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Food Security, Forests At Risk Under Trump’s USDA

Food Security, Forests At Risk Under Trump’s USDA

U.S. food security, forest health, and the ability of farmers to respond to climate change are all at risk if President’s Trump’s pick to lead the U.S. Department of Agriculture brings climate change skepticism to the agency, agricultural researchers and environmental law experts say. That concern takes root not only in Trump’s own statements … Read More

NOAA’s New Satellite Sent Back Its First Amazing Images

NOAA’s New Satellite Sent Back Its First Amazing Images

After years of construction, a harrowing rocket launch and delicate maneuvering to put it in position 22,300 miles above the earth, the most advanced satellite NOAA has ever put in orbit has sent back it’s first pictures. They were worth the wait.… Read More

Climate Change Is the World’s Biggest Risk, in 3 Charts

Climate Change Is the World’s Biggest Risk, in 3 Charts

The rise of the machines isn’t the biggest threat to humanity. It’s climate change, extreme weather and other environmental factors. The World Economic Forum surveyed 750 experts on what the most likely and impactful risks facing humanity are in 2017. In a report released Thursday, they ranked extreme weather as the most likely risk and the second … Read More

Landmark Paris Climate Pact to Take Effect in 30 Days

Landmark Paris Climate Pact to Take Effect in 30 Days

Moving with a diplomatic haste rivaling the rapid recent rise in global temperatures, the European Union on Wednesday joined dozens of countries in signing onto a United Nations climate treaty, pushing it to within a month of taking legal force. Following the filing of paperwork in recent weeks by 73 countries, collectively responsible for 57 … Read More

Images Show Hurricane Matthew’s Storm Surge Potential

Images Show Hurricane Matthew’s Storm Surge Potential

Hurricane Matthew has a chance to break the decade-long major hurricane drought in the U.S. The storm could bring punishing winds, heavy rains and storm surge to Florida as early as Thursday. The potential risks that storm surge poses are particularly worrisome for parts of Florida as the center of Matthew is likely to approach the coast on Friday… Read More

GOES-R Will Revolutionize U.S. Weather Satellites

GOES-R Will Revolutionize U.S. Weather Satellites

The U.S. fleet of weather satellites is about to get upgraded to high definition. In 30 days, the GOES-R satellite is scheduled to be launched into orbit, giving scientists a clearer view of the weather than ever before. The new satellite will be launched by NASA and managed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to monitor … Read More

Atlantic Hurricane Season is Seeing More Major Storms

Atlantic Hurricane Season is Seeing More Major Storms

While the U.S. has been in a major hurricane drought since 2005, those top level storms have actually become more common in the Atlantic basin. The reason could be linked to rising sea surface temperatures — fueled in part by global warming … Read More

Landfalling Typhoons Have Become More Intense

Landfalling Typhoons Have Become More Intense

In the Northwest Pacific, already a hotspot for tropical cyclones, the storms that strike East and Southeast Asia have been intensifying more than those that stay out at sea over the last four decades, a new study finds. The proportion of landfalling storms that reach Category 4 or 5 strength — the storms that wreak the most damage, as recent… Read More

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Annual Number of Big Wildfires is on the Rise The number of big fires has shot up since 1970.

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