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.

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.

CO2 Storage Areas

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CO2 Storage Areas

  • Published: May 19th, 2009

The United States has many areas, shown in pink, where geological formations are likely to be suitable for long-term carbon dioxide storage.

Savannah Sea Level Rise Projection

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Savannah Sea Level Rise Projection

  • Published: May 19th, 2009

Sea level rise projected for this century presents significant threats to Savannah.

US Temperature Projections

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US Temperature Projections

  • Published: May 19th, 2009

If current trends in burning coal and other fossil fuels continue, average temperatures in the US are projected to increase by roughly 10°F by 2100

CO2 From Power Plants

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CO2 From Power Plants

  • Published: May 19th, 2009

Visualization of CO2 emissions from U.S. power plants burning fossil fuels. Coal plants contribute over 80 percent of these emissions, which are actually invisible.

Amazon Deforestation

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Amazon Deforestation

  • Published: Jan 28th, 2009

Recent deforestation in Brazil has been rapid, causing greenhouse gas emissions. Some argue planting more U.S. corn for ethanol may ultimately be a contributing factor.