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Bad News Keeps Flowing From Antarctica

Bad News Keeps Flowing From Antarctica

The massive shelves of ice that ring Antarctica have been shrinking over the past couple of decades, and that could have grave implications for sea level rise. It’s not the ice shelves themselves that pose a problem: they’re mostly afloat, so when they melt or dump massive icebergs, it doesn’t affect water levels any more than melting ice cubes … Read More

Climate Change May Put Power Grid at Risk in the West

Climate Change May Put Power Grid at Risk in the West

The ravages of climate change could severely hurt the ability of utilities in the 11 Western states to generate power unless they “climate proof” their power grid using renewables and energy efficiency, something they are not prepared for, according to a new study. For nearly half of the West’s existing power plants, climate change could reduce … Read More

Arctic Ice Melting Faster and Earlier With Dire Results

Arctic Ice Melting Faster and Earlier With Dire Results

There was less ice in the Arctic this winter than in any other winter during the satellite era, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists said on Tuesday. The announcement was consistent with previous predictions that the Arctic would have entirely ice-free summers by 2040, they said in a briefing to the media on the state of clima… Read More

U.S. Hurricane Drought ‘A Matter of Luck’

U.S. Hurricane Drought ‘A Matter of Luck’

From water to your dating life, most droughts are tough. But in the case of major hurricanes, a dry spell can be a good thing. And the U.S. has been in one for nine years. Every day that passes without a major hurricane hitting the U.S. stretches the current record-setting hurricane drought just a bit further. The last major hurricane … Read More

The Surprising Link Between Fjords and Carbon

The Surprising Link Between Fjords and Carbon

The magnificent, steep-sided fjords that slice deeply into the coastlines of New Zealand, Norway and Alaska are hugely popular attractions for tourists. But they may be surprisingly important to the Earth’s climate system as well. While fjords make up just one tenth of one percent of the oceans’ surface area they account for about 11 percent … Read More

Global Warming Could Threaten 1-in-6 Species

Global Warming Could Threaten 1-in-6 Species

Cranking up the planetary heat is going to ratchet down the planet’s biodiversity, and new analysis suggests global warming will directly threaten one in six species with extinction if polluting practices continue unabated — up from about 3 percent today. Scientists estimated in the journal Nature in early 2014 that climate change could drive … Read More

Pacific Northwest’s ‘Wet Drought’ Possible Sign of Future

Pacific Northwest’s ‘Wet Drought’ Possible Sign of Future

The desiccated soils and barren slopes of California have grabbed news headlines in recent weeks, as the state entered its fourth year of a deep drought that has forced unprecedented statewide water restrictions. But while most eyes have been trained on the plight of the Golden State, its neighbors to the north are also facing a dearth of water… Read More

Blooming Algae Could Accelerate Arctic Warming

Blooming Algae Could Accelerate Arctic Warming

Scientists already know that receding sea ice allows solar energy to warm exposed water rather than reflect back into space, but blooms of algae could make matters even worse. By the end of the century, researchers say, the blooms could lead Arctic warming to increase by as much as 20 percent.… Read More

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