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Winter Storm Expert to Lead National Weather Service

Winter Storm Expert to Lead National Weather Service

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is turning to an agency veteran and winter weather expert, Louis W. Uccellini, to lead the troubled National Weather Service (NWS) at a time of budget challenges and ongoing debate over the agency's performance during Hurricane Sandy. Acting director Laura K. Furgione will return to her pre… Read More

Life-Threatening Blizzard Poised to Strike New England

Life-Threatening Blizzard Poised to Strike New England

A life-threatening and historic blizzard that could rank among the top 10 snowstorms on record in southern New England is poised to plaster the region this weekend with snow that will be measured in feet rather than inches. The storm could also cause major coastal flooding and produce hurricane force wind gusts, forecasters said.… Read More

Climate Change Set to Batter U.S. Agriculture, Forests

Climate Change Set to Batter U.S. Agriculture, Forests

Climate change is likely to transform U.S. agriculture by mid-century, reducing yields of many staple crops and the productivity of livestock operations, according to a new government analysis. Rising temperatures and shifting precipitation patterns will also harm the nation’s forests, increasing their vulnerability to fires, insect infestations … Read More

Historic, Crippling Blizzard May Strike New England

Historic, Crippling Blizzard May Strike New England

Early February is a notorious time of year for bringing major storms to New England, with the benchmark storm, known as the Blizzard of ‘78, occurring 35 years ago this week. That storm caused damaging coastal flooding, dumped well over 2 feet of snow in Massachusetts, and trapped many people in their cars. In Boston, 27.1 inches of snow fell, in… Read More

Study Downplays Risk of Catastrophic Amazon ‘Dieback’

Study Downplays Risk of Catastrophic Amazon ‘Dieback’

In a warming world, tropical forests may be hardier than previously thought. For scientists who study the Amazon, the worst-case scenario has long been clear. As the planet warms, some models suggest, the rainforest will dry and die, sending a massive shot of carbon into the atmosphere to further warm the planet. … Read More

In Short Run, Obama Can Bypass Congress on Climate

In Short Run, Obama Can Bypass Congress on Climate

During his first term in office, President Obama presided over several regulatory moves that are already resulting in emissions reductions, including new fuel efficiency standards for passenger cars and light trucks, energy efficiency standards for new appliances, and greenhouse gas regulations for new power power plants. … Read More

Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Power Plants Fell in 2011

Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Power Plants Fell in 2011

Greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. power plants fell 4.6 percent in in 2011, according to new government figures. … Read More

New Rail Traffic Data Reflects Big Shift Away From Coal

New Rail Traffic Data Reflects Big Shift Away From Coal

New rail traffic data reflects big shift away from coal, toward oil and natural gas production.… Read More