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Massive Flooding, Hot & Wet Summer, Melting Arctic Ice

Massive Flooding, Hot & Wet Summer, Melting Arctic Ice

Epic flooding caught on camera, extreme heat, melting Arctic ice and fracking wrap up the week in photos, and a busy plate for climate in the news.… Read More

The Globe’s More Than 28-Year Warm Streak Continues

The Globe’s More Than 28-Year Warm Streak Continues

While global land temperatures ranked as the 11th warmest on record during August, ocean temperatures tied with several other years, including 1998 and 2005, for the warmest level on record for the month. The tropical oceans were relatively cool during August, according to NOAA data, but outside of the tropics and in both the northern and southern … Read More

Channels of Meltwater Detected in Antarctic Glacier

Channels of Meltwater Detected in Antarctic Glacier

The study revealed that much of the meltwater travels through channels resembling river valleys beneath the ice sheet. One of the channels observed was about 2,000 feet wide, melting about 2.4 inches of ice per day, in much the same way that a meandering river gradually erodes adjacent land. If the melt rate were to stay steady throughout the cour… Read More

The Most Important Climate Pacts You’ve Never Heard Of

The Most Important Climate Pacts You’ve Never Heard Of

Conventional wisdom holds that the world is hopelessly deadlocked as diplomats try to craft a new global climate treaty to replace the expiring Kyoto Protocol, with scant progress being made toward reducing emissions of planet warming greenhouse gases in the interim. While this may be true as far as the United Nations climate treaty process goes, w… Read More

Microgrids: Sandy Forced Cities to Rethink Power Supply

Microgrids: Sandy Forced Cities to Rethink Power Supply

Hurricane Sandy and the havoc it wreaked on New York City and the rest of the Northeast in 2012 could prove to be a turning point in how people think about the way electricity is produced and distributed in storm-prone areas.… Read More

Newfangled ‘Icepod’ Tracks Greenland’s Melting Ice Sheets

Newfangled ‘Icepod’ Tracks Greenland’s Melting Ice Sheets

The LC-130 Hercules flew low over the ice sheet in a tight grid pattern, Teflon-coated landing skis barely 300 meters above the soft upper layer of snow. At the rear of the plane, scientists clustered round a monitor displaying a regular pattern of dark red waves generated by a radar signal. Somewhere in the vast, white emptiness below were two tin… Read More

The U.N., Storms, and Air Travel: Climate Takes the Stage

The U.N., Storms, and Air Travel: Climate Takes the Stage

Climate change takes center stage this week when it comes to storms, air travel and the U.N.… Read More

Risk of Sandy-Level Flood in NYC Has Doubled Since 1950

Risk of Sandy-Level Flood in NYC Has Doubled Since 1950

As the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy approaches, a new study points to the rapidly escalating risk of Sandy-magnitude flooding events in the New York City area due to global sea level rise. The study, published Thursday in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, found that sea level rise during the 1950 to 2012 period has alr… Read More