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Climate Central’s Heidi Cullen on Face the Nation

Climate Central’s Heidi Cullen on Face the Nation

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released the second part of its latest assessment report this past Sunday. The report contained a clear message that climate change is already having tangible impacts around the globe and managing the risks it poses are of utmost importance. Those impacts are likely to grow more pronounced if greenhouse… Read More

Coral Reefs in Australia Face Highest Risk in 215 Years

Coral Reefs in Australia Face Highest Risk in 215 Years

High ocean temperatures off the West Australian coast are “unprecedented since at least 1795” and pose a significant threat to the state’s coral reefs, scientists say. Core samples taken from coral colonies around the Houtman-Abrolhos Islands, west of Geraldton, have provided scientists with records of ocean temperature and sea levels going back 2… Read More

Mind the Fracking Data Gap, Study Says

Mind the Fracking Data Gap, Study Says

A new University of Texas-Austin analysis of natural gas drilling and fracking in urban areas near Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, not only illuminates that fracking knowledge gap, but blasts regulatory agencies at nearly every level of government for dismissing public concern about the health and environmental impacts of oil and gas development.… Read More

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