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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

Massive Iceberg Breaks off Pine Island Glacier in Antarctica

Massive Iceberg Breaks off Pine Island Glacier in Antarctica

An enormous slab of ice, about a quarter the size of Rhode Island and some 200 feet thick, has broken away from Antarctica, according to German researchers. The event, which was recorded by radar aboard Germany’s orbiting TerraSAR-X satellite, was not unexpected. In 2011, a NASA satellite noted that a huge crack had appeared in the ice shelf at … Read More

China’s Coal Reliance Reduces Life Span by 5.5 Years

China’s Coal Reliance Reduces Life Span by 5.5 Years

Air pollution causes people in northern China to live an average of 5.5 years shorter than their southern counterparts, according to a study released on Monday which claims to show in unprecedented detail the link between air pollution and life expectancy. High levels of air pollution in northern China — much of it caused by an over-reliance on … Read More

Quebec Oil Train Explosion Visible from Space

Quebec Oil Train Explosion Visible from Space

According to the Associated Press, 73 rail cars (72 of which carried crude oil) derailed at 63 mph after traveling for seven miles. The detached from a parked train for unknown reasons. The Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway train had experienced a fire earlier, in a different town, and that fire was put out and the locomotive shut down. Investiga… Read More