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Can Saltwater Quench Our Growing Thirst?

Can Saltwater Quench Our Growing Thirst?

It seems simple enough: Take the salt out of water so it’s drinkable. But it’s far more complex than it appears at first glance. It’s also increasingly crucial in a world where freshwater resources are progressively strained by population growth, development, droughts, climate change and more. That’s why researchers and companies from the U.S. to … Read More

Arctic Research Vessel Set Adrift to Study Sea Ice Decline

Arctic Research Vessel Set Adrift to Study Sea Ice Decline

A research vessel is adrift in the Arctic to study why sea ice is retreating faster than expected. Ice cover across the northern ocean fell to a new low last month, reaching just over 14.5 million sq kilometers (5.61 million square miles) at its winter peak, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center, in Colorado. That was 130,000 sq… Read More

New Studies Reveal Climate Extremes From Fire to Ice

New Studies Reveal Climate Extremes From Fire to Ice

Climate scientists don't just rely on computer models and contemporary observations to understand the intimate relationship between CO2 in the atmosphere and environmental conditions on Earth. They also look to the ancient past — and two reports in recent days have made it clear how intimate that relationship is. One chronicles an episode 2.4 … Read More

Pacific Winds Tied to Warming Slowdown, Dry West

Pacific Winds Tied to Warming Slowdown, Dry West

To understand why the West has been so dry since the turn of the century, cast your eye further west — to the natural waxing and waning of Pacific Ocean winds. Strong trade winds have been forcing heat into ocean depths, contributing to a temporary slowdown in land surface warming over the past 15 to 20 years that some have called a warming hiatus… Read More

When Climate Science Clashes With Real-World Policy

When Climate Science Clashes With Real-World Policy

When a San Francisco panel began mulling rules about building public projects near changing shorelines, its self-described science translator, David Behar, figured he would just turn to the U.N.’s most recent climate assessment for guidance on future sea levels. He couldn’t.… Read More

New York’s Smart Grid Research May Shape U.S.

New York’s Smart Grid Research May Shape U.S.

New York State is aiming to get ahead on adapting to the new circumstances climate change presents and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by finding ways to not only make its infrastructure more able to withstand weather extremes, but also to generate more renewable energy and integrate that power into the electric grid.… Read More

How Flood Insurance Could Drive Americans From Coasts

How Flood Insurance Could Drive Americans From Coasts

As salty waters ride the fossil fueled escalator of sea level rise into American streets and homes, rising flood risks may force coastal neighborhoods — if not entire cities — to be abandoned in the decades ahead. “You can’t build a seawall along the entire Eastern Seaboard,” Jessica Grannis, a climate adaptation specialist at Georgetown Climate Ce… Read More

One Image That Shows Future of Climate Models

One Image That Shows Future of Climate Models

The future of climate modeling is taking a lesson from Van Gogh’s paintings with a dose of extra technicolor for good measure. Los Alamos National Laboratory released a simulation that captures the temperatures and currents of the world’s oceans in intimate detail. The image reveals ripples down to a resolution of 9 miles in the North Atlantic, th… Read More

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In Nevada, Fires Follow Rain In a desert state like Nevada, heavy rains promote plant growth but can lead to more wildfires.

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