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Ozone Hole Could Be on the Mend

Ozone Hole Could Be on the Mend

Every spring in Antarctica brings conditions that favor the creation of the ozone hole. This year’s hole maxed out earlier this week, and while it’s smaller than in recent years, scientists say it’s too early to call it a recovery. Irina Petropavlovskikh, an ozone researcher at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences in Bo… Read More

Report: Wildfires & Air Pollution, A Hidden Hazard

Report: Wildfires & Air Pollution, A Hidden Hazard

Across the American West, climate change has made snow melt earlier, spring and summers hotter, and fire seasons longer. One result has been a doubling since 1970 of the number of large wildfires raging each year. And depending on the rate of future warming, the number of big wildfires in western states could increase as much as six-fold over the… Read More

Rockaways Eyeing Microgrids in Time for Next Hurricane

Rockaways Eyeing Microgrids in Time for Next Hurricane

As part of New York City’s climate change response plan, “A Stronger, More Resilient New York,” issued earlier this year, one of the city’s suggestions to help the Rockaways survive the next hurricane is for the peninsula to become the site of a microgrid pilot project that will help keep the lights on at hospitals, schools and other critical infr… Read More

Australia’s Bushfires and the Role of Climate Change

Australia’s Bushfires and the Role of Climate Change

Bushfires that started earlier this week in Australia continue to burn around Sydney. The blazes have burned more than 143,000 acres as of Wednesday. Early signs suggest that these fires are in line with what to expect in a warming world, though there’s still work yet to done to determine the exact connection. Weather in New South Wales, where the… Read More

Expert Warns We’re Still Unprepared for Sandy-Like Event

Expert Warns We’re Still Unprepared for Sandy-Like Event

When he realized that Hurricane Sandy was on track for a direct hit on the New York metropolitan area, and that the storm would almost certainly be making landfall at high tide, Klaus Jacob went into high gear. “First,” he recalled nearly a year later, sitting in a bright, modern conference room near his office at Columbia’s Lamont-Doherty Earth … Read More

Natural Gas, Efficiency Fuel U.S. Carbon Emissions Decline

Natural Gas, Efficiency Fuel U.S. Carbon Emissions Decline

U.S. carbon dioxide emissions related to energy consumption dropped to their lowest point since 1994 last year, according to a U.S. Energy Information Administration report released Monday afternoon. The decline of coal as a power source in favor of natural gas in the U.S. is a big part of that decline, the EIA reported.… Read More

Relocation for Aussie Wildlife Threatened by Climate

Relocation for Aussie Wildlife Threatened by Climate

Australian researchers have developed the “first rigorous framework” on how to relocate animals displaced due to climate change. The study, conducted by academics from four Australian universities and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), devised a formula on how to decide whether to relocate a species, which spe… Read More

Australia’s Bushfire Season Turns Sydney’s Skies Orange

Australia’s Bushfire Season Turns Sydney’s Skies Orange

Hot, dry, and windy weather whipped up wildfires across the Australian state of new South Wales on Thursday. That caused a deep haze to descend over Sydney and spurred the deployment of hundreds of firefighters across the region. Smoke from the fires blanketed Sydney on Thursday. Surreal images from Quartz show eerie orange skies framing the downt… Read More