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Shale Mining in Great Barrier Reef ‘Likely to be Banned’

Shale Mining in Great Barrier Reef ‘Likely to be Banned’

Mining shale oil under the Great Barrier Reef is likely to be banned by Australia's federal Labor government as tensions rise over the environmental impact of the booming oil and gas industry on the coastline beside the reef. In February, the conservative Queensland state government lifted a moratorium on the shale oil industry in most places alon… Read More

Six to See: Slideshow of the Week’s Top Climate News

Six to See: Slideshow of the Week’s Top Climate News

We have more tools to help prepare for disasters and we'll need them with all the wild weather swings. … Read More

Weather Service Completes Upgrades to Radar Network

Weather Service Completes Upgrades to Radar Network

The radars have already proved their value to NWS forecasters. On Feb. 10, 2012, an EF-4 tornado struck Hattiesburg, Miss. Dual-pol radar products allowed local NWS forecasters to spot the tornado on their radar screens and determine that it was likely a very large and powerful twister.… Read More

Forest Service Gets New Wildfire Tool in Time for Season

Forest Service Gets New Wildfire Tool in Time for Season

The new sensor transmits data in near real-time to crews on the ground to analyze and use for decision-making purposes. The new instrument operates like a spinning mirror, and it paints a stripe on the ground perpendicular to the motion of flight, scanning that land for signs of heat and other characteristics that mark wildfire activity, Hinkley sa… Read More

IMF Rejects Fossil Fuel Subsidies, Calls for Reform

IMF Rejects Fossil Fuel Subsidies, Calls for Reform

Fossil fuel subsidies provided by both rich and poor countries to keep their citizens happy are holding back the world economy, accelerating climate change and damaging the health of current and future generations, according to the International Monetary Fund. The worst offender of all is the United States, which allows annual subsidies of $502 … Read More

Cutting Short-lived Pollutants Can Slow Sea Level Rise

Cutting Short-lived Pollutants Can Slow Sea Level Rise

As ocean waters warm and land-based ice sheets melt in response to manmade global warming, global sea levels have been rising by about 1.2 inches per decade, and recent studies project up to 1 meter, or about 3.3 feet, of sea level rise by the end of this century. This would imperil some of the world’s largest coastal population centers, such as Ne… Read More

Obama Budget Boosts Weather, Climate Funding

Obama Budget Boosts Weather, Climate Funding

The budget request includes money to upgrade the NWS’ computer systems, for climate research, and for the addition of some high-tech research tools such as unmanned aerial vehicles, which NOAA is exploring for use in investigating hurricanes, and detecting and responding to oil spills.… Read More

Margaret Thatcher’s Strong Stance on Climate Change

Margaret Thatcher’s Strong Stance on Climate Change

Margaret Thatcher, the "Iron Lady" of British politics who died Monday at the age of 87, is being lionized as the woman who tilted British domestic and economic policy to the right. Less noted is how seriously she viewed the threat of climate change and the robustness, more than 20 years ago, of climate science and United Nations body tasked with … Read More