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Huge Methane Emissions ‘Hot Spot’ Found in U.S.

Huge Methane Emissions ‘Hot Spot’ Found in U.S.

The largest concentration of methane emissions seen in the U.S. over the past decade has been detected by satellite over the the most active coal-bed methane production area in the country — the Four Corners area of New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Arizona, according to a new study published Thursday.… Read More

Where Is El Nino? And Why Do We Care?

Where Is El Nino? And Why Do We Care?

But the reason we still care so much about it, following all of its tiny fluctuations toward becoming a full-blown El Niño, is that it can have important effects on the world’s weather, including in the U.S. It can even boost global temperatures, helping set the planet on the course to be the warmest year on record.… Read More

Study: Renewables As Green As You’d Expect

Study: Renewables As Green As You’d Expect

Rolling out wind and solar power projects across the globe through 2050 will probably have a very low climate and environmental impact and even reduce air pollution despite the need for extracting pollution-intensive raw materials.… Read More

Oceans Getting Hotter Than Anybody Realized

Oceans Getting Hotter Than Anybody Realized

The RV Kaharoa motored out of Wellington, New Zealand on Saturday, loaded with more than 100 scientific instruments, each eventually destined for a watery grave. Crewmembers will spend the next two months dropping the 50-pound devices, called Argo floats, into the seas between New Zealand and Mauritius, off the coast of Madagascar. There, the … Read More

How We Can Save Coral Reefs and Why We Should

How We Can Save Coral Reefs and Why We Should

Coral reefs are among the most beautiful ecosystems on Earth — “a jeweled belt around the middle of the planet,” in oceanographer Sylvia Earle’s words. They also are extremely valuable. Reefs cover less than one-tenth of 1 percent of the ocean floor but support more than 800 species of coral and 4,000 species of fish. They are spawning grounds, coa… Read More

Scientists Eye ‘Real-Time’ Extreme Event Attribution

Scientists Eye ‘Real-Time’ Extreme Event Attribution

In recent years, scientists have become more adept at working out whether climate change caused by greenhouse gas emissions is exacerbating wild weather and its impacts around the world, but the task usually takes months.… Read More

Climate Change Could Increase Global Fresh Water: MIT

Climate Change Could Increase Global Fresh Water: MIT

Global warming may increase the overall amount of freshwater flowing in rivers worldwide by about 15 percent, easing water scarcity in many places, including the U.S. Midwest, according to MIT’s Energy and Climate Outlook 2014, released Monday. … Read More

Is The World’s Main Climate Goal Misguided?

Is The World’s Main Climate Goal Misguided?

A pair of Californian scientists triggered a heated debate Wednesday when they published an essay in Nature calling on world leaders and climate negotiators to ditch their goal of limiting global warming to 2 degrees Celsius. What’s with the climate kerfuffle? We’ll start with the basics. What’s a Celsius? It’s that unit of measurement by which … Read More