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What’s At Stake in Lima Climate Talks

What’s At Stake in Lima Climate Talks

Seventeen years after that protocol was negotiated in Japan, the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change is preparing to take its second shot. Global climate pact 2.0, which will look nothing like its beta, is now little more than a year away.… Read More

Big Welcome Storm Headed California’s Way

Big Welcome Storm Headed California’s Way

While a Nor’easter is currently causing misery from Washington, D.C., to Boston, in the form of rain and snow on the busiest travel day of the year, another, perhaps more welcome, storm is set to hit the West Coast later this holiday weekend. That storm is expected to bring desperately needed rains and snow to parts of California. The state has… Read More

Picture This: A Year’s Worth of Snow in One Week

Picture This: A Year’s Worth of Snow in One Week

If you’ve been on social media at all this week, you’ve seen the crazy pictures of the massive snowfall in the Buffalo area. The snow, which reached a staggering 7 feet in the worst-hit areas, came thanks to two bouts of lake effect snow set off when frigid Arctic air swept over still-warm Lake Erie. The air sopped up moisture from the lake and dum… Read More

Earth, Now Available in Ultra High Definition

Earth, Now Available in Ultra High Definition

A year in weather in high definition was pretty amazing and so was a similar sharp take on the spring equinox. But a five day view of the planet from space in ultra high definition is a whole other level of awesome. The imagery from mid-May 2011 comes courtesy of Russia’s high flying Elektro-L weather satellite, which sits in high Earth orbit more … Read More

What Warming Means for Lake Effect Snow

What Warming Means for Lake Effect Snow

The plight of Buffalo, socked in under feet upon feet of snow, has entranced the country. Social media lit up with mind-boggling pictures of the snow-buried landscape, from hundreds of cars trapped on the highway to doorways blocked by walls of snow. And it’s something Buffalo could face more often in a warming world. Rising global temperatures are… Read More

These Photos of Lake Effect Snow Are Crazy

These Photos of Lake Effect Snow Are Crazy

If you live in a broad swath of the country stretching from Portland down to El Paso, over to Atlanta and up to the Northeast, chances are you woke up this morning cursing the unseasonably cold weather. Well, just be glad you don’t live in far western New York. (Unless, of course, you do. In which case, we’re sorry.) Areas just to the east of Lake … Read More

Here’s How the U.S. Can Adapt to Climate Change

Here’s How the U.S. Can Adapt to Climate Change

Climate change is being felt locally, through floods, heatwaves and other meteorological maladies, but there’s little sense in leaving the mammoth task of climate adaptation to local communities to figure out for themselves. That’s why the Obama Administration convened a panel of local, state and tribal leaders last year to advise the federal gove… Read More

NASA Shows Stark Year in the Life of CO2

NASA Shows Stark Year in the Life of CO2

This is what your atmosphere looks like on carbon dioxide. And it’s not a pretty sight. NASA provides a stark and stunning view of a year in the life of our planet as humans continue to emit greenhouse gases that warm the planet. The animation comes courtesy of one of the highest-resolution computer models in existence. Since the Industrial Revolut… Read More