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Tales of Ancient Sea Rise Told for 10,000 Years

Tales of Ancient Sea Rise Told for 10,000 Years

Without using written languages, Australian tribes passed memories of life before, and during, post-glacial shoreline inundations through hundreds of generations as high-fidelity oral history. Some tribes still can still point to islands that no longer exist — and provide their original names. That’s the conclusion of linguists and a geographer, w… Read More

Scientists Find Which Coral Reefs Will Survive Warming

Scientists Find Which Coral Reefs Will Survive Warming

Scientists have identified which parts of the Great Barrier Reef and other reefs are most capable of recovering from mass bleaching events which will become more frequent due to global warming. The information should help conservationists to target their efforts to protect the portions of reefs that are most capable of survival, they say. Previous … Read More

Cold Nights Are Decreasing Across the U.S.

Cold Nights Are Decreasing Across the U.S.

It’s easy to think of global warming as something that happens at a steady pace everywhere in the world. But that’s not the full story. It’s true that the global average temperature has been rising overall since modern record-keeping began, and it’s true that 2014 was the hottest year on record, but the rise hasn’t been perfectly steady. Each year … Read More

Picture This: Illuminating Lightning & Rare Texas Snow

Picture This: Illuminating Lightning & Rare Texas Snow

This workweek was a short one for those of us in the U.S., but it was still packed with plenty of amazing weather photos. As usual, some of the most stunning came from the vantage point of space, which offered a new perspective on lightning. Winter also continues to leave its mark, but in sometimes surprising places. European Space Agency astronaut… Read More

The Method to Our 1-in-27 Million Madness

The Method to Our 1-in-27 Million Madness

By now, you've probably heard that 2014 was the warmest year on record. You may have also heard that 13 of the 15 hottest years occurred in the last 15 years, which has pretty darn low odds of occurring. We calculated just how low the odds are (and illustrated them with a video) and have had some questions about the methodology so here's the inside… Read More

Boston’s Got Gas as Methane Seeps from City

Boston’s Got Gas as Methane Seeps from City

In Boston, methane emissions from aging pipes and other sources may be more than double official state estimates for the city, according to a study published Thursday.… Read More

Surprise Lake Sheds Light on Underbelly of Greenland Ice

Surprise Lake Sheds Light on Underbelly of Greenland Ice

On a clear day, anyone flying over Greenland on the route between North America and Europe can look down and see the bright blue patches of melted water atop the flat, blindingly white expanse of the ice sheet that covers the island, the second largest chunk of ice on Earth. Scientists have long known this meltwater flows in streams along the ice… Read More

Climate Change Moves the Doomsday Clock

Climate Change Moves the Doomsday Clock

The end of civilization as we know it just got a little closer. According to an update to the Doomsday Clock, the world is now three minutes from midnight and one of the big reasons is the failure to reduce greenhouse emissions even in the face of climate change. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists maintains the clock and resets the hands every … Read More