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2020’s Economic Slowdown Provides Opportunity to Investigate Ozone Pollution in the U.S.

2020’s Economic Slowdown Provides Opportunity to Investigate Ozone Pollution in the U.S.

When COVID-19 pandemic began in the US, counties and cities across the nation imposed stay at home orders, closed schools or imposed travel restrictions. From March 2020 onward, many Americans hung up car keys and settled into their homes for work and school. Traffic patterns dramatically changed, and previously smog filled vistas became clearer.

September 16, 2021 0 Comments
Study: Dry future likely unavoidable for Southwest, but reducing greenhouse gases can still help

Study: Dry future likely unavoidable for Southwest, but reducing greenhouse gases can still help

A new study shows that, regardless of future levels of greenhouse gas emissions, the warming climate has locked in an elevated risk of intense megadroughts for the region - but mitigation efforts are still important.

September 8, 2021 0 Comments
New research helps crack the mystery of clouds to improve climate prediction

New research helps crack the mystery of clouds to improve climate prediction

NOAA and partner research on clouds and air-sea interactions will help improve a new generation of models that predict our weather and climate, according to a new summary article that is part of a special issue of the open access journal Earth System Science Data

August 25, 2021 0 Comments
A new way to measure how Arctic plant communities respond to climate change

A new way to measure how Arctic plant communities respond to climate change

NOAA scientists have devised a new way to monitor how Arctic plants and soil are responding to increasing carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere. 

August 16, 2021 0 Comments
NOAA scientist Vaishali Naik plays a leading role in international climate assessment

NOAA scientist Vaishali Naik plays a leading role in international climate assessment

“I wanted to do something related to the environment,” Naik said. “It became clear to me during my studies that pollutants are not just harmful for human health, but they also impact the climate.”

August 9, 2021 0 Comments
NOAA, Census challenge innovators to build tools to tackle the climate crisis

NOAA, Census challenge innovators to build tools to tackle the climate crisis

Data-driven tools will help communities accelerate equitable resilience.

July 30, 2021 0 Comments
Human activities responsible for rapid increase in Earth's heat

Human activities responsible for rapid increase in Earth's heat

A new study by Princeton University and NOAA researchers has found clear evidence of human influence on Earth’s climate in the past two decades of satellite measurements. “Human activity strongly influenced the positive trend in Earth's energy imbalance, causing a significant increase in the heat stored in the planet,” said Shiv Priyam Raghuraman, the lead researcher on the study. 

July 28, 2021 0 Comments
Preliminary analysis concludes Pacific Northwest heat wave was a 1,000-year event…hopefully

Preliminary analysis concludes Pacific Northwest heat wave was a 1,000-year event…hopefully

If the preliminary results are correct, they mean that the heat wave would have been at least 150 times rarer before global warming.

July 22, 2021 0 Comments
Low-oxygen waters off Washington, Oregon coasts risk becoming large 'dead zones'

Low-oxygen waters off Washington, Oregon coasts risk becoming large 'dead zones'

A large area of poorly oxygenated water is growing off the coast of Washington and Oregon. Scientists say oxygen levels may fall low enough to create "dead zones." 

July 21, 2021 0 Comments
Deforestation, warming flip part of Amazon forest from carbon sink to source

Deforestation, warming flip part of Amazon forest from carbon sink to source

New results from a nine-year research project in the eastern Amazon rainforest finds that significant deforestation in eastern and southeastern Brazil turned what was once a forest that absorbed carbon dioxide into a source of planet-warming carbon dioxide emissions.

July 14, 2021 0 Comments
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