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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

Senate Bill Would Boost Funding for Weather Satellites

Senate Bill Would Boost Funding for Weather Satellites

Key weather and climate satellites would get a boost under a new Senate spending proposal. The $984 billion measure, which Senate Appropriations Committee leaders introduced late Monday, would fund the federal government from March 27 until Sept. 30, the end of the current fiscal year. The bill would increase the National Oceanic and… Read More

Forecast Dims for Future Growth in Wind Power

Forecast Dims for Future Growth in Wind Power

Despite a recent report trumpeting a record year for wind power in 2012, the numbers are not as encouraging as they seem. Because even though total wind power capacity grew by 30 percent last year, with 13,000 megawatts in new wind turbines, the actual portion of our electricity coming from wind energy did not increase proportionally. Also, the … Read More

Volcanic Eruptions May be Masking ‘Lost’ Warming

Volcanic Eruptions May be Masking ‘Lost’ Warming

Climate scientists think they may have found at least part of the answer to a conundrum which has been puzzling them recently — why the atmosphere has not warmed as much as expected over the last decade or so. A team led by the University of Colorado-Boulder (CU-Boulder) thinks the reason may be emissions of sulphur dioxide (SO2), a known … Read More

Fukushima Two Years Later: Decommissioning Begins

Fukushima Two Years Later: Decommissioning Begins

Radiation levels in the abandoned communities near Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant have fallen 40 percent in the past year. Inside the wrecked facility, construction workers rush to complete state-of-the-art equipment that will remove dozens of dangerous radioactive nuclides from cooling water. Soon, a steel shield will be driven into the sea… Read More

Warming Means Wetter Weather – and Drier Weather

Warming Means Wetter Weather – and Drier Weather

Welcome to the see-saw world of climate change. Rainy seasons will get rainier. Dry seasons will tend to become more parched. Even if the total annual rainfall does not change very much, the seasonal cycles will – with obvious consequences. Floods and droughts will become more frequent, according to Chia Chou of the University of Taipei, and collea… Read More