Copenhagen Diagnosis

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Copenhagen Diagnosis

  • Published: Nov 23rd, 2009

The Copenhagen Diagnosis is a major climate change report released on November 24, 2009. Key findings in the report include that climate-related changes are happening faster than scientists expected only a few years ago and that the average scientific projection for sea level rise has increased sharply.

Mountain Snowmelt and Fire

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Mountain Snowmelt and Fire

  • Published: Sep 2nd, 2009

In recent decades in the American West, wildfires have burned about 17 times more land in years with early snowmelt than with late.

Early vs. Late Snowmelt

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Early vs. Late Snowmelt

  • Published: Sep 2nd, 2009

Satellite-derived images comparing the first full week of April in years with early (2002) vs. late (2008) snowmelt.

Acres Burned in Washington

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Acres Burned in Washington

  • Published: Sep 2nd, 2009

Wildfires in Washington State have increased significantly in recent years, a shift that appears linked to climate change.

Tripod Fire Satellite View

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Tripod Fire Satellite View

  • Published: Sep 2nd, 2009

The August 2006 Tripod Complex Fire burned some 180,000 acres of beetle-damaged forest in central Washington State.

Arctic Sea Ice: Heat Shield

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Arctic Sea Ice: Heat Shield

  • Published: Sep 1st, 2009

Arctic sea ice acts like a heat shield, reflecting most of the sun’s energy. As the ice has melted back, it reflects less, and the planet is absorbing more heat.

Nationwide: August Days over 95 Degrees

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Nationwide: August Days over 95 Degrees

  • Published: Aug 19th, 2009

Present vs. projected August days over 95 degrees Fahrenheit

Nationwide: August Days over 90 Degrees

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Nationwide: August Days over 90 Degrees

  • Published: Aug 19th, 2009

Present vs. projected August days over 90 degrees Fahrenheit