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Extreme Heat and Heavy Rain Events Expected to Double

Extreme Heat and Heavy Rain Events Expected to Double

Extreme weather events such as droughts, heat waves and torrential rainfalls are the most powerful and obvious reminders that the climate is changing. These disasters were happening long before humans started pumping heat-trapping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, but global warming has tipped the odds in their favor. A devastating heat wave … Read More

New NASA Satellite Gets the Dirt on Soil Moisture

New NASA Satellite Gets the Dirt on Soil Moisture

Tracking soil moisture is a dirty job, but someone’s gotta do it. Soil moisture is a critical indicator of drought. For decades, ground observations have done the heavy lifting but they’re few and far between. That’s why NASA spent $1 billion to launch a soil moisture monitoring satellite earlier this year. After months of calibration, the… Read More

China Can Cut Cord on Coal (Mostly) by 2050

China Can Cut Cord on Coal (Mostly) by 2050

It may be possible for China to shake most of its reliance on fossil fuels, in part by producing more than 85 percent of its electricity from renewables by 2050, according to a new study. … Read More

Clean Energy Seeing Global ‘Renaissance’

Clean Energy Seeing Global ‘Renaissance’

An energy renaissance is one of the central messages of the Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) Future of Energy Summit taking place this week in New York City. Bloomberg analysts, government regulators and industry officials in attendance are debating how far renewable electricity has come as prices have fallen… Read More

UK Sees Biggest Drop in Emissions Since 1990

UK Sees Biggest Drop in Emissions Since 1990

The UK’s greenhouse gas emissions plunged by 8.4 percent last year, as household energy consumption slumped, the use of coal for electricity generation fell, and policies on climate change took effect, according to government statistics released on Thursday. Carbon dioxide output fell by almost a tenth, as renewable energy generation rose to a new … Read More

Can Climate Scientists Make A Difference by Not Flying?

Can Climate Scientists Make A Difference by Not Flying?

Globally, air travel accounts for 2.5 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. If air travel were a country, it would be roughly on par with Germany in emissions. And if air travel by climate scientists were a city, it would be a one-stoplight outpost. In other words, climate scientists curtailing their air travel would make a microscopic dent in redu… Read More

The Future of Mountain Glaciers Is Bleak

The Future of Mountain Glaciers Is Bleak

Melting ice in Greenland and Antarctica get far more attention, but mountain glaciers around the world — in the Rockies, the Andes, the Himalayas and other ranges — are melting as well as the planet heats up. All told, say climate modelers, the water they release could contribute about a foot’s worth of the 3 to 6 feet of sea level rise projected … Read More

Climate Change Makes Droughts in Australia Worse

Climate Change Makes Droughts in Australia Worse

Climate change is making drought conditions in southwest and southeast Australia worse, with serious ramifications for people’s health and the agriculture industry, a new paper has warned. The Climate Council report states that since the mid-1990s, southeast Australia has experienced a 15 percent drop in rainfall during late autumn and early winter… Read More

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Tripod Fire Satellite View The August 2006 Tripod Complex Fire burned some 180,000 acres of beetle-damaged forest in central Washington State.

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