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  • Enormous natural-gas leak polluted L.A. air

    Over many millions of years, gases, such as methane, tend to develop along with crude oil in natural deposits of petroleum. On October 23, a natural-gas well in California's San Fernando Valley began leaking huge quantities of methane and another natural gas, ethane. The pollution didn’t stop until workers finally sealed the leaky pipe on February 18. Over that time, the leak became the second...

    11:00 AM, March 17, 2016 Environment, Weather & Climate
    Readability Score: 7.5
  • Cool Jobs: The power of wind

    Classroom tornado drills were routine for Harold Brooks as he grew up near St. Louis, Mo. And like many people, he thought tornadoes were fascinating. What else is powerful enough to flip over a train or hurl a saw blade into a tree? “I just didn’t know why they were cool back then,” he says.

    Now Brooks works on tornado research. He’s a meteorologist at the National Severe Storms...

    08:15 AM, March 10, 2016 Technology, Physics, Weather & Climate
    Readability Score: 6.8
  • Sea level rising fastest in 2,800 years

    Sea levels rose faster during the 20th century than at any time during in the previous 2,800 years, a new study shows. That means the oceans haven’t risen this quickly since the founding of ancient Rome.

    Researchers calculated how global sea levels have risen and fallen in the past. Throughout the 1900s, the oceans on average rose by some 13.8 centimeters (5.4 inches). More than half of ...

    07:00 AM, March 7, 2016 Weather & Climate, Oceans
    Readability Score: 6.5
  • Cool Jobs: Careers on ice

    From his tent in eastern Greenland, Bruce Vaughn sees nothing but ice and snow. A cold wind blows constantly. On the warmest day temperatures may reach –8 degrees Celsius. That’s about 17° Fahrenheit.

    Vaughn doesn’t mind. Cold is what you get when you study ice. Vaughn is a glaciologist with the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR) in Boulder, Colo. He will be camped on this...

    07:15 AM, February 26, 2016 Earth, Weather & Climate, STEM Careers
    Readability Score: 6.8
  • A shock to the food system

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Feeding the world’s population is a big challenge, and it’s about to get bigger. Right now, a little more than 7.3 billion people share the planet. Most nights, many go to bed hungry. By 2050, some scientists estimate, the world’s population may reach 9 billion. Earth’s changing climate will probably make feeding this far greater number a very daunting task. That was the...

    17:53 PM, February 13, 2016 Weather & Climate, Agriculture, Science & Society, Sustainability
    Readability Score: 7.9
  • 2015 was really hot

    Things are definitely heating up. Spurred by global warming, 2015 smashed records. It is by far Earth’s hottest year since record-keeping began in 1880. Contributing to that record heat: what scientists are calling a “super El Niño.”

    El Niño is a naturally occurring worldwide weather disruption caused by unusually warm seawater piling up in the eastern Pacific. One tends to develop every...

    17:30 PM, January 20, 2016 Weather & Climate
    Readability Score: 6.9
  • Arctic ice travels fast, carrying pollution

    SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — Climate change could turn the Arctic Ocean into a high-speed ice superhighway. Chunks of sea ice in the Arctic are becoming thinner as old ice melts. The new ice that’s replacing it travels farther and faster than the older ice had. And as the younger ice travels, it carries dirt, organisms and pollution along for the ride, new research shows.

    Researchers have...

    07:00 AM, January 6, 2016 Oceans, Environment, Weather & Climate
    Readability Score: 7.2
  • Paris meeting yields climate agreement

    On December 12, delegates to the United Nations climate change meeting outside Paris, France, came to a final agreement. They agreed to curb the worst effects of climate change by limiting global warming to “well below” 2° Celsius (3.4 °Fahrenheit). Representatives of 195 countries agreed to the blueprint for action.

    For perspective, last year, the average temperature across all land and...

    20:08 PM, December 12, 2015 Pollution, Sustainability, Weather & Climate, Science & Society
    Readability Score: 7.9
  • Carbon dioxide has an unexpected effect in Antarctica

    At the bottom of the world, carbon dioxide is doing something surprising. Rising levels of this gas normally cause warming. But over central Antarctica, they produce a cooling. That’s the finding of a new study.

    This discovery does not undermine climate science, the researchers note. Rising levels of greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, do raise temperatures elsewhere. The effect is...

    07:00 AM, December 10, 2015 Weather & Climate
    Readability Score: 8.0
  • Concerns about Earth’s fever

    During the first two weeks of December, the United Nations is holding a major meeting in Paris, France. Delegates from 196 nations will be trying to put together a treaty — a set of binding laws — aimed at slowing the rise in Earth’s surface temperatures. Here is a rundown of the issues that will be driving those negotiations.

     

    If you are 10 years old, you have lived through at...

    07:15 AM, November 24, 2015 Weather & Climate, Earth, Sustainability
    Readability Score: 7.4

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