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Looming Warming Spurt Could Reshape Climate Debate

Looming Warming Spurt Could Reshape Climate Debate

Humanity is about to experience a historically unprecedented spike in temperatures. That’s the ominous conclusion of a vast and growing body of research that links sweeping Pacific Ocean cycles with rates of warming at the planet’s surface. Papers in two leading journals this week reaffirmed that the warming effects of a substantial chunk of our g… Read More

Three Tools to Solve The Mystery of Ocean Acidity

Three Tools to Solve The Mystery of Ocean Acidity

The United Nations General Assembly in late 2013 called on world governments “to urgently pursue further research on ocean acidification, especially programmes of observation and measurement.” Rapid advances since then could help scientists peer more deeply into the atomic structure of the water as policymakers search for local and global solutions… Read More

Here’s Where Ocean Acidification Will Hit the U.S. Hardest

Here’s Where Ocean Acidification Will Hit the U.S. Hardest

U.S. coastal communities better start preparing for ocean acidification now, especially if we want scallops, oysters and other shellfish to keep appearing on our dinnerplates. That’s the message of a new study that shows that shellfisheries across the U.S. are more vulnerable to climate change’s less considered counterpart than previously thought … Read More

Last Tango for Nuclear?

Last Tango for Nuclear?

Everybody loves a comeback story. If you like the U.S. nuclear power industry, it’s a Michael Jordan-type gallant return. If you don’t like nukes, it’s more of a Gloria Swanson gruesome comeback in Sunset Boulevard. Similar to both Jordan and Swanson’s character, Norma Desmond, the industry has tried more than one revival. The current one may be m… Read More

Warmer Oceans Helping Coral-Eating Starfish Thrive

Warmer Oceans Helping Coral-Eating Starfish Thrive

Warmer seas are creating an additional threat to the Great Barrier Reef, with new research suggesting rising temperatures are helping a key coral predator thrive. Crown-of-thorns starfish that eat coral are more likely to survive with rising sea surface heat levels, according to a study by the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS). An … Read More

Climate Talks Draw Praise, Herald Hard Slog Ahead

Climate Talks Draw Praise, Herald Hard Slog Ahead

Something strange pervaded low-level United Nations climate negotiations this week in Switzerland: Smiles. Throughout the week, many rejoiced in a novel all-inclusive approach taken by the newly elected chairmen guiding the negotiations. By the end of the six days of meetings, though, the dawdling and protracted nature of the talks had turned a nu… Read More

Southwest, Central Plains Face ‘Unprecedented’ Drought

Southwest, Central Plains Face ‘Unprecedented’ Drought

Climate change is creating an “unprecedented” risk of severe drought in the Southwest and Central Plains. Rising temperatures and decreasing rainfall mean that future drought could be more extreme than any drought seen in at least the past 1,000 years and the effects could reverberate for urban dwellers and farmers across the regions. The 1930s Dus… Read More

Warmer Seas Linked To East Coast Hurricane Outbreaks

Warmer Seas Linked To East Coast Hurricane Outbreaks

New research shows that hurricane activity picked up along the American East Coast after 1400, following spikes in nearby sea surface temperatures of up to 3.5°F, before waning again late in the 1600s. Researchers who peered into mud to chronicle this and an earlier spike in hurricanes say such storms could become more common again as greenhouse ga… Read More