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Social Cost of Carbon Greatly Underestimated: Report

Social Cost of Carbon Greatly Underestimated: Report

Carbon dioxide emissions are causing the climate to change and those changes come with a real cost. The big questions are what’s the price tag for that “social” cost and when does it gets paid? According the a new report, current best estimates could actually be on the low end thanks to “unknown unknowns.” The most recent estimate for the cost of … Read More

Did Spate of Wet Weather Fuel the Reign of Genghis Khan?

Did Spate of Wet Weather Fuel the Reign of Genghis Khan?

During the early 1200s, Genghis Khan and his Mongol warriors swept across much of Asia, massacring populations wholesale – by one estimate killing 40 million in just 20 years. Historians have long thought that part of their motivation for expansion had to do with climate. A new analysis in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences argues that… Read More

Get Ready for Next Climate Phenomenon: El Nino

Get Ready for Next Climate Phenomenon: El Nino

The odds are increasing for El Niño to develop this fall according the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration… Read More

Sea Level Rise Threatens World’s Cultural Treasures

Sea Level Rise Threatens World’s Cultural Treasures

It’s easy to see why Venice is a World Heritage Site when taking in the view from the Rialto Bridge. The Grand Canal stretches into the distance as gondoliers’ voices mingle with the sound of motorboats and echo off the ornate pastel buildings lining the city’s main thoroughfare. People bustle along the sidewalks that line the canal and disappear d… Read More

March Madness, NASA Style: Cast Your Vote Now

March Madness, NASA Style: Cast Your Vote Now

The NCAA won’t release its tournament brackets until March 16, but if you’ve got March Madness fever, NASA has you covered. On Monday, NASA’s Earth Observatory started its second annual Tournament Earth. Instead of the likes of Florida, Duke, and Kansas filling the brackets, 32 images that straddle the line between data and art are vying for the ti… Read More

Small Volcanic Eruptions Add to Larger Impact on Climate

Small Volcanic Eruptions Add to Larger Impact on Climate

The recent slow down in global warming has been attributed to a number of factors, including excess heat being stored in the deep ocean and inadvertent reductions of certain greenhouse gases. Now add volcanic eruptions to the mix of contributing factors. A new analysis published in Nature Geosciences on Sunday shows that a series of relatively sm… Read More

EU Launches Legal Action against UK Over Air Pollution

EU Launches Legal Action against UK Over Air Pollution

The UK faces fines of up to $500 million a year and embarrassing court appearances after the European commission launched legal proceedings against it for failing to reduce "excessive" levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) air pollution from traffic, despite 15 years of warnings and several extensions and postponements granted to the government. Other … Read More

Switch to Gas From Coal May Threaten Water Supply

Switch to Gas From Coal May Threaten Water Supply

With drought and water shortages affecting areas where much of America’s natural gas is produced, power plants making the switch to gas from coal could have other costs that may be made worse by manmade climate change in the future, especially if global warming, as studies show, means more intense drought.… Read More