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Arctic Ice Hits Yearly Max, But Summer’s Melt Uncertain

Arctic Ice Hits Yearly Max, But Summer’s Melt Uncertain

It’s that time of year again: No, we’re not talking allergies flaring or cherry blossoms blooming, but the Arctic ice cap reaching its maximum size for the year. Arctic sea ice reached its maximum area, or extent, on March 21, after a brief late season surge in ice formation. The total amount of ice coverage peaked at 5.7 million square miles, so… Read More

Warming Temperatures Could Dry Out One Third of Planet

Warming Temperatures Could Dry Out One Third of Planet

Warming temperatures, scientists say, can tip places into drought conditions by increasing evaporation and sapping soil of its moisture. A new study suggests up to a third of the Earth's land area could be subject to drier conditions because of warmer temperatures, not just changing precipitation patterns, by the end of the century. The study find… Read More

Rains Won’t Quell California Wildfire Season

Rains Won’t Quell California Wildfire Season

Where there is drought in the West, major wildfires are sure to ignite. 2014, just like last year, promises to be another year of destructive wildland blazes in the states where drought has hit the hardest over the last several years: California, Arizona and New Mexico. The rest of the country, however, can expect a nearly-normal or below normal f… Read More

Climate Change Impacts in Pictures: 8 Stark IPCC Images

Climate Change Impacts in Pictures: 8 Stark IPCC Images

With 30 chapters that cite more than 12,000 scientific papers and reports, there’s a lot of material -- and a lot of words -- in the newly released Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report looking at the impacts of global warming. But the report is also chock full of illustrative tables and diagrams that make the effects of global warming… Read More

IPCC Says Climate Change is Here, World Needs to Adapt

IPCC Says Climate Change is Here, World Needs to Adapt

The overall warming of the planet has had a clear impact on Earth’s natural systems and human society and will pose increased – and potentially disastrous – risks in the future if the world does not make a more concerted effort to adapt and try to prevent the worst possible outcomes. That’s the continued message from the Intergovernmental Panel on… Read More

Old Masters’ Paintings Hide Clues to a Past Climate

Old Masters’ Paintings Hide Clues to a Past Climate

Deep red sunsets offer more than just a stunning backdrop for Old Masters' paintings: They can tell how dirty the air was when the painter picked up the brush. The degree of red in the skies depicted in historic paintings offers a proxy for pollution levels in the Earth's past atmosphere, according to a study published Tuesday. What's more, artists… Read More

Public Recruited to Research Australia’s Record Heat

Public Recruited to Research Australia’s Record Heat

An international team of climate scientists is looking to recruit 10,000 members of the public to help find out the exact role greenhouse gases played in Australia’s record temperatures last year. The Weather@home ANZ project will use people’s home computers to run a series of simulations based on the weather experienced in 2013, which has been co… Read More

6 Degrees: A Warm Year, A Snowy Spring & Cool Maps

6 Degrees: A Warm Year, A Snowy Spring & Cool Maps

The WMO says 2013 was one of the warmest, it could snow in March and check out these maps. … Read More