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Odd Rifts in Antarctic Ice Could Mean ‘Sayonara, Glacier’

Odd Rifts in Antarctic Ice Could Mean ‘Sayonara, Glacier’

In August of 2015, a large iceberg broke off from the floating section of Antarctica’s massive Pine Island Glacier. While such an event is part of the natural life cycle of glaciers, this one was precipitated by an unusual rift in the middle of the ice that could point to a new mechanism for the collapse of this and potentially other glaciers … Read More

Threatened Nations Aim for 100 Percent Renewables

Threatened Nations Aim for 100 Percent Renewables

A group of the countries most at risk from climate change said they would strive to make their energy production 100 percent renewable "as rapidly as possible", as part of efforts to limit global warming to below 1.5 degrees Celsius. The Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF), which numbers 48 nations, also committed to update their climate action plans… Read More

Supermoon Floods Warn of Crisis Facing Trump, U.S.

Supermoon Floods Warn of Crisis Facing Trump, U.S.

Donald Trump is preparing to lead America during a perilous period for the 130 million residents of its coastal counties. High tides linked to the full moon since the weekend caused minor flooding from Florida to New England, underscoring the need for improved coastal infrastructure at a time of faster rising seas. “We do see some pretty high tides… Read More

Second-Warmest October Cements Hottest Year

Second-Warmest October Cements Hottest Year

October was the second hottest on record for the planet, NASA data released Tuesday shows. The month was the latest in a string of record- and near record-warm months that will see 2016 easily take the title of hottest year in the books. While an exceptionally strong El Niño helped to boost temperatures early in the year, most of the excess heat… Read More

Rio’s Beaches Take Battering From Storm Surge

Rio’s Beaches Take Battering From Storm Surge

Scientists in Rio de Janeiro have warned that the city’s sea defenses may not be able to cope with the effects of climate change after a record storm surge swamped beaches, dumping hundreds of tonnes of sand across nearby roads and buildings. Waves of almost four metres in the weekend storm left beach flags fluttering in tatters, forced the … Read More

Warm Ocean Water Takes Toll on Antarctica’s Glaciers

Warm Ocean Water Takes Toll on Antarctica’s Glaciers

It has become increasingly clear in recent years that ocean waters are eating away at the undersides of the ice shelves that fringe Antarctica and buttress its many glaciers. A new study released Tuesday has found that hundreds of feet of ice have been lost from the bottoms of a few of these ice shelves and glaciers in a region of the continent… Read More

Sea Level Rise Upping Ante On ‘Sunny Day’ Floods

Sea Level Rise Upping Ante On ‘Sunny Day’ Floods

Parts of Atlantic Coast are still recovering from the onslaught of Hurricane Matthew, but even more flooding is on the way as local tides will reach some of their highest points of the year. With little chance to recover between events, coastal cities are facing a constant reminder that climate change has already tipped the scales toward more… Read More

Sandy’s Surge Was Extreme. It Could Become Normal

Sandy’s Surge Was Extreme. It Could Become Normal

The destructive force of storm surge was on clear display this weekend as Hurricane Matthew ripped across the Caribbean, Florida and the Carolinas. For some in New York, it may have brought back memories of Sandy, another destructive October storm that broke flood records and upended the region. Research published on Monday in the Proceedings of … Read More

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Cold Nights on the Decline Take a look at how cold nights have been trending for various cities across the U.S.

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