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New Study Shows ‘Smoke Waves’ Will Affect Millions in the Coming Decades

August 23, 2016

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US Counties Risk Exposure to Pollution from Wildfires

Newly published research identifies the western U.S. counties with the highest risk of exposure to pollution from wildfires. Wildfires threaten more than land and homes. The smoke they produce contains fine particles (PM2.5) that can poison the air for hundreds of miles. Air pollution from the 2016 Fort McMurray fire in northern Alberta, Canada, sent […]

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NASA Study Reveals That Historical Records Miss a Fifth of Global Warming

July 22, 2016


New NASA Study Shows Historical Records Miss a Fifth of Global Warming

New research led by NASA scientists reveals that almost one-fifth of the global warming that has occurred in the past 150 years has been missed by historical records due to quirks in how global temperatures were recorded. The study explains why projections of future climate based solely on historical records estimate lower rates of warming […]

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Antarctic Ozone Layer Shows Signs of Healing

July 1, 2016

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MIT Scientists Observe First Signs of Healing in the Antarctic Ozone Layer

New research details the “first fingerprints of healing” of the Antarctic ozone layer. Scientists found that the September ozone hole has shrunk by more than 4 million square kilometers — about half the area of the contiguous United States — since 2000, when ozone depletion was at its peak. The team also showed for the […]

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Climate Change Threatens Boreal Coniferous Forests

February 22, 2016


Climate Change Threatens Dark Taiga

New research from the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry reveals that Boreal coniferous forests could see increased occurrences of fire as a result of global warming, with deciduous trees becoming more dominant in the future. Climate change is transforming the Earth, particularly in high-latitude regions. The boreal coniferous forests of the northern hemisphere will witness […]

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New Research Shows Long-Term Global Warming Needs External Drivers

February 9, 2016


New Study Shows Long-Term Global Warming Needs External Drivers

New research from NASA and Duke University provides new evidence that natural cycles alone aren’t sufficient to explain the global atmospheric warming observed over the last century. A study by scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, and Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, shows, in detail, the reason why global temperatures remain […]

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Independent Analyses Reveal 2015 Surface Temperatures Are the Warmest on Record

January 20, 2016


NASA Details Record-Shattering Global Warm Temperatures from 2015

&nbs According to independent analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Earth’s 2015 surface temperatures were the warmest since modern record keeping began in 1880. Globally-averaged temperatures in 2015 shattered the previous mark set in 2014 by 0.23 degrees Fahrenheit (0.13 Celsius). Only once before, in 1998, has the new record been […]

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The Unintended Consequences of Geoengineering a Cooler Atmosphere

September 9, 2015


Stimulating Ocean Phytoplankton Growth to Reduce Global Warming

In a newly published study, scientists from MIT reveal unintended consequences of an idea to stimulate ocean phytoplankton growth in order to geoengineer a cooler atmosphere. Like the leaves of New England maples, phytoplankton, the microalgae at the base of most oceanic food webs, photosynthesize when exposed to sunlight. In the process, they absorb carbon […]

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Fossils Reveal Dogs Evolved as the Climate Changed

August 31, 2015


Brown Study Shows Dogs Evolved With Climate Change

A new study from Brown University shows how dogs evolved in response to changes in climate over the last 40 million years, demonstrating that predators are sensitive to climate change because it alters the hunting opportunities in their habitat. Brown University — Old dogs can teach humans new things about evolution. In Nature Communications a […]

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New Research: Abrupt Climate Warming Killed Mammoths

August 7, 2015


Study Shows Mammoths Killed by Abrupt Climate Change

A newly published study from the University of Adelaide and the University of New South Wales reveals that abrupt climate change caused massive changes to the environment that set extinction events in motion. New research has revealed abrupt warming, that closely resembles the rapid man-made warming occurring today, has repeatedly played a key role in […]

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What the World Thinks of Climate Change: Predictors of Public Climate Change Awareness and Risk Perception

July 27, 2015

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Study Reveals Predictors of Public Climate Change Awareness and Risk Perception

A newly published study reveals for the first time what the world thinks about climate change and why. The study shows major contrast in awareness between developed and developing countries. Using data from the 2007-2008 Gallup World Poll, conducted in 119 countries, an international team of researchers identified the factors that most influence climate change […]

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NASA Study Reveals Oceans Temporarily Hide Global Warming

July 12, 2015


Oceans Temporarily Hide Global Warming

A newly published NASA study shows that the recent extra heat from greenhouse gases has been trapped in the waters of the Pacific and Indian oceans, accounting for the slowdown in the global surface temperature trend observed during the past decade. Researchers Veronica Nieves, Josh Willis and Bill Patzert of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), […]

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Yale Study Links Climate Change to the Decline of Bumblebee Species

July 10, 2015


New Yale Study Tracks the Impact of Climate Change on Bumblebees

A newly published study from Yale University links climate change to the decline of bumblebee species in North America and Europe. The study, published in the journal Science, found that bumblebee ranges are shrinking in the south and the insects are not moving north. In addition, some species are moving to higher elevations on both […]

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New Detailed Global Climate Change Projections from NASA

June 9, 2015


Detailed Global Climate Change Projections

A new dataset from the NASA Earth Exchange shows how temperature and rainfall patterns worldwide may change through the year 2100 because of growing concentrations of greenhouse gases in Earth’s atmosphere. The dataset, which is available to the public, shows projected changes worldwide on a regional level in response to different scenarios of increasing carbon […]

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New Research Shows the Rate of Temperature Change is Increasing

March 9, 2015


Climate Change is Speeding Up

A newly published study from the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory reveals that the speed with which temperatures change will continue to increase over the next several decades, intensifying the impacts of climate change. College Park, Maryland – An analysis of changes to the climate that occur over several decades suggests that these […]

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Small Volcanoes Underestimated in Climate Models

December 3, 2014


Small Volcanoes Make a Difference in Global Warming

A new study from MIT shows that the effects of smaller eruptions have been underestimated in climate models, revealing that relatively small volcanic eruptions can increase aerosol particles in the atmosphere, temporarily mitigating the global warming caused by greenhouse gases. The impact of such smaller eruptions has been underestimated in climate models, the researchers say, […]

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New Research Reveals the Missing Piece of the Climate Puzzle

November 11, 2014


MIT Reveals Missing Piece of the Climate Puzzle

In a newly published study, MIT researchers show that a canonical view of global warming tells only half the story and reveal the missing piece of the climate puzzle. In classrooms and everyday conversation, explanations of global warming hinge on the greenhouse gas effect. In short, climate depends on the balance between two different kinds […]

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A Direct Link between Climate Change and the Emergence of Infectious Diseases

November 5, 2014

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Researchers Discover Connection between Climate and Emerging Diseases

A team of researchers has established a direct link between climate change and the emergence of infectious diseases, showing a correlation between epidemic peaks and rainy periods for Buruli ulcer observed over a 40-year period in French Guyana. New diseases Climate change may affect human health directly or indirectly. In addition to increased threats of […]

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Rutgers Study Shows Previous Climate Change Was Caused by the Ocean and the Atmosphere

October 27, 2014


Past Climate Change Was Caused by the Ocean and Atmosphere

New research from Rutgers University provides a deeper understanding of the mechanisms of climate change, revealing that circulation of the ocean plays an important role in regulating the climate. Most of the concerns about climate change have focused on the amount of greenhouse gases that have been released into the atmosphere. But in a new […]

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