern, new research shows that the waviness does exacerbate extreme weather. The research, published in Nature Climate Chan… Read More

6 Degrees: Gnarly Maps, Warping Ice and Derelict Wells

6 Degrees: Gnarly Maps, Warping Ice and Derelict Wells

From methane leaking oil wells to gnarly folds in Greenland's ice, here are 6 stories we think are worth a click. … Read More