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Record 2012 Greenland Melt Challenges Climate Models

Record 2012 Greenland Melt Challenges Climate Models

A weather pattern that may have become more common in recent years was largely responsible for causing last summer’s record melt in Greenland, according to a new study. The research, published this week in the International Journal of Climatology, found that a giant protective dome of high pressure established itself above Greenland throughout the … Read More

U.S. Airports Face Increasing Threat From Rising Seas

U.S. Airports Face Increasing Threat From Rising Seas

This was not the first time that LaGuardia suffered major flooding during a storm, nor will it be the last. Due to climate change-related sea level rise, LaGuardia and other coastal hubs throughout the U.S. face a growing risk of coastal flooding during even modest storms.… Read More

Look Out Below: Antarctic Melting From Underneath

Look Out Below: Antarctic Melting From Underneath

Ice experts have long known that Antarctica is losing ice at the margins of its vast ice sheets, where the frozen continent meets the sea — presumably, they thought, from icebergs breaking off and floating away. According to a report published in Science, however, more than half the ice loss is coming from warming ocean waters, which are melting th… Read More

Catastrophic Oil Spill Threat to Canadian River Basin

Catastrophic Oil Spill Threat to Canadian River Basin

The Mackenzie River Basin, a vast globally important area in Canada, is at great risk from climate change and a catastrophic oil spill from the tailing ponds of tar sands mining, according to a panel of nine Canadian, American and British scientists. The warning came just days after the Canadian Oil Producers Association says it expects oil produc… Read More

Fire & Rain, Western Woes and Big Plans in NYC

Fire & Rain, Western Woes and Big Plans in NYC

Learn about NOAA's newly released reports, NYC's resiliency plan, and how to easily track the fires blazing out West.… Read More

Rich Chinese Are Exporting Pollution to Poorer Regions

Rich Chinese Are Exporting Pollution to Poorer Regions

Just as rich nations have passed the responsibility for carbon dioxide emissions to the developing nations, so the rich provinces of China have exported the problem to the poorest regions, according to new research. The world’s biggest single emitter of the greenhouse gas – 10 billion tons in 2011 – has undertaken to reduce the “carbon intensity” … Read More

Western Drought Intensifies, Leads to Deadly Wildfires

Western Drought Intensifies, Leads to Deadly Wildfires

A western heat wave allowed drought to intensify and expand in Idaho, Oregon and Montana last week. 72.25 percent of the land area in the ten western states is now under drought conditions, according to the latest update to the U.S. Drought Monitor. The worst impacts of the drought are concentrated in the Southwest: New Mexico, Texas, Southern… Read More

$110 Billion Price Tag for Extreme Weather Events in 2012

$110 Billion Price Tag for Extreme Weather Events in 2012

Now the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has totaled the losses caused by the 11 most expensive extreme weather and climate disasters in 2012, each of which cost upwards of $1 billion. According to NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C., these billion-dollar events cost the U.S. a total of $110 billion, which … Read More