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Roadside Land Offers Huge Carbon Storage Potential

Roadside Land Offers Huge Carbon Storage Potential

As you watch the miles roll by on family road trips this summer, look just behind the guard rails to see what some scientists believe is a significant untapped resource in the battle against climate change. The land alongside the 4 million miles of U.S. public roadways, already being maintained by federal, state, and local governments, could be pla… Read More

Scientists Begin Hi-Tech Quest for Arctic Sea Ice Answers

Scientists Begin Hi-Tech Quest for Arctic Sea Ice Answers

longer and cost a lot more than watching paint dry, it will be much more interesting and rewarding. They plan to discover just how the Arctic ice retreats, the rate at which it melts, and the oceanographic processes at work. The Arctic ice cap is a vital part of the climate machine, and the basis of an important ecosystem. But although the polar ic… Read More

Win-Win Way Pinpointed to Aid Food Security & Climate

Win-Win Way Pinpointed to Aid Food Security & Climate

Imagine being able to contain greenhouse gas emissions, make fertilizer use more efficient, keep water waste to a minimum, and put food on the table for the 10 billion people crowded into the planet’s cities, towns and villages by the end of the century. An impossible dream? Not according to Paul West, co-director and lead scientists of the Global … Read More

Number of ‘Hot Days’ Are on the Rise: See Your City

Number of ‘Hot Days’ Are on the Rise: See Your City

This is the warmest time of year in most of the U.S. And if we continue to pump heat-trapping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, it’s going to get even warmer — not only in the summer, but throughout the year. “How warm?” is the obvious question. So we've shown how the numbers of extremely hot days are projected to increase by 2050 and 2100 if … Read More

Celebrate NASA Satellite’s Birthday With 5 Amazing Pics

Celebrate NASA Satellite’s Birthday With 5 Amazing Pics

From shrinking glaciers in Antarctica to the rise of irrigation in Kansas to really ridiculously good looking clouds, the Landsat series of satellites have been continuously capturing amazing Earth imagery since this day in 1972. There have been eight Landsat satellites sent into space by NASA and operated in cooperation with the U.S. Geological S… Read More

Fires in NW Territories in Line with ‘Unprecedented’ Burn

Fires in NW Territories in Line with ‘Unprecedented’ Burn

For the past few weeks, dry and warm weather have fueled large forest fires across Canada’s remote Northwest Territories. The extent of those fires is well above average for the year to-date, and is in line with climate trends of more fires burning in the northern reaches of the globe. Of the 186 wildfires in the Northwest Territories to-date this… Read More

Interactive: 1,001 Blistering Future Summers

Interactive: 1,001 Blistering Future Summers

During these dog days of summer, air conditioning and splash parks can help beat the heat, but climate change is making it harder to avoid simmering temperatures. Summers in most of the U.S. are already warmer than they were in the 1970s. And climate models tell us that summers are going to keep warming as greenhouse gas emissions continue. What … Read More

Climate Change Gets Up Close and Personal

Climate Change Gets Up Close and Personal

In the past several years, advances in both climate science and supercomputing have begun offering people like Powell a more intricate picture of the future: models of climate change that zoom in to hyperlocal scales. In 2011, the University of Idaho unveiled a model that estimated future climate for areas as small as 2-and-a-half miles over the en… Read More