18 Weather Disasters in 2021 Cost US $1 Billion or More Each

18 Weather Disasters in 2021 Cost US $1 Billion or More Each

By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor According to a report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), there have been 18 billion-dollar weather disasters in 2021, surpassing 2020’s disaster costs with almost three months still left until 2022. Experts say that weather events across the spectrum, including wildfires, hurricanes, and severe weather, are not […]

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Congressional Climate Leaders Propose $2.6 Billion for Federal Climate Research and Forecasting

Congressional Climate Leaders Propose $2.6 Billion for Federal Climate Research and Forecasting

By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor Democratic members of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee have proposed $2.6 billion in funding for weather and climate change research at federal agencies as part of the committee’s $45.5 billion share of Democrats’ $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill. The move comes as President Biden confirms he will be […]

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Greenhouse Gases Hit Highest Level in 800,000 Years

Greenhouse Gases Hit Highest Level in 800,000 Years

By Natasha Lasky and Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writers Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported that atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations are the highest concentration ever recorded. CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere reached 412.5 parts per million in 2020–2.5 parts per million higher than in 2019– despite a brief decline in carbon emissions caused by the COVID-19 […]

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July 2021 Was the Hottest Month Ever Recorded

July 2021 Was the Hottest Month Ever Recorded

By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer July 2021 was the hottest month in 142 years of record-keeping, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The month was 1.67 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the 20th-century average, and what’s more: the last seven July’s have been the seven hottest July’s on record. “In this case, first place is the worst place […]

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Explore the Ocean’s Depths with NOAA

Explore the Ocean’s Depths with NOAA

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s latest undersea exploration is underway in New England. The Okeanos Explorer ship is the only federal vessel dedicated to journeying to the ocean’s depths for the sake of science. Right now, the ship is exploring the New England Seamount chain off the coast of Massachusetts, including part of […]

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2021 Hurricane Season is Here, NOAA Predicts It Will Be “Above Normal”

2021 Hurricane Season is Here, NOAA Predicts It Will Be “Above Normal”

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer This year’s Atlantic hurricane season, which begins June 1 and lasts until Nov. 30, is about to bring a higher-than-average storm formation, just like last year, according to the NOAA. The agency predicted “above normal” hurricane activity, with a 70% probability of 13 to 20 named storms. Six to […]

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