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  • Spoiler alert: Computer simulations provide preview of upcoming eclipse
    on August 18, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    Scientists have forecast the corona of the sun during the upcoming eclipse. The findings shed light on what the eclipse of the sun might look like Aug. 21 when it will be visible across much of the US, tracing a 70-mile-wide band across 14 states. […]

  • Florida flood risk study identifies priorities for property buyouts
    on August 17, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    A study of flood damage in Florida proposes prioritizing property buyouts based on flood risk, ecological value, and socioeconomic conditions. Forecasters say an above-normal hurricane season is likely in the Atlantic Ocean this year, while a rising sea level is making Florida increasingly vulnerable to dangerous flooding. […]

  • Mosses used to evaluate atmospheric conditions in urban areas
    on August 16, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    Researchers have developed a method to evaluate atmospheric conditions using mosses (bryophytes) in urban areas, a development that could facilitate broader evaluations of atmospheric environments. […]

  • Kansas well owners, non-well owners have different watering routines during droughts
    on August 15, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    A researcher who examines water conservation policy and the habits of well owners in Kansas found that well owners are more likely to found that well ownership is significantly correlated to increased watering during droughts. […]

  • Urban floods intensifying, countryside drying up
    on August 14, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    Drier soils and reduced water flow in rural areas -- but more intense rainfall that overwhelms infrastructure and causes flooding and stormwater overflow in urban centers. That's the finding of an exhaustive study of the world's river systems, based on data collected from more than 43,000 rainfall stations and 5,300 river monitoring sites across 160 countries. […]

  • Day to night and back again: Earth's ionosphere during the total solar eclipse
    on August 10, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    Three NASA-funded studies will use the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse as a ready-made experiment, courtesy of nature, to improve our understanding of the ionosphere and its relationship to the Sun. […]

  • Crank the AC, cut in-car pollution
    on August 10, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    After conducting a new research approach using actual commutes, a group of engineers discovered a simple shift in driving habits can help to reduce exposure to pollutants while out on the road. […]

  • Incomplete drought recovery may be the new normal
    on August 9, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    The amount of time it takes for an ecosystem to recover from a drought is an important measure of a drought's severity. During the 20th century, the total area of land affected by drought increased, and longer recovery times became more common, according to new research published by Nature by a group of scientists including Carnegie's Anna Michalak and Yuanyuan Fang. […]

  • Super-heatwaves of 55°C to emerge if global warming continues
    on August 9, 2017 at 11:38 am

    Heatwaves amplified by high humidity can reach above 40°C and may occur as often as every two years, leading to serious risks for human health. If global temperatures rise with 4°C, a new super heatwave of 55°C can hit regularly many parts of the world, including Europe, warn researchers. […]

  • 2016 was another warm year, report confirms
    on August 9, 2017 at 11:33 am

    A new report confirms that 2016 was another exceptionally warm year, with global temperature having reached 0.77± 0.09 degrees C above its level between 1961 and 1990. […]

  • Some land conservation measures unpopular among property owners
    on August 7, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    While popular with conservation groups, coastal easements that prevent development in order to protect marshland from changes brought about by climate change and rising sea levels are not favored by property owners. The findings, based on the results of surveys conducted in 2015 of 1,002 owners of Connecticut coastal properties, suggest that relying on education about sea level rise and the ecosystem benefits of marshes alone will not protect land from future changes. […]

  • By the end of the century extreme weather events may affect two in three Europeans every year
    on August 7, 2017 at 1:27 am

    By 2100, two in three people living in Europe may be affected by weather-related disasters, according to a new study which sheds light on the expected burden of climate change on societies across Europe. The projected increases were calculated on the assumption of there being no reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and no improvements to policies helping to reduce the impact of extreme weather events (such as medical technology, air conditioning, and thermal insulation in houses). […]

  • Alaska's North Slope snow-free season is lengthening
    on August 3, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    On the North Slope of Alaska, snow is melting earlier in the spring and the snow-in date is happening later in the fall, according to a new study. […]

  • Dramatic changes needed in farming practices to keep pace with climate change
    on August 3, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    Researchers investigating nutrients in runoff from agricultural land warn that phosphorus losses will increase, due to climate change, unless this is mitigated by making major changes to agricultural practices. […]

  • Deadly heat waves could hit South Asia this century
    on August 2, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    In South Asia, new research suggests that by the end of this century climate change could lead to summer heat waves with levels of heat and humidity that exceed what humans can survive without protection. […]

  • Climate scientists create Caribbean drought atlas
    on August 1, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    Atmospheric scientists have developed the first-of-its-kind, high-resolution Caribbean drought atlas, with data going back to 1950. Concurrently, the researchers confirmed the region’s 2013-16 drought was the most severe in 66 years due to consistently higher temperatures – a hint that climate change is to blame. […]

  • Successful prediction of multi-year US droughts and wildfire risk
    on August 1, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    A new study shows that difference in water temperature between the Pacific and the Atlantic oceans together with global warming impact the risk of drought and wildfire in southwestern North America. A new model proves capable of much longer-term forecasts of mega-drought and active wildfire seasons than those currently available to people in agriculture, water management and forestry. […]

  • Coral disease outbreaks fluctuate with El Niño years, new research finds
    on July 31, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    Disease outbreaks in corals have followed El Niño-fueled coral bleaching events in the past, leading to speculation about the connection between the diseases and the El Niño cycles. This new study confirms the speculation. […]

  • Aardvarks' fate points to worrying consequences for wildlife, due to climate change
    on July 31, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    Aardvarks prove to be highly susceptible to the warmer and drier climates that are predicted for the western parts of southern Africa in the future. During the study of a number of aardvarks, all but one of the study animals -- as well as other aardvarks in the area -- died because of a severe drought, with air temperatures much higher than normal and very dry soil in the area. […]

  • Model developed to predict, prevent power outages using big data
    on July 27, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    High-speed winds during a thunderstorm may cause trees around an electric grid to crash into the distribution system feeders causing an outage in that area. Currently, most utility companies diminish such accidents by scheduling regular tree-trimming operations. This effort is costly and is based on a rotational approach to different service areas, which may take months and sometimes years before all trees are trimmed. […]

  • Atlantic/Pacific ocean temperature difference fuels US wildfires
    on July 26, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    A new study shows that difference in water temperature between the Pacific and the Atlantic oceans together with global warming impact the risk of drought and wildfire in southwestern North America. […]

  • Trees can make or break city weather
    on July 26, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    Even a single urban tree can help moderate wind speeds and keep pedestrians comfortable as they walk down the street, according to a new study that also found losing a single tree can increase wind pressure on nearby buildings and drive up heating costs. […]

  • Coral gardening is benefiting Caribbean reefs, study finds
    on July 25, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    A new study found that Caribbean staghorn corals (Acropora cervicornis) are benefiting from 'coral gardening,' the process of restoring coral populations by planting laboratory-raised coral fragments on reefs. […]

  • Summer sea ice melt in the Arctic
    on July 24, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    Earlier this year Arctic sea ice sank to a record low wintertime extent for the third straight year. Now NASA is flying a set of instruments north of Greenland to observe the impact of the melt season on the Arctic's oldest and thickest sea ice. […]

  • Could 'cocktail geoengineering' save the climate?
    on July 24, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    Geoengineering is a catch-all term that refers to various theoretical ideas for altering Earth's energy balance to combat climate change. New research from an international team of atmospheric scientists investigates for the first time the possibility of using a 'cocktail' of geoengineering tools to reduce changes in both temperature and precipitation caused by atmospheric greenhouse gases. […]

  • 'Hindcasting' study investigates the extreme 2013 Colorado flood
    on July 24, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    Using a publicly available climate model, researchers 'hindcast' the conditions that led to the Sept. 9-16, 2013 flooding around Boulder, Colo. and found that climate change attributed to human activity made the storm much more severe than would otherwise have occurred. […]

  • Campaigning on climate science consensus may backfire, warn scholars
    on July 24, 2017 at 12:32 am

    Climate change campaigns that focus on correcting public beliefs about scientific consensus are likely to backfire and undermine policy efforts, according to an expert commentary. […]

  • North American monsoon storms fewer but more extreme
    on July 20, 2017 at 11:32 pm

    The North American Monsoon now brings more extreme wind and rain to central and southwestern Arizona than in the past. Although there are now fewer storms, the largest monsoon thunderstorms bring heavier rain and stronger winds than did the monsoon storms of 60 years ago, according to new research. The dust storms, wind, flash flooding and microbursts that accompany monsoon storms can be a severe threat to people and property in Arizona. […]

  • Sunny, rainy, or cloudy: New study shows how weather impacts response to mobile ads
    on July 20, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    Among the many factors that impact digital marketing and online advertising strategy, a new study provides insight to a growing trend among firms and big brands: weather-based advertising. According to the study, certain weather conditions are more amenable for consumer responses to mobile marketing efforts, while the tone of your ad content can either help or hurt such response depending on the current local weather. […]

  • Hot dogs: Is climate change impacting populations of African wild dogs?
    on July 20, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    Climate change may be harming the future of African wild dogs (Lycaon pictus) by impacting the survival rates of pups, according to one of the first studies on how shifting temperatures are impacting tropical species. […]