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Bird die-offs provide window into a changing Arctic

Bird die-offs provide window into a changing Arctic

A tiny seabird's struggle is emblematic of a changing Arctic.

August 15, 2019 0 Comments
Soot from massive 2017 fire clouds persisted in stratosphere for months

Soot from massive 2017 fire clouds persisted in stratosphere for months

A sooty cloud generated by a 2017 firestorm provided an ideal opportunity for researchers to test a climate model that simulated the lifetime of that soot in the stratosphere.

August 8, 2019 0 Comments
Airborne research shows East Coast cities emitting twice as much methane as estimated

Airborne research shows East Coast cities emitting twice as much methane as estimated

A new NOAA and University of Michigan study using an instrumented airplane has found unexpectedly large emissions over five major cities along the East Coast - twice the total amount of methane and almost 10 times the amount estimated from natural gas.

July 22, 2019 0 Comments
Climate change to make hot droughts hotter in the US southern plains

Climate change to make hot droughts hotter in the US southern plains

A new NOAA study in the Journal of Climate warns that in the already warm and frequently dry southern Great Plains and Southwest, climate change will make compound heat-wave and drought events significantly hotter than they used to be. 

July 15, 2019 0 Comments
Surprisingly large carbon uptake by North American biosphere during El Niños

Surprisingly large carbon uptake by North American biosphere during El Niños

The results of a new NOAA study snowing a strong response by the North American biosphere to El Ninos highlight the importance of improving understanding of regional carbon-climate relationships, which represent a major uncertainty in future climate projections.

June 5, 2019 0 Comments
Carbon dioxide levels hit record peak in May

Carbon dioxide levels hit record peak in May

Carbon dioxide levels reached the highest seasonal peak recorded in 61 years of observations at NOAA's Mauna Loa observatory. This the seventh consecutive year of steep global increases in concentrations of this important greenhouse gas pollutant.

June 4, 2019 0 Comments
Climate change to make events like 2017 Northern Plains flash drought more likely

Climate change to make events like 2017 Northern Plains flash drought more likely

The 2017 Northern Plains drought hit hard and without warning, desiccating pastures, rangelands and wheat, sparking massive wildfires, and causing widespread livestock sell-offs across the Dakotas, northeastern Montana and the Canadian Prairies. While it wasn't the region's worst drought, it caused $2.6 billion in losses. A new study shows droughts like this are 20% more likely due to climate change. 

June 3, 2019 0 Comments
Rising emissions drive greenhouse gas index increase

Rising emissions drive greenhouse gas index increase

Record levels of greenhouse gas pollution continued to increase humanity’s impact on the atmosphere’s heat-trapping capacity during 2018, according to a yearly analysis released by NOAA scientists today.

May 21, 2019 0 Comments
US methane emissions flat since 2006 despite increased oil and gas activity: study

US methane emissions flat since 2006 despite increased oil and gas activity: study

Despite a 46 percent increase in US natural gas production since 2006, there has been no significant increase of total US methane emissions, and only a modest increase from oil and gas activity, according to a new NOAA analysis of long-term atmospheric measurements.  

May 15, 2019 0 Comments
A New View of Wintertime Air Pollution

A New View of Wintertime Air Pollution

Findings could help improve air quality in cities across the U.S. West.

May 8, 2019 0 Comments
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