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Wayne Higgins named director of NOAA’s Climate Program Office Wayne Higgins named director of NOAA’s Climate Program Office

Wayne Higgins named director of NOAA’s Climate Program Office

Today, NOAA announced Wayne Higgins, Ph.D., as director of NOAA’s Climate Program Office.  Higgins, who has spent much of his career at the forefront of weather and climate prediction for NOAA’s...
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New study: Pace of climate zone shifts quickens as climate warms New study: Pace of climate zone shifts quickens as climate warms

New study: Pace of climate zone shifts quickens as climate warms

As our planet is warming, not only have Earth’s climate zones begun to shift – the pace of change is expected to accelerate, according to a new study led by the NOAA Cooperative Institute for Research in...
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Arctic nearly free of summer sea ice during first half of 21st century Arctic nearly free of summer sea ice during first half of 21st century

Arctic nearly free of summer sea ice during first half of 21st century

For scientists studying summer sea ice in the Arctic, it’s not a question of “if” there will be nearly ice-free summers, but “when.” A new study says it could be before 2050.
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Scientists size up black carbon in snow Scientists size up black carbon in snow

Scientists size up black carbon in snow

Scientists have measured – for the first time – the size of black carbon particles in snow.
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Volcanic aerosols, not pollutants, tamped down recent Earth warming Volcanic aerosols, not pollutants, tamped down recent Earth warming

Volcanic aerosols, not pollutants, tamped down recent Earth warming

In the search for clues as to why Earth did not warm as much as scientists expected between 2000 and 2010, researchers have discovered the answer is hiding in plain sight.
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Saharan and Asian dust, biological particles end global journey in California Saharan and Asian dust, biological particles end global journey in California

Saharan and Asian dust, biological particles end global journey in California

A field study of aerosol impacts on clouds and precipitation in the Sierra Nevada mountains shows that dust and microorganisms transported from as far away as the Sahara desert help to spur the precipitation that...
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