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Higher Winds, Higher Waves: But Is It Climate Change?

  • Published: Mar 28th, 2011

A new paper in Science says that wind speeds and wave heights have increased in the world's oceans over the past 20 years. What it doesn't say is why.

Sea Level Rise Brings Added Risks to Coastal Nuclear Plants

  • Published: Mar 23rd, 2011

Sea level rise will exacerbate storm surge flooding, scientists say, which means more severe "worst-case scenarios" for plants like Florida's Turkey Point.

Widespread Spring Flooding Likely, NOAA says

  • Published: Mar 17th, 2011

The spring outlook calls for extensive flooding across the northern tier of the country, while drought lingers across the South.

Climate Change Places Unique Demands on US Naval Forces, Report Says

  • Published: Mar 11th, 2011

Climate change is a national security concern that needs to be taken into account by U.S. maritime forces, a new report finds.

New Biofuel Crops Could Offer a Climate Advantage for the Midwest

  • Published: Mar 10th, 2011

In Illinois, researchers are looking for America's next crop of biofuels to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and bolster energy security.

NOAA Scientists Find No Clear Human Connection to Deadly 2010 Russian Heat Wave, But…

  • Published: Mar 9th, 2011

A new study finds that primarily natural causes led to last summer's soaring temperatures in Russia, but similar events are becoming more likely.

Study Finds Ice Sheets Becoming Dominant Contributor to Sea Level Rise

  • Published: Mar 9th, 2011

A new study finds the rate at which the massive ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica are melting has been accelerating during the past two decades.

East Antarctic Ice Sheet: Freezing From the Bottom Up

  • Published: Mar 3rd, 2011

Scientists are surprised to learn that the planet's biggest ice sheet is growing from the bottom up as well as the top down.