Category: Climate

Smoke from wildfires can have lasting climate impact

Researchers have found that carbon particles released into the air from burning trees and other organic matter are much more likely than previously thought to travel to the upper levels of the atmosphere, where they can interfere with rays from the sun — sometimes cooling the air and at other times warming it.

Heavier precipitation in the northeast began in 1996, research concludes

Over the past century, the Northeast has experienced an increase in the number of storms with extreme precipitation. A new study finds that the increase in extreme Northeast storms occurred as an abrupt shift in 1996, particularly in the spring and fall, rather than as a steady change over several decades.

Tropical Depression Adrian expected to dissipate on Thursday

The first tropical storm of the Pacific hurricane season has dissipated after weakening into a tropical depression.

Stalagmites store paleoclimate data

The North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) is the dominant atmospheric pressure mode over the North Atlantic that plays a significant role in determining the winter climate in Europe. Depending on the prevailing state of the NAO, Europe experiences mild or very cold winters and even strong storms.

The Hermit Who Inadvertently Shaped Climate-Change Science

Billy Barr moved to the Rocky Mountains four decades ago, got bored one winter, and decided to keep a notebook that has become the stuff of legend.

Changing atmospheric conditions may contribute to stronger ocean waves in Antarctica

A new study led by Colorado State University provides important details on the extent of sea ice, which can protect ice shelves from the impacts of ocean storms, in the Antarctic Peninsula.

VIDEO: Time-Lapse Google Maps Show How The World Is Changing

Google Earth’s time lapse videos of earth’s landscape could make you think about the great baseball player Yogi Berra.

Biologist’s ant research provides long-term look at effects of climate change

Many scientists have attempted to tackle how climate change will affect the natural world by determining the thermal tolerance of various species, then predicting what will happen to them as our world warms.

Flood threats changing across US

A University of Iowa study finds the threat of flooding is increasing in the northern half of the United States and declining in the South.

Murmansk’s silver lining: Arctic city expects renaissance with ice melt

The largest city in the Russian Arctic expects global warming to change its trading fortunes with the revival of the northern sea route