Global Warming

Winter stands out (and not in a good way): Arctic sea ice sets record-low peaks for third year

Unusually warm winter weather had a hand in slowing sea ice growth this winter<p>Constant warmth punctuated by repeated winter heat waves stymied Arctic sea ice growth this winter, leaving the winter sea ice cover missing an area the size of California and Texas combined and setting a record-low …

Foreign Policy

The Giant Hole In Earth’s Ozone Layer Is Finally Closing Up

Scientists at MIT and elsewhere have identified the “first fingerprints of healing” of the Antarctic ozone layer, published in the journal …

Climate

China's coasts threatened by rapidly rising sea levels

Sea levels are creeping up as temperatures get hotter here on Earth, and China’s State Oceanic Administration just revealed worrying information …

Climate Change

Human-Caused Climate Change Made 2016 Way Too Hot

The year 2016 was one for the record books, at least when it comes to the weather. Last year had the highest global temperature in modern history and …

Climate Change

Green Ice and Snow : Earth Matters : Blogs

You never know where phytoplankton will turn up next. From space, we regularly see colorful blooms of them swirling in the world’s oceans. Inland …

Climate Change

CryoSat reveals Antarctica in 3D

Around 250 million measurements taken by ESA’s CryoSat over the last six years have been used to create a unique 3D view of Antarctica, offering a …

Climate

Coral reefs might be in more trouble than we thought

A giant die-off suggests our predictions are overly-optimistic<p>Warning: coral reefs might be a lot more sensitive to global warming than originally predicted.<p>As a result of moderate ocean warming amplified by local weather conditions, forty percent of corals in a remote circular reef in the South …

Oceans

The Last Scrap of the North American Ice Sheet Is Melting

The planet is warming and Arctic ice is melting. These facts are hardly news. But it’s not just habitat for polar bears that’s being lost—a piece of …

Climate

Unstoppable

Most glaciers in West Antarctica sit on a bed that is below sea level. The massive ice sheet’s exposure to ocean water makes it inherently unstable, …

Climate

The Worst Climate News in the Age of Trump

By <b>Juan Cole / Informed Comment</b>The United Nations’ World Meteorological Organization issued its annual climate report Tuesday, making a full and final …

Climate Change

Climate Time Machine Feature Shows Just How Earth Has Changed

NASA has a feature to show you just how much, and where, the climate is changing on Earth. It can be hard to visualize the consequences of climate …

Climate Change

Melting business: Warmer U.S. winter hurts small companies

NEW YORK — The big snowstorm in the U.S. Midwest and East last week was a respite for some small business owners, after a generally mild winter that has nipped into the revenue of many companies and forced them to rethink their cold-weather strategies.<p>Retailers who sell winter clothing or snow …

NOAA

Earth Hour 2017: A day in the life of Elisabeth Kruger, a climate warrior

As day breaks on February 28, I wake to the whistle of wind gusting across my bedroom window in the westernmost community of mainland North …

Climate Change

Gulf of Mexico waters are freakishly warm, which could mean explosive spring storms

Water temperatures at the surface of the Gulf of Mexico and near south Florida are on fire. They spurred a historically warm winter from Houston to …

Climate

Arctic, Antarctic clock record lows in sea ice extent. We're in 'uncharted territory' scientist says

“There’s a lot of year-to-year variability in both Arctic and Antarctic sea ice, but overall, until last year, the trends in the Antarctic for every …

Climate Change

5 years ago, March was one of warmest on record for some locales

A record warm spell meant a week of summer-like days five years ago.<p>Five years ago today, Ottawa residents ushered in spring with one of the warmest …

Climate

Antarctic Sea Ice is Lean and Green : Image of the Day

Lieser and colleagues previously observed late blooms in 2012 off East Antarctica’s Princess Astrid Coast. Blooms around the continent that year were …

Climate

Navy Preps for Arctic Combat vs Russia

The Navy is analyzing research findings from efforts to deploy underwater drones beneath the ice in the Arctic Ocean to assess how quickly the ice is …

Climate Change

Earth’s Continued Warming Has Taken Us into Uncharted Territory

Record high temperatures, unprecedented sea-ice lows, and the highest carbon dioxide levels in four million years—but what happens next is up to …

Climate Change

As the Trump administration proposes to gut climate change funding, the climate continues to change - ImaGeo

By Tom Yulsman | March 21, 2017 1:46 pm<p>Last month brought scant relief from global warming, and there’s a chance that 2017 could turn out to be the …

Climate Change

Under the Surface of El Niño : Image of the Day

<i>Note: The following is an excerpt from El Niño: Pacific Wind and Current Changes Bring Warm, Wild Weather.</i><p>The ocean is not uniform. Temperature, …

Climate

Satellite eye on Earth: February 2017 – in pictures

Vibrant vegetation in a Venezuelan lake, Saharan dust in snowy Sierra Nevada, cloud vortices in South Korea, a vast solar farm in China, and a lone ship in the Atlantic are among our satellite images this month<p>Every so often, a vibrant green colour infuses the waters of Lake Maracaibo. Floating …

Climate

Is March D.C.’s new winter? It’s on pace to be colder than February.

For much of March, it has felt like the winter that never came. Through two-thirds of the month, cold days have outnumbered warm days. The biggest snow event of the winter happened. Wind chills seem like a daily occurrence. Remarkably, March may end up colder than February.<p>February was, of course, …

Climate

Siberia permafrost: There are over 7,000 methane-filled bubbles 'ready to explode' in the Arctic

There are over 7,000 gas-filled bubbles in remote parts of Siberia that are set to explode, scientists have discovered. Following extensive field …

Climate Change

Why global warming could lead to a rise of 100,000 diabetes cases a year in the U.S.

If the average temperature rises by 1 degree Celsius, sea levels will rise, crop yields will fall and vulnerable species will see their habitat shrink or disappear.<p>And, a new study suggests, the number of American adults suffering from diabetes would rise by more than 100,000 a year.<p>Experts have …

Diabetes

Sea level rise: Miami and Atlantic city fight to stay above water – video

Sea levels are rising. For many cities on the the eastern shores of the United States, the problem is existential. We take a look at how Miami and Atlantic City are tackling climate change, and the challenges they face under a skeptical Trump administration that plans to cut funding for …

Climate Change

Natural variability has boosted Arctic sea ice loss

At least half of loss due to humans, but chance weather patterns piled on.<p>Sea ice around Antarctica is very variable from year to year—we've seen the …

Climate Change

Last remnant of North American ice sheet on track to vanish: Barnes Ice Cap on Baffin Island will melt in about 300 years because of warming climate

Barnes Ice Cap on Baffin Island will melt in about 300 years because of warming climate<p>The last piece of the ice sheet that once blanketed much of …

Climate Change

Earth just had its second-warmest February since 1880

As the saying goes: Another month, another disconcerting report from top U.S. climate agencies.<p>Last month was Earth's second-hottest February on record since at least 1880, NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently reported.<p>At the same time, the extent of sea ice …

Foreign Policy

Scientists trace South Georgia's giant ice history

<b>South Georgia is an island of astonishing beauty - of imposing landscapes, and bewildering numbers of penguins, seals and seabirds.</b><p>It also has some impressive ice fields, although none it seems quite like those of the past.<p>Some 20,000 years ago the island's glaciers pushed out 50km and more from …

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