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Weakening Ice Shelves Raise Sea Level Rise Concerns

Weakening Ice Shelves Raise Sea Level Rise Concerns

All along Antarctica’s coast, tongues of floating ice act as a firewall. Any major breaks in the firewall could send inland ice flowing faster to the sea, raising ocean levels and threatening coastal communities around the globe. In some ways, it’s a process already seen in some areas of Antarctica and it’s concerning enough that scientists have … Read More

World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm to Be Built in U.K.

World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm to Be Built in U.K.

The U.K. wind energy industry received a boost this week with the announcement of the world’s biggest offshore wind farm, to be built off the north-east coast. Dong Energy said its multi-billion pound Hornsea project, which is expected when complete to power as many as 1m homes in the region, will occupy more than 400 square kilometers, situated… Read More

These Paintings Turn Climate Data Into Art

These Paintings Turn Climate Data Into Art

Climate data is usually seen in pixels, spreadsheets and maps. But watercolors? Not so much. That’s what makes a growing series of paintings by Maine-based artist Jill Pelto so striking. They combine imagery from the natural world with hard data showing the impact climate change is having. The message can be subtle, with the global average … Read More

Warming Waters Linked to Northeast Seagrass Die-offs

Warming Waters Linked to Northeast Seagrass Die-offs

An analysis of data gathered from 1992 through 2013 found widespread warming and declining water quality throughout Buzzards Bay, a shallow estuary near Cape Cod popular in the summertime but tainted by pollution. Nitrogen pollution was found to have worsened in some parts of the bay, but not everywhere. The valleys and ridges that were etched … Read More

Ocean Warming is Making Floods Worse, Study Finds

Ocean Warming is Making Floods Worse, Study Finds

Floodwaters that washed icy brine into streets and homes along the eastern seaboard during Saturday’s blizzard reached heights in some places not experienced since Hurricane Sandy. “I just hope it isn’t a sign of things to come,” Pam Bross told a local newspaper as she mopped up the market she operates on a New Jersey street not normally reached by… Read More

Atlantic, Caribbean Storms Strengthen With Warming

Atlantic, Caribbean Storms Strengthen With Warming

Hurricanes in the Atlantic and Caribbean oceans will grow more than twice as powerful and damaging as ocean temperatures rise from global warming, a new study says. Warming seas could produce more rainfall and far more destructive storm surges of water along the ocean shorelines in the next 50 to 100 years, said the study by U.S. scientists… Read More

Warmer Indian Ocean Could Be ‘Ecological Desert’

Warmer Indian Ocean Could Be ‘Ecological Desert’

Anslem Silva has fished for four decades from this popular harbor on Sri Lanka's west coast, but for five years now filling his boat has become increasingly difficult. "We seem to be spending more and more time out at sea looking for catch. Where there were fish for decades, now there is very little. It is strange, but all of us have been noticing… Read More

Study: Deep Ocean Waters Trapping Vast Store of Heat

Study: Deep Ocean Waters Trapping Vast Store of Heat

A new generation of scientific instruments has begun scouring ocean depths for temperature data, and the evidence being pinged back via satellite warns that the consequences of fossil fuel burning and deforestation are accumulating far below the planet’s surface. More than 90 percent of the heat trapped by greenhouse gas pollution since … Read More

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Philadelphia: July Days Over 90 Degrees By mid-century in Philadelphia, the sweltering heat of July 2010 may be thought of as cooler-than-average conditions

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