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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
Oil and Gas Wells Contribute Fuel for Ozone Pollution

Oil and Gas Wells Contribute Fuel for Ozone Pollution

Emissions from oil and natural gas operations north of Denver are releasing gases into the air that could add to ozone pollution in the region.

January 15, 2013 0 Comments
NOAA, California partner to improve forecasts of powerful 'atmospheric river' winter storms

NOAA, California partner to improve forecasts of powerful 'atmospheric river' winter storms

NOAA scientists and colleagues are installing the first of four long-term "atmospheric river observatories" in coastal California this month, to better monitor and predict the impacts of landfalling atmospheric rivers.
December 3, 2012 0 Comments
Texas heat wave of 2011 largely caused by drought, ocean temperatures, says NOAA-led study

Texas heat wave of 2011 largely caused by drought, ocean temperatures, says NOAA-led study

A new NOAA study finds that La Niña-related sea-surface temperature conditions were the most important factor leading to the drying out in Texas and the U.S. Southern Plains last year.
November 15, 2012 0 Comments
An East Side, West Side Story: Ozone Pollution in the United States

An East Side, West Side Story: Ozone Pollution in the United States

In a new study, academic and NOAA scientists found that ozone pollution is declining at rural sites in the East, but is steady or even increasing at most sites in the rural West, with strongest increases in spring.
November 15, 2012 0 Comments
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