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Sea Level Rise Threatens Oakland’s Sewer System

Sea Level Rise Threatens Oakland’s Sewer System

The shoreline along Oakland is a checkerboard quilt of cement, steel and wetlands, with grassy estuaries sandwiched between walls of cement where old terminal buildings rise from the shore, steel pipes send effluent to the Bay and massive containership berths receive their payload. Just inland from this quilt lies a broad north-south strip of … Read More

Sea Rise Will Bring Severe Floods to Silicon Valley

Sea Rise Will Bring Severe Floods to Silicon Valley

Thirty-year-old Gustavo Leal remembers the floodwaters reaching the doorstep of his family home in East Palo Alto. “It was bad enough that you couldn’t get out of your driveway,” he said. Next time the floodwaters could swamp the entire house. That's the findings of a new study released today by Climate Central, a research and journalism … Read More

Refreezing Water Causes Weird Warps in Greenland’s Ice

Refreezing Water Causes Weird Warps in Greenland’s Ice

The flat, glistening, white expanse of the Greenland Ice Sheet, stretching out across hundreds of thousands of square miles, appears placid, unchanging … boring even. But this tranquil surface belies the turmoil taking place below, at the base of the ice sheet. There, scientists have discovered sections of ice up to a kilometer thick and tens of ki… Read More

Dust in the Wind Could Speed Greenland’s Ice Melt

Dust in the Wind Could Speed Greenland’s Ice Melt

Despite it’s name, Greenland is predominantly white, as snow and ice cover the majority of the country. New research indicates that Greenland’s main color may be starting to fade and in fact darken, though, thanks to a widespread increase of dust across the ice sheets. That darkening could speed up surface melt, and with it, sea level rise around t… Read More

Hurricane Season’s Start Brings New Storm Surge Maps

Hurricane Season’s Start Brings New Storm Surge Maps

When Hurricane Sandy struck the Northeast, it was not the storm’s winds but the massive pile of water those winds pushed in front of the storm that wreaked the most havoc, inundating coastal areas in 3 to 9 feet of water, causing billions in damages, and leaving dozens dead. In general, this storm surge poses a far greater threat to lives and… Read More

6 Degrees: Kinky Rails, Rains, CO2 Emissions & More

6 Degrees: Kinky Rails, Rains, CO2 Emissions & More

Sun kinks warp railroads, CO2 emissions enter space age, rains and floods all top climate news this week. … Read More

Antarctic Ice Collapse Could Devastate Global Food Supply

Antarctic Ice Collapse Could Devastate Global Food Supply

The ongoing collapse of a large part of the Antarctica ice sheet could devastate global food supply, drowning vast areas of crop lands across the Middle East and Asia, according to new research. The report, Advancing Global Food Supply in the Face of a Changing Climate, urges the Obama Administration to step up research funding – especially in dev… Read More

El Nino Expected to Limit 2014 Hurricane Season

El Nino Expected to Limit 2014 Hurricane Season

An emerging El Niño, along with other factors, is expected to tamp down hurricane activity during the 2014 season, with a near-normal or below-normal number of storms predicted, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Thursday at New York City’s Office of Emergency Management. “El Niño is a major climate factor that … Read More