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California Got More Snow This Winter Than Past 4 Total

California Got More Snow This Winter Than Past 4 Total

That it was wet this winter in California is an understatement. After four years of drought, the Golden State faced a whiteout of epic proportions. Mountains were caked in nearly 800 inches of snow and ski resorts are slated to stay open into summer to take advantage of snowpack unseen in years. Reservoirs filled, dams overtopped with nearly … Read More

How Trump’s Monuments Review Could Impact Climate

How Trump’s Monuments Review Could Impact Climate

President Trump has directed the Interior Department to “review” all large national monuments created since 1996 to recommend ways for Congress to shrink or abolish them. The directive came in the form of an executive order signed by the president Wednesday morning. It requires the department to make preliminary recommendations within 45 days and … Read More

Climate Change Altering the Arctic Faster Than Expected

Climate Change Altering the Arctic Faster Than Expected

Evidence continues to mount that climate change has pushed the Arctic into a new state. Skyrocketing temperatures are altering the essence of the region, melting ice on land and sea, driving more intense wildfires, altering ocean circulation and dissolving permafrost. A new report chronicles all these changes and warns that even if the world … Read More

100 Days of Climate: Week 14

100 Days of Climate: Week 14

Addressing climate change using sound science is crucial not just for the U.S., but for the world. Unfortunately, that appears unlikely over the next four years under the Trump administration, which has shown signs of being apathetic if not outright hostile to climate science and science-based policies to rein in carbon pollution. Trump has… Read More

Antarctic Surface Melt More Widespread Than Thought

Antarctic Surface Melt More Widespread Than Thought

Since the days of the great early 20th century polar explorers, scientists have noticed the unbelievably bright blue ponds and streams of meltwater that can form on the glaciers and ice shelves of Antarctica and were even crucial to the recent collapse of one ice shelf. While most research into Antarctic ice melt has concentrated on the impacts of… Read More

Warming-Driven Glacier Melt Leads to ‘River Piracy’

Warming-Driven Glacier Melt Leads to ‘River Piracy’

In the summer of 2016, the global warming-induced retreat of Kaskawulsh Glacier — one of the largest glaciers in Canada — altered the flow of its meltwater so substantially that it killed off one river and shunted its waters over to another, an abrupt geological act known as river piracy. A team of researchers were serendipitously on hand to… Read More

Hey Look, Another Record Low Month for Sea Ice

Hey Look, Another Record Low Month for Sea Ice

Climate change continues its rapid reshaping of the Arctic as yet another month saw sea ice set a record-low mark. March data just released by the National Snow and Ice Data Center marks six months in a row of record-low sea ice for the region. It’s a story that’s been reported so often recently, it risks feeling almost normal. But make no mistake… Read More

Icebergs Are Swarming Shipping Lanes in the Arctic

Icebergs Are Swarming Shipping Lanes in the Arctic

Like bees, icebergs sometimes roam in swarms. Unlike bees, icebergs can sink ships. It’s with that threat in mind that shipping companies are now avoiding parts of the North Atlantic, where an unusually large swarm of icebergs is making life miserable for captains on the high seas. Around 450 icebergs — defined as hunks of ice covering at least … Read More

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Cherry Blossoms: Earlier Bloom Cherry blossoms now appear five days earlier, on average, than they did 80 years ago.

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