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A Timeline of 2013 Extreme Weather and Global Warming

A Timeline of 2013 Extreme Weather and Global Warming

On Monday, the Bulletin of the American Meteolorogical Society released its annual look at extreme weather events and the role of climate change in causing them. More than 90 scientists from 14 countries compiled the report, which examined 16 separate events ranging from scorching heat to heavy rains to searing drought that occurred in 2013. Check … Read More

Climate Fueled Some of 2013’s Most Extreme Events

Climate Fueled Some of 2013’s Most Extreme Events

Heat waves can clearly be linked to climate change, a new report finds, while rain events are murkier.… Read More

Science Shows How Climate Change is Baking Australia

Science Shows How Climate Change is Baking Australia

As smoke billows from unnervingly early-season wildfires charring the Australian state of Tasmania, yet more dust is settling on the scientific discussion over how climate change contributed to last year’s deadly Australian heat. Last year was Australia’s hottest on record. And each of a set of five research papers published Monday in a special ed… Read More

2014 on Track to be Hottest Year on Record

2014 on Track to be Hottest Year on Record

Just days after NASA data showed that August 2014 was the warmest August on record, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration confirmed the ranking and raised the ante: There’s a good chance 2014 could become the warmest year on record. “If we continue a consistent departure from average for the rest of 2014, we will edge out 2010 as… Read More

Climate Change Threatens Half of North America’s Birds

Climate Change Threatens Half of North America’s Birds

Half of North America’s bird species, from common backyard visitors like the Baltimore oriole and the rufous hummingbird to wilderness dwellers like the common loon and bald eagle, are under threat from climate change and many could go extinct, an exhaustive new study has found. Seven years of research found climate change the biggest threat to Nor… Read More

Warming in Europe Raises Risks of Tropical Diseases

Warming in Europe Raises Risks of Tropical Diseases

Add one more horror to the list of awful threats that climate change poses: it could introduce dengue fever in Europe. Dengue fever is already a hazard for 2.5 billion people in humid tropical regions, and 50-100 million people a year are infected by the mosquito-borne disease. It puts 500,000 of them in hospital each year, and kills around 12,000 … Read More

The Jargonaut: What’s a Rossby Wave?

The Jargonaut: What’s a Rossby Wave?

This is the year of obscure atmospheric phenomenon. The polar vortex chilled everyone’s winter. Methane releases might be carving mysterious craters in the Arctic ice. And blocking patterns got the blame for Colorado’s so-called thousand-year flood. So if you want to impress friends and relatives with your meteorological knowledge, you’re going to … Read More

Depths of Atlantic May Hold Key to Global Warming Hiatus

Depths of Atlantic May Hold Key to Global Warming Hiatus

The key to the slowdown in global warming in recent years could lie in the depths of the Atlantic and Southern oceans where excess heat is being stored – not the Pacific Ocean as has previously been suggested, according to new research. But the finding suggests that a naturally occurring ocean cycle burying the heat will flip in around 15 years’ ti… Read More