environment
Humans Can’t Stop Breaking Carbon Emissions Records

The climate is changing, driven in part by humans spewing greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. An overwhelming majority of climate scientists agrees with this statement. They agree with this statement because they look at long-term climate models, look at carbon emissions, run lots of tests, and see that one drives the other. I do not like writing serious articles about climate change because it’s exasperating. But there is news that I must report: As usual, we’re on track for a record-breaking year. Read More >>

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An Alarmingly Early Spring is Sweeping Across the Southern United States

Spring is well ahead of schedule across much of the southern United States, in some cases by at least two to three weeks. An early spring may sound nice, but it comes with serious consequences—both to human health and the environment. Read More >>

science
The Arctic Is in Such Bad Shape That Scientists Propose Refreezing It Ourselves

We all know the Earth is warming because humans are emitting greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. We’ve also heard that the Arctic is doing horribly, hitting record sea ice lows for several of the past few months, thanks to recent hot weather that’s connected to a longer-term warming trend. The polar bear populations are projected to decline 30 percent by 2050. There might not be any late-summer sea ice by the 2030s. Read More >>

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2016’s New Temperature Record Proves Climate Change Is Moving Disturbingly Fast

New data presented yesterday by the NOAA and NASA shows that global temperatures hit a record high for the third straight year in 2016. But while the El Niño weather system was cited as a contributing factor, the researchers say an overarching global warming trend is indisputable. Read More >>

the lazy brown fox
Winter Sucks for This Fox Frozen in a Solid Block of Ice

Hurrying home after a pleasant evening of foraging and scrapbooking, this unlucky fox drowned in the Danube river in South Germany. And that was only the beginning. Read More >>

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A Huge Chunk of Antarctic Ice is on the Cusp of Breaking Away

Scientists have been watching a giant rift in Antarctica’s Larsen C ice shelf for many years, but the crack grew substantially this past December, prompting concerns that it’s about to break free. The resulting iceberg is expected to be one of largest ever recorded. Read More >>

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Oh, You Didn’t Hear? NASA Dropped the Hottest Mixtape of 2016

While you were busy celebrating the holidays, NASA dropped the hottest mixtape of 2016. The Goddard Space Flight Center—where engineers and scientists who work on developing spacecrafts and other NASA technology—dropped a simply fire mixtape to celebrate some of Goddard’s greatest achievements of 2016. Read More >>

meteorology
Extreme Tornado Outbreaks Are Happening More Often Across the US

Tornadoes that come in bunches are on the rise in the United States, according to a new study. Though it might be tempting to blame climate change, scientists aren’t entirely sure what’s causing this troubling trend. Read More >>

science
The Great Barrier Reef Just Suffered the Worst Die-Off Ever Seen

Abnormally high water temperatures caused by you-know-what are being blamed for the worst coral die-off ever recorded along Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Read More >>

environment
Evolution Can’t Keep Up to the Blistering Pace of Climate Change

As Charles Darwin showed nearly 150 years ago, species can adapt to changing environmental conditions through the trial-and-error process of natural selection. A discouraging new study shows that climate change is happening too fast for evolution to keep up, placing countless plant and animal species at risk. Read More >>

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China on Donald Trump’s Claim It Invented Global Warming: Nah

Think back, if you will, to the halcyon days of 2012, when Donald Trump hadn’t yet strangled the US presidency with his small, grubby orange hands. “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make US manufacturing non-competitive,” he tweeted on November 6th of that year. Read More >>

climate change
80,000 Reindeer Reported Dead in Latest Christmas Setback

A pair of extreme weather events in 2006 and 2013 caused mass starvation among reindeer in Arctic Russia. Researchers have now linked these episodes to climate change and the associated loss of sea ice. Read More >>

environment
The West Antarctic Ice Sheet Is Wasting Away Very Quickly

On an forbidding shoreline at the bottom of the world, the prodigious ice sheets of West Antarctica dead-end in the Amundsen sea. For decades, scientists have been monitoring this interface of rock, ice and ocean, in order to understand how quickly it’ll retreat as the planet warms up. A new study shows that three of the Amundsen sea’s frozen gateways are melting away faster than we realised, raising the spectre of an ice sheet collapse that could trigger several feet of global sea level rise. Read More >>

animals
US Court Says Animals Can Be Listed As Threatened if Climate Change Poses a Risk

In a groundbreaking precedent that will likely be felt for decades to come, a federal appeals court in the US has ruled that a species can be listed as “threatened” based on climate change projections. Read More >>

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A Truly Unusual Iceberg Ripped Apart From a Melting Glacier

This past summer, a massive chunk of ice slipped away from a glacier in British Columbia, but no one was there to notice. Using satellite images, a scientist from NASA has now spotted the unusually large iceberg—and he suspects it’s the largest ever seen in North America. Read More >>