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Arctic Storms, Warming Mean More Methane Released

Arctic Storms, Warming Mean More Methane Released

Underneath the Arctic Ocean sits a large reserve of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Understanding how much of that is making it to the atmosphere is an important but relatively new area of research. The latest findings published on Sunday in Nature indicate that more could be escaping than previously thought thanks to stormy weather. The East Si… Read More

U.S. Winter Outlook Dominated by Dire Drought News

U.S. Winter Outlook Dominated by Dire Drought News

Drought, and not widespread snowstorms, may be the biggest story this winter, according to the official U.S. winter outlook, issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on Thursday. The outlooks shows that the winter of 2013-14 is likely to feature an expansion and intensification of drought conditions across the Southwest … Read More

Globe’s Unbroken Warm Streak Approaches 29 Years

Globe’s Unbroken Warm Streak Approaches 29 Years

The last time the globe had a cooler than average month was February 1985, and the last cooler than average October occurred in 1976, shortly before Jimmy Carter beat Gerald Ford in that year's presidential election. The streak of hot October's extends back in even further, with the last below normal one coming in 1976.… Read More

Scientists Warn of Polar Bear Attacks in Warming Arctic

Scientists Warn of Polar Bear Attacks in Warming Arctic

A polar bear attack in Canada that left two people injured has brought new warnings from scientists of a dangerous rise in human-bear encounters in a warming Arctic. The friends had just walked out of the door in the pre-dawn hours after a party when the young polar bear crept up behind them, unheard and unseen. By the time, the bear was driven off… Read More

NOAA’s New Cool Tool Puts Climate on View for All

NOAA’s New Cool Tool Puts Climate on View for All

Sifting through the massive amount of climate and weather data collected by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration can be daunting. However, a new tool released today brings that data to the masses in a simple and easily accessible format. The National Climatic Data Center alone contains over 6 petabytes of data. That’s enough data on… Read More

Storm Science, HFCs, a Warming Arctic and Fracking

Storm Science, HFCs, a Warming Arctic and Fracking

Limits on HFCs, fracking fallout and Alaska and the Arctic experience warmer temps. … Read More

Last Time Arctic Was This Warm Was 120,000 Years Ago

Last Time Arctic Was This Warm Was 120,000 Years Ago

The new research, published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, is the first to present physical evidence that indicates the warming in the Eastern Canadian Arctic exceeds the peak warmth during the Holocene epoch, which began after the last ice age ended about 11,700 years ago. This is significant because it means that manmade emissions … Read More

Ozone Hole Could Be on the Mend

Ozone Hole Could Be on the Mend

Every spring in Antarctica brings conditions that favor the creation of the ozone hole. This year’s hole maxed out earlier this week, and while it’s smaller than in recent years, scientists say it’s too early to call it a recovery. Irina Petropavlovskikh, an ozone researcher at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences in Bo… Read More