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Arctic Methane Emissions ‘Certain to Trigger Warming’

Arctic Methane Emissions ‘Certain to Trigger Warming’

A study released this week examined 71 wetlands across the globe and found that melting permafrost is creating wetlands known as fens, which are emitting large quantities of methane, a climate change-driving greenhouse gas about 35 times as potent as carbon dioxide.… Read More

Winter Won’t Let Go: Great Lakes Still on Ice

Winter Won’t Let Go: Great Lakes Still on Ice

April has come and gone but a record amount of ice still remains on the Great Lakes. This April was the lakes’ iciest on record after a near-record winter, and the season has been notable for how early ice formed and how long it’s lingered. At the close of April, nearly a quarter of the five Great Lakes -- the largest group of lakes on Earth -- st… Read More

Astronauts Capture Arctic Sea Ice Melt Season in Progress

Astronauts Capture Arctic Sea Ice Melt Season in Progress

Astronauts have the best seats in the house to watch a lot of amazing processes around the globe. This year’s Arctic sea ice melt is no exception. In an image captured from the International Space Station (ISS), spirals and eddies of ice are seen working south through the Sea of Okhotsk, located on the western edge of Russia and just north of Japa… Read More

Arctic Ice Hits Yearly Max, But Summer’s Melt Uncertain

Arctic Ice Hits Yearly Max, But Summer’s Melt Uncertain

It’s that time of year again: No, we’re not talking allergies flaring or cherry blossoms blooming, but the Arctic ice cap reaching its maximum size for the year. Arctic sea ice reached its maximum area, or extent, on March 21, after a brief late season surge in ice formation. The total amount of ice coverage peaked at 5.7 million square miles, so… Read More

New NASA Satellite Shows Future of Precip Imagery

New NASA Satellite Shows Future of Precip Imagery

NASA’s latest satellite has opened its eyes for the first time and the images it has beamed back to scientists on Earth provide a new view of the globe’s rainfall. They also offer a sneak peek into how the satellite could help provide more detailed imagery and analysis of hurricanes, nor’easters and other strong storms as they form around the plane… Read More

March Snowstorms ‘Uncommon, But Not Rare’

March Snowstorms ‘Uncommon, But Not Rare’

The nor’easter taking shape off the East Coast on Tuesday may make it seem like this winter will never end, as it brings the threat of potential snow to places in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast that have had quite enough of the white stuff, thank you. But March snows aren’t just a symptom of this year’s deep chill; snowstorms in March can, and do… Read More

Spring Thaw May Trigger Floods; Calif. Drought Locked In

Spring Thaw May Trigger Floods; Calif. Drought Locked In

Spring is finally -- finally -- here. That word is music to the ears of those in the eastern United States who are ready to thaw out from the frigid winter. But that thaw could bring flooding to parts of the Midwest and the northern Plains, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in its official spring outlook, released Thursday.… Read More

New Greenland Ice Melt Fuels Sea Level Rise Concerns

New Greenland Ice Melt Fuels Sea Level Rise Concerns

New data published Sunday in Nature Climate Change reveals that over the past decade, the region has started rapidly losing ice due to a rise in air and ocean temperatures caused in part by climate change. The increased melt raises grave concerns that sea level rise could accelerate even faster than projected, threatening even more coastal communit… Read More