• Map showing precipitation changes resulting in a drier American Southwest. The gray dots represent statistically significant precipitation changes. (Credit: Andreas Prein)
    Droughts May Be New Normal For American Southwest

    Scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research use 35 years’ worth of weather data to assess the American Southwest’s future of drought.

  • Location of the Thwaites Glacier (Credit: J.B. Bird/Jackson School of Geosciences)
    Global Warming: West Antarctic Ice Sheet Risks Collapse

    A critical question of climate research is: How much will global sea levels rise due to global warming effects and how quickly will that happen? In a release from the Alfred Wegener Institute, researchers used climate models...

  • Earth's thin atmosphere as viewed from space. (Credit: NASA)
    Evidence Confirms Nature Not To Blame For Global Warming

    When global temperatures rise, the Earth has a self-correcting mechanism called the Planck Response, which allows it to cool back down. The Planck Response is a large increase in infrared energy emitted by the Earth as it...

  • Researchers at UCLA are looking at precipitation to make climate models more accurate. (Credit: NOAA)
    Precipitation Correction Makes Climate Models More Accurate

    Scientists across the world are constantly working to make climate models more accurate. In one recent example of this, researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, have improved the modeling of our changing climate by taking...

  • The River Darent during the 2013 flood. (Credit: Stephen Craven via Creative Commons 2.0)
    Greenhouse Gases Increase Blamed For Southern England Storms

    The 2013-2014 winter was unusually severe in southern England, impacting areas such as Somerset, Dorset, Devon, Cornwall and the Thames Valley. Huge storms passed over, causing unusual flooding and several deaths. According to a release from Oxford...

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    Aridity Increase Could Cause Microbial Diversity Loss

    Two consequences of climate change are likely to be increasing aridity and a related decrease in microbial diversity and abundance in years to come. Since 38 percent of the world’s population is living in drylands, the impact...

  • Advancing monsoon clouds and showers in Inda circa 2006. (Credit: PlaneMad via Creative Commons 3.0)
    Climate Change Expected To Affect Monsoons Gradually

    Monsoons are massive air circulations that may or may not contain rain depending on the season. Although it has long been acknowledged that climate change is likely to affect monsoons, influencing rainfall patterns over large swaths of...

  • Saint Peter's Square, Rome. (Credit: Public Domain)
    European Summers Warmest Since Roman Times

    Summers in Europe are pretty warm these days. According to a new study, recent decades of the season are more than 1 degree Celsius warmer than they were 2,000 years ago. Since 1986, average summer temperatures on...

  • Map showing the increase in regional average temperatures when the global average temperatures reach 2 degress Celsius above pre-industrial levels. (Credit: University of South Wales)
    Impacts Of Global Temperature Rise Vary By Location

    Although a 2-degree Celsius rise in global average temperatures may not sound like a lot, regional variations in the rise may mean significant changes, as much as 6 degrees Celsius higher in some areas inland, according to...

  • Researchers are investigating how carbon dioxide levels are affecting marine life. (Credit: Public Domain)
    Carbon Dioxide Levels May Rise Enough To Disorient Fish By Mid Century

    Continued global warming and rises in carbon dioxide levels have many effects on marine life, including a condition called hypercapnia which renders fish disoriented and seemingly “intoxicated,” unable to navigate correctly or determine where predators are. Hypercapnia...

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    Greenland’s Firn Ice Absorbing Less Meltwater

    With special boring barrels and ground-penetrating radar, York University researchers discover the effects of less absorbent firn ice on future sea levels.

  • Snowshoe hare wearing its white winter coat in the springtime. (Credit: Dr. L. Scott Mills Research)
    Shorter Winters, Slow-Changing Coats Threaten Snowshoe Hares

    Climate change, as its effects are currently felt, aren’t so bad for snowshoe hares. But in the future, these animals that rely on long periods of winter to determine when they should switch from white fur to...

  • Glacial trough the Upper Rhine, Germany. (Credit: Public Domain)
    Human Carbon Emissions May Delay Next Ice Age

    Researchers exploring the beginnings of the last several ice ages have found a relationship between insolation, or exposure to the sun’s rays, and atmospheric carbon dioxide. Conditions now, with low summer insolation, would typically indicate the beginning...

  • A new study offers some hope for amphibian populations decimated by deadly fungus. (Credit: Tracie Seimon / Wildlife Conservancy Society)
    Defeating A Deadly Amphibian Fungus, Courtesy Of Climate Change

    Chytrid fungus is a deadly amphibian fungus that has caused huge reductions in amphibian numbers worldwide. But a release from the Wildlife Conservation Society suggests that several factors may be turning the tide against the fungus after...

  • Fragments of the B-15 iceberg, one of the largest ever calved from the Ross ice shelf. (Credit: MODIS/Terra/NASA)
    Some Scientists Believe Melting Icebergs Good For Climate Change

    Despite the negative implications of melting icebergs, some scientists believe that their loss may actually be a good thing for climate change. But how is that possible? According to scientists at the University of Sheffield, the loss...