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NWS Warns of Severe Weather and Possible ‘Derecho’

NWS Warns of Severe Weather and Possible ‘Derecho’

The National Weather Service (NWS) is forecasting a widespread severe weather outbreak from the Great Lakes southeastward into the Mid-Atlantic states on Wednesday. The severe threat includes the potential for storms to form an organized line packing damaging winds, heavy rainfall and large hail. Specifically, NWS meteorologists are highlighting th… Read More

New York Launches $19.5 Billion Climate Resiliency Plan

New York Launches $19.5 Billion Climate Resiliency Plan

Underlying the portfolio of measures, which amount to the largest climate resilience program of any city worldwide, Bloomberg said, are a recognition that climate change is increasing the risks of damaging storm surge events in New York by increasing sea levels, and that climate change is also likely to worsen heat waves, heavy precipitation events… Read More

NOAA Satellite Back Online After ‘Micrometeoroid’ Strike

NOAA Satellite Back Online After ‘Micrometeoroid’ Strike

According to a NOAA press release, engineers were finally able to pinpoint why the satellite, known as GOES-13, had a sudden disruption in its orientation toward Earth on May 22. NOAA said Monday that a micrometeoroid, possibly from debris left over from other space missions, or “space junk,” likely hit the arm for the satellite’s solar array panel… Read More

IEA: World Can’t Afford to Wait for a New Climate Treaty

IEA: World Can’t Afford to Wait for a New Climate Treaty

The world cannot afford to wait for a new global climate change agreement to come into force in 2020, because doing so will mean an end to hopes of limiting global warming to moderate levels, one of the world's foremost authorities on energy has warned. Carbon dioxide emissions from energy rose by 1.4 percent in 2012 to a record high of more than … Read More

Coral Fights Back Gradually From Ocean Heating

Coral Fights Back Gradually From Ocean Heating

Marine biologists’ worst fears seem to be confirmed: coral colonies take a long time to recover from catastrophic climate events. British and Brazilian biologists report in the Public Library of Science One – better known simply as PLoS One – that the richest habitats of the sea could also be among the most vulnerable to climate change. For more … Read More

Jellyfish Surge in Mediterranean Threatens Environment

Jellyfish Surge in Mediterranean Threatens Environment

Scientists across the Mediterranean say a surge in the number of jellyfish this year threatens not just the biodiversity of one of the world's most overfished seas but also the health of tens of thousands of summer tourists. "I flew along a 186-mile stretch of coastline on April 21 and saw millions of jellyfish," said Professor Stefano Piraino of … Read More

Study Finds Plant Growth Surges as CO2 Levels Rise

Study Finds Plant Growth Surges as CO2 Levels Rise

Australian scientists have solved one piece of the climate puzzle. They have confirmed the long-debated fertilization effect. Plants build their tissues by using photosynthesis to take carbon from the air around them. So more carbon dioxide should mean more vigorous plant growth – though until now this has been very difficult to prove. Randall Don… Read More

Squid Threatened by Ocean Acidity Caused by Rise in CO2

Squid Threatened by Ocean Acidity Caused by Rise in CO2

That jet-propelled cephalopod of the seas, the squid, could be in for a hard time. As atmospheric carbon dioxide levels rise, so the oceans become more acid, and this is not good news for one of the most important animals of the ocean ecosystem. Aran Mooney of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in the U.S. and other colleagues decided to take… Read More