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Sea Levels Set for Continuing Rise in a Warming World

Sea Levels Set for Continuing Rise in a Warming World

Sea level rise may be slow to show its hand but once it really starts, researchers say, it will keep going for centuries, with baleful effects. For each degree by which the Earth warms, they believe, sea levels will probably rise by over two meters. Some recent research has suggested that the future rate of sea level rise may not be as fast as ...… Read More

The Space Race Is On for Climate, Weather Privatization

The Space Race Is On for Climate, Weather Privatization

The latest version of the "Space Race" lacks the Cold War-era drama of the last one, and does not even involve daring feats of manned spaceflight. No, this one is a race to launch a network of increasingly tiny Earth-observing satellites that will change how weather and climate information is gathered and disseminated. And in this race, it is … Read More

Ocean Microbes Feel a Warming Climate’s Effects

Ocean Microbes Feel a Warming Climate’s Effects

Climate change could be about to alter life in the sea, according to new research in Nature Geoscience. Researchers at the University of Southern California have been experimenting with common microbes, hoping to predict which will flourish in a warmer and more carbon dioxide-rich atmosphere. The microbes are two genera of cyanobacteria. These tin… Read More

Wildfire Trends, Hurricane Projections and Ice Islands

Wildfire Trends, Hurricane Projections and Ice Islands

As the world warms, we see more large wildfires, a likely rise in hurricane strength, frequency, and new ice islands.… Read More

The World’s Coral Reefs Face Serious Problems by 2100

The World’s Coral Reefs Face Serious Problems by 2100

Without deep cuts in carbon dioxide emissions, the planet’s coral reefs could be in serious trouble. In a world in which humans continue to burn fossil fuels unchecked, ocean conditions will become ultimately inhospitable, according to U.S. scientists. Katharine Ricke and Ken Caldeira of the Carnegie Institution in Washington and colleagues make t… Read More

Distant Quakes Trigger Temblors in the Oil Patch: Study

Distant Quakes Trigger Temblors in the Oil Patch: Study

Wells filled with waste injection fluids at oil and gas fields across the United States are at risk of small earthquakes triggered by larger temblors across the globe, according to a new study published Thursday. Waste injection wells are on the rise as domestic energy production soars and companies increasingly use water and chemicals to unlock...… Read More

U.S. & China to Extend Joint Effort to Curb Climate Change

U.S. & China to Extend Joint Effort to Curb Climate Change

America and China agreed on Wednesday to work together to develop cleaner trucks, expanding joint efforts against climate change by the two greatest emitters and raising prospects for a global climate deal. The new initiatives announced in Washington on Wednesday would see China and the U.S. extend their climate cooperation to five new areas … Read More

Rising Temps, Shrinking Snowpack Fuel Western Wildfires

Rising Temps, Shrinking Snowpack Fuel Western Wildfires

Wildfire trends in the West are clear: there are more large fires burning now than at any time in the past 40 years and the total area burned each year has also increased. To explore these trends, Climate Central has developed an interactive tool to illustrate how warming temperatures and changing spring snowpack influences fires each year. In our… Read More