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Dharna Noor Dharna Noor Jan 15, 2020. 8 comments

New Climate Models Show That Clouds Could Screw the Paris Agreement

New Climate Models Show That Clouds Could Screw the Paris Agreement

Scientists’ latest climate models show that the world is going to warm even more than we previously thought.

In a new study published in Geophysical Research Letters, researchers examined the sensitivity of more than two dozen new climate models. If the models are right, the goals laid out in the Paris Climate Agreement to cap global warming could be out of reach.

Climate sensitivity is one of...

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Yessenia Funes Yessenia Funes Jan 14, 2020. 13 comments

Extreme Heat Is Another Legacy of Segregation

Extreme Heat Is Another Legacy of Segregation

Racism has consequences, especially in an era of climate change.

A new study, published Monday in the journal Climate, has found that most communities with a history of redlining—the government-led practice of discriminating against communities of color by denying them home loans and insurance and labeling their neighborhoods “hazardous” to real estate investors with literal red lines on...

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Yessenia Funes Yessenia Funes Jan 08, 2020. 13 comments

2019 Was the Second-Hottest Year on Record

2019 Was the Second-Hottest Year on Record

If you lived on Earth last year, you knew it was freaking hot. Now the scientists have confirmed it. In fact, 2019 was the second hottest year on record, according to data the European Copernicus Climate Change Service released Wednesday.

“2019 has been another exceptionally warm year, in fact, the second warmest globally in our dataset with many of the individual months breaking records,”...

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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky Jan 03, 2020. 5 comments

Smoke From Australia’s Horrific Wildfires, as Seen From Space

Smoke From Australia’s Horrific Wildfires, as Seen From Space

Significant portions of Australia’s southeast coast are completely blanketed in thick smoke, as revealed by these upsetting new satellite images.

New images posted to NASA’s Earth Observatory show the grim effects of Australia’s historically bad wildfire season, which continues to worsen.

A natural-color photo (above) taken on July 24, 2019 by the Landsat 8 satellite provides a contextual...

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Yessenia Funes Yessenia Funes Dec 28, 2019. 5 comments

Antarctic Ice Melt May Have Hit an All-Time High on Christmas Eve

Antarctic Ice Melt May Have Hit an All-Time High on Christmas Eve

There are signs Antarctica just experienced its highest melt extent ever recorded in the satellite era. The big meltdown hit on Christmas Eve and is bad news for a continent already dealing with a lot . With summer is just getting started there, this is a serious case of Summertime Sadness.

Antarctic is the largest stash of ice on the planet. Warm oceans have posed the biggest threat to that...

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Matt Novak Matt Novak Dec 20, 2019. 19 comments

Water Thieves Steal 80,000 Gallons in Australia as Our Mad Max-Style Future Becomes Reality

Water Thieves Steal 80,000 Gallons in Australia as Our Mad Max-Style Future Becomes Reality

Thieves stole roughly 80,000 gallons of water in a region of Australia that’s suffering from one of the worst droughts in the history of the country. And with record-breaking heat and bushfires getting even larger, it feels like Australia is living in the future. That future, unfortunately, looks a lot like Mad Max.

Police in New South Wales, Australia’s most populous state, report that a...

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Yessenia Funes Yessenia Funes Dec 18, 2019. 16 comments

Australia Just Set a New Heat Record [Updated: Again]

Australia Just Set a New Heat Record [Updated: Again]

There’s heat, and then there’s Australia heat. The country set a new record for its hottest day Tuesday as the average maximum temperature across Australia reached 40.9 degrees Celsius (105.6 degrees Fahrenheit). That’s 0.6 degrees Celsius (1.1 degrees Fahrenheit) higher than the previous record set in January 2013.

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology announced this new record on Twitter...

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Yessenia Funes Yessenia Funes Dec 17, 2019. 10 comments

Australia May See Its Hottest Day Ever Recorded This Week

Australia May See Its Hottest Day Ever Recorded This Week

Australia just can’t seem to catch a break. Bushfires have been ravaging the country for more than a month. Australia ended 2018 with a record-breaking heat wave, and it appears this year will end the same. And in the process, the country could see its hottest day ever recorded.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) released an update Monday on the country’s ongoing crisis, highlighting that...

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Yessenia Funes Yessenia Funes Dec 05, 2019. 20 comments

Climate Models Have Been Right For Decades

Climate Models Have Been Right For Decades

Scientists have for decades created accurate models to predict the future impacts of global warming, a new study has found.

Published in Geophysical Research Letters on Wednesday, the research examines 15 climate models used between 1970 and 2007 to predict how warm the Earth was going to become. Now that the world has lived through the years for which those scientists were churning out global...

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Yessenia Funes Yessenia Funes Nov 06, 2019. 16 comments

Breaking: Earth Hot

Breaking: Earth Hot

October is a time for pumpkin spice lattes, scarves—and record-breaking heat. Yup, October 2019 was the hottest October ever documented, but c’mon, does that surprise anyone anymore?

The Copernicus Union Climate Change Service managed by the European Union announced these findings Tuesday, noting that this year’s October was 0.69 degrees Celsius warmer than the global average between 1981 and...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Sep 23, 2019. 6 comments

UN Report Warns That Five Year Period Ending in 2019 Is Hottest on Record

UN Report Warns That Five Year Period Ending in 2019 Is Hottest on Record

Fresh off of a nationwide climate strike on Friday, a United Nations report published on Sunday shows that the five-year period ending at the close of the year (2015-2019) is slated to be the hottest of any five-year period on record.

The paper, based on data compiled by the UN’s World Meteorological Organization, found that humans have already warmed the planet to an average of 1.1 degrees...

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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky Aug 29, 2019. 5 comments

Europe Is Warming Even Faster Than Climate Models Predicted

Europe Is Warming Even Faster Than Climate Models Predicted

Over the past seven decades, the number of extreme heat days in Europe has steadily increased, while the number of extreme cold days has decreased, according to new research. Alarmingly, this trend is happening at rates faster than those proposed by climate models.

For most Europeans, this new study will hardly come as a surprise. This summer, for example, temperatures in southern France...

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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky Aug 26, 2019. 7 comments

The Amazon Fires Coughed Up an Enormous Plume of Carbon Monoxide

The Amazon Fires Coughed Up an Enormous Plume of Carbon Monoxide

New satellite imagery shows gigantic plumes of noxious carbon monoxide wafting over Brazil’s Amazon rainforest and surrounding areas—the result of massive forest fires currently raging in the region.

The new timelapse video was produced by NASA, and it shows the movement of carbon monoxide in the upper atmosphere above South America from August 8-22. Data for the video was collected by the...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Aug 19, 2019. 16 comments

Icelanders Mourn Loss of Okjökull Glacier With Ceremony, Plaque

Icelanders Mourn Loss of Okjökull Glacier With Ceremony, Plaque

Politicians, scientists, and others gathered in Borgarfjörður, Iceland, northeast of Reykjavik on Sunday to mourn the loss of the Okjökull glacier, laying a plaque warning of the impact of climate change, the BBC reported.

Okjökull, along with many other Icelandic glaciers, took serious hits from warming summers over the past two decades. It was officially declared inactive by glaciologist...

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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky Aug 08, 2019. 11 comments

Welp, Using Volcanoes to Understand Geoengineering Might Not Really Work

Welp, Using Volcanoes to Understand Geoengineering Might Not Really Work

The cooling effects of large volcanic eruptions have led some scientists to believe these natural hazards could inspire and inform the development of geoengineering schemes to combat climate change. New research suggests this is probably a bad idea.

Our planet may soon pass a critical tipping point , after which time a massive reduction of carbon emissions is still unlikely to swing the...

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Alyse Stanley Alyse Stanley Aug 04, 2019. 17 comments

Greenland Lost 12.5 Billion Tons of Ice in Record-Breaking, Single-Day Meltdown

Greenland Lost 12.5 Billion Tons of Ice in Record-Breaking, Single-Day Meltdown

After Greenland spent a good portion of July on fire , last week’s heatwave similarly scorched the country’s ice sheet, triggering a meltdown affecting roughly 60 percent of its surface. On Thursday alone, new data shows the ice shelf lost 12.5 billion tons to surface melting, its largest single-day loss in recorded history, the Washington Post reported.

It’s not exactly the kind of record...

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Brian Kahn Brian Kahn Aug 02, 2019. 9 comments

July 'Equalled, If Not Surpassed' Record for World's Hottest Month

July 'Equalled, If Not Surpassed' Record for World's Hottest Month

Sometimes the headline says it all. This is one of those cases, folks.

We’ve never recorded a hotter month on Earth than the one we just lived through, according to preliminary data kept by the European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Program. Heat records feel like they have become routine around the world this summer, but a new record stands out because, well, it’s about the whole world....

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Yessenia Funes Yessenia Funes Jul 26, 2019. 8 comments

Europe's Heat Wave Threatens Record Melting of Greenland Ice Sheet

Europe's Heat Wave Threatens Record Melting of Greenland Ice Sheet

A heat wave has shot up temperatures in Europe to new highs. Now, it’s set to continue moving north to Greenland. And that’s bad news for the ice sheets, the World Meteorological Organization reports.

This dangerous heat—which brought temperatures close to 110 degrees Fahrenheit in parts of France —was caused by warm air entering the atmosphere from the Sahara and Spain. Now, the heat is...

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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky Jul 25, 2019. 7 comments

Climate Shifts of the Past 2,000 Years Were Nothing Like What’s Happening Today

Climate Shifts of the Past 2,000 Years Were Nothing Like What’s Happening Today

The global reach of human-caused climate change, and the breakneck speed at which it’s happening, is unparalleled within the last 2,000 years, according to new research.

Climate change as we observe it today cannot be compared to other climatic epochs of the past 2,000 years, according to two new studies led by paleoclimatologist Raphael Neukom from the University of Bern in Switzerland....

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Brian Kahn Brian Kahn Jun 06, 2019. 18 comments

Climate Change Is Our Generation's Chernobyl Moment to Tell the Truth

Climate Change Is Our Generation's Chernobyl Moment to Tell the Truth

HBO’s Chernobyl miniseries has reinvigorated our collective fascination with the 1986 nuclear disaster that may have in part contributed to the Soviet Union unraveling.

But the lessons the show imparts aren’t about how nuclear power and communism are Bad. The miniseries’ gritty, horror movie-like atmosphere sets up radiation as an invisible agent of death. But the real drama driving the...

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