Erasmus Darwin was the grandfather of the more famous Charles, a scientist in his own right, and an inadvertent supervillain. In an effort to make afternoon strolls more pleasant, he came up with a terraforming idea that was outlandish, inspiring, and — looking back — nearly apocalyptic. »
According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the world’s sea levels are poised to rise dramatically in the future — as much as 200 feet (60 meters) in some parts. China’s coastlines are considered to be among the most vulnerable areas, as conveyed by these rather disturbing maps.
The Central Intelligence Agency has announced that it’s closing down MADEA, a decades-old research program that shared classified information with scientists to study how climate change might exacerbate global security risks. »
Drought and extreme heat may significantly increase the risk of power shortages in the Western U.S. unless its utilities adopt “climate-proofing” measures, according to new research.
If we don’t do something about climate change, humanity is screwed. But do what? Carbon emissions keep creeping up, geoengineering is potentially dangerous, and we continue to stew in endless political debates. One bioethicist has a radical idea: Re-engineer humans for a better planet. »
Antarctica’s Larsen B Ice Shelf, which has existed for at least 10,000 years, will likely crumble completely away before the end of this decade, according to a new NASA study. “Although it’s fascinating scientifically,” says JPL researcher Khazendar, who led the investigation, “it’s bad news for our planet.” »
Results published this week by NOAA indicate that the monthly global average concentration of CO2 surpassed 400 parts per million in March 2015—the first time since recordkeeping began in 1959 that the monthly average has exceeded that level worldwide. »
Earlier today, Pope Francis met with the UN Secretary-General to share his concerns about climate change — a meeting that did not go unnoticed by the Heartland Institute, a right-wing American organization known for its global warming skepticism. »
For the past two years, climate scientists have tracked a large and circular patch of unusually warm water off the Northeast U.S. Pacific Coast that doesn't seem to want to go away. Dubbed "the blob", it has now been linked to the strange weather recently experienced across North America.
Climate scientists are reporting that increasing rainfall in the world's warmest and wettest regions are being fueled by a recent surge in large, well-organized thunderstorms. »
Currents in the Atlantic Ocean are slowing to dangerous levels. The Gulf Stream system is now weaker than at any time before 1901, likely due to global warming. Climate scientists warn that waning circulation could dramatically change weather in Europe, cause sea level rise along the U.S. East Coast, and impact marine… »
The climate figures for February are out, and it doesn't look good. According to a new NOAA report, global average temperature over both land and ocean surfaces for February was the second highest for the month since recordkeeping began. What's more, we just experienced the warmest year-to-date (Jan-Feb) on record. »
File this under, "Welp, this is worse than we thought." A study published in Nature Geoscience finds that warm seawater is likely getting under an East Antarctica glacier and melting it from below. If the glacier's ice shelf melts, runway melting could cause another 11 feet of sea-level rise—that's on top of… »
What's happening in Siberia's thawing permafrost and Greenland's melting glaciers sounds borderline supernatural. Ancient viruses, bacteria, plants, and even animals have been cryogenically frozen there for millennia—and now, they are waking up. »
Scientists have verified that the rate of freshwater being released into the Gulf of Alaska is approximately 1.5 times the amount being dumped by the Mississippi River into the Gulf of Mexico each year. Disturbingly, half of this water is coming from the melting of glaciers and snow. »
New documents obtained by Greenpeace via freedom of information filings show that a leading climate change denier, Wei-Hock Soon, known as Willie, allegedly accepted $1.2 million over the past 14 years from energy companies and additionally failed to report conflicts of interest in his own research. »
A new analysis shows that the northeast corner of what is now the United States was slammed by at least 23 severe hurricanes from the years 250 to 1150, many of them reaching category 3 and 4 status. Researchers say these hurricanes, which formed in relatively warm seas, could be a harbinger of things to come. »