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How Sahara Dust Sustains the Amazon Rainforest, in 3-D

How Sahara Dust Sustains the Amazon Rainforest, in 3-D

The Amazon rainforest exists in part due to an atmospheric pipeline of dust from the Sahara Desert. And if that pipeline were to dry up or be diverted, massive biological changes could occur across the jungle. New research published on Tuesday in the journal Geophysical Research Letters uses satellite data to create the first three-dimensional look… Read More

Can Grains of the Past Help Us Weather Future Storms?

Can Grains of the Past Help Us Weather Future Storms?

In May 2009, Cyclone Aila wreaked havoc in eastern India. Clocking in at speeds of over 120 kilometers per hour, Aila hit the Sundarbans, the largest continuous block of mangrove forest in the world, located in the Ganga-Brahmaputra tidal delta on the Bay of Bengal. The storm killed hundreds of people and livestock, damaged close to a million… Read More

Everyday Climate Change, Now On Instagram

Everyday Climate Change, Now On Instagram

The #tbt hashtag might get a run for its money on Instagram: climate change has arrived on the popular social network. World class photographers are putting their pictures on display for a new account called Everyday Climate Change and amateurs can contribute. Instagram might seem like an odd place to show pictures of climate change every single … Read More

Climate Change Will Hit Australia the Hardest, Study Says

Climate Change Will Hit Australia the Hardest, Study Says

Australia could be on track for a temperature rise of more than 5°C by the end of the century, outstripping the rate of warming experienced by the rest of the world, unless drastic action is taken to slash greenhouse gas emissions, according to the most comprehensive analysis ever produced of the country’s future climate. The national science agenc… Read More

Obama Orders Rising Seas Built In to Building Standards

Obama Orders Rising Seas Built In to Building Standards

Flood risk from sea level rise brought about by climate change will have to be factored into the building standards of any new and rebuilt federally funded construction project, including those built by local governments receiving federal money, according to an executive order President Obama issued Friday. … Read More

NASA’s $1 Billion Soil Moisture Mission Ready For Lift Off

NASA’s $1 Billion Soil Moisture Mission Ready For Lift Off

NASA is spending nearly $1 billion on a new satellite, scheduled to be blasted into space over the weekend, following nearly a decade of work and two launch delays, that will help scientists measure moisture levels in the top two inches of the world’s soils. A couple inches of loam or humus could sound like much ado about nothing. But to the earth… Read More

Feds Opening Waters to Largest U.S. Offshore Wind Farm

Feds Opening Waters to Largest U.S. Offshore Wind Farm

The Atlantic’s powerful bluster twirls thousands of wind turbines off the coast of Europe, sending gigawatts of renewable energy coursing into the power grid there. Currently, there is not a single wind turbine generating even a watt of electricity in American waters as oil platforms represent the only offshore energy development in the U.S. But th… Read More

Tales of Ancient Sea Rise Told for 10,000 Years

Tales of Ancient Sea Rise Told for 10,000 Years

Without using written languages, Australian tribes passed memories of life before, and during, post-glacial shoreline inundations through hundreds of generations as high-fidelity oral history. Some tribes still can still point to islands that no longer exist — and provide their original names. That’s the conclusion of linguists and a geographer, w… Read More