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Tree Find Confirms Alps Warming at Twice Global Rate

Tree Find Confirms Alps Warming at Twice Global Rate

It was only a single, withered conifer needle, but it told a dramatic story of climate change. Glaciologists found it in a set of ice cores drilled through a glacier on top of Mount Ortles, in the Italian Alps. It lay about 80 meters (262 feet) below the glacial surface, encased in solid ice, and carbon dating confirmed that it had blown from the… Read More

Still Uncertain: Climate Change’s Role in Drought

Still Uncertain: Climate Change’s Role in Drought

A new analysis from the National Center for Atmospheric Research says there are still many uncertainties about how climate change is affecting drought globally.… Read More

Maps Show Risks of Increased Flash Flooding in England

Maps Show Risks of Increased Flash Flooding in England

Three million properties in England, including No. 10 Downing Street, are at risk of flash flooding, according to new maps published by the Environment Agency on Thursday. The maps, the first of their kind to be made available to the public, were described by the agency as a "vital service," enabling homeowners to check their level of risk. But mi… Read More

Is the West’s Dry Spell Really a Megadrought?

Is the West’s Dry Spell Really a Megadrought?

The drought that has been afflicting most of the Western states for the last 13 years may be a “megadrought,” and the likelihood is high that this century could see a multi-decade dry spell like nothing else seen over the last 1,000 years, according to research presented at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting on Wednesday and Thursday.… Read More

Study Adds to Arctic Warming, Extreme Weather Debate

Study Adds to Arctic Warming, Extreme Weather Debate

While the study adds to the body of evidence pointing to the outsized role the Arctic is playing in shaping weather patterns, it failed to mark an end to the debate within the scientific community over whether and how what is happening in the Far North could be having such far-reaching impacts. There is virtually no controversy among climate scien… Read More

Evidence Shows Global Heat May Be Hiding in Oceans

Evidence Shows Global Heat May Be Hiding in Oceans

Far below the surface, the waters of south-east Asia are heating up. A region of the Pacific is now warming at least 15 times faster than at any time in the last 10,000 years. If this finding – so far limited to the depths where the Pacific and Indian Oceans wash into each other – is true for the blue planet as a whole, then the questions of climat… Read More

Six Degrees: Hot Streaks, Survey Results & Sea Level

Six Degrees: Hot Streaks, Survey Results & Sea Level

This week's six top stories cover a warming trend, sea level rise, coal power, fracking and more. … Read More

Staggered Turbines Harness the Most Wind Power

Staggered Turbines Harness the Most Wind Power

U.S. scientists have worked out how to get 33 percent more power from an offshore wind farm – stagger the turbines rather than line them up in neat, orderly rows. Cristina Archer of the University of Delaware and colleagues report in Geophysical Research Letters that they started with a real, working offshore wind farm – Lillgrund in Sweden – and … Read More