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Warming May Increase Freshwater Methane Emissions

Warming May Increase Freshwater Methane Emissions

British scientists have identified yet another twist to the threat of global warming. Any further rises in temperature are likely to accelerate the release of methane from rivers, lakes, deltas, bogs, swamps, marshlands and rice paddy fields. Methane or natural gas is a greenhouse gas. Weight for weight, it is more than 20 times more potent than c… Read More

6 Degrees: Spring is Here, New Climate Data & Tornadoes

6 Degrees: Spring is Here, New Climate Data & Tornadoes

Spring finally has sprung, flood risks on the horizon and a great view of the spring equinox. … Read More

The Best View You’ll See of the Spring Equinox

The Best View You’ll See of the Spring Equinox

The spring equinox arrives on Thursday. That might have many people living in the eastern half of the country hope that cool weather will final exit the region. But in the meantime, at least enjoy the view of the equinox from space courtesy of NASA’s Earth Observatory. The equinox is a function of the Earth’s orbit around the Sun. On March 20, the… Read More

A Cold U.S. Winter for Sure, but 8th Warmest Globally

A Cold U.S. Winter for Sure, but 8th Warmest Globally

And February, which was the 21st warmest globally since record keeping began in 1880, was the 348th consecutive month where temperatures were higher than the global average; the last month with below-average temperatures was exactly 29 years ago, in February 1985, when Ronald Reagan was just beginning his second term as president.… Read More

CO2 on Path to Cross 400 ppm Threshold for a Month

CO2 on Path to Cross 400 ppm Threshold for a Month

Last year, atmospheric carbon dioxide crossed 400 parts per million for the first time in human history. However, it didn’t cross that threshold until mid-May. This year’s first 400 ppm reading came a full two months earlier this past week and the seeming inexorable upward march is likely to race past another milestone next month. “We’re already s… Read More

New Ozone-Destroying Gases Found in the Atmosphere

New Ozone-Destroying Gases Found in the Atmosphere

Dozens of mysterious ozone-destroying chemicals may be undermining the recovery of the giant ozone hole over Antarctica, researchers have revealed. The chemicals, which are also extremely potent greenhouse gases, may be leaking from industrial plants or being used illegally, contravening the Montreal protocol which began banning the ozone destroye… Read More

Let it Rain: NASA Satellites Show Slice of Global Precip

Let it Rain: NASA Satellites Show Slice of Global Precip

Lacy ribbons of precipitation stretch across the planet in a new animation from NASA showing how widespread and yet ephemeral rain can be. A series of satellites known as the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) measure heavy to moderate rain over tropical and subtropical regions every day. From those satellite measurements taken every 3 hour… Read More

What Winds From 20 Massive Winter Storms Look Like

What Winds From 20 Massive Winter Storms Look Like

Think you had a rough winter? Just be thankful you don’t live on the coast of the North Sea. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has whipped up a map of wind anomalies from January-February. During that period, a remarkable 20 storms with hurricane-force winds (classified as winds in excess of 74 mph) formed in the region. The mar… Read More