Atmospheric

Record-Breaking Hurricane Patricia

At 8 a.m. EDT on October 23, 2015, the National Hurricane Center said that Hurricane Patricia had grown into a monster hurricane. In fact, it is the strongest eastern north pacific hurricane on record. NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite analyzed the tem ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 23 2015 - 3:51pm

Sunny Days Are Ahead, Except In China

One of the great hypocrisies in climate negotiations a decade ago was exempting China from any agreement by giving them "developing nation" status. The rationale was that their emissions were not that high, according to Europe, who had remained ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 29 2015 - 7:23am

Annual Antarctic Ozone Hole Larger, Later In 2015

The 2015 Antarctic ozone hole area was larger and formed later than in recent years, accorrding to a new paper. On Oct. 2, 2015, the ozone hole expanded to its peak of 10.9 million square miles, an area larger than the continent of North America. Througho ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 4 2015 - 7:12pm

Acid Fog On Mars

Mars doesn't have much in the way of Earth-like weather, it does evidently share one kind of weird meteorology: acid fog.  Astronomer Shoshanna Cole of Ithaca College gathered data from instruments on the 2003 Mars Exploration Rover Spirit and sugges ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 8 2015 - 9:09am

Kangaroos Are Methane Gas Producers

It's become common for vegetarians and environmental activists to criticize animals. Cows, for example, used to be criticized for carbon dioxide production, with manufactured claims like "it takes a gallon of gas to make a pound of beef" bu ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 5 2015 - 7:30am

Drought Atlas Maps 2,000 Years Of Climate Change

The long history of severe droughts across Europe and the Mediterranean has largely been told through historical documents and ancient journals but an atlas based on scientific evidence uses tree rings to map the reach and severity of dry and wet periods ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 11 2015 - 11:05pm

Blood Rain In Spain

The rainwater that fell in some of the villages of Zamora, Spain last autumn brought along a green microalgae that turns a reddish color when in a state of stress.  Blood rain. It is not an isolated phenomenon.  Kerala, India got a blood rain in the summe ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 13 2015 - 7:20am

Earth's Ancient Climate More Sensitive To CO2 Than Previously Thought

Ancient climates on Earth may have been more sensitive to carbon dioxide than was previously thought, according to an analysis of nahcolite crystals found in Colorado's Green River Formation, formed 50 million years old during a hothouse climate. Sci ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 16 2015 - 2:13pm

Growth In CO2 Emissions Have Leveled Off

After a decade of rapid growth in global CO 2 emissions, spurred on by increases in China which offset declines in the US and Europe thanks to natural gas, increases have leveled off: 2012 saw only 0.8%, 2013 was 1.5% and 2014 was 0.5%. Last year, the wor ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 2 2015 - 7:31pm

Global Fossil-Fuel Emissions Could Decline In 2015, Thanks To Natural Gas

Carbon dioxide emissions have always been something of a guess because they rely on self-reported figures. The developed world has been transparent but it was only a few years ago that China admitted to under-counting its own emissions, telling a differen ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 7 2015 - 2:16pm