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New Cloud Study Helps Reconcile Climate Model Predictions with Empirical Data

New climate research results obtained by correcting satellite cloud change data spanning two decades are consistent with observed changes in storm tracks, climate conditions and results produced by global climate models.

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It’s Getting Hotter than Hell

It is hot and getting hotter. The evidence for global warming is growing with a long string of successive global heat records. The hottest months, the hottest seasons and the hottest years are stacking up. While individual weather records should not be confused with climate, decades of temperature data convincingly make the case for a warming world. Hot weather forces…

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San Francisco residents adopt a small tax to help adapt and mitigate the impact of sea level rise

San Francisco Responds to the Threat of Sea Level Rise

Voters in San Francisco have taken action to combat the effects of sea level rise caused by global temperature increases. Coastlines around the world differ in how vulnerable they are to rising sea levels, and San Francisco is especially at risk for having large coastline rises in the coming decades.  San Francisco voters recently passed a small property tax, which…

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Tampa Bay Blue Carbon Study Highlights Threats to Coastal Ecosystems

Coastal ecosystems – marshes, bogs, swamps, seagrass beds and mangroves among them – provide a wide range of beneficial services that have all too often been unknown to or ignored, including serving as carbon sinks. A ¨blue carbon¨ study by non-profit Restore America’s Estuaries puts numbers on the amount of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) seagrasses, marshes and mangroves in the…

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Landsat Study Reveals Greening Across North America’s Arctic

Analyzing 29 years worth of satellite images (1984-2012), a NASA Goddard Space Flight Center research team found nearly one-third of land cover has been changing to resemble landscapes in warmer ecosystems.

EPA significantly underestimates amount of methane leaking from fracking operations

The Fracking Context for the EPA’s New Methane Rules

The Obama administration’s new rules to curb methane come in the wake of two reports that illustrate the dangers of hydraulic fracturing (fracking). These reports show that methane is leaking throughout the fracking process from extraction to the end users. The Environmental Protection Agency recently released the final version of their new federal rules to limit methane emissions at oil and gas…

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Environmental Bill of Rights Put Forward in Nova Scotia

Last week Nova Scotia’s New Democratic Party (NDP) introduced an Environmental Bill of Rights in the provincial legislature. The proposed bill would enhance transparency of the government decision-making that revolves around ecosystems and the environment and give citizens a greater say in the political process.