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NASA satellite launched to monitor global warming

US and French scientists have launched a new satellite capable of measuring the height of the world’s oceans to within 4cm.<p>The $180m mission, named Jason-3, is expected to provide them with vital data to track long-term changes to climate and the ocean’s role in global warming.<p>Jason-3 was launched …

Global Warming Is Heating Up the Deep Ocean

A new study has found that the world’s oceans are warming at a faster rate and half the increase in global ocean heat since 1865 has occurred in the …

Global Warming's Inconvenient Electoral Math

Four years ago, the author and climate activist Bill McKibben published a seminal article in <i>Rolling Stone</i> called "Global Warming's Terrifying New Math," laying out the stark cold numerical case for a carbon tax. To avoid a catastrophic 2 degrees' Celsius increase in global temperatures, he argued …

Animation: 100 years of global warming in less than a minute

Nasa has released a powerful illustration of Earth's long-term warming trend between 1880 and 2015<p>Nasa has released a powerful animation mapping global warming trends between 1880 and 2015.<p>It shows the changing temparatures over the last 100 or so years using a rolling five-year average.<p>The blue …

Watch 135 years of global warming in 30 seconds

NASA revealed this week that 2015 was the warmest year since record-keeping began in 1880.<p>The 30-second animation shows the world’s global warming trend for the past 135 years, illustrating the changing temperatures in orange, which increases and intensifies as the years go by.<p>NASA’s report shows …

How much damage is the Porter Ranch leak doing to the climate?

Stephen Conley has flown pollution-detecting airplanes over some of the largest oil and gas fields in the nation. But never before has the UC Davis scientist encountered as much methane in the air as in recent months over suburban Los Angeles.<p>Over and over, Conley has flown his single-engine plane …

Recent record temperature years ‘extremely unlikely’ without global warming, scientists say

By Chelsea Harvey<p>Chelsea Harvey<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Last week, U.S. agencies announced that the year 2015 had smashed records to become the hottest year ever recorded by humans, a finding that emphasizes the continued pattern of long-term global warming on Earth. The prior hottest year was just one year …

How Global Warming Helped Turn the Blizzard of 2016 Into a Record-Breaking Storm

As the Northeast digs out from a record-breaking blizzard, it’s safe to move beyond forecasts and precautions to wonder: Did climate change play a …

The blizzard of 2016 was influenced by manmade global warming

The blizzard of 2016 was an exceptional storm that broke all-time snowfall records in multiple locations. Yet for many people it hit, this storm was …

Global Warming

Massive snowstorms don't disprove global warming — in fact, quite the opposite

The massive storm paralyzed the Northeast for much of the weekend, smashing records as the second-biggest snowstorm in New York City, the biggest in Baltimore, and one of the top five snowiest in Washington, DC.<p>Thousands of flights were cancelled, states of emergency were declared, and at least 28 …

With Global Warming the World Will Be a Much Poorer Place

A recent article in the Londonist caught my attention: "In pictures, is this what the future of London looks like?"<p>It's London but not as we know it. These artist's impressions of future Londons are the winners of a competition launched by estate agent Cluttons and Estate Gazette. Will the …

Sea Level

Two-fifths of Britons 'unwilling to make any changes to tackle global warming'

Despite widespread concern about climate change, many people are unwilling to do anything to help prevent it, survey finds<p>Two-fifths of Britons are unwilling to make any changes to their lifestyle to help combat the threat of climate change, a survey has found.<p>Despite more than 80 per cent of …

Measuring ocean heating is key to tracking global warming | John Abraham

Taking the Earth’s temperature is a challenge, but a critically important one if we are to better understand the nature of climate change<p>Human emissions of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide are causing the Earth to warm. We know this, and we have known about the heat-trapping nature of these …

Is global warming behind D.C.’s new era of great snowstorms?

By Jason Samenow<p>Jason Samenow<p>Editor and writer covering weather and climate<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Evidence is piling up that D.C. and other major northeastern cities have entered a new era of great snowstorms and that climate change may well play an important role.<p>In our planet’s most rapid period of …

Climate Change

Europe's shift to dark green forests stokes global warming-study

OSLO (Reuters) - An expansion of Europe’s forests towards dark green conifers has stoked global warming, according to a study on Thursday at odds with a widespread view that planting more trees helps human efforts to slow rising temperatures.<p>People walk along a forest as the sun shines over fog …

Global warming policies we set today will determine the next 10,000 years

The decisions made in the next couple of decades about reducing greenhouse gas emissions will determine the severity of global warming — including …

Climate Change

How the drought boosts your utility bills, and global warming

By starving California’s hydroelectric dams of water, the state’s four-year drought has cost consumers an extra $2 billion in utility bills and pushed up greenhouse gas emissions from power plants by 10 percent, a new study finds.<p>Researchers at the Pacific Institute think tank examined the …

Human emissions just cancelled the next ice age. Here's why we should care.

If we condensed Earth’s 4.6-billion year history into one calendar year, humans evolved in the very last hour of December 31 – and the Industrial …

Global warming: uneven changes across planet

Less than 2C of global warming for the Earth, the target agreed by leaders at the COP21 climate conference in Paris last November, doesn’t really sound too ambitious. In fact, many of us would welcome an extra couple of degrees warmth. So what is all the fuss about?<p>Unfortunately the warming would …