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NOAA —'Average' Atlantic hurricane season will have more storms

If anyone thinks that NOAA has overlooked an update on the Atlantic Hurricane season, not to worry. NOAA scientists have also evaluated the impacts of climate change on tropical cyclones and determined that it can influence storm intensity.

North Carolina's 'ghost forests' can be seen from space

Durham - Rising sea levels brought about by climate change have transformed enormous swaths of protected woodlands in North Carolina into lifeless "ghost forests," a new study finds.

Earlier snow melt in North America will impact water resources

More snow is melting during winter across western North America, a concerning trend that could impact everything from ski conditions to fire danger and agriculture, according to a new analysis of 40 years of data.

FEMA overhauls National Flood Insurance Program

Washington - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on Thursday unveiled changes to the National Flood Insurance Program that it says will be aimed at being more equitable.

Climate change likely cause of Japan's 'earliest cherry blossoms'

Kyoto - Amid an exceptionally warm March in Japan, the cherry blossoms in Kyoto peaked Friday, the earliest in more than 1,200 years of records. The record bloom fits into a long-term pattern toward earlier spring flowering, one indicator of climate change.

British Columbia is first province to set emission targets

Vancouver - The BC government has set new greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets for four broad sectors of the economy: transportation, the oil and gas sector, industry, and buildings and communities.

Climate change creating new problems with crop storage

As temperatures rise, a situation is being created that illustrates a hazard that climate change is posing for agriculture. Once harvested, crops not immediately consumed or processed are stored, often, for months. That job is becoming very costly.

Carbon capture and storage gets bipartisan backing by lawmakers

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is throwing its support behind a still-developing type of technology that seeks to capture carbon that’s released during activities such as burning fossil fuels to prevent it from going into the atmosphere.

The start of hurricane season could be shifted to an earlier date

The start of the Atlantic Hurricane season has started on June 1 for over five decades but owing to a surge in storms forming in May for the last six years, meteorologists are considering moving the start date of the Atlantic hurricane season to May 15.

Deadly superbug shows up on isolated beach in the Indian Ocean

For the first time, a drug-resistant hospital superbug has been found in the wild—on an isolated beach in the Andaman Islands in the northeastern Indian Ocean. The organism has been in hospitals for about a decade, but its origin remains a mystery.

Wildfire smoke is more toxic than other forms of air pollution

Researchers examining 14 years of hospital admissions data conclude that the fine particles in wildfire smoke can be several times more harmful to human respiratory health than particulate matter from other sources such as car exhaust.

Petaluma, California moves to ban new gas stations

The city of Petaluma, Calif., has just done something no other city in the U.S. has done —it banned the construction of new gas stations. And with automakers shifting to EVs, we may be seeing the start of a new trend.

Monarch butterfly numbers plunged 26 percent in one year

The population of monarch butterflies that arrived in Mexico's forests to hibernate this winter fell 26 percent from a year earlier, the country's Commission for National Protected Areas and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) said on Thursday.

SEC — Rules for disclosure of climate-related risks being updated

Washington - The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced Wednesday that it will update its guidelines on how publicly traded companies should disclose climate change-related risks to investors.

Financial risk from flooding in U.S. rising due to climate change

Brooklyn - The cost of federal flood insurance will need to increase significantly in much of the country to meet the growing risks of climate change, new data suggests, creating a political headache for the Biden administration.

Three-quarters of the U.S. is covered in snow — most in 18 years

As cold weather has infiltrated most of the country, the snow has covered more than 73 percent of the continental United States on Tuesday, according to National Weather Service data.

Shell outlines its plan to transition to cleaner energy

London - Royal Dutch Shell, one of the multinationals that has defined the oil industry, is slowly turning away from the fossil fuel that made its fortune over the decades but also worsened a global climate crisis.

Two factors may explain the rise in avalanche deaths in U.S.

The US has recorded 15 avalanche fatalities in the last week, the most in a seven-day span since 1910. The number of deaths so far this winter is 21, two shy of last year's total for the entire season. Why is this year different?

Sea levels will rise faster than we thought, new study shows

A new study, published Tuesday reports that the rise in the sea level is likely to be faster and greater than previously thought. Researchers have constructed a new method of quantifying just how fast the sea will react to warming.

Essential Science: Can climate change be tackled nationally?

As new research reveals how economic development, fossil-fuel combustion and air quality are connected on both international and national scales, does this mean that only supranational solutions will work?

Pentagon declares climate change a 'national security issue'

Washington - The Pentagon will now incorporate climate-risk analysis when planning war games and will incorporate the climate change issue into its future National Defense Strategy, according to a Wednesday announcement.

Biden to yank Keystone XL Pipeline permit by executive order

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden is planning to cancel the permit for the $8 billion Keystone XL pipeline project as one of his first acts in office, and perhaps as soon as his first day, according to a source familiar with his thinking.

'Death by a thousand cuts' — Earth's insects are disappearing

The world's vital insect kingdom is undergoing "death by a thousand cuts," according to the world's top bug experts. Insects, considered vital to the food chain, are slowly disappearing, and for a variety of reasons.

Extreme weather events marked the course of 2020

The past year has seen a number of extreme weather events, including storms, wildfires and heat waves. The causative link is climate change. A number of the events have caused considerable damage. Some of the most extreme events are presented.

Threshold for dangerous warming will be crossed between 2027-2042

While it is clear that time is running out to stop the damage to the planet caused by climate change, the threshold may be closer than previously thought. Unstoppable dangerous warming will likely be crossed between 2027-2042, say researchers.

Op-Ed: COVID-19 has pulled our attention away from global warming

No other issue has so consistently hogged the global limelight as the coronavirus pandemic. There have been a few disruptions, like the U.S. presidential elections, riots, and protests worldwide, but the real, long-term issue has been ignored.

Trudeau unveils Canada's new net-zero emissions plan

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau unveiled his government's net-zero accountability plan on Thursday, requiring the federal government to set five-year interim emissions reduction targets over the next 30 years to ensure progress toward that ambitious goal.

World leaders react to news of Joe Biden's presidential victory

Democrat Joe Biden captured the U.S. presidency on Saturday as voters narrowly rebuffed Republican incumbent Donald Trump's tumultuous leadership and embraced Biden's promise to fight the coronavirus pandemic and fix the economy in a divided nation.

Rewiliding is the solution to rebalancing the climate

How is climate change affecting the array of species on the planet and natural spaces? Scientists are using biodiversity indicators to provide a measure for reporting on international goals and targets. These suggest the need for rewilding.

Essential Science: As the Earth warms, how can we keep cool?

As climate change continues to cause the average temperature around the planet to rise, staying cooler in what are increasingly set to be long, dry, and hot summers presents a challenge. We look at three solutions.
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Average February sea-surface temperatures during the mid-Pliocene  derived from the PRISM3_SST_v1.0 ...
Average February sea-surface temperatures during the mid-Pliocene, derived from the PRISM3_SST_v1.0 dataset.
USGS
Farmers growing corn crops may have to change to less moisture-loving crops  like wheat.
Farmers growing corn crops may have to change to less moisture-loving crops, like wheat.
MIT News Office
Potential global wind power in coming years. Top images represent the next 40 years  bottom images r...
Potential global wind power in coming years. Top images represent the next 40 years, bottom images represent the next 80 years. Left images represent lower emissions, right images represent higher emissions scenario. Red areas are wind power hotspots, blue areas are reductions. White areas are uncertain.
Nature Geoscience/Kris Karnauskas/CIRES
File photo: Coal power plant in Datteln  Germany at the Dortmund-Ems-Kanal
File photo: Coal power plant in Datteln, Germany at the Dortmund-Ems-Kanal
Arnold Paul
Remains of the 1639 Jamestown Church tower (with 20th century reconstruction on the original foundat...
Remains of the 1639 Jamestown Church tower (with 20th century reconstruction on the original foundations)
Tony Fischer
Bellinghausen Sea off the coast of Antarctica
Bellinghausen Sea off the coast of Antarctica
NASA/Michael Studinger
Global temperatures  November 2013
Global temperatures, November 2013
NOAA
This dashboard is based on statistics available in May 2017.
This dashboard is based on statistics available in May 2017.
Schroeders
Historic atmospheric CO2 levels measured at Mauna Loa  Hawaii
Historic atmospheric CO2 levels measured at Mauna Loa, Hawaii
National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
The WEF asks -  Are we sleepwalking into a new global crisis?
The WEF asks - "Are we sleepwalking into a new global crisis?"
World Economic Forum
Snow on March 17  2017. Canada is still in  winter  mode.
Snow on March 17, 2017. Canada is still in "winter" mode.
Environment Canada
Children cool off at a water park on June 27  2016  east of downtown Los Angeles  California  where ...
Children cool off at a water park on June 27, 2016, east of downtown Los Angeles, California, where a hot dry heatwave continues to grip southern California
Frederic J. Brown, AFP/File
People s Climate March  Edmonton.
People's Climate March, Edmonton.
Banded cirrus clouds running perpendicular to the jet stream—a telltale feature photographed by an...
Banded cirrus clouds running perpendicular to the jet stream—a telltale feature photographed by an astronaut aboard Space Shuttle Discovery.
NASA
On Saturday  during Earth Hour festivities  thousands of Torontonians gathered at the city s Yonge-D...
On Saturday, during Earth Hour festivities, thousands of Torontonians gathered at the city's Yonge-Dundas Square at the heart of downtown.
The extent of Arctic sea ice on Aug. 26  2012  the day the sea ice dipped to its previous smallest e...
The extent of Arctic sea ice on Aug. 26, 2012, the day the sea ice dipped to its previous smallest extent before the release of the data for September 2012.The line on the image shows the average minimum extent from the period covering 1979-2010, as measured by satellites. Every summer the Arctic ice cap melts down to what scientists call its “minimum” before colder weather builds the ice cover back up.
Scientific Visualization Studio, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Climate change can give us extreme weather events.  A corn field at sunset flattened by the high win...
Climate change can give us extreme weather events. A corn field at sunset flattened by the high winds of the August 2020 Midwest derecho near Adel, Iowa.
Lisa Schmitz
Flowering Shooting Stars (Dodecatheon sp.) in the foreground and one of the many yellow species and ...
Flowering Shooting Stars (Dodecatheon sp.) in the foreground and one of the many yellow species and an Oak tree (Quercus sp.) behind. Located in San Luis Obispo County, central California.
Linda Tanner
Almost half of India -- an area home to more than 500 million people -- is facing drought-like condi...
Almost half of India -- an area home to more than 500 million people -- is facing drought-like conditions because of deficient pre-monsoon rainfall
Himanshu SHARMA, AFP
Aerial view of Venice with the bridge to the mainland.
Aerial view of Venice with the bridge to the mainland.
Chris 73 (CC BY-SA 3.0)

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