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The Last Time CO2 Was This High, Humans Didn’t Exist

The Last Time CO2 Was This High, Humans Didn’t Exist

The news that CO2 is near 400 ppm for the first time highlights a question that scientists have been investigating using a variety of methods: when was the last time that CO2 levels were this high, and what was the climate like back then?… Read More

Drought and Heat May Fuel Early Fire Season in West

Drought and Heat May Fuel Early Fire Season in West

Fire season may come early this year in the West, as it has more frequently in recent years, thanks to ongoing drought conditions and increasing temperatures. According to a new outlook issued by the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) in Boise, ID, major wildfires in California could begin as early as this month, nearly a month ahead of… Read More

Meet GROVER: NASA’s New Ice-Loving, Roving Robot

Meet GROVER: NASA’s New Ice-Loving, Roving Robot

The GROVER will initially be operated by scientists at the National Science Foundation’s Summit Camp, where the ice sheet is about 2-miles thick, according to a NASA press release. The robot will be capable of operating at all hours during the 24-hour sunlight that characterizes the Arctic summer.… Read More

Global CO2 Levels Set to Pass 400 ppm Milestone

Global CO2 Levels Set to Pass 400 ppm Milestone

The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has reached 399.72 parts per million (ppm) and is likely to pass the symbolically important 400ppm level for the first time in the next few days. Readings at the U.S. government's Earth Systems Research laboratory in Hawaii, are not expected to reach their 2013 peak until mid May, but were … Read More

Heeding Sandy’s Lessons, Before the Next Big Storm

Heeding Sandy’s Lessons, Before the Next Big Storm

First and foremost, Sandy drove home the need to rethink coastal development practices that encourage growth in vulnerable areas. Second, the storm, which was forecasted well in advance, proved the value of a robust weather and climate forecasting infrastructure at a time of budget austerity.… Read More

Hurricane Sandy’s Untold Filthy Legacy: Sewage

Hurricane Sandy’s Untold Filthy Legacy: Sewage

Hurricane Sandy was the largest storm to hit the northeast U.S. in recorded history, killing 159, knocking out power to millions, and causing $70 billion in damage in eight states. Sandy also put the vulnerability of critical infrastructure in stark relief by paralyzing subways, trains, road and air traffic, flooding hospitals, crippling electrical… Read More

Fast-Moving Climate Zones Are Speeding Extinction

Fast-Moving Climate Zones Are Speeding Extinction

As global temperatures rise, climate zones will shift at greater speed, according to new research in Nature Climate Change. If greenhouse gas emissions carry on increasing, then about 20 percent of the land area of the planet will undergo change – and the creatures that have made their homes in what were once stable ecosystems will have to adapt s… Read More

Warmer Seas May Impact Antarctic Clams’ Reproduction

Warmer Seas May Impact Antarctic Clams’ Reproduction

Antarctic clams (Laternula elliptica) play a vital role in the ocean ecosystem, drawing down carbon into sea-bed sediments and circulating ocean nutrients. Now a new study has found that the reproductive capacity of this long-lived and abundant species — existing in the cold, oxygen-rich waters of the Antarctic — could be seriously affected by … Read More