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Greenhouse gases continue climbing; 2012 a record year

Greenhouse gases continue climbing; 2012 a record year

NOAA’s updated Annual Greenhouse Gas Index (AGGI), which measures the direct climate influence of many heat-trapping gases like carbon dioxide and methane, shows 2012 continued the steady upward trend that began with the Industrial Revolution of the 1880s.  Last year, CO2 at the peak of its cycle reached 400 ppm for one month at all eight Arctic sites for the first time.
August 1, 2013 0 Comments
New NOAA study in North Carolina may improve forecasting, lead times for dangerous storms

New NOAA study in North Carolina may improve forecasting, lead times for dangerous storms

This month, NOAA launched a 1½-year long pilot study in North Carolina to improve understanding and forecasting of dangerous storms that can lead to flooding and economic losses. From the coastline to the mountains, state-of-the-art NOAA instrumentation is being set up in numerous locations across the state that may improve forecasting and lead-time for tropical storms and summertime thunderstorms.
June 21, 2013 0 Comments
Scientists working to crack key air quality and climate mysteries in U.S. Southeast

Scientists working to crack key air quality and climate mysteries in U.S. Southeast

Scientists this summer are taking one of the most detailed looks ever at the natural and manmade emissions that affect air quality in the Southeast, and their movement and chemical transformations within the atmosphere. The mission should help scientists determine the origin of the fine particles and how they contribute to the haziness in the region and affect regional air quality and temperature trends.

June 19, 2013 0 Comments
Los Angeles air pollution declining, losing its sting

Los Angeles air pollution declining, losing its sting

The cleanup of California’s tailpipe emissions over the last few decades has not only reduced ozone pollution in the Los Angeles area, it has also altered the pollution chemistry in the atmosphere, making the eye-stinging “organic nitrate” component of air pollution plummet, according to a new study.

June 4, 2013 0 Comments
Mystery solved: "Extra” methane in LA's air traced to fossil-fuel sources

Mystery solved: "Extra” methane in LA's air traced to fossil-fuel sources

A new study, led by NOAA and its Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder, used a novel approach to trace methane in the Los Angeles basin back to its sources, and found that "extra" methane is likely coming from sources related to fossil fuels.

May 14, 2013 0 Comments
New study: Pace of climate zone shifts quickens as climate warms

New study: Pace of climate zone shifts quickens as climate warms

As our planet is warming, not only have Earth’s climate zones begun to shift – the pace of change is expected to accelerate, according to a new study led by the NOAA Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado.

April 22, 2013 0 Comments
NOAA-led report: 2012 Central Great Plains 'flash drought' a result of natural variations in weather

NOAA-led report: 2012 Central Great Plains 'flash drought' a result of natural variations in weather

A new report by the NOAA Drought Task Force finds natural variations in weather patterns caused the 2012 Great Plains drought and rules out global ocean conditions, as well as human-induced climate change, as major culprits.
April 11, 2013 0 Comments
New study gives first independent confirmation of global land warming

New study gives first independent confirmation of global land warming

A new observational study that did not use temperature recordings from land stations has confirmed global land warming.

April 9, 2013 0 Comments
Thin, low Arctic clouds played an important role in the massive 2012 Greenland ice melt

Thin, low Arctic clouds played an important role in the massive 2012 Greenland ice melt

Clouds over the central Greenland Ice Sheet last July were “just right” for driving surface temperatures there above the melting point.

April 3, 2013 0 Comments
Black carbon larger cause of climate change than previously assessed

Black carbon larger cause of climate change than previously assessed

Soot, known as black carbon to scientists, is the second largest man-made contributor to global warming, and its influence on climate has been greatly underestimated.
January 15, 2013 0 Comments
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