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In hurricane-prone Miami, one meteorologist is forecasting the future

In early September, Hurricane Irma was barreling toward Miami. Veteran meteorologist John Morales was giving his forecast on South Florida’s local NBC affiliate, in front of angry red weather graphics.<p>“You are about to witness one of the worst hurricanes in the history of this country,” Morales …

Weather

Should Iconic Lake Powell Be Drained?

GLEN CANYON NATIONAL RECREATION AREA, Utah—Like many places across the West, Lake Powell seems impossibly large, mythical almost, with its rich red …

US winter has shrunk by more than one month in 100 years

The length of the US winter is shortening, with the first frost of the year arriving more than one month later than it did 100 years ago, according to more than a century of measurements from weather stations nationwide.<p>The trend of ever later first freezes appears to have started around 1980, …

Climate Change

Solar energy is really our only answer for long-term sustainable energy

Humans consume 221 tonnes of coal, 1,066 barrels of oil, and 93,000 metric cubes of natural gas per second.<p>These materials were wonderful for the industrial revolution that started in Britain in the 18th century and made use of “new energy” sources such as coal and petroleum. At the start of the …

Energy

Arctic stronghold of world’s seeds flooded after permafrost melts

No seeds were lost but the ability of the rock vault to provide failsafe protection against all disasters is now threatened by climate change<p>It was designed as an impregnable deep-freeze to protect the world’s most precious seeds from any global disaster and ensure humanity’s food supply forever. …

Global Warming

Climate change is warming the Arctic faster than expected

Evidence continues to mount that climate change has pushed the Arctic into a new state. Skyrocketing temperatures are altering the essence of the region, melting ice on land and sea, driving more intense wildfires, altering ocean circulation, and dissolving permafrost.<p>A new report chronicles all …

Global Warming