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Weather Service to Add Major Might to Computing Power

Weather Service to Add Major Might to Computing Power

The NWS plans to use $25 million of the $48 million provided to it in the Sandy supplemental bill, along with funds that are called for in President Obama’s fiscal year 2014 budget proposal, to bring about "unprecedented" computing upgrades — going from an operational computing capacity of 213 peak teraflops at the end of the current fiscal year, t… Read More

The U.S.: A Nation Divided By Drought

The U.S.: A Nation Divided By Drought

What was once a coast-to-coast drought now divides the U.S. into two distinct pieces, pitting the water haves, in the Midwest, versus the have-nots, in the West. One of those regions is in for a long, hot, dry, and potentially smoky summer. (Hint: It's not the Midwest.)… Read More

Study: 97 percent Agreement on Manmade Global Warming

Study: 97 percent Agreement on Manmade Global Warming

The research, which is the most comprehensive analysis of climate research to date, finds that 97.1 percent of the studies published between 1991 to 2011 that expressed a position on manmade climate change agreed that it was happening, and that it was due to human activity. The study looked at peer reviewed research that mentioned climate change … Read More

Smaller Glaciers Boost Sea Level as Much as the Giants

Smaller Glaciers Boost Sea Level as Much as the Giants

As the planet warms under the influence of rising greenhouse gases, and melting ice drives sea level higher, scientists have focused mostly on changes in the vast ice sheets that cover Greenland and Antarctica. If either one melts substantially or slides into the ocean, the results would be catastrophic. But there’s another ice reserve to worry … Read More

As Oceans Warm, Fish Are Finding New ZIP Codes

As Oceans Warm, Fish Are Finding New ZIP Codes

The study, published Wednesday in the journal Nature, employs a novel index that creates a fish thermometer of sorts, teasing out evidence of population shifts from fishery catch records during the past four decades. The study is the first to detect climate change-related shifts in the range of fish species on a global scale. In doing so, it provid… Read More

Panel Finds Flaws with NWS Guidance on Sandy’s Surge

Panel Finds Flaws with NWS Guidance on Sandy’s Surge

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released its final review of the agency’s performance during Hurricane Sandy, finding that while the agency provided accurate forecasts of the storm’s path and strength well ahead of time, there were many shortcomings, including confusing and poorly timed guidance on the expected storm surg… Read More

Good News, Bad News from New EIA Emissions Analysis

Good News, Bad News from New EIA Emissions Analysis

There was good news and bad to be mined from a state-by-state analysis of carbon emissions over a decade, which was released this week by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). Overall, the EIA reported that between 2000 and 2010, 38 states saw an overall drop in their annual energy-related carbon emissions, but between 2009 and 2010, … Read More

Amid Rapid Arctic Warming, U.S. Releases New Strategy

Amid Rapid Arctic Warming, U.S. Releases New Strategy

With ministers from the eight Arctic states meeting this week in Kiruna, Sweden, for the 2013 ministerial meeting of the Arctic Council, the Obama administration has laid out a broad new U.S. Arctic policy that sets strategic goals for how the U.S. will cope with a rapidly changing Arctic region.… Read More