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Polar Vortex Spiked U.S. CO2 Emissions in 2013

Polar Vortex Spiked U.S. CO2 Emissions in 2013

Largely as a result of trying to keep warm from that Arctic chill, carbon dioxide emitted from burning energy in the U.S. increased 2.5 percent in 2013 over the previous year, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s annual CO2 emissions report, released Tuesday.… Read More

Zombie Glacier Surprises Scientists

Zombie Glacier Surprises Scientists

Glaciologists tend to speak of glaciers as if they were living creatures. They say they grow and die and have good health and bad. Now, with Halloween approaching, a handful of scientists has found a way that the anthropomorphized rivers of ice that they study can simultaneously live and die as the globe warms. The discovery of a ghoulishly semi-l… Read More

6 Degrees: Security Risks, Tornadoes and Earthquakes

6 Degrees: Security Risks, Tornadoes and Earthquakes

A new climate report from the Pentagon, tornado trends, earthquakes and more in this week's top climate news. … Read More

Jack Frost Not Exactly Nipping at Your Nose

Jack Frost Not Exactly Nipping at Your Nose

The mercury has already dipped below 32°F at a number of locations around the U.S. in the Rockies and Upper Midwest. It’s only a matter of time before chilly temperatures march east and south as fall turns to winter, frosting over windowpanes, lawns and leaves. But Old Man Winter and Jack Frost are getting a later and later start to their usual fro… Read More

Expanding Antarctic Sea Ice is Flooding ‘Warning Bell’

Expanding Antarctic Sea Ice is Flooding ‘Warning Bell’

The spreading sheet of sea ice around Antarctica could be viewed as a napkin being draped over a monstrous water pistol. If, that is, the gelid napkin was a self-assembling machine that could reach beneath itself, aim the squirt gun at the planet’s shorelines, and squeeze the trigger. Research suggests that the expansion of Antarctic sea ice herald… Read More

Antarctic Sea Ice Officially Hits New Record Maximum

Antarctic Sea Ice Officially Hits New Record Maximum

It’s official: Antarctic sea ice hit its annual winter maximum on Sept. 22, reaching a record area of 20.11 million square kilometers (7.76 million square miles), the National Snow and Ice Data Center announced Tuesday. That maximum extent was 1.54 million square kilometers (595,000 square miles) above the 1981 to 2010 average extent, the NSIDC… Read More

Drought Drains Already Diminished Aral Sea

Drought Drains Already Diminished Aral Sea

The Aral Sea has been dying a long, slow death. This summer, another nail was driven into its coffin. Starting in the 1950s, when Soviet authorities began programs that diverted water from its tributaries, the inland lake in Central Asia — once the fourth largest in the world, bigger than Lake Huron — has been shrinking. This summer, the eastern l… Read More

Greenland Sediment Sheds Light on Sea Level Rise

Greenland Sediment Sheds Light on Sea Level Rise

Greenland’s ice sheet is scraping rock bottom. No, it’s not hard up and in need of a loan. As ice moves from the center of the island to the sea, it’s scraping bedrock and transporting clues about just how fast the ice sheet is melting from the bottom up and what that means for sea level rise. The planet’s largest island is mostly covered in ice up… Read More