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The Week’s Top Climate News - In Pictures

The Week’s Top Climate News - In Pictures

A round up of this week's top climate news in one great slideshow for your viewing pleasure. … Read More

Warming ‘May Harm Rainforests Less’ Than First Thought

Warming ‘May Harm Rainforests Less’ Than First Thought

Scientists think they have found some good news for the Amazon and other tropical forests. They say they appear more able to withstand the effects of climate change than previous studies had suggested. The research team, including climate scientists and tropical ecologists from the UK, U.S., Australia and Brazil, concluded that the forests are less… Read More

Shell Barred From Arctic Drilling Without Overhaul

Shell Barred From Arctic Drilling Without Overhaul

Shell "screwed up" drilling for oil in Arctic waters and will not be allowed back without a comprehensive overhaul of its plans, the Obama administration said on Thursday. A government review found the oil company was not prepared for the extreme conditions in the Arctic, which resulted in a series of blunders and accidents culminating in the New … Read More

Recent Storms Highlight Flaws In Top U.S. Weather Model

Recent Storms Highlight Flaws In Top U.S. Weather Model

The emerging “modeling gap” could erode the accuracy of U.S. weather forecasts and also cause greater economic losses from weather events. A 2011 study found that routine weather variability alone affects the American economy to the tune of approximately $485 billion each year, not including the billions that are lost when major storms strike.… Read More

Drought Eases in Midwest, but Rainfall Deficit Continues

Drought Eases in Midwest, but Rainfall Deficit Continues

Drought conditions improved in the Midwest this week, as rain and snow fell on the northern half of the continental U.S. this week. However, drought conditions remained largely unchanged across the upper Midwest and High Plains, where the frozen ground and long-term soil dryness slowed the ability of precipitation to provide relief.… Read More

February Keeps the Planet’s Warm Streak Alive: NOAA

February Keeps the Planet’s Warm Streak Alive: NOAA

Warm conditions in February 2013 helped keep sustain the planet’s remarkable hot streak, marking the 336th consecutive month that global temperatures rose above the 20th century average, according to data released Thursday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The average global temperature reached 54.93 degrees Fahrenheit last … Read More

Rules Needed for Geoengineering Research, Experts Say

Rules Needed for Geoengineering Research, Experts Say

With no clear rules to guide new research, scientists are shying away from examining whether geoengineering technologies can effectively cool the planet, and at what cost. That’s the warning put forth by a pair of climate change experts in an essay published Thursday in the journal Science, which argues that the global geoengineering debate is in… Read More

Large Fractures Spotted in Vulnerable Arctic Sea Ice

Large Fractures Spotted in Vulnerable Arctic Sea Ice

During the end of February and continuing into early March, large fractures in the sea ice were observed off the north coast of Alaska and Canada, from near Ellesmere Island in the Canadian Arctic to Barrow, Alaska, the northernmost city in the U.S.… Read More