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Climate Change: Human Disaster Looms, Says Research

Climate Change: Human Disaster Looms, Says Research

Some of the most extreme predictions of global warming are unlikely to materialize, new scientific research has suggested, but the world is still likely to be in for a temperature rise of double that regarded as safe. The researchers said warming was most likely to reach about 4C above pre-industrial levels if the past decade's readings were taken … Read More

Tornadoes, Heat-Related Deaths, and Hurricanes

Tornadoes, Heat-Related Deaths, and Hurricanes

An extreme weather-packed slideshow of the week's top climate news.… Read More

Congo Waits on Funding for Largest Hydropower Project

Congo Waits on Funding for Largest Hydropower Project

The dream of harnessing the mighty Congo with the world's largest set of dams has moved closer, with the World Bank and other financial institutions expected to offer finance and South Africa agreeing to buy half of the power generated. In the past 60 years French, Belgian, Chinese, Brazilian and African engineers have all hoped to dam the river. … Read More

Weather Satellite Outage Points to Larger Problems

Weather Satellite Outage Points to Larger Problems

The sick satellite, which engineers are working to fix, is responsible for observing weather systems across the eastern U.S. and the Atlantic Ocean, and is known as GOES-13, or “GOES East.” It is a geostationary satellite, which means that it stays in a fixed orbit at an altitude of about 22,300 miles above the equator, allowing it to keep a consta… Read More

Optimism for Crops in Midwest; Dire Straits in the West

Optimism for Crops in Midwest; Dire Straits in the West

When it comes to this year’s drought, it seems like good news never arrives without bad news to match it. Even as drought receded from the Upper Midwest this week, conditions deepened and intensified all across the Southwest. Any optimism that may emerge for crops in the Midwest from this week’s rains is balanced by the dire conditions of pastures … Read More

2013 Hurricane Season Could Be Extremely Active: NOAA

2013 Hurricane Season Could Be Extremely Active: NOAA

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts that the 2013 hurricane season, which begins on June 1, is likely to be somewhere between active and extremely active, with between 13 and 20 named storms – those with sustained winds above 39 m.p.h. By comparison, in 2012 — the year of Isaac and Sandy — there were 19 named storms … Read More

Oklahoma Tornado Shows Progress in Weather Warnings

Oklahoma Tornado Shows Progress in Weather Warnings

Despite the utter devastation left in the wake of the massive tornado that tore through Moore, Okla., the deadly storm, in many ways, helped showcase how far scientists have come in providing communities early tornado warning signs. In an era of budget cuts that threaten things such as new weather satellites and improved hurricane prediction, … Read More

NOAA Satellite Malfunctions, May Affect Forecasts

NOAA Satellite Malfunctions, May Affect Forecasts

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which operates the nation’s fleet of weather satellites, the weather satellite, known as GOES-13, initially malfunctioned at 3:40 AM on Wednesday morning, and an initial recovery procedure was unsuccessful at restoring it to operation.… Read More