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Tenacious U.S. Drought Worsens, To Last Through Winter

Tenacious U.S. Drought Worsens, To Last Through Winter

The Northern Plains continue to be the hardest hit states, where Wyoming and Nebraska recorded their driest January to October period on record. Four other states ranked among their top ten driest January to October periods on record as well. Some locations in these states may set all-time records for dryness during November, as well, with some pla… Read More

Top 5 Weather & Climate Challenges Facing White House

Top 5 Weather & Climate Challenges Facing White House

How the Obama administration handles these issues, and more, will help determine how resilient the U.S. will become in the face of weather and climate extremes, two of which – the summer-long drought, and Hurricane Sandy – were center stage in 2012. Some of these kinds of events are already becoming more frequent and severe due in part to global wa… Read More

Report Says IPCC Needs to Address Melting Permafrost

Report Says IPCC Needs to Address Melting Permafrost

The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) released a report early Tuesday morning that recommended the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) address the impact of warming permafrost and the large volume of methane and carbon dioxide that will be emitted from the ground if permafrost continues to melt.… Read More

Doha Climate Talks: What to Expect

Doha Climate Talks: What to Expect

Doha has a special place in the history of diplomacy. Talks started there in 2001 under the World Trade Organisation, aimed at solving trade barriers that penalise the poor. The Doha round dragged on to 2008 without conclusion and is now in limbo. Doha is a byword for stalemate and failure. So when the United Nations chose the Qatari capital as the… Read More

Doha Talks: EU Weakened Over New Emissions Targets

Doha Talks: EU Weakened Over New Emissions Targets

The European Union will enter crucial global climate talks that begin next week with a weakened bargaining position because it has already met its targets to cut greenhouse gas emissions eight years ahead of time and has no plans to put more ambitious cuts on the table.… Read More

Ben Strauss on Rising Seas & the Fate of New York on PBS

Ben Strauss on Rising Seas & the Fate of New York on PBS

As NYC residents rebound from Hurricane Sandy, many anticipate future disasters and how the city will cope with rising seas.… Read More

NOAA Seeks Public Input On Looming Satellite Gap

NOAA Seeks Public Input On Looming Satellite Gap

The next-generation of polar orbiting satellites, known as the Joint Polar Satellite System, or JPSS, has been delayed by mismanagement, billions in cost overruns, and technical development challenges. This has pushed back the launch date of the next polar orbiting satellite to 2017 at the earliest, which is past the design lifetime of the youngest… Read More

Winter Outlook Offers Hope For U.S. Skiers & Boarders

Winter Outlook Offers Hope For U.S. Skiers & Boarders

There are many reasons why this winter is likely to play out differently than last year, chief among them being the conditions in the equatorial tropical Pacific Ocean. Last year there was a strong La Niña event, with much below average sea surface temperatures in this region.… Read More