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Desert Basins Could Hold ‘Missing’ Carbon Sinks

Desert Basins Could Hold ‘Missing’ Carbon Sinks

Deserts across the globe may contain some of the world’s “missing” carbon sinks — land masses scientists had not previously identified that absorb carbon from the atmosphere, according to researchers at China’s Lanzhou University. A study published Monday in the journal Nature Geoscience found that closed, or endorheic, basins in deserts — areas… Read More

Scientists Saw a Nearly Unheard of Antarctic Meltdown

Scientists Saw a Nearly Unheard of Antarctic Meltdown

Antarctica is unfreezing. In the past few months alone, researchers have chronicled a seasonal waterfall, widespread networks of rivers and melt ponds and an iceberg the size of Delaware on the brink of breaking away from the thawing landscape. A new study published in Nature Communications only adds to the disturbing trend of change afoot in … Read More

It’s June. California Is Still Covered in Snow

It’s June. California Is Still Covered in Snow

The summer solstice is just around the corner, but someone forgot to tell California’s snowpack. After years of wallowing in drought, this winter walloped California’s Sierra Nevada mountains in a major, record-setting way. And while the calendar says summer, winter still has its grips on the granite spine of the Sierras… Read More

The Larsen C Iceberg Is on the Brink of Breaking Off

The Larsen C Iceberg Is on the Brink of Breaking Off

The saga of the Larsen C crack is about reach its stunning conclusion. Scientists have watched a rift grow along one of Antarctica’s ice shelves for years. Now it’s in the final days of cutting off a piece of ice that will be one of the largest icebergs ever recorded. It’s the latest dreary news from the icy underbelly of the planet, which has … Read More

Waves Rippled Through Greenland’s Ice. That’s Ominous

Waves Rippled Through Greenland’s Ice. That’s Ominous

On its surface, the Greenland ice sheet is a vast expanse of seemingly immovable ice. But beneath the monotonous stretch of white, scientists have discovered evidence of waves rippling through one of its outlet glaciers and roiling its innards. The waves, observed during the two most intense melt seasons on record, sent an unprecedented cascade of … Read More

Bipartisan Bill Introduced to Fix Neighborhood Floods

Bipartisan Bill Introduced to Fix Neighborhood Floods

As floodwaters from some of the highest tides of the year spilled this week into cul-de-sacs and avenues from Delaware to Hawaii, new federal legislation was introduced to ease the growing toll that rising seas are taking on coastal neighborhoods. Rep. Carlos Curbelo, a Republican from Florida who champions climate action, joined with Rep. Seth Mo… Read More

The Race to Understand Black Carbon’s Climate Impact

The Race to Understand Black Carbon’s Climate Impact

On a morning in September 2015, sterile, gray Arctic light filtered through a blanket of woolly clouds as Matt Gunsch and Tate Barrett parked their rented pickup truck on a dirt road and clomped in rubber boots down a long, icy boardwalk to their air-monitoring laboratory on the tundra. From the outside, the lab looked unglamorous — a dingy, white… Read More

Sharp Rise in Flooding Ahead for World’s Poorest

Sharp Rise in Flooding Ahead for World’s Poorest

Coastal residents of poor and fast-growing tropical countries face rapid increases in the numbers of once-rare floods they may face as seas rise, with a new statistical analysis offering troubling projections for regions where sea level data is sparse. Stark increases in instances of flooding are projected for Pacific islands, parts of Southeast … Read More

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Record Low Maximum for Arctic Sea Ice This year’s annual maximum of winter Arctic sea ice is the lowest in the satellite record.

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