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A fierce storm lashing Australia's southeast destroyed homes, left dozens stranded in swirling floodwaters and may have led to the deaths of three people, officials said Tuesda
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The state is losing its wetlands at a dramatic clip, in part due to the Gulf spill. Residents are racing to halt the destructio
LOS ANGELES — An Orange County appeals court ruled Monday that San Juan Capistrano's tiered water-rates are unconstitutional, potentially dealing a blow to agencies statewide that have used the pricing structure to encourage people to save water.The 3-0 ruling by the 4th District Court of Appeal upholds a Superior Court judge's decision that found that charging bigger water users incrementally higher rates violates a voter-passed law that prohibits government agencies from charging.
01:53PM ET 04.20.15 Meteorologist Ari Sarsalari talks about the beginning of summer, and the temperatures you can expect to se
A new round of thunderstorms will bring the risk of severe weather across parts of central Texas and Oklahoma from the middle to late week. Following multiple.
03:27PM ET 04.20.15 Meteorologist Ari Sarsalari talks about severe storms that will move Eas
CORONA, Calif. — Air quality authorities in Southern California say improved weather conditions have decreased smoke from a wildfire that forced the evacuation of 300 homes over the weekend.But officials note that there could.
Global warming and climate change, two terms that are treated synonymously in most media coverage and casual debate, have been shown to spark different reactions from the American public. When using global warming, responders to a Cornell University survey reacted with a more politically-charged, personally opinionated response. The study alluded that more Americans believe in climate change versus global warming due to a perceived nature of scientific credibility. Jonathon Schuldt, an associate professor in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell, was inspired to study the way people viewed and reacted to the different terminology by watching everyday media coverage. Top image: (Sergoua/iStock/Thinkstock) Bottom image: (mycola/iStock/Thinkstock) "Global warming and climate change, which technically refer to different phenomena, are used as if they are the same thing," he said. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, climate change refers to any significant change in the measures of climate lasting for an extended period of time. Global warming refers to the recent and ongoing rise in global average temperature near Earth's surface. Yet each term, when presented in identical delivery, drew vastly different responses. When responding to questions of global warming, people presented their own opinions and firmly stood by them. Rotate the conversation with questions of climate change, and responders were more likely to alter their opinion and entertain other possibilities. Two thousand adults were surveyed for the 2012 study, which replicated similar results to a previous 2009 study. Schuldt believes the results stand true today. His work was published in the March 2015 ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. His research found that global warming brought rising temperatures to the forefront of responder's minds. "Think about how cold of a winter we had here. If look outside your window at a cold winter, you're more likely to be skeptical," he said. No matter the terminology used, all related issues continue to be a controversial topic that causes strife in every ranking of American conversation. Reports surfaced in March that Florida Gov. Rick Scott banned government officials, including workers at Florida's Department of Environmental Protection, from using the words climate change, global warming and sustainability. Researchers from NOAA and other organizations have noted Miami as one of America's most susceptible areas to climate change impacts. (Flickr Photo/Matthew Hurst) "DEP does not have a policy on this," the department's press secretary, Tiffany Cowie, wrote in an email to the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting, who organically uncovered documentation of such bans. Gov. Scott has long denied that climate change is influenced by human activity. Schuldt said there can be long-term effects on the general public when such terms are banned within the very institution that policy changes can be made. "...It kind of signals to the public that those things don't really matter," he said. As for everyday conversation, Schuldt said climate change and global warming can be used strategically. "Data suggests that people might but heads over global warming," he said. Climate change is more likely to invite people to the table, he said, and may be a more efficient way to build a consensus within the conversatio
As President Obama rushes to cement his climate legacy, other nations are questioning whether his administration can make good on its promise to slash greenhouse gas emissions ahead of a major climate summit in Paris at the end of this year. "Certainly countries want to get reassurance that the U.S. can deliver on what we've said that we're doing," U.S. special envoy for climate change Todd Stern told reporters Monday. "I wouldn't say it's a big .
<p>Just 30 years ago, the Arctic was viewed as a frozen expanse of limited opportunity. But climate change is rapidly reshaping the region — it’s warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet — creating new opportunities and risks that are coming into global focus.</p&g
03:56PM ET 04.20.15 FEMA Director Craig Fugate talks about the best actions to take during and after a stor
After a period of above-average temperatures dominated most of the Midwest and Northeast last week, a complete reversal in the weather pattern will move.
Global warming can be a touchy subject—and many Americans would rather not talk about it. A whopping 74 percent of Americans "never" or "rarely" discuss global warming, while just 26 percent of Americans talk about it "often" or "occasionally," according to a national survey from the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication released Monday. And 25 percent of Americans say people they know never talk about global warming at all, despite the fact .
<p>The quake triggered an advisory for a tsunami of up to 1 meter (3 feet) in Japan that was lifted after just over an hour. It caused buildings in the Taiwanese capital of Taipei to sway, and people there rushed into the streets.</p&g
Apr 20, 2015; 11:19 AM ET Severe storms moved through Texas over the weekend. Rain accumulating up to 5 inch caused flash flooding in Houston city street
This week, during the late evening hours, the second-largest of all the constellations — Virgo, the Virgin — occupies our southern and southeast.
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A tornado and storms roll through the U.S. southeast, damaging houses and toppling trees. Katie Sargent repor
Apr 20, 2015; 10:20 AM ET Eastern Oklahoma was under a severe thunderstorm watch on April 19th, which generated dark, ominous cloud
By the reckoning of the three main agencies that track global temperature, 2015 has so far been the warmest year in more than a century. Coming immediately after the hottest year on record, the ranking serves as a reminder of how much the globe’s overall temperature has risen thanks to the ever-growing amounts of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. How surface temperatures around the world varied from the 20th century average over the period from January to March 2015. Credit: NOAA With the year only a quarter through, it’s difficult to say definitively how 2015 as a whole will turn out. But with an El Niño event currently in place that could help keep temperatures at record or near-record levels for the remainder of the year, 2015 may be poised to eclipse 2014’s newly minted record, though climate scientists are cautious on such pronouncements. “We expect that we are going to get more warm years, and just as with 2014, records will be broken increasingly in the future. But perhaps not every year,” said Gavin Schmidt, who leads NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies. The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its global temperature records for this March on Friday, ranking it as the warmest March in their 136-year archive. The global average temperature for the month was 1.53°F above the 20th century average and beat the previous record holder (March 2010) by almost a tenth of a degree. The Japan Meteorological Agency also ranked March as the hottest in its records, while NASA put it in 3rd place, behind 2010 and 2002. Each agency handles temperature data in slightly different ways, which can lead to different rankings for months and years, though there is broad agreement between all three on the overall warming trend. Despite the slight differences for March’s temperature, all three agencies ranked the year to date as the hottest in the books, with large areas of warmth over Russia and the Pacific Ocean. Those spots, particularly the Pacific, also helped boost 2014 to the top of the standings. NOAA measured the average temperature from January through March as about 1.5°F above the 20th century average, surpassing 2002 by about a tenth of a degree. Schmidt said in an email that the warmth displayed so far this year is “a reflection of two issues: the late 2014 start to the El Niño-like conditions, and the North Pacific warming on a baseline of slowly warming temperatures almost everywhere.” That baseline of slow warming comes courtesy of a continued rise in greenhouse gas emissions that shows little sign of abating. The increase of the heat-trapping gases has elevated Earth’s temperature by 1.6°F since the beginning of the 20th century. Some scientists say that to avoid the worst consequences of climate change, that warming needs to stay under 2°C, or 3.6°F. The latest El Niño forecast from NOAA gives a 70 percent chance of the event hanging on through the summer and a 60 percent chance that it will last through the fall. El Niño tends to boost global temperatures, as it did most starkly in 1998, the only year in the top 10 warmest that didn’t occur in the 21st century. “If El Niño continues throughout the summer and fall, as currently projected, and if the warm `blob’ remains in the northeast Pacific Ocean, as it has been for more than a year now, it seems quite likely that Earth will continue to see record or near-record high temperatures over the next several months,” said Jessica Blunden , a climate scientist with ERT, Inc., at NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center. Some scientists posit that the extreme warmth of surface waters in the Pacific is a sign that excess heat stored in the deep ocean over the past few decades is now emerging and putting an end to the so-called pause in the rise of global surface temperatures. Even with that slowdown in the rate of land-surface warming, 14 of the 15 hottest years on record have occurred this century, and no record cold year has been set since 1911. While Schmidt said that the current El Niño suggests continued warmth for the year, he noted that some years can start out warm, but cool, relatively speaking, as they go on. So “it's too early to start talking about what the calendar year anomaly will be,” he said. (The opposite occurred in 2014, with the year warming as it went on as the El Niño event developed.) If 2015 does turn out to best 2014’s No. 1 ranking, though, it wouldn’t be unusual in the records, as several other pairs of years have also set back-to-back records, including 1997 and 199
This stunning panoramic of the Milky Way shows our host galaxy arching over Lake Sunapee. Astrophotographer A. Garrett Evans took the image Loon.
California almonds are becoming one of the world's favorite snacks and creating a multibillion-dollar bonanza for agricultural investors. But the crop extracts a staggering price from the land, consuming more.
A 3-D printer is creating the parts for affordable weather stations to be used in developing nations, where weather data is very limited. Data from the.
From blooming flowers to twittering birds, the signs of spring are popping up and the miseries of winter are becoming a distant memory for many. But not for some climate scientists. The curiosity of a growing group of researchers has been piqued by the tenacious temperature divide that has separated East from West over the past two winters as a wild zigzag of the jet stream has brought repeated bouts of Arctic air and snow to the East and kept the drought-plagued West baking under a record-breaking dome of heat. How temperatures across the U.S. varied compared to normal during February 2015, with red denoting hotter temperatures and blue colder. Credit: NOAA That persistent "warm west, cold east” winter pattern has set off a flurry of research aimed at uncovering why those regions of the U.S. spent winter locked in polar opposite situations, with plenty of questions remaining — including how global warming might be influencing whatever set the atmospheric pattern in motion. The climate shifts of the Pacific Ocean have been considered a primary suspect in driving the seemingly unbreakable divide, in part because many of these have a clear influence on U.S. weather. But two recent studies have pushed past these well-known climate cycles and brought attention to some other, perhaps underappreciated players, in both the Pacific and the Arctic. In one study, Dennis Hartmann, an atmospheric scientist at the University of Washington, pinpointed a climate cycle that seems to be linked to the most well-known of such phenomena, El Niño. This “new” cycle — which Hartmann calls the North Pacific Mode (NPM) — has been hinted at before, but hasn’t received as much scientific attention as its cousin. Like El Niño, the NPM features changes in ocean temperatures that then alter the circulation of the atmosphere, including over the U.S. The latter is marked by a pool of warm water in the tropical Pacific that sets off a domino effect in the atmosphere that shifts the jet stream around over the U.S. Similarly, the NPM features an area of raised ocean temperatures, but this time in a horseshoe pattern that reaches from the tropics, past the West Coast and into the North Pacific. Historical temperature records that Hartmann examined suggest that it also precedes an El Niño event. Both the warm water signature and a burgeoning El Niño were present over the past couple of years in the Pacific. Most importantly, the temperature records also show that the NPM matches up with the “warm West, cold East” divide that governed the last two winters. Specifically, it seems to historically coincide with a high pressure ridge over the West and a trough over the East. But their simultaneous appearance doesn’t prove the NPM caused the weather divide. To see if that could be the case, Hartmann used climate models, where he could plug in the warm sea surface temperatures and see if the East-West pattern followed. In his simulations, it did. The horseshoe pattern of warmer-than-normal Pacific Ocean waters that characterize the positive phase of the North Pacific Mode. Credit: Hartmann/Geophysical Research Letters Hartmann’s study, published online in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, provides “compelling evidence” for a link between the Pacific Ocean temperature signature and the stuck weather pattern, said John Walsh, an atmospheric scientist at the International Arctic Research Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, who wasn’t involved in the studies. But is that the whole story? The other recent study suggests that the Arctic, too, could be playing a role in making the difference between East and West so stark. That study, also detailed in Geophysical Research Letters, suggests that while the Pacific heat set the atmospheric pattern in motion, Arctic sea ice loss in a particular region made the warm/cold difference so extreme, said Jennifer Francis of Rutgers University. Francis, who wasn’t involved with either study, is one of the main proponents of an idea that by altering how much heat the ocean lets out, sea ice melt and Arctic warming can also change atmospheric circulation patterns, in particular by making the jet stream form larger peaks, or highs, and troughs, or lows. Hence the more intense difference between East and West the last two winters. However, not all scientists are convinced by this idea and it has generated much debate in recent years. One key question Hartmann is keen on better understanding is how the overall warming of the planet might impact the climate cycles that potentially put the divide in place. In the historical records, he noticed that the NPM has been more prevalent since the 1970s — about the same time that the global temperature rise really took off. That raises the question of whether this pattern might become a more common influence on U.S. weather in the future. It’s a difficult question to answer, though, because climate models “are not in agreement on what should happen in the Pacific as a consequence of global warming,” Hartmann said. Given the terrible drought and dismal snowpack the warm Western winter has resulted in, “it would be likely a hugely bad thing if the global warming response was to give us more of this” East-West divided pattern, he sai
“Climate change can no longer be denied, or ignored,” the president say
California water regulators on Saturday revised a still-tentative drought plan by easing cuts for Los Angeles and San Diego and bumping up reduction targets in the areas that consume the most wate
Severe weather forced a highwire trapeze act at a circus in Texas to stop and sent people running for the exit
<p>Storms packing winds approaching 90 mph are sweeping across parts of Texas and Oklahoma, causing widespread power outages in the Dallas area — including at a professional soccer game.</p&g
<p>The growing season is one to two weeks behind schedule after a winter that lacked the usual mid-season thaw and kept the snow piling up.</p&g
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It is already becoming clear that a chapter which had a Western beginning will have to have an Indian ending if it is not to end in self-destruction of the human race. At this supremely dangerous moment in human history , the only way of salvation is the ancient Hindu way. Here we have the attitude and spirit that can make it possible for the human race to grow together in to a single family.
- Arnold Joseph Toynbee (British historian)