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Acidic Oceans Could Quiet Coral Reefs

Acidic Oceans Could Quiet Coral Reefs

Doug E. Fresh may have some competition in the beatboxing arena from unlikely source. It’s not from some underground phenom but rather an underwater rising star, or well, fish. Take a listen to this beat laid down by a croaker fish off the coast of Indonesia. A rhythmic thumping provides the beat for an otherwise ambient ocean noise track. “This o… Read More

Greenland’s Ice Sheet Shifts Could Speed Melt

Greenland’s Ice Sheet Shifts Could Speed Melt

New discoveries in Greenland’s warming ice sheet tell a chilling tale of change in its depths. Mysterious under-snow lakes pockmarking its edges and deep layers of ice at higher elevations both point to changes that could hasten melt and send water cascading into the ocean, pushing global sea levels ever higher. Researchers revealed findings of th… Read More

Kerry: Agreement Essential To Overcome Climate Threat

Kerry: Agreement Essential To Overcome Climate Threat

During a speech in a media tent during a visit that wasn’t expected to last longer than several hours, John Kerry spoke hopefully of the role that energy policy could play in addressing the threat of climate change — a “global threat” that he said “ranks up there, equal” with any other, including terrorism, extremism, epidemics, poverty and nuclear… Read More

NOAA: Climate Change Did Not Cause Calif. Drought

NOAA: Climate Change Did Not Cause Calif. Drought

A new National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration study released Monday shows that the 3-year California drought may have been caused by natural variability and not necessarily human-caused climate change.… Read More

Deadly Heat in Europe 10x More Likely Than Decade Ago

Deadly Heat in Europe 10x More Likely Than Decade Ago

A new study published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change shows that not only could such a heat wave occur again, Europe is now 10 times more likely to see a repeat of such an intense heat wave than it was just a decade ago because of human-caused global warming. … Read More

How Scientists Unraveled the El Nino Mystery

How Scientists Unraveled the El Nino Mystery

It was January 1997, and the Pacific was turning pink. The color was spreading from deep beneath the surface, starting near New Guinea and creeping east toward the coast of Peru—a distance of nearly 11,000 kilometers. On the map, it seemed as though the patch might come to encompass the entire ocean, growing and rising, expanding at the surface … Read More

The End and Beginning of the Arctic

The End and Beginning of the Arctic

In the winter of 2013–14, hundreds of milk-white birds with luminous yellow eyes and wingspans of up to 5 feet descended on beaches, farmers’ fields, city parks and airport runways throughout southern Canada and the United States. Traditionally, snowy owls spend most of their time in the Arctic and subarctic regions. But every four years or so … Read More

Heat Turbocharged California’s Epic Drought

Heat Turbocharged California’s Epic Drought

A pair of researchers compared California's three-year drought with those that have struck during the past 1,200 years. They found dozens of instances of similar or worse rain shortfalls, often lasting longer than the current one. But none of those droughts left the state as dry as it has been this year.… Read More