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Incorporating Physical Processes into Sea Level Projections

Terri Cook, Freelance Writer

Research Spotlight— Including the effects of physical mechanisms that can quickly increase ice sheet discharge significantly raises sea level rise projections under high-emission scenarios. One of the most concerning aspects of global warming is the potential for rising seas to damage infrastructureand.... more

Rise in severity of hottest days outpaces global average temperature increase

Brian Bell

Blog— While Earth’s average annual temperature has increased at a steady pace in recent decades, there has been an alarming jump in the severity of the hottest days of the year during that same period, with the most lethal effects in the world’s largest cities. Engineers at the University of California,.... more

Reckoning with Climate’s Most Challenging Questions

Sarah Witman, Freelance Writer

Research Spotlight— Climate researchers outline a vision for the future of climate observations. From heat waves, drought, and wildfires to record-low Arctic sea ice levels to flooding and heavy rainfall, scientists worldwide have struggled to understand the most critical aspects of climate. In the.... more

Climate Change Could Leave Big Mark on Earth’s Landscape

Press Release— The rapid pace of climate change is making it difficult for species to adapt to changes in temperature, water cycles, and other environmental conditions that affect life on Earth, new research finds. Climate change will replace land use change as the major driver of changes in Earth’s.... more

The Power of Water, Wind, and Solar (and Nothing Else)

Sarah Witman, Freelance Writer

Research Spotlight— Road map for improving climate calls for 100% clean, renewable energy by 2050. From more frequent wildfires to devastating hurricanes to persistent droughts, we are already seeing the effects of climate change. It’s not just the planet that’s at risk: Air pollution causes 4–7 million.... more

High-resolution climate models present alarming new projections for U.S.

Lois Yoksoulian

Blog— Approaching the second half of the century, the United States is likely to experience increases in the number of days with extreme heat, the frequency and duration of heat waves, and the length of the growing season. In response, it is anticipated that societal, agricultural and ecological needs.... more

Cartogram maps provide new view of climate change risk

Olivia Trani

Blog— Scientists have developed cartograms — maps that convey information by contorting areas — to visualize the risks of climate change in a novel way. Cartograms are maps that change the relative size of areas according to certain characteristics of the region. For example, a cartogram that distorts.... more

Water World: Sea Level Rise, Coastal Floods and Storm Surges

Editors' Vox— The coastal land margin of the United States has seen numerous extreme events of historical proportions in just the first two decades of the 21st century. An incomplete list includes Hurricanes Charley and Ivan in 2004, Katrina, Rita, and Wilma in 2005, Ike (2008), Irene (2011) and Sandy.... more

Human-caused warming increasing likelihood of record-breaking hot years

Press Release— A new study finds human-caused global warming is significantly increasing the rate at which hot temperature records are being broken around the world. Global annual temperature records show there were 17 record hot years from 1861 to 2005. The new study examines whether these temperature.... more

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