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Scientists recommend a system of checkpoints to help guide climate engineering research

Scientists recommend a system of checkpoints to help guide climate engineering research

As research into engineering techniques that might one day be employed to artificially cool the planet advances, some scientists are calling for adoption of an oversight framework to guide what to study... and when to stop. 

January 20, 2022 0 Comments
Air pollution from wildfires, rising heat affected two-thirds of U.S. West

Air pollution from wildfires, rising heat affected two-thirds of U.S. West

Large wildfires and severe heat events are happening more often at the same time, worsening air pollution across the western United States, according to a new study led by Washington State University, with CIRES and NOAA’s Global Systems Laboratory. 

January 14, 2022 0 Comments
Smoke from wildfires influences ozone pollution on a global scale

Smoke from wildfires influences ozone pollution on a global scale

New NOAA analysis of a ground-breaking global atmospheric airborne research mission shows that smoke from biomass burning substantially contributes to one of the most common and harmful constituents of urban air pollution: ozone. 

January 10, 2022 0 Comments
Wet, then dry extremes contributed to devastating Marshall Fire in Colorado

Wet, then dry extremes contributed to devastating Marshall Fire in Colorado

On December 30, 2021, the Marshall Fire ripped through suburban neighborhoods on the west side of the Denver-Boulder metropolitan area. Spread by high winds and fueled by dry conditions, the wildfire destroyed more than 1,000 homes, according to news reports.

January 9, 2022 0 Comments
Researchers develop automated method to identify fish calls underwater

Researchers develop automated method to identify fish calls underwater

A research team led by NOAA’s Cooperative Institute for Marine Ecosystem and Resource Studies at Oregon State University has developed an automated method that can accurately identify calls from a family of fishes.

January 6, 2022 0 Comments
Measuring salt in the ocean may be key to predicting hurricane intensity

Measuring salt in the ocean may be key to predicting hurricane intensity

Salt has played an outsized role in human history. This element found in the ocean is now at the heart of new NOAA research that will potentially lead to improved forecasts of the most dangerous hurricanes.

December 16, 2021 0 Comments
Report: Climate change contributed to some of 2020’s worst weather

Report: Climate change contributed to some of 2020’s worst weather

Failed monsoon rains that reignited the southwestern U.S. drought. A spring heat wave in western Europe. Intense Siberian wildfires. Scientists say human-caused climate change made these extreme weather events more likely, according to new research published today in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (BAMS). 

December 15, 2021 0 Comments
Arctic Report Card: Climate change transforming Arctic into ‘dramatically different state’

Arctic Report Card: Climate change transforming Arctic into ‘dramatically different state’

NOAA’s 2021 Arctic Report Card documents the numerous ways that climate change continues to fundamentally alter this once reliably-frozen region, as increasing heat and the loss of ice drive its transformation into a warmer, less frozen and more uncertain future. 

December 14, 2021 0 Comments
Southern Ocean confirmed as strong carbon dioxide sink

Southern Ocean confirmed as strong carbon dioxide sink

A new study published this week in the journal Science estimates the Southern Ocean absorbs 550 million tonnes of carbon from the atmosphere per year, confirming its role as a significant carbon sink.

December 3, 2021 0 Comments
NOAA seeks applicants for 2022 urban heat island initiative

NOAA seeks applicants for 2022 urban heat island initiative

The campaigns involving community members and scientists will work to map the hottest areas of their communities to learn where action is needed to protect vulnerable populations now and in the future. 

November 17, 2021 0 Comments
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