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Saving Reefs by Enlisting Citizens as New Scientists

Saving Reefs by Enlisting Citizens as New Scientists

Ever wanted to see a coral reef up close? What until now has been a privilege reserved to a small minority is about to become something millions of us can (virtually) do. Scientists have hit on a way to harness 360-degree panoramas from Google’s underwater street-view format in order to let anyone with access to a computer see reefs in real time … Read More

Air Conditioning Rise May Raise Temperatures

Air Conditioning Rise May Raise Temperatures

As the world swelters, so will energy demand rise: the heat extremes generated by climate change are likely to raise the global demand for air conditioning by 72 percent. So people will generate more heat and release more carbon dioxide just to stay cool as the thermometer soars. Michael Sivak of the University of Michigan began asking questions … Read More

Greenland “Mega Canyon” Sends Water to the Sea

Greenland “Mega Canyon” Sends Water to the Sea

Researchers have found a canyon in Greenland tucked under a mile and a half of ice that could rival Arizona’s Grand Canyon. While the discovery won’t become a major tourist attraction, it does provide insight into how meltwater moves under the world’s second largest ice sheet and how that might affect ice shelves and glaciers at its periphery, wh … Read More

Gripping Time-Lapse of Destructive Yosemite Wildfire

Gripping Time-Lapse of Destructive Yosemite Wildfire

This series of time-lapse videos of the Rim Fire was taken by employees of Yosemite National Park. Showing the wildfire's behavior during the day and at night, the videos make the fire appear to be a living, breathing creature, and an eerily beautiful one at that. … Read More

Study Ties Global Warming ‘Hiatus’ to Pacific Cooldown

Study Ties Global Warming ‘Hiatus’ to Pacific Cooldown

Scientists probing the mystery of why, despite ever-increasing amounts of manmade greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, global average surface temperatures have increased at a slower rate during the past 15 years, may have made a breakthrough. According to a new study published Wednesday in the journal Nature, a largely natural period of unusually co… Read More

Nearly Half of All Western Wildfire Costs Go To California

Nearly Half of All Western Wildfire Costs Go To California

With one of California’s largest-recorded wildfires still burning largely uncontained and threatening water and electricity for millions, the total bill for fighting U.S. wildfires in 2013 is now likely to soar well past $1 billion. By the time the blaze is put out, which could be weeks from now, California’s Rim Fire will likely be among the most … Read More

Filling in Some Blanks to ‘All of the Above’ Energy Policy

Filling in Some Blanks to ‘All of the Above’ Energy Policy

When President Obama released his Climate Action Plan in late June, it started to provide clarity on what’s been deemed an “all of the above” energy production strategy for the U.S. However, the plan was short on some specifics. At a talk at Columbia University on Monday, Energy Department Secretary Ernest Moniz provided some of those specifics … Read More

Yosemite Fire Example of How Droughts Amplify Wildfires

Yosemite Fire Example of How Droughts Amplify Wildfires

The massive Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park in California continues to grow, now ranking as the 14th largest wildfire in California’s history, having already charred nearly 150,000 acres. Officials said the fire is 15 percent contained, and nearly 3,700 personnel are attacking the blaze from the ground and the air, trying to stop it from growi… Read More