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Sandy Motivates NY to Explore Microgrids

Sandy Motivates NY to Explore Microgrids

While Sandy inspired New York City to call for a study to contemplate a microgrid in the Rockaways, the state is moving more aggressively on microgrids there and elsewhere throughout the state.… Read More

Ozone Hole Recovery Continues, Albeit a Little Slower

Ozone Hole Recovery Continues, Albeit a Little Slower

The ozone hole is a gash in the stratosphere, like a festering wound high above the earth’s surface. Scientists first diagnosed the problem in the mid-1980s and recommended a course of action to treat the problem. And today, NASA announced that recovery has continued, though slightly slower this year compared to years past.… Read More

Extreme Halloween: Ghoulish Weather Records

Extreme Halloween: Ghoulish Weather Records

Hopefully your pumpkin is carved, the candy bowl is full and you haven't overdosed on candy corn yet because Friday is Halloween. This year's holiday has already set one record for the number of costumes that Americans purchased, including a whopping $350 million on pet costumes. But we here happen to be interested in some other records, specifical… Read More

Snow! Or Not. Why Snow Is Hard to Forecast

Snow! Or Not. Why Snow Is Hard to Forecast

Maybe you saw the maps making the rounds on Twitter and elsewhere on the web: “Snow!” some shouted. Inches of it blanketing the Northeast this weekend, thanks to a brewing storm. Maybe you also saw the responses from seasoned meteorologists warning those projections should be taken with a healthy grain of rock salt.… Read More

An Ill Wind Blows in Antarctica, Threatens Global Flooding

An Ill Wind Blows in Antarctica, Threatens Global Flooding

The Southern Ocean's notoriously strong gales are growing stronger, and that's foreboding news for coastlines everywhere.… Read More

Two Years On: Sandy Inspires Storm of Climate Research

Two Years On: Sandy Inspires Storm of Climate Research

The two years that have passed since Hurricane Sandy crashed into the New Jersey shoreline have not been enough time for scientists and researchers to make much headway on the hows and whys of the Northeast’s epic storm. But that’s not because they aren’t trying. In fact, Sandy has spurred an unprecedented amount of research, attempting to tackle … Read More

Hydropower May Be Huge Source of Methane Emissions

Hydropower May Be Huge Source of Methane Emissions

What if reservoirs that store water and produce electricity were among some of the world’s largest contributors of greenhouse gas emissions? Scientists are searching for answers to that question, as they study how much methane is emitted into the atmosphere from man-made reservoirs built for hydropower.… Read More

Australia Blasted by Record Heat — Again

Australia Blasted by Record Heat — Again

Strange early-season temperatures again dogged sweaty Australians over the weekend, with Saturday’s continent-wide average maximum topping 97°F — a record for October. Spring heat waves that have been baking the continent in recent weeks are “consistent” with the modeled effects of global warming in Australia, said Tom Knutson, a National Oceanic … Read More