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Monday, April 20th, 2015

Comparing Climate Models to Real World Shows Differences in Precipitation Intensity

April 20, 2015—Precipitation is difficult to represent in global climate models. Although most single-column models can reproduce the observed average precipitation reasonably well, there are significant differences in their details, including mean precipitation intensity. Scientists evaluated the performance of seven single-column models, used by global models to complex processes, by comparing simulated surface precipitation with

Friday, April 17th, 2015

EPA Publishes 20th Annual U.S. Greenhouse Gas Inventory

WASHINGTON, April 15, 2015 – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its 20th Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks today, showing a two percent increase in greenhouse gas emissions in 2013 from 2012 levels, but a nine percent drop in emissions since 2005.

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Major New Research Project to Study How Tropical Forests Worldwide Respond to Climate Change

April 15, 2015—Tropical forests play major roles in regulating Earth’s climate, but there are large uncertainties over how they’ll respond over the next 100 years as the planet’s climate warms. An expansive new project led by scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) aims to bring the future of

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Hidden Threats Imperil Quest for Sustainable Societies Worldwide, Report Finds

Washington, D.C., April 13, 2015—The world’s economies and people face hidden dangers to sustainability that demand immediate action. According to State of the World 2015: Confronting Hidden Threats to Sustainability, the latest edition of the annual series from the Worldwatch Institute, these threats, driven directly or indirectly by growing stress on the planet’s resources, have the

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

Scientists Predict Gradual, Prolonged Permafrost Greenhouse Gas Emissions

FAIRBANKS, AK, April 9, 2015—A new scientific synthesis suggests a gradual, prolonged release of greenhouse gases from permafrost soils in Arctic and sub-Arctic regions, which may afford society more time to adapt to environmental changes, say scientists in a paper published in Nature today.

Monday, April 6th, 2015

Yale Study Maps U.S. Climate Opinion in Unprecedented Geographic Detail

New Haven, April 6, 2015—A team of Yale researchers has developed a new statistical model that accurately estimates public climate change opinion and public policy support in all 50 states, 435 United State Congressional districts, more than 3,000 counties, and cities across the nation. The model allows users to explore public opinion in unprecedented geographic

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

TanDEM-X Image of the Month – Changes in Permafrost Landscapes

April 2, 2015 — Earth’s cryosphere is particularly susceptible to climate change. Rising temperatures are certain to result in profound and widespread changes at high latitudes, where the ground remains frozen all year.

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Majority of Forested Land Carved up by Human Development, Says New Study Involving CU-Boulder

April 2, 2015 — Seventy percent of forested lands remaining in the world are within a half mile of the forest edge, where encroaching urban, suburban or agricultural influences can cause any number of harmful effects, according to a new study involving scientists at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Bluesky’s National Tree Map to Help Hay Fever Sufferers

Leicestershire, April 1, 2015—By shedding light on the way pollen travels through our atmosphere, a ground breaking new environmental dataset is helping scientists improve the lives of hay fever sufferers. Created from high resolution aerial photography and colour infrared data, the National Tree Map database details more than 280 million trees covering around 20,000 square kilometres,

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Home on the California Range, Year 2100: Land Use and Climate Change Could Impact Wildlife, Water Supplies

SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 25, 2015—Grassland habitats on rangelands in California’s Central Valley and surrounding foothills could decline by as much as 37 percent by 2100 due to changes in land use and climate, according to new scientific projections by the U.S. Geological Survey.

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