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Coral Skeletons May Be Able To Resist Acidifying Oceans

6 Sep

Scientists studied this hood coral and learned that the process by which they make their skeletons is different than previously thought.

Coral bleaching is destroying reefs all over the world, and scientists have been sounding the alarm about what this may imply about the state of our oceans as the world’s climate warms. But new research from the University of Wisconsin-Madison gives some reason for hope that corals will survive. The researchers, led by physics professor […]

Climate Change Is Changing Kodiak Bears’ Diets

30 Aug

Kodiak bears typically feast on sockeye salmon during the summer. But climate change has changed the bears' eating habits.

There’s no more iconic a predator-prey relationship than that of bears and salmon. Typically, brown bears on Kodiak Island in Alaska feed on sockeye salmon as they swim upstream to spawn. But things are different these days. Red elderberries, another integral part of the Kodiak bears’ diet, are ripening earlier thanks to warmer climates. Now […]

What Does the Iceberg Calving in Antarctica Mean?

19 Jul

An iceberg the size of Delaware broke off from the Larsen C ice shelf in early July. What does this mean in terms of the pace of climate change and other phenomena?

You’d have to be living under a rock not to know that a 1 trillion-ton iceberg calved off the Larsen C Ice Shelf of Antarctica some time between July 10 and July 12. But what does this mean in terms of the Earth’s climate? Did the release of the iceberg mean that the threat of […]

Satellite Data Correction Shows Alarming Global Temperature Increase

12 Jul

Corrected satellite data has knocked the wind out of climate change deniers' sails.

Climate change deniers and skeptics have long used satellite data to back up their arguments. This is because the data showed lower temperatures than those recorded on the ground. However, new research may be knocking the wind out of climate skeptics’ sails. Dr. Carl Mears and Frank Wentz of Remote Sensing Systems found that orbital […]

Massive Snowmelt Took Place In West Antarctica

5 Jul

In January of 2016, a massive ice melt caused by an extra-strong El Niño, took place in West Antarctica. Could this be a sign of things to come?

In January of 2016, an area of roughly 300,000 square miles—twice the size of California—in Antarctica had an extreme melting event. The cause of the melt was warm winds blowing over the continent forced by an especially strong El Niño. The warm spell lasted more than two weeks, and during that time, satellite data revealed […]

Small Temperature Increase Leads to Big Chance of Heat Deaths

14 Jun

A mean temperature increase of just 0.5 degrees Celsius dramatically increases the risk of heat deaths in India and other low- and mid-latitude nations.

An increase in mean temperature of 0.5 degrees Celsius over 50 years may seem trivial, but it more than doubles the probability of a heat wave in India that could kill more than 100 people. This is according to recent research from the University of California – Irvine (UCI). Using data gathered by the India […]

Despite Trump Decision, States and Cities Step Up to Paris Agreement Plate

7 Jun

While Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement, mayors and governors across the country have stepped up to take the lead in conservation and greenhouse gas reduction.

As news of President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement on climate change spread, many states and cities immediately had a message for the president: even if you don’t believe in climate change, we see the reality, and if you won’t do something about it, we will. Shortly after […]

Trump Pulls Out of Paris Agreement

2 Jun

On June 1, 2017, President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris Agreement on climate change. The announcement was greeted with cheers by some and sorrow by many.

On June 1, President Donald Trump announced that the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord. He also said the U.S. would begin negotiations to enter the accord, or a new treaty, on terms that he believes would be better for American businesses and taxpayers. “So we’re getting out, but we will start […]

Wildfires Increasing in Frequency and Require Adaptive Strategies

26 Apr

We need to adapt to wildfires, because they are becoming as inevitable as floods and droughts.

Wildfires are an inevitable part of the American west, and, according to a new paper published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, they’ve been increasing in frequency and severity since the 1970s. A record-breaking fire near Boulder, Colorado, that forced 1,000 people to evacuate their homes in March of 2017 is […]

Global CO2 Concentrations Could Hit Highs Not Seen for 200 Million Years

12 Apr

New research indicates that in the next couple hundred years, CO2 concentrations could reach highs not seen in 200 million years.

Climate change is setting new records all the time. According to a recent study which compiles information from 1,200 estimates of ancient temperatures and CO2 concentrations, if we don’t deal with greenhouse gases soon, by 2250 or so the world will have the highest concentrations of CO2 in 200 million years. The cause is twofold. For […]