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6 Degrees: Arctic Ice, Drought, Fracking, Twisters & More

6 Degrees: Arctic Ice, Drought, Fracking, Twisters & More

Warming fuels drought, Arctic ice reaches max, twisters, fracking, renewables and the Corn Belt. … 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

U.S. Corn Belt the Most Productive Region in the World?

U.S. Corn Belt the Most Productive Region in the World?

NASA researchers have used a new satellite technique to see where the most productive plant-growing regions in the world are. For a few months every year, it turns out the U.S. Corn Belt has the most prolific plant growth on the planet, beating out even the ever-green Amazon. The surprising discovery not only gives the Midwest a feather in its cap,… Read More

Spectacular Satellite Image: Sahara Dust Sweeps Over UK

Spectacular Satellite Image: Sahara Dust Sweeps Over UK

Folks in the UK may have noticed a layer of grime on their cars at the end of March, the sort you might find after a windy day parked by the beach. But this dust didn’t have anything to do with taking a holiday – it blew in all the way from the Sahara Desert. Dust makes the 2,000 mile trek from the Sahara to the UK several times a year. Malcolm… 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

A Renewable Solution to Palm Oil’s Methane Problem

A Renewable Solution to Palm Oil’s Methane Problem

Standing beside a palm oil wastewater lagoon can promote a vague sense of unease. The murky brown surface appears more molten than aqueous, blanketed in roiling bubbles that suggest the imminent emergence of a mythical beast. Plus, it stinks. Thousands of these lagoons are spread across the tropics, and the number is growing steadily. Should you f… Read More