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Feel the Heat: Fourth-Warmest October for U.S.

Feel the Heat: Fourth-Warmest October for U.S.

It might be chilly (OK, downright Arctic) in the middle third of the U.S. these days, but if you live there, you can warm yourself with memories of October. According to new data released Thursday, October wasn’t just a little warm, it was the fourth warmest October for the lower 48 on record and not a single state recorded below normal temperature… Read More

Extreme Halloween: Ghoulish Weather Records

Extreme Halloween: Ghoulish Weather Records

Hopefully your pumpkin is carved, the candy bowl is full and you haven't overdosed on candy corn yet because Friday is Halloween. This year's holiday has already set one record for the number of costumes that Americans purchased, including a whopping $350 million on pet costumes. But we here happen to be interested in some other records, specifical… Read More

Jack Frost Not Exactly Nipping at Your Nose

Jack Frost Not Exactly Nipping at Your Nose

The mercury has already dipped below 32°F at a number of locations around the U.S. in the Rockies and Upper Midwest. It’s only a matter of time before chilly temperatures march east and south as fall turns to winter, frosting over windowpanes, lawns and leaves. But Old Man Winter and Jack Frost are getting a later and later start to their usual fro… Read More

Seattle to Fine Residents Who Fail to Compost

Seattle to Fine Residents Who Fail to Compost

The additional fees could start to be levied next summer. Warnings will be issued during the first half of 2015, with warning tags placed on bins found to contain excessive amounts of food waste or compostable paper. Recycling is already mandatory in Seattle… Read More

Pacific Northwest Warming May Have Natural Roots

Pacific Northwest Warming May Have Natural Roots

Dan Nichols was hauling in a gillnet laden with the fruits of a late-season Alaskan salmon run when something heavy flopped out of it, then slid to the front of his boat. “I knew what the tail was,” he says. Surprised, the mustachioed fishing veteran stopped picking salmon from his net and approached the itinerant creature. “I had to stop what I wa… Read More

Marine Economy Takes a Dive as Ocean Acidity Rises

Marine Economy Takes a Dive as Ocean Acidity Rises

The waters off the U.S. state of Alaska are some of the best fishing grounds anywhere, teeming with salmon and with shellfish such as crab. But a new study, funded by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration(NOAA), says growing acidification of Alaska’s waters, particularly those off the southern coast, threatens the state’s whole e… Read More

As Arctic Ice Melts, Polar Bears Find a New Menu

As Arctic Ice Melts, Polar Bears Find a New Menu

Starving polar bears, icon of the climate change movement, may be able to adapt to an ice-free summer season in the Arctic after all. Scientists have long thought that polar bears essentially starve during the summer, living off fat reserves until the sea ice returns and they can venture out to sea to capture their main source of calories: seals. B… Read More

Summertime Blues? U.S. Seeing Red as Temps Rise

Summertime Blues? U.S. Seeing Red as Temps Rise

The summer solstice is right around the corner this Saturday and temperatures around the U.S. have started to rise to the occasion. But it’s not just a warmup from spring to summer that’s occurring: summer temperatures have been steadily rising since 1970. On average, temperatures have increased at a rate of about 0.4°F per decade in the… Read More