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How We Can Save Coral Reefs and Why We Should

How We Can Save Coral Reefs and Why We Should

Coral reefs are among the most beautiful ecosystems on Earth — “a jeweled belt around the middle of the planet,” in oceanographer Sylvia Earle’s words. They also are extremely valuable. Reefs cover less than one-tenth of 1 percent of the ocean floor but support more than 800 species of coral and 4,000 species of fish. They are spawning grounds, coa… Read More

Picture This: Fall Snow and Bizarre Clouds Over NYC

Picture This: Fall Snow and Bizarre Clouds Over NYC

The signs of fall continue to flourish, but the weather isn't all clear skies. Some intimidating clouds rolled over New York City early in the week, just as the first snows of the season fell on some of Colorado's peaks. Across the pond, torrential rains flooded a city in southern France, while in the Pacific, yet another typhoon took aim at Japan.… Read More

Scientists Eye ‘Real-Time’ Extreme Event Attribution

Scientists Eye ‘Real-Time’ Extreme Event Attribution

In recent years, scientists have become more adept at working out whether climate change caused by greenhouse gas emissions is exacerbating wild weather and its impacts around the world, but the task usually takes months.… Read More

Is The World’s Main Climate Goal Misguided?

Is The World’s Main Climate Goal Misguided?

A pair of Californian scientists triggered a heated debate Wednesday when they published an essay in Nature calling on world leaders and climate negotiators to ditch their goal of limiting global warming to 2 degrees Celsius. What’s with the climate kerfuffle? We’ll start with the basics. What’s a Celsius? It’s that unit of measurement by which … Read More

Climate Change’s Role in Indian Pilgrim Deaths

Climate Change’s Role in Indian Pilgrim Deaths

When the heavens opened over several Himalayan foothill states in northern India for four cataclysmic days last summer, they rained unprecedented hell over villagers, and over streams of pilgrims visiting temples and other holy sites. Floods and landslides tore vulnerable buildings and villages from their feeble riverside roots, flushing their ram… Read More

Hints of Climate Change in California’s Drought

Hints of Climate Change in California’s Drought

The pressure that’s on drought-hit Californians to conserve dwindling water supplies is largely the result of a stubborn ridge of high pressure that has been parking itself off their coastline. That ridge has blocked water-laden winter storms, sending them spiraling northward instead of into the Golden State, reducing snowpacks that Californians us… Read More

A Timeline of 2013 Extreme Weather and Global Warming

A Timeline of 2013 Extreme Weather and Global Warming

On Monday, the Bulletin of the American Meteolorogical Society released its annual look at extreme weather events and the role of climate change in causing them. More than 90 scientists from 14 countries compiled the report, which examined 16 separate events ranging from scorching heat to heavy rains to searing drought that occurred in 2013. Check … Read More

Climate Fueled Some of 2013’s Most Extreme Events

Climate Fueled Some of 2013’s Most Extreme Events

Heat waves can clearly be linked to climate change, a new report finds, while rain events are murkier.… Read More