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Antarctica’s Icy ‘Doorstops’ Thin; Rising Seas At Risk

Antarctica’s Icy ‘Doorstops’ Thin; Rising Seas At Risk

Over the past two decades, the massive platforms of floating ice that dot the coast of Antarctica have been thinning and doing so at an increasing rate, likely at least in part because of global warming. Scientists are worried about its implications for significant sea level rise. The ice shelves — some of which are larger than California and… Read More

Arctic Sea Ice Hits Record Low Winter Peak

Arctic Sea Ice Hits Record Low Winter Peak

It’s official: When the sea ice that blankets the Arctic Ocean hit its peak it yearly peak on Feb. 25, and maximum area it achieved was a record low, the National Snow & Ice Data Center announced Thursday. Warm temperatures in parts of the polar regions kept sea ice levels depressed, and also contributed to the winter peak occurring much earlier… Read More

Arctic Sea Ice Dwindling Toward Record Winter Low

Arctic Sea Ice Dwindling Toward Record Winter Low

While balmy hints of spring melt piles of snow in the eastern U.S., the impending end of winter marks peak season for Arctic sea ice. But this year, that winter maximum area is currently on track to hit a record low since satellite records began in 1979. What that low-ice mark means for the spring and summer melting seasons is unclear, but the… Read More

Artificial Glaciers in India Help Drought-Hit Villages

Artificial Glaciers in India Help Drought-Hit Villages

Villagers of the high desert of Ladakh in India’s Jammu and Kashmir state used to harvest bountiful crops of barley, wheat, fruits, and vegetables in summer. But for years the streams have run dry in spring, just when farmers needed water to sow seeds. They had water when it wasn’t needed during the rest of the year, such as in winter, when Ladakhi… Read More

How Did Your City Fare This Winter?

How Did Your City Fare This Winter?

Winter is officially over, at least in the meteorological sense. Just don't tell Washington, D.C. residents who spent yesterday shoveling out their cars. And come to think of it, don't tell West Coast residents who just dealt with the winter that wasn't.… Read More

Arctic Sea Ice Is Getting Thinner, Faster

Arctic Sea Ice Is Getting Thinner, Faster

While the steady disappearance of sea ice in the Arctic has been one of the hallmark effects of global warming, research shows it is not only covering less of the planet, but it’s also getting significantly thinner. That makes it more susceptible to melting, potentially altering local ecosystems, shipping routes and ocean and atmospheric patterns.… Read More

NASA Satellites Show Rain In Detail Like Never Before

NASA Satellites Show Rain In Detail Like Never Before

Few things on our planet connect us like precipitation. The storm that drops snow in the mountains of North Carolina one day can bring rain to the plains of Spain a week later. Yet there hasn't been a way to effectively monitor all the precipitation across the globe at once, let alone create a vertical profile from the clouds to the ground. All th… Read More

Freeze Frame: Drone Captures Niagara Falls on Ice

Freeze Frame: Drone Captures Niagara Falls on Ice

It may feel too cold to even think of walking outside if you live on the East Coast. But you know what it's not too cold to do? Fly a drone over a mostly frozen Niagara Falls. That's exactly what Canadian videographer Brent Foster did on Friday. The results? Pretty spectacular. Raise your glass of hot chocolate (or iced tea if you're out West) to … Read More

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My Chernobyl In November 1995 Climate Central's Shari Bell traveled to Chernobyl in the Ukrainian republic. Here's her story in photos.

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