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Simulated geoengineering evaluation: cooler planet, but with side effects Simulated geoengineering evaluation: cooler planet, but with side effects

Simulated geoengineering evaluation: cooler planet, but with side effects

A new modeling study led by two NOAA researchers highlights the vast challenges and potentially damaging consequences of solar geoengineering actions large enough to ward off extreme warming by the end of the 21st...
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Seafloor mapping data reveals large number of gas seeps off U.S. West Coast Seafloor mapping data reveals large number of gas seeps off U.S. West Coast

Seafloor mapping data reveals large number of gas seeps off U.S. West Coast

The West Coast continental shelf is known to host methane bubble streams, formerly thought to be rare. Now, a new discovery sheds light on the extent and distribution of seafloor methane seeps. 
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5 ways NOAA scientists are answering big questions about climate change 5 ways NOAA scientists are answering big questions about climate change

5 ways NOAA scientists are answering big questions about climate change

From warmer ocean temperatures to longer and more intense droughts and heat waves, climate change is affecting our entire planet. Scientists at NOAA have long worked to track, understand and predict how climate...
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Giant Australian bushfire injected 1 million tons of smoke in the atmosphere Giant Australian bushfire injected 1 million tons of smoke in the atmosphere

Giant Australian bushfire injected 1 million tons of smoke in the atmosphere

Massive high-altitude clouds of smoke warmed the Southern Hemisphere's stratospshere by about 1 degree Celsius for six months, and likely contributed to the large and persistent ozone hole that formed over...
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NOAA report highlights 2020 climate, weather, ocean research NOAA report highlights 2020 climate, weather, ocean research

NOAA report highlights 2020 climate, weather, ocean research

Launching uncrewed systems to monitor climate and ecosystem changes in the U.S. Arctic, sequencing the genome for endangered marine species, and improving weather forecasts with advances in regional models —...
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Despite pandemic shutdowns, carbon dioxide and methane surged in 2020 Despite pandemic shutdowns, carbon dioxide and methane surged in 2020

Despite pandemic shutdowns, carbon dioxide and methane surged in 2020

The global average carbon dioxide level in the atmosphere surged at the fifth-highest rate in NOAA's 63-year record during 2020. Preliminary estimates of the increase in methane levels indicate it may have...
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