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NASA to Launch New Earth-Observing Satellite

NASA to Launch New Earth-Observing Satellite

If the weather holds, NASA will launch its newest Earth-observing satellite from Vandenberg Air Force Base in southern California late Monday morning. An Atlas V rocket is scheduled to carry Landsat 8 into space just after 11 a.m. Pacific time. Once in orbit, the $855 million probe will begin capturing detailed images of Earth’s surface, adding to… Read More

UK’s Nuke Plans Lose Traction with Shift to Renewables

UK’s Nuke Plans Lose Traction with Shift to Renewables

The UK government's plan to build a new generation of 10 nuclear power stations suffered another severe blow this week when the British utility Centrica pulled out of the program, writing off a £200 million ($315M) investment in the process. To prop up the industry the government is faced with breaking two important electoral pledges and may face… Read More

Blizzard Buries New England, Breaks Snowfall Records

Blizzard Buries New England, Breaks Snowfall Records

The storm shut down travel across the region, knocked out power to nearly 700,000 customers, stranded many motorists in their vehicles on Long Island, and exceeded benchmarks set during the infamous Blizzard of 1978, which occurred 35 years ago this week.… Read More

What You Need to See to Understand Blizzard ‘Nemo’

What You Need to See to Understand Blizzard ‘Nemo’

The blizzard is also pulling in an extraordinary amount of moisture, which is consistent with recent trends in the Northeast toward more frequent 1-day precipitation extremes during the cold season, including heavy snowstorms. … Read More

Drought to Last Through April; Southwest May Improve

Drought to Last Through April; Southwest May Improve

Large storms brought some short-term relief to drought afflicted areas over the past week, and allowed the footprint of the national drought to shrink slightly. However, while similar rainstorms are forecasted to continue during the coming weeks, there is only slight potential for drought recovery expected for the rest of the season.… Read More

Blizzard of 2013 Brings Another Threat: Coastal Flooding

Blizzard of 2013 Brings Another Threat: Coastal Flooding

Sea levels are rising worldwide due to warming ocean temperatures, melting polar ice caps, and sinking land masses, along with other factors. Higher sea levels provide a higher launching pad for storm surges from hurricanes and nor’easters, making it possible for relatively weak storms to cause damage. In Boston, the top five highest storm tides, w… Read More

Science Groups Push Obama for Climate Change Summit

Science Groups Push Obama for Climate Change Summit

Six scientific and environmental societies asked the White House to hold a national summit on climate change. “We would like to offer the support and assistance of the thousands of scientists and other professionals who are members of our organizations,” the groups said in a letter Monday to President Barack Obama. “We respectfully request … Read More

Threat Of Upcoming Blizzard Seen Through 6 Images

Threat Of Upcoming Blizzard Seen Through 6 Images

The blockbuster snowstorm headed for southern New England beginning on Friday is expected to unleash a potentially crippling amount of snow in some areas, perhaps greater than two feet. Due to the combination of high winds and heavy snow, blizzard warnings have been issued from Maine to Long Island, including Boston, Hartford, Providence, and New Y… Read More