Category Archives: Climate Change

White House climate assessment puts South Florida at high risk

South Florida is getting hotter, stormier and saltier under a new assessment of climate change being released Tuesday by the White House. The National Climate Assessment, which was overseen by a committee of 60 scientists, carves the nation into 11 regions, with the Southeast, as well as the Caribbean, sitting squarely in the crosshairs of…
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Totally Parched: 100% of California in Drought

California is parched, with 100 percent of the Golden State entrenched in drought conditions for the first time in 15 years, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM). "With the expansion of D1 [moderate drought] across southeast California and southwest Arizona, this week marks the first time in the 15-year history of the USDM that…
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We’re Not Ready to Deal with Oil Spills in the Arctic

As climate change warms the Arctic faster than the rest of the planet and the once ice-covered ocean is opening up, shipping concerns and oil and gas companies are moving in. With commercialization of the Arctic Ocean heating up, we’re coming to realize that we’re not prepared to deal with the likely disasters that will accompany it—especially…
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Salamanders Shrink as Climate Heats Up

Wild salamanders that live in the Appalachian Mountains are shrinking because they must burn more energy as the local climate gets hotter and drier, according to a new study. Researchers found that the salamanders they collected between 1980 and 2012 were 8 percent smaller than those collected in earlier decades, starting in 1957. The findings…
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White House Launches New Climate Data Website

The White House launched a new effort Wednesday (March 19) to make climate data more accessible to the public. Known as the Climate Data Initiative, the endeavor will bring together on one website all federal climate data, such as flood maps, hurricane tracks and predictions of future sea level rise. The goal is to centralize…
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Climate change will reduce crop yields sooner than thought

A study led by the University of Leeds has shown that global warming of only 2°C will be detrimental to crops in temperate and tropical regions, with reduced yields from the 2030s onwards. Professor Andy Challinor, from the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds and lead author of the study, said:…
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A Hunk Of Planet Dissolves Before Our Eyes

It begins with a growl. Then there's a crack — a slurpy, sucky, crunchy noise. A guy is on the phone, and his pal interrupts him and says, "It's starting, Adam, I think. Adam? It's starting ..." The two are up on a bluff, overlooking a giant ice field. They are standing next to time-lapse…
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Arctic Sea Ice Melt Season Getting Longer

The summer melt season for Arctic sea ice has lengthened by a month or more since 1979, a new study finds. The primary culprit is a delayed fall freeze-up — the autumn chill when sea water freezes into ice — but the fallout remains the same: the Arctic ice cap is stuck in a vicious…
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Florida’s mangroves are making a move north

From South Florida to St. Augustine, mangroves are making moves up Florida’s Atlantic coast, chewing up salt marshes in the latest indicator of global climate change. But scientists say the ecological consequences may not be harmful. “There are plenty of examples of climate change having a negative impact, but this is something very different,” said…
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