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Two Maps Show Greenland’s Sudden Melt Season Onset

Two Maps Show Greenland’s Sudden Melt Season Onset

It appears that Greenland’s melt season is making up for lost time. After a cool spring kept Greenland’s massive ice sheet mostly solid, a (comparatively) warm late June and early July have turned half the ice sheet’s surface into liquid, well outside the range of normal for this time of year. Despite the ice sheet’s remote location, its slushy… Read More

Rising Ocean Temps Bring Gloomy Outlook for Corals

Rising Ocean Temps Bring Gloomy Outlook for Corals

Beachgoers may love ocean waters that are growing balmier in a warming world, but corals, and subsequently the ecosystems they support, do not. Rising ocean temperatures are proving detrimental to both ocean species and coral reefs, with the impact on coral perhaps most noticeably seen in bleaching. On Monday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric … Read More

2015 Arctic Sea Ice: How Low Will It Go?

2015 Arctic Sea Ice: How Low Will It Go?

The Fourth of July weekend wasn’t just about fireworks and cookouts, it also marked the end of a key period of summer melt in the Arctic that can determine how low sea ice goes for the year. The floating ice cap has been on a steady downward trajectory for decades, thanks to global warming, and in recent years it has hit record lows with the added … Read More

Coral Breeding May Help Cooler Reefs Survive

Coral Breeding May Help Cooler Reefs Survive

Corals that naturally thrive in the hottest tropical waters can be bred with cousins in cooler seas to help them survive mounting threats from global warming. Tests of corals in warm waters on Australia's Great Barrier Reef found they were able to survive bigger temperature rises than those of an identical species in cooler seas 300 miles south.… Read More

Pink Salmon Risks a Double Threat of Acidification

Pink Salmon Risks a Double Threat of Acidification

Pink salmon in the Pacific Ocean face a double threat of acidification linked to greenhouse gas emissions since it slows their early growth in rivers and disrupts the chemistry of seawater. Impacts have in the past been more studied in the seas than in fresh water.… Read More

The World’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions in One Graphic

The World’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions in One Graphic

Carbon emissions are often considered in the future tense: the G7 aims to reduce future emissions and countries attending the Paris climate summit in December will pledge to make future carbon cuts. Amid all the future talk, the World Resources Institute has released new information about the present – an infographic and huge database of the world … Read More

Hawaii, Vermont Set Ambitious Examples for Renewables

Hawaii, Vermont Set Ambitious Examples for Renewables

June marked two huge milestones in renewable energy in the U.S., with Hawaii and Vermont passing laws setting the nation’s most ambitious renewable energy goals. Electricity generation is the nation’s largest emitter of climate-changing greenhouse gases, leading many states to set goals for how much of their power should come from low-carbon … Read More

Scorched Earth Is Big Climate Concern in Alaska Wildfires

Scorched Earth Is Big Climate Concern in Alaska Wildfires

Alaska and its neighbor to the east, Canada, have kicked off wildfire season in a major way. Blazes have raged across the northern stretches of North America, sending smoke streaming down into the Lower 48 and leaving the landscape charred. The multitudes of fires is a glimpse of things to come as the climate warms, but blackened trees are only … Read More

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Ocean Acidification Process Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from burning fossil fuels are making the world’s oceans more acidic.

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