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Major Changes Loom in Arctic as U.S. Leads Council

Major Changes Loom in Arctic as U.S. Leads Council

Just 30 years ago, the Arctic was viewed as a frozen expanse of limited opportunity. But climate change is rapidly reshaping the region — it’s warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet — creating new opportunities and risks that are coming into global focus. “Without climate change, we wouldn’t really be talking about the Arctic in the first… Read More

Arctic Research Vessel Set Adrift to Study Sea Ice Decline

Arctic Research Vessel Set Adrift to Study Sea Ice Decline

A research vessel is adrift in the Arctic to study why sea ice is retreating faster than expected. Ice cover across the northern ocean fell to a new low last month, reaching just over 14.5 million sq kilometers (5.61 million square miles) at its winter peak, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center, in Colorado. That was 130,000 sq… Read More

New Studies Reveal Climate Extremes From Fire to Ice

New Studies Reveal Climate Extremes From Fire to Ice

Climate scientists don't just rely on computer models and contemporary observations to understand the intimate relationship between CO2 in the atmosphere and environmental conditions on Earth. They also look to the ancient past — and two reports in recent days have made it clear how intimate that relationship is. One chronicles an episode 2.4 … Read More

Three Ways The West Can Adapt To Drought

Three Ways The West Can Adapt To Drought

The current Washington drought could help the West learn to adapt to one of the most profound effects that climate change is projected to bring to the region. Scientists warn that climate change could deliver “megadroughts” to the West, the likes of which haven’t been experienced in more than a millenium. “I’m seeing this year as a dress rehearsal … Read More

New York’s Smart Grid Research May Shape U.S.

New York’s Smart Grid Research May Shape U.S.

New York State is aiming to get ahead on adapting to the new circumstances climate change presents and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by finding ways to not only make its infrastructure more able to withstand weather extremes, but also to generate more renewable energy and integrate that power into the electric grid.… Read More

Thawing Permafrost Will ‘Seep, Not Explode’ CO2

Thawing Permafrost Will ‘Seep, Not Explode’ CO2

The Arctic holds more than a trillion tons of carbon, locked in the frozen soil known as permafrost. That’s more than twice as much carbon as there is in the atmosphere itself, according to a 2013 report from the National Academy of Sciences. And as the climate warms under its growing blanket of human-generated greenhouse gases, thawing permafrost … Read More

The Future of Mountain Glaciers Is Bleak

The Future of Mountain Glaciers Is Bleak

Melting ice in Greenland and Antarctica get far more attention, but mountain glaciers around the world — in the Rockies, the Andes, the Himalayas and other ranges — are melting as well as the planet heats up. All told, say climate modelers, the water they release could contribute about a foot’s worth of the 3 to 6 feet of sea level rise projected … Read More

Satellite Images Show Scope of Calif.’s Record Low Snow

Satellite Images Show Scope of Calif.’s Record Low Snow

When news broke of California’s record low snow earlier this week, it wasn’t a surprise this year was a recordbreaker. The real shock was just how low the snowpack had dwindled. Weak snowfall and downright balmy temperatures drove the snowpack down to just 6 percent of normal on April 1, a mark that “obliterates” the previous record, one official … Read More

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Maps Show Quarter Million New Yorkers Reside Below Potential Storm Surge Level This map shows the land zone within five vertical feet of the average high tide line in the New York City area.

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