As the summer fishing season comes to a close, two recent stories of fish kills made headlines in Alaska and Michigan. CNN reports that In Alaska, the historic heatwave there is, according to scientists, resulting in the death of at least a thousand salmon because they had to swim through water that was too warm — the die-offs include several varieties of Alaskan salmon, including sockeye, chum and pink salmon — and are an added threat to populations of these commercially valuable fish.Continue Reading 552 words
Last Monday, the National Bureau of Economic Research published a study that found the negative impact of climate change on the U.S. economy if we do nothing to curb our greenhouse gas emissions would result in 10.5% lower real income by 2100 as a result of losses due to extreme weather events and declines in worker productivity, and the global economy would lose 7.2%.Continue Reading 614 words
Egan Bernal was crowned the winner of the Tour de France on Sunday, riding into Paris on a beautiful evening, but the outcome of the race was arguably changed because of the bizarre weather — including the hailstorm and also heavy rain and mudslides that blocked the road and forced another rare decision — a shortening of Saturday’s stage as well.Continue Reading 484 words
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According to a story the New York Times broke yesterday, 80 countries want to increase their climate pledges ahead of schedule under the Paris climate accord. The United Nations explained that this signals some of them would do so at a summit of world leaders in September. Despite the United States’ withdrawal from the agreement […]Continue Reading 516 words
Over the holiday weekend, parts of the Southeast United States experienced record high heat conditions with places like Jacksonville, FL hitting over 100° F and catching residents unprepared for sweltering summer conditions so early in the year. The National Weather Service warned people living in the affected region to take precautions against heatstroke because Memorial […]Continue Reading 463 words
A new study published by Cal Tech researchers in the journal Nature Geoscience has discovered that climate change and increased atmospheric CO2 could cause stratocumulus clouds to disappear. While stratocumulus clouds aren’t as fluffy as cumulus clouds or as majestic as whispy cirrus clouds, they do cover 20% of the low-latitude oceans and are especially prevalent […]Continue Reading 414 words
As CNN reported, the past five years have already been the hottest on record for our planet, but new projections published yesterday in the journal Nature Communications predict that it’s going to get a lot hotter for the 250 million people living in North American cities.Continue Reading 339 words
The numbers are in from both science agencies that keep climate records, and it was another hot one in 2018 — the fourth warmest average annual global temperature in history. It comes in fourth only to the three years that preceded it — 2015, 2016, and 2017, in that order, according to both the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NASA data. The final temperature statistics were compiled and confirmed this week independently by the two agencies (the results were delayed due to the government shutdown) — and are based on records going back for 140 years of official record-keeping.Continue Reading 490 words
Jon White had a 32-year career in the Navy, rising to its chief meteorologist and oceanographer before his 2016 appointment to lead the Consortium. We asked him about the impact of ocean warming on our planet’s climate.Continue Reading 681 words