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Study finds fossil fuel methane emissions greater than previously estimated

Study finds fossil fuel methane emissions greater than previously estimated

Methane emissions from fossil fuel development around the world are up to 60 percent greater than estimated by previous studies, according to new research led by scientists from NOAA and CIRES. The study found that fossil fuel activities contribute between 132 million and 165 million tons of the 623 million tons of methane emitted by all sources every year. That’s about 20 to 25 percent of total global methane emissions, and 20 to 60 percent more than previous studies estimated.


October 5, 2016 0 Comments
New tool helps urban communities build resilience to climate change

New tool helps urban communities build resilience to climate change

Our nation’s city planners, and business and community leaders have been grappling with weather- and climate-related impacts for decades. Now they have a set of tools to help them plan and prepare: The Built Environment section of the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit is designed to help address a wide range of risks facing cities and towns.
September 30, 2016 0 Comments
NOAA “reels in” data on Utah’s winter ozone problem

NOAA “reels in” data on Utah’s winter ozone problem

A deep sea fishing rod is probably not the first tool that comes to mind when thinking about how to study air pollution in a remote inland desert, but it’s the heart of a new NOAA system that has given scientists a minute-by-minute look at how quickly the sun can convert oil and gas facility emissions to harmful ground-level ozone.

September 19, 2016 0 Comments
Climate change increased chances of record rains in Louisiana by at least 40 percent

Climate change increased chances of record rains in Louisiana by at least 40 percent

Human-caused climate warming increased the chances of the torrential rains that unleashed devastating floods in south Louisiana in mid August by at least 40 percent, according to a team of NOAA and partner scientists with World Weather Attribution (WWA) who conducted a rapid assessment of the role of climate on the historic heavy rain event. 

September 7, 2016 0 Comments
Northern Gulf Institute named NOAA’s cooperative institute for the Gulf of Mexico region

Northern Gulf Institute named NOAA’s cooperative institute for the Gulf of Mexico region

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration today announced it has selected Mississippi State University to host NOAA’s cooperative institute for the Gulf of Mexico region – called the Northern Gulf Institute. 

July 15, 2016 0 Comments
Ko Barrett named NOAA Research deputy assistant administrator

Ko Barrett named NOAA Research deputy assistant administrator

Craig McLean, NOAA’s assistant administrator for NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), has named Ko Barrett as the deputy assistant administrator for OAR Programs and Administration.


July 12, 2016 0 Comments
As Alaska warms, methane emissions appear stable

As Alaska warms, methane emissions appear stable

Analysis of nearly three decades of air samples from Alaska’s North Slope shows little change in long-term methane emissions despite significant Arctic warming over that time period, according to new research published in Geophysical Research Letters.

June 22, 2016 0 Comments
North Dakota’s Bakken oil and gas field leaking 275,000 tons of methane per year

North Dakota’s Bakken oil and gas field leaking 275,000 tons of methane per year

The Bakken oil and gas field is leaking a lot of methane, but less than some satellites report, and less than the latest Environmental Protection Agency inventory for petroleum systems, according to the researchers’ calculations. That's the finding of the first field study measuring emissions of this potent greenhouse gas from the Bakken, which spans parts of North Dakota and Montana. The work was published today in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres

May 11, 2016 0 Comments
Seven miles deep, ocean still a noisy place

Seven miles deep, ocean still a noisy place

For what may be the first time, NOAA and partner scientists eavesdropped on the deepest part of the world’s ocean and instead of finding a sea of silence, discovered a cacophony of sounds both natural and caused by humans.

March 2, 2016 0 Comments
NOAA launches unprecedented effort to discover how El Niño affects weather

NOAA launches unprecedented effort to discover how El Niño affects weather

NOAA scientists and partners have embarked on a land, sea, and air campaign in the tropical Pacific to study the current El Niño and gather data in an effort to improve weather forecasts thousands of miles away.
February 5, 2016 0 Comments
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