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Budget Cuts May Degrade Weather, Climate Forecasting

Budget Cuts May Degrade Weather, Climate Forecasting

The cuts, also known as the "sequester," will take effect unless Congress reaches a new spending deal by Friday. The sequester would chop 8.2 percent from the operating budgets of most federal agencies. This would result in a $551 million cut to the Department of Commerce, which houses the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).… Read More

Climate Change Is Cutting Humans’ Work Capacity

Climate Change Is Cutting Humans’ Work Capacity

It’s not just the heat, it’s the humidity that gets you. That’s the conclusion of a new study that finds climate change has reduced humanity’s ability to work by making the planet hotter and muggier. That one-two punch has already cut the world’s working capacity by 10 percent since humans began burning large amounts of oil, gas, coal and other … Read More

With Keystone In Limbo, Alberta Launches Carbon Contest

With Keystone In Limbo, Alberta Launches Carbon Contest

Best known as the home to Canada's oil sands and Keystone pipeline, Alberta is calling for climate change solutions.… Read More

Warming Climate Yields Another Hot January: NOAA

Warming Climate Yields Another Hot January: NOAA

The Northern Hemisphere saw above-average snow cover extent for January, with the sixth largest in the 47-year record, or 730,000 square miles above the 1967-2013 average. The western U.S., eastern China, and much of Europe had above-average January snow cover. While winter Northern Hemisphere snow cover has grown at a rate of about 0.1 percent per… Read More

Warming Winters: U.S. Temperature Trends

Warming Winters: U.S. Temperature Trends

While the U.S. has seen a warming trend that has raised temperatures by 1.3°F over the past 100 years, warming varies seasonally, and it’s winter that has seen the fastest warming. An analysis of data from the U.S. Historical Climatology Network of weather stations shows that the coldest states are warming the fastest, and across the country winter… Read More

The Top 10 Hardest-Hit States for Crop Damage

The Top 10 Hardest-Hit States for Crop Damage

The searing U.S. drought of 2012 devastated the nation’s corn crop, pushing yields down in some states to their lowest levels in nearly 30 years. According to recently-released numbers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Missouri, Illinois and Indiana were among the hardest hit Corn Belt states, with yields at 28-, 26-, and 22-year … Read More

Two-Thirds of Americans Want Obama to Act on Climate

Two-Thirds of Americans Want Obama to Act on Climate

Two-thirds of Americans want President Barack Obama to act now on climate change, adding momentum to his State of the Union promise to take up the challenge with or without Congress. Two new polls commissioned by environmental groups and released on Wednesday showed clear majorities of Americans supporting Obama taking significant action on climat… Read More

NOAA Head: Weather Forecasts at Risk Over Budget Cuts

NOAA Head: Weather Forecasts at Risk Over Budget Cuts

Automatic budget cuts set to take effect March 1 could add to the woes of the federal government’s troubled weather satellite programs, jeopardizing future forecasts, a top official said yesterday. “It’s not going to be pretty,” outgoing National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration chief Jane Lubchenco said of the package of across-the-board … Read More