Category Archives: Climate Change

Congress May Shift Climate Research Away from NASA

Lawmakers are remaking NASA in order to leave parts of the agency’s earth science program untouched but remove its climate change research. It’s still unclear exactly how lawmakers plan to transform NASA’s mission, but Republicans and Trump administration officials have said they want the agency to focus on deep-space missions and away from climate change…
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Understanding the Link Between Climate Change and Extreme Weather

Changes in Extreme Weather and Climate Events Scientists study many aspects of change in extreme weather and climate events. These include: Frequency: Are events occurring more often than they did in the past? Intensity: Are events getting more severe, with the potential for more damaging effects? Duration: Are events lasting longer than "the norm"? Timing: Are events occurring earlier…
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Endangered Australasian marsupials are ancient survivors of climate change

In a new paper, published in Scientific Reports, an international team of researchers has analysed fossils and DNA from living and recently extinct species to show that conservation sensitive Australasian marsupials are much older than previously thought. "We used bandicoots as a model to examine the radiation of marsupials relative to climate change through time.…
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Climate Change Does Have Some Winners, Like Brain-Eating Parasites

It’s a myth there are no big winners from climate change besides fossil fuel companies. According to one study, global warming is doubling bark beetle mating, triggering up to 60 times as many beetles attacking trees every year. The decline in creatures with shells thanks to ocean acidification “could trigger an explosion in jellyfish populations.”…
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Human-caused climate change increased the severity of many extreme events in 2014

Human activities, such as greenhouse gas emissions and land use, influenced specific extreme weather and climate events in 2014, including tropical cyclones in the central Pacific, heavy rainfall in Europe, drought in East Africa, and stifling heat waves in Australia, Asia, and South America, according to a new report released today. The report, "Explaining Extreme…
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Beyond the high tides, South Florida water is changing

Every fall when the king tides roll in, the most obvious sign of climate change asserts itself in South Florida: flooding everywhere, from submerged roads in Miami to waves washing across neighborhoods in the Keys to swamped docks and yards in Fort Lauderdale’s canal-side homes. But beyond the flooding, a more insidious problem is at…
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Amazon fire risk linked to devastating hurricanes

Researchers from the University of California, Irvine and NASA have uncovered a remarkably strong link between high wildfire risk in the Amazon basin and the devastating hurricanes that ravage North Atlantic shorelines. The climate scientists' findings appear in the journal Geophysical Research Letters near the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's calamitous August 2005 landfall at…
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Climate Change Nightmares Are Already Here

Historians may look to 2015 as the year when shit really started hitting the fan. Some snapshots: In just the past few months, record-setting heat waves in Pakistan and India each killed more than 1,000 people. In Washington state's Olympic National Park, the rainforest caught fire for the first time in living memory. London reached…
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