Under the current warming trajectory, Schuur and his colleagues estimate, between 5 and 15 percent of the carbon stored in the Far North’s soils is likely to make it into the atmosphere by the start of the 22nd century...Read more
LAKE POOPÓ The dry, salt-crusted Bolivian lake bed unfurls into the distance. Boats are stranded; the fish and waterfowl are gone. Fishermen who depended on the lake are moving else - where. It’s a diaspora born of drought. PHOTOGRAPH BY MAURICIO LIMA
Plumose anemones and velvet swimmer crab, River Forth, Scotland, 2005. Credit: GK underwater/Alamy Stock Photo.
The world’s oceans could become “uninhabitable” for cold-water corals by the end of the century as a result of ocean acidification, research suggests...Read more
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We’re witnessing the fastest decline in Arctic sea ice in at least 1,500 years...
The sudden, scary ice melt in the Arctic, in three charts.Read more
The sudden, scary ice melt in the Arctic, in three charts...Read more
Rising sea levels increase the risk of storm surge flooding in coastal cities like Charleston, South Carolina, shown here after Hurricane Matthew. Credit: Brian Blanco/Getty Images
Satellite data confirm what computer models have warned for years: Oceans are rising faster as the planet warms, and coastal communities face increasing flood risk...Read more
The Bering Sea is a volatile place, with powerful storms and changing sea ice. Here, a ship plows through the ice toward Nome, Alaska, in January 2012. Credit: U.S. Coast Guard/Getty Images
Globally, sea ice is at record lows as the polar regions warm faster than the rest of the planet. Along the Alaska coast, it's affecting people's lives...Read more
The director of national intelligence warned Congress that climate change could cause “upheaval” this year...Read more
A poplar tree farm in Oregon is a fast-growing bioenergy source.
A chronological listing of news articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook page during the past week.
Vast bioenergy plantations could stave off climate change—and radically reshape the planetRead more
Northern extremes. Camouflage is a key survival strategy for many animals. But what do you do if your habitat changes dramatically with the seasons? From high mountain habitats to the Arctic north, animals have developed a seasonal wardrobe to stay under cover — and stay alive.
Global warming is leaving animals who take on a white coat in winter exposed as snow cover retreats. But scientists say hot spots for "evolutionary rescue" could see them adapt...Read more
Millions of Brazilian free-tailed bats spend summers in the Bracken Cave near San Antonio, Texas. A study finds they're arriving earlier and staying longer as the planet warms. Credit: Ann Froschauer/USFWS
Scientists say the shift follows the effect climate change is having on insect populations, and warn it could disrupt bats' critical role as pest control for farms...Read more
‘The only way CCS on coal will ever be built at scale is with a carbon price so high it’d kill the rest of the coal sector.’ Photograph: David Crosling/AAP
Josh Frydenberg talks up carbon capture and storage not because it’s effective but because it’s a point of political difference...Read more
Global sea level rise is accelerating incrementally over time rather than increasing at a steady rate, as previously thought, according to a new study based on 25 years of NASA and European satellite data. Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/Kathryn Mersmann
The rate of global sea level rise has been accelerating in recent decades, rather than increasing steadily, according to a new study based on 25 years of NASA and European satellite data...Read more
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WASHINGTON DC: Frigid iguanas in Florida. Snowball fights on North Carolina’s beaches. Recent winters have delivered a bitter chill to the Southeast, reinforcing attitudes among some that global warming is a fraud...Read more