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Arctic’s Boreal Forests Burning At ‘Unprecedented’ Rate

Arctic’s Boreal Forests Burning At ‘Unprecedented’ Rate

Wildfire activity in the boreal forest biome, which is also known as taiga, plays a crucial role in the globe’s carbon budget, since these forests represent almost 10 percent of the planet’s land surface and contain more than 30 percent of the planet’s terrestrial carbon stocks. Globally, the boreal forest covers 6.41 million square miles, forming … Read More

In Rapidly Changing Arctic, U.S. Playing Game of Catch-Up

In Rapidly Changing Arctic, U.S. Playing Game of Catch-Up

At a meeting on the impacts of an ice-diminishing Arctic on maritime operations, held in Washington this week, top U.S. Arctic officials at the Coast Guard, Navy, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and other agencies acknowledged that the U.S. still lags behind several other nations in its capabilities for operating in the … Read More

Climate Change Will Alter the Soil That Feeds Us

Climate Change Will Alter the Soil That Feeds Us

Global warming may be about to change the ground under our feet – and perhaps not in a good way. It could be about to affect one of the most important communities on the planet: the tiny microbes that make life possible for the rest of creation, according to new research by scientists in the U.S. and Spain. Cyanobacteria are almost everywhere, hav… Read More

Record Heat, How to Store CO2 and the Industry of Climate

Record Heat, How to Store CO2 and the Industry of Climate

A "drunken" weather pattern helps spawn heat waves, plus what's in the future of the climate industry.… Read More

Natural Barriers Protect Our Coasts Best, Say Researchers

Natural Barriers Protect Our Coasts Best, Say Researchers

The best thing to protect property from the sea is a sand dune – or a mangrove swamp, or a coral reef, kelp forest or sea grass meadow. Nature, which has been doing the job for three billion years, has had time to work out the surest and most enduring sea defenses, according to U.S. researchers. Katie Arkema of the Natural Capital Project at … Read More

Seventh-Warmest Start to the Year on Record

Seventh-Warmest Start to the Year on Record

Global temperatures records are in for January-June, and they indicate a globe with no intention of cooling off. On Thursday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its analysis of global temperatures for the first half of the year. They show this January-June ties with 2003 as the seventh warmest on record since 1880 ...… Read More

‘Drunken’ Weather Pattern Leads to Deadly Heat

‘Drunken’ Weather Pattern Leads to Deadly Heat

The heat wave that has built across the eastern U.S. — roasting cities from Memphis to Washington to Boston in a stifling blanket of heat and humidity — has had one strange characteristic that meteorologists cannot yet explain. Rather than moving west to east, as typical weather patterns do in the Northern Hemisphere, weather systems across the cou… Read More

Record Heat in June Extends Globe’s Streak to 340 Months

Record Heat in June Extends Globe’s Streak to 340 Months

June was one of the top five warmest such months on record globally, according to data from NOAA and NASA.… Read More