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Bill to Shift NOAA Resources to Weather Marches On

Bill to Shift NOAA Resources to Weather Marches On

A House bill that would mandate the nation’s top weather and climate agency shift its priorities more toward short-term weather forecasting has sped its way through the legislative process. The House Science Committee is expected to consider it in the next few weeks. The bill is aimed at changing how the National Oceanic and Atmospheric… Read More

Geology Matters When it Comes to Storing Carbon

Geology Matters When it Comes to Storing Carbon

For all the promise of carbon capture and storage to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, the technique faces an uphill battle to becoming widely adopted. That's because like most things, carbon capture and storage – also known as CCS – does not fit well into any one-size-fits-all formula. A recent study looked at three prominent CCS sites to see ... … Read More

Food Waste Offers Unforeseen Energy Benefits

Food Waste Offers Unforeseen Energy Benefits

Societies all over the planet are running out of holes in the ground in which to dump their waste, so they’re under increasing pressure to find alternative solutions. In the European Union one of the problem wastes is food — rich people buy too much in the supermarket and throw a lot away. This is a disaster for local authorities that have to find… Read More

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