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Giant ‘Battery’ Can Store Renewable Energy

Giant ‘Battery’ Can Store Renewable Energy

Norwegian hydropower schemes linked to Europe’s large wind farm projects could successfully act as a backup when wind power fails to deliver enough energy, according to SINTEF, the largest independent Scandinavian research organization. With both on- and off-shore wind power being seen as key to reducing the EU’s carbon emissions by 80-95% by 2050… Read More

Tree Find Confirms Alps Warming at Twice Global Rate

Tree Find Confirms Alps Warming at Twice Global Rate

It was only a single, withered conifer needle, but it told a dramatic story of climate change. Glaciologists found it in a set of ice cores drilled through a glacier on top of Mount Ortles, in the Italian Alps. It lay about 80 meters (262 feet) below the glacial surface, encased in solid ice, and carbon dating confirmed that it had blown from the… Read More

Still Uncertain: Climate Change’s Role in Drought

Still Uncertain: Climate Change’s Role in Drought

A new analysis from the National Center for Atmospheric Research says there are still many uncertainties about how climate change is affecting drought globally.… Read More

Toasty November Vaults 2013 Into Top 5 Warmest Years

Toasty November Vaults 2013 Into Top 5 Warmest Years

According to NOAA, the November warmth catapulted the year-to-date from the 7th-warmest on record, which is where it stood as of the end of October, to being tied with 2002 for the fourth-warmest year on record. This puts 2013 on track to be the warmest year on record without an El Niño event, depending on where December temperatures end up.… Read More

New Greenhouse Gas Proves More Powerful Than CO2

New Greenhouse Gas Proves More Powerful Than CO2

A new greenhouse gas that is 7,000 times more powerful than carbon dioxide at warming the Earth has been discovered by researchers in Toronto. The newly discovered gas, perfluorotributylamine (PFTBA), has been in use by the electrical industry since the mid-20th century. The chemical, that does not occur naturally, breaks all records for potential … Read More

Maps Show Risks of Increased Flash Flooding in England

Maps Show Risks of Increased Flash Flooding in England

Three million properties in England, including No. 10 Downing Street, are at risk of flash flooding, according to new maps published by the Environment Agency on Thursday. The maps, the first of their kind to be made available to the public, were described by the agency as a "vital service," enabling homeowners to check their level of risk. But mi… Read More

Is the West’s Dry Spell Really a Megadrought?

Is the West’s Dry Spell Really a Megadrought?

The drought that has been afflicting most of the Western states for the last 13 years may be a “megadrought,” and the likelihood is high that this century could see a multi-decade dry spell like nothing else seen over the last 1,000 years, according to research presented at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting on Wednesday and Thursday.… Read More

Sea Level & Risk of Flooding Rising Rapidly in Mid-Atlantic

Sea Level & Risk of Flooding Rising Rapidly in Mid-Atlantic

In the Mid-Atlantic region, it turns out, local land elevation changes are accelerating regional sea level rise, with all locations in the mid-Atlantic seeing faster rates of relative sea level rise compared to the global trend, the study found. The rate of relative sea level rise in the Mid-Atlantic since the early 1900s was nearly double that of … Read More