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Sea Level Rise to Play Bigger Role in NYC Storms: Study

Sea Level Rise to Play Bigger Role in NYC Storms: Study

Hurricane Sandy caused upward of $60 billion in damage including an estimated $19 billion in damage and economic losses in New York City alone. Sea level rise played a relatively minor role in contributing to these losses. However, a new study finds that that might not be the case for future storms, even those that pack less of a punch than Sandy.… Read More

Hybrids Better for Climate than Leaf, Tesla in Most States

Hybrids Better for Climate than Leaf, Tesla in Most States

An electric car is only as good for the climate as the electricity used to power it. And in states that rely heavily on fossil fuels like coal and natural gas for their electricity there are many conventional and plug-in hybrid vehicles that are better for the climate than electric cars.… Read More

Methane Leaking in Utah Suggests Higher National Rate

Methane Leaking in Utah Suggests Higher National Rate

A new study of the air above a natural gas field in Utah suggests that far more methane gas may be escaping into the atmosphere from drilling operations than previously estimated. The study, to be published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, is the first to use an aircraft to directly sample the air downwind of natural gas and oil wells i… Read More

Cities Under Water, War and Heat, and New NOAA Head

Cities Under Water, War and Heat, and New NOAA Head

The impact of climate extremes on violence, Obama new NOAA head nomination and a look at the U.S. cities under future seas. … Read More

Earthquakes ‘May Contribute to Methane Leaks’

Earthquakes ‘May Contribute to Methane Leaks’

And here’s another shuddering twist to the horror story that is climate change: even earthquakes may play a role. Large quantities of methane may have escaped during a violent earthquake that shook the floor of the Arabian Sea in 1945, according to German and Swiss researchers. David Fischer of the University of Bremen and colleagues from the Alfr… Read More

Ecosystems Face Unprecedented ‘Climate Change Velocity’

Ecosystems Face Unprecedented ‘Climate Change Velocity’

Over the next century, plants and animals on land might be in for a wild and ultimately devastating ride. Warming temperatures, changing precipitation patterns, and extreme weather and climate events are likely to increase at a rate and magnitude not seen in more than 65 million years, according to a new study published Thursday in the journal ...… Read More

Climate & Conflict: Warmer World May be More Violent

Climate & Conflict: Warmer World May be More Violent

The study, published in the journal Science, concludes that climate events from heat waves to droughts and floods have strong links to violent conflicts, helping to explain patterns of crime, civil wars, and even the collapse of some ancient civilizations.… Read More

Sea Level Rise ‘Locking In’ Quickly, Cities Threatened

Sea Level Rise ‘Locking In’ Quickly, Cities Threatened

Measurements tell us that global average sea level is currently rising about 1 inch per decade. But in an invisible shadow process, our “sea level debt” is growing 10 times faster, and accelerating. An international team of scientists led by Anders Levermann has just published a new study finding that for every degree Fahrenheit of global … Read More