Atmospheric

Will Global Warming Make Hurricanes Stronger Or Weaker? Yes!

In 2006, Al Gore alleged that Hurricane Katrina had been caused, or at least made worse, by global warming.     Bill Gray, one of the foremost hurricane experts in the world, disagreed.    Who was right?   Weather, and especially hurricanes, are not among ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 31 2008 - 7:06pm

Learning About Lightning- Interferometer Records Discharge In Detail To The Microsecond

A VHF radio interferometer system that was designed by Zhang GuangShu, et al of Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Institute at Chinese Academy of Sciences was used to observe a cloud-to-ground lightning flash containing 19 stroke ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 5 2008 - 11:00am

Ozone in the Zone

Two observations are remarkable today about ozone-hole measurements. Both have been in the books for a while. First, the peak of 2008 is larger than 2007's. Second, NOAA is getting ready for a new environmental satellite. I will also make a predictio ...

Blog Post - Hatice Cullingford - Nov 24 2009 - 11:01pm

Air Pollution Is Dangerous Indoors Too

Indoor and outdoor pollutants can rapidly harm the heart in ways different than outdoor air pollution alone, according to a new study presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2008. The Cardiovascular Sub-study of the Detroit E ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 12 2008 - 12:32pm

Water Vapor- The Underappreciated Greenhouse Gas In Global Warming

Water vapor is known to be Earth's most abundant greenhouse gas, but the extent of its contribution to global warming has been diminished by attention on the economic/political millstone of western civilization carbon dioxide. Using recent NASA satell ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 17 2008 - 5:57pm

James Hansen- Carbon Dioxide Already In Danger Zone

We don't have ten years, as Al Gore predicted in 2006, dangerous levels of carbon dioxide are already here, say 10 scientists, and the level of globe-warming carbon dioxide in the air has probably already reached a point where world climate will chang ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 19 2008 - 2:32pm

Wildfire Smoke Toxicity Much Worse Than Car Pollution

The health threat to city dwellers posed by Southern California wildfires like those of November 2008 may have been underestimated by officials, according to a new paper analyzing particulate matter (PM) from wildfires in Southern California.  Detailed par ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 20 2008 - 10:43am

Polar Lows- Not Global Warming But Still A Concern For Shipping

Polar lows are small-scale storms that occur in the oceans of the high latitudes and are comparable to a tropical cyclone. The strong winds they produce are rightly feared by seamen. In the course of the last century, North Atlantic polar lows caused 56 sh ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 12 2008 - 11:04am

The Hunt For Biotraces Of Extraterrestrial Life Catches A Break- Carbon Dioxide On HD 189733b

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has discovered carbon dioxide in the atmosphere of a planet orbiting another star.    The Jupiter-sized planet, called HD 189733b, is too hot for life, but the Hubble observations are a proof-of-concept demonstration that ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 13 2008 - 6:40pm

Balloons Over Brazil

An experiment, carried out from a stratospheric balloon floating 35 km above the Brazilian jungle, to validate one of the instruments operating on the meteorological satellite MetOp was also used to support preparations for the candidate Earth Explorer TRA ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 21 2008 - 10:13am