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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

Rising Levels of Acids in Seas May Endanger Marine Life

Rising Levels of Acids in Seas May Endanger Marine Life

Rapidly rising carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere are causing a potential catastrophe in our oceans as they become more acidic, scientists have warned. Hans Poertner, professor of marine biology at the Alfred Wegener Institute in Germany, and co-author of a new study of the phenomenon, told the Guardian: "The current rate of change is likely… Read More

Wildfire Videos, Mega Canyons, Energy Plans and More

Wildfire Videos, Mega Canyons, Energy Plans and More

Stunning wildfire imagery, a look at Greenland's newly found canyon, and details on Obama's energy strategy … Read More

Saving Reefs by Enlisting Citizens as New Scientists

Saving Reefs by Enlisting Citizens as New Scientists

Ever wanted to see a coral reef up close? What until now has been a privilege reserved to a small minority is about to become something millions of us can (virtually) do. Scientists have hit on a way to harness 360-degree panoramas from Google’s underwater street-view format in order to let anyone with access to a computer see reefs in real time … Read More

Greenland “Mega Canyon” Sends Water to the Sea

Greenland “Mega Canyon” Sends Water to the Sea

Researchers have found a canyon in Greenland tucked under a mile and a half of ice that could rival Arizona’s Grand Canyon. While the discovery won’t become a major tourist attraction, it does provide insight into how meltwater moves under the world’s second largest ice sheet and how that might affect ice shelves and glaciers at its periphery, wh … Read More

Study Ties Global Warming ‘Hiatus’ to Pacific Cooldown

Study Ties Global Warming ‘Hiatus’ to Pacific Cooldown

Scientists probing the mystery of why, despite ever-increasing amounts of manmade greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, global average surface temperatures have increased at a slower rate during the past 15 years, may have made a breakthrough. According to a new study published Wednesday in the journal Nature, a largely natural period of unusually co… Read More