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Shale Mining in Great Barrier Reef ‘Likely to be Banned’

Shale Mining in Great Barrier Reef ‘Likely to be Banned’

Mining shale oil under the Great Barrier Reef is likely to be banned by Australia's federal Labor government as tensions rise over the environmental impact of the booming oil and gas industry on the coastline beside the reef. In February, the conservative Queensland state government lifted a moratorium on the shale oil industry in most places alon… Read More

Six to See: Slideshow of the Week’s Top Climate News

Six to See: Slideshow of the Week’s Top Climate News

We have more tools to help prepare for disasters and we'll need them with all the wild weather swings. … Read More

Wild Weather Swings May Be a Sign of Climate Change

Wild Weather Swings May Be a Sign of Climate Change

The bottom line is that the wild swings in weather that have been seen across the Midwest and South Central states during the past few years, from record flood to record drought and back to record flood, may be an example of what’s in store as global warming continues to alter the atmosphere.… Read More

Weather Service Completes Upgrades to Radar Network

Weather Service Completes Upgrades to Radar Network

The radars have already proved their value to NWS forecasters. On Feb. 10, 2012, an EF-4 tornado struck Hattiesburg, Miss. Dual-pol radar products allowed local NWS forecasters to spot the tornado on their radar screens and determine that it was likely a very large and powerful twister.… Read More

Drought to Floods For Some; Dryness Holds On To West

Drought to Floods For Some; Dryness Holds On To West

“Improbably, flooding has now replaced drought as the Midwest’s greatest imminent concern,” said Brad Rippey, U.S. Department of Agriculture meteorologist, in a press release. “In fact, from April 20 to 23, the Mississippi River rose to one of its five highest levels on record from just south of Moline, Illinois, to just north of St. Louis.… Read More

Forest Service Gets New Wildfire Tool in Time for Season

Forest Service Gets New Wildfire Tool in Time for Season

The new sensor transmits data in near real-time to crews on the ground to analyze and use for decision-making purposes. The new instrument operates like a spinning mirror, and it paints a stripe on the ground perpendicular to the motion of flight, scanning that land for signs of heat and other characteristics that mark wildfire activity, Hinkley sa… Read More

U.S. Shows Rapid Rise of Temps Since First Earth Day

U.S. Shows Rapid Rise of Temps Since First Earth Day

In commemoration of Earth Day, 2013, Climate Central has just released a new report that provides a state-by-state analysis of temperature trends since the first Earth Day took place in 1970. That occasion marked a significant change in America’s environmental consciousness, and led to the creation of, among other things, the Environ… Read More

IMF Rejects Fossil Fuel Subsidies, Calls for Reform

IMF Rejects Fossil Fuel Subsidies, Calls for Reform

Fossil fuel subsidies provided by both rich and poor countries to keep their citizens happy are holding back the world economy, accelerating climate change and damaging the health of current and future generations, according to the International Monetary Fund. The worst offender of all is the United States, which allows annual subsidies of $502 … Read More