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For NOAA, Obama Tabs 1st U.S. Woman to Walk in Space

For NOAA, Obama Tabs 1st U.S. Woman to Walk in Space

President Obama nominated Kathryn Sullivan to head NOAA, taking the reins at a challenging time.… Read More

Sea Level Rise ‘Locking In’ Quickly, Cities Threatened

Sea Level Rise ‘Locking In’ Quickly, Cities Threatened

Measurements tell us that global average sea level is currently rising about 1 inch per decade. But in an invisible shadow process, our “sea level debt” is growing 10 times faster, and accelerating. An international team of scientists led by Anders Levermann has just published a new study finding that for every degree Fahrenheit of global … Read More

Thinning Arctic Ice, Fossil Fuel Future & Extreme Weather

Thinning Arctic Ice, Fossil Fuel Future & Extreme Weather

The impact of thinning Arctic sea ice, monsoons and heat waves, plus the future of energy and more. … Read More

Monsoon Rains Bring Some Drought Relief to Southwest

Monsoon Rains Bring Some Drought Relief to Southwest

Dwindling reservoirs, dusty rangeland, and desiccated crops have left the Southwest waiting for rain. Luckily, July marks the start of the monsoon season and it’s delivered rain in a big so far for much of the region. A “drunken” weather pattern also brought rain to parts of the Southern Plains earlier this month. Though this has provided some ...… Read More

EIA’s Most Important Insights About Our Energy Future

EIA’s Most Important Insights About Our Energy Future

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its biannual International Energy Outlook on Thursday, finding that through 2040, at least, fossil fuels will remain king, despite rapid growth in renewable energy sources. The report projects that world economic output will increase by 3.6 percent per year, and world energy use will grow by 56 p… Read More

Fossil Fuels to Dominate World Energy Use Through 2040

Fossil Fuels to Dominate World Energy Use Through 2040

According to the report, renewable energy sources as well as nuclear power will be the fastest-growing energy sources during the next few decades, each growing at 2.5 percent per year, while natural gas will be the fastest-growing fossil fuel. However, in 2040, coal will remain the second-largest fuel source behind petroleum and other liquid fuels.… Read More

Arctic’s Boreal Forests Burning At ‘Unprecedented’ Rate

Arctic’s Boreal Forests Burning At ‘Unprecedented’ Rate

Wildfire activity in the boreal forest biome, which is also known as taiga, plays a crucial role in the globe’s carbon budget, since these forests represent almost 10 percent of the planet’s land surface and contain more than 30 percent of the planet’s terrestrial carbon stocks. Globally, the boreal forest covers 6.41 million square miles, forming … Read More

In Rapidly Changing Arctic, U.S. Playing Game of Catch-Up

In Rapidly Changing Arctic, U.S. Playing Game of Catch-Up

At a meeting on the impacts of an ice-diminishing Arctic on maritime operations, held in Washington this week, top U.S. Arctic officials at the Coast Guard, Navy, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and other agencies acknowledged that the U.S. still lags behind several other nations in its capabilities for operating in the … Read More