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NASA’s $1 Billion Soil Moisture Mission Ready For Lift Off

NASA’s $1 Billion Soil Moisture Mission Ready For Lift Off

NASA is spending nearly $1 billion on a new satellite, scheduled to be blasted into space over the weekend, following nearly a decade of work and two launch delays, that will help scientists measure moisture levels in the top two inches of the world’s soils. A couple inches of loam or humus could sound like much ado about nothing. But to the earth… Read More

A Country Divided by Seasons and Warming

A Country Divided by Seasons and Warming

The U.S. is no stranger to differences among its sometimes bickering states, so perhaps it’s no surprise that even global warming finds itself with some regional rivalries. A Climate Central analysis of regional and seasonal temperature differences in the contiguous U.S. since 1970 reveals a country divided along temperature lines, just as it is i… Read More

Scientists Find Which Coral Reefs Will Survive Warming

Scientists Find Which Coral Reefs Will Survive Warming

Scientists have identified which parts of the Great Barrier Reef and other reefs are most capable of recovering from mass bleaching events which will become more frequent due to global warming. The information should help conservationists to target their efforts to protect the portions of reefs that are most capable of survival, they say. Previous … Read More

The Method to Our 1-in-27 Million Madness

The Method to Our 1-in-27 Million Madness

By now, you've probably heard that 2014 was the warmest year on record. You may have also heard that 13 of the 15 hottest years occurred in the last 15 years, which has pretty darn low odds of occurring. We calculated just how low the odds are (and illustrated them with a video) and have had some questions about the methodology so here's the inside… Read More

Heat Stroke, Anyone? Tennis Grand Slams Heating Up

Heat Stroke, Anyone? Tennis Grand Slams Heating Up

New research by Climate Central shows how climate change is affecting tennis the world over. That research analyzed temperatures for all four cities that host grand slam tournaments, and the average daily maximums were analyzed for the months when the bulk of the matches are played for each tournament. Since 1968, when professionals began competing… Read More

Watch 135 Years of Global Warming in 30 Seconds

Watch 135 Years of Global Warming in 30 Seconds

This iconic animation from our friends at NASA depicts how temperatures around the globe have warmed from 1880 to 2014.… Read More

Five Graphics That Show 2014’s Record Heat

Five Graphics That Show 2014’s Record Heat

Unless you've been living under a climate rock, you've probably heard that 2014 was the warmest year on record. NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released data on Friday confirming last year took the crown from 2010 by about 0.1°F and running 1.24°F above the long-term average. What does the hottest year on record look l… Read More

A Broken Record: 2014 Hottest Year

A Broken Record: 2014 Hottest Year

The final numbers are in: 2014 is officially the hottest year on record in the past 135 years, NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced Friday. The record does not come as a surprise as it’s another marker of the sustained accumulation of heat in the atmosphere thanks to the unabated emissions of greenhouses… Read More