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Microgrids: Sandy Forced Cities to Rethink Power Supply

Microgrids: Sandy Forced Cities to Rethink Power Supply

Hurricane Sandy and the havoc it wreaked on New York City and the rest of the Northeast in 2012 could prove to be a turning point in how people think about the way electricity is produced and distributed in storm-prone areas.… Read More

With Climate Change, Brazil Faces Drop in Crops

With Climate Change, Brazil Faces Drop in Crops

Higher temperatures, drastic changes in rainfall, lower productivity, more blight and disease − these are just some of the expected consequences of climate change in Brazil if the projections of 345 scientists who make up the Brazilian Panel on Climate Change (PBMC) prove true. They predict that if present trends in greenhouse gas emissions contin… Read More

Drones Find New Purpose Studying Arctic Ice Melt

Drones Find New Purpose Studying Arctic Ice Melt

The logical next step for exploring some of the world's most inhospitable terrain is being taken. Researchers are using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) – drones – to explore the last great repositories of ice in Greenland, Antarctica and Alaska. About two dozen universities and research organizations, including NASA and the National Oceanic and At… Read More

Newfangled ‘Icepod’ Tracks Greenland’s Melting Ice Sheets

Newfangled ‘Icepod’ Tracks Greenland’s Melting Ice Sheets

The LC-130 Hercules flew low over the ice sheet in a tight grid pattern, Teflon-coated landing skis barely 300 meters above the soft upper layer of snow. At the rear of the plane, scientists clustered round a monitor displaying a regular pattern of dark red waves generated by a radar signal. Somewhere in the vast, white emptiness below were two tin… Read More

The U.N., Storms, and Air Travel: Climate Takes the Stage

The U.N., Storms, and Air Travel: Climate Takes the Stage

Climate change takes center stage this week when it comes to storms, air travel and the U.N.… Read More

Report Ties Climate to Extreme Events, But Shows Hurdles

Report Ties Climate to Extreme Events, But Shows Hurdles

Climate scientists examining a dozen extreme weather events from 2012 found that manmade global warming likely contributed to at least half of them, including a record-breaking deadly heat wave in the U.S. The international report released on Thursday offers a demonstration of the new capabilities that scientists are developing in an emerging, comp… Read More

Risk of Sandy-Level Flood in NYC Has Doubled Since 1950

Risk of Sandy-Level Flood in NYC Has Doubled Since 1950

As the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy approaches, a new study points to the rapidly escalating risk of Sandy-magnitude flooding events in the New York City area due to global sea level rise. The study, published Thursday in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, found that sea level rise during the 1950 to 2012 period has alr… Read More

Scientists Call for Overhaul of U.N. Climate Reports

Scientists Call for Overhaul of U.N. Climate Reports

The reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change are compiled by hundreds of scientists and are considered the definitive assessment of global climate risks, with the next big report due to be released in Stockholm this month.… Read More