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New NOAA study suggests Great Plains may not suffer semi-permanent Dust Bowl as climate changes

Thursday, October 25, 2012

New NOAA study suggests Great Plains may not suffer semi-permanent Dust Bowl as climate changes

A new NOAA study explores the reasons behind diverging views on future Great Plains drought. The good news is that it will probably not be as dire as some earlier studies suggest.

New NOAA-led study measures soot from North Dakota  flaring in oil and gas fields

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

New NOAA-led study measures soot from North Dakota flaring in oil and gas fields

Flaring produces an estimated 4 tons of black carbon per day, not considered significant for climate

In the lonely reaches of northwestern North Dakota and across the border into Saskatchewan, the vast Bakken oil field hosts extensive activities to extract both crude oil and natural gas. Business is booming—production increased by 30 percent between May 2013 and May 2014. More than a quarter of the total gas produced from the Bakken operations can’t be processed fast enough, though, and the common industry practice is to flare it—burn it off as it is vented to the atmosphere. Jutting 30 feet upward like enormous lit matchsticks, the flares pose a new question for atmospheric scientists: What do the flares put into the air? A new NOAA-led study has produced the first direct measurements of how much black carbon—a major component of airborne particles that are commonly referred to as soot —is emitted by the Bakken flaring operations.

New research: Forests minimize severe heat waves

Monday, October 23, 2017

New research: Forests minimize severe heat waves

Extensive, mature forest cover can mitigate the impact of severe heat waves, droughts and other weather extremes over large regions, according to new NOAA research published in the journal Nature Communications.

New study finds Alaskans familiar with ocean acidification, not aware of risks to fisheries

Monday, December 22, 2014

New study finds Alaskans familiar with ocean acidification, not aware of risks to fisheries

New research published in Marine Policy from the first Alaska-focused study on public understanding and awareness of ocean acidification risk shows that Alaskans are three times more aware of ocean acidification than Americans in general.  However, Alaskans have difficulty seeing ocean acidification as an immediate risk, and the direct risks to Alaska’s fisheries are still not well understood. The research, “Gauging perceptions of ocean acidification in Alaska,” can be read online.


New study finds direct evidence of summer climate change

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

New study finds direct evidence of summer climate change

In many parts of the world, summers just aren't what they were a generation or two ago. Summer climates in some places are changing—mostly, but not always, warming—according to a new analysis of 90 years of observational data.
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