Climate

Rising Waters: Can a Massive Barrier Save Venice from Drowning?
December 5, 2017 08:44 AM - Yale Environment 360

It’s tempting to believe that the devastating sequence of hurricanes in the Atlantic this year has blown in a new awareness of the risks of rising waters and increasingly powerful storms on our rapidly warming planet. In a rational world, the destruction wrought by these storms would inspire us to redouble our efforts to cut carbon pollution as quickly as possible and begin planning for an orderly retreat to higher ground. 

A new NOAA tool is helping to predict US droughts, global famine
December 5, 2017 08:14 AM - NOAA

Agriculture is the economic engine that powers the Great Plains, the vast stretch of treeless prairie that covers parts of 10 states – and where the next drought can appear with little warning.

Now there’s a powerful new tool to help provide farmers and ranchers in the arid western United States critical early indications of oncoming droughts, and its name is EDDI.

NASA Finds Tropical Depression Dahlia's Center Devoid of Rainfall
December 4, 2017 04:18 PM - NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Tropical Depression Dahlia was weakening into a remnant low pressure area when the Global Precipitation Measurement mission core satellite or GPM analyzed the storm's precipitation. GPM found the center devoid of rainfall and light rainfall to the east of center.  

NASA Finds Tropical Depression Dahlia's Center Devoid of Rainfall
December 4, 2017 04:18 PM - NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Tropical Depression Dahlia was weakening into a remnant low pressure area when the Global Precipitation Measurement mission core satellite or GPM analyzed the storm's precipitation. GPM found the center devoid of rainfall and light rainfall to the east of center.  

NASA Sees a Mix of Tropical Cyclone Ockhi and Dust Storms
December 4, 2017 11:37 AM - NASA / Goddard Space Flight Center

NASA's Terra satellite passed over the Arabian Sea on Dec. 4 and found Tropical Cyclone Ockhi moving north as desert dust pushed into the region north of the storm.

Understanding the impact of natural atmospheric particles
December 4, 2017 11:30 AM - University of Leeds

An international team of scientists, led by the University of Leeds, has quantified the relationship between natural sources of particles in the atmosphere and climate change.

Their study, published today in Nature Geoscience, shows that the cooling effect of natural atmospheric particles is greater during warmer years and could therefore slightly reduce the amount that temperatures rise as a result of climate change.  

Flying Laboratory Reveals Crucial Tropical Forest Conservation Targets in Borneo
December 4, 2017 11:20 AM - Carnegie Institution for Science

About 40 percent of northern Malaysian Borneo’s carbon stocks exist in forests that are not designated for maximum protections, according to new remote sensing and satellite mapping from Carnegie’s Greg Asner and his colleagues.

Top Credit Agency to Cities and States: Prepare for Climate Change or Face Lower Credit Rating
December 4, 2017 10:49 AM - Yale Environment 360

Moody’s Investors Service, one of the top credit rating agencies in the world, warned cities and states in the U.S. that unless they prepare for climate change, the agency could lower their credit ratings, making it harder for them to obtain low-interest bonds.

Increased Vegetation Boosts Rainfall in the Sahel, Researchers Find
December 1, 2017 11:49 AM - University of Wisconsin-Madison

Droughts can grip the vast Sahel region of Africa for decades, dramatically altering the border where forest and savannahs give way to the Sahara Desert. Predicting those droughts is vital, but hard.

Increased Vegetation Boosts Rainfall in the Sahel, Researchers Find
December 1, 2017 11:49 AM - University of Wisconsin-Madison

Droughts can grip the vast Sahel region of Africa for decades, dramatically altering the border where forest and savannahs give way to the Sahara Desert. Predicting those droughts is vital, but hard.

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