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Experts Say Sandy Showed Limits of an Accurate Forecast

Experts Say Sandy Showed Limits of an Accurate Forecast

Yet Sandy also demonstrated the frustrating limitations of an accurate forecast. Despite the advanced notice and the huge threat it posed everywhere from Massachusetts to Maryland, the storm still killed 159 people, including 44 within New York City alone. Most of the New York victims drowned from coastal flooding.… Read More

Expert Warns We’re Still Unprepared for Sandy-Like Event

Expert Warns We’re Still Unprepared for Sandy-Like Event

When he realized that Hurricane Sandy was on track for a direct hit on the New York metropolitan area, and that the storm would almost certainly be making landfall at high tide, Klaus Jacob went into high gear. “First,” he recalled nearly a year later, sitting in a bright, modern conference room near his office at Columbia’s Lamont-Doherty Earth … Read More

Sandy A Warning Rising Seas Threaten Nuclear Plants

Sandy A Warning Rising Seas Threaten Nuclear Plants

No nuclear power plant in Sandy’s path was in imminent danger of a meltdown, but the storm surge lashing beneath the nuclear plants closest to Sandy’s point of landfall served as a warning that rising seas and higher storm surges driven by climate change could eventually have a devastating effect on the seven low-lying nuclear power generating site… Read More

What Happened After Congress Passed a Climate Change Law? Very Little

What Happened After Congress Passed a Climate Change Law? Very Little

Congress did something unusual last year. It passed a bill that acknowledged that sea levels are rising — i.e., that climate change is happening. The measure in question, buried near the end of a 584-page transportation funding bill, also required some modest action: That the Federal Emergency Management Agency use "the best available climate … Read More

Post Shutdown, U.S. Tries to Salvage Antarctic Research

Post Shutdown, U.S. Tries to Salvage Antarctic Research

During the 16-day shutdown, the NSF directed all support elements of the Antarctic program to stand down toward “caretaker status.” That meant halting the flow of scientists and equipment to Antarctica for the short austral summer research season, which typically lasts three to four months, and evacuating some employees from U.S. field research sta… Read More

Ireland, the Emerald Isle, Might be Losing its Green

Ireland, the Emerald Isle, Might be Losing its Green

Summer visitors to Ireland used to coping with frequent outpourings from the heavens might be in for a bit of a shock in future if the latest projections on the country’s climate by Met Ėireann, the Irish Meteorological Service, prove correct. In a just-released report, Ireland’s climate: the road ahead, Met Ėireann says that as a result of climat… Read More

IPCC Report Contains ‘Grave’ Carbon Budget Message

IPCC Report Contains ‘Grave’ Carbon Budget Message

In laying out a global cumulative carbon budget, the IPCC has for the first time endorsed the view of climate activists and scientists who have warned that countries cannot burn the world’s known reserves of fossil fuels without sending the climate system into a tailspin.… Read More

What the New IPCC Report Means for Europe

What the New IPCC Report Means for Europe

Europe has been warming faster than the global average over the last 30 years, the UN's new climate report reveals. Yesterday afternoon, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released part one of its scientific report in full. Among some of the most significant findings from a summary of the report released a few days ago are that hu… Read More