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Nobel Winner 'Gobsmacked': 'I'm Just a Climate Scientist!'

Syukuro Manabe of US/Japan shares grand prize in physics with researchers from Germany, Italy

(Newser) - Day two of the Nobels is underway, with a second prize awarded for the week in science. This time around, the Nobel Prize for physics has been awarded to scientists from the US/Japan, Germany, and Italy, for their "groundbreaking contributions to our understanding of complex physical systems," per...

Kerry Pick Signals 'War Footing' on Climate
Kerry Pick Signals
'War Footing' on Climate
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Kerry Pick Signals 'War Footing' on Climate

For first time, a climate adviser will sit on the National Security Council

(Newser) - Joe Biden unveiled several picks for his administration Monday, including John Kerry as his special presidential envoy for climate. Kerry will not be the first presidential "climate czar," but he will be the first to sit on the National Security Council. That alone is seen as a signal...

China Makes Surprise Pledge on Climate

Promise to reach carbon neutrality by 2060 is seen as a 'game changer'

(Newser) - The world's top-polluting nation has pledged to reach carbon neutrality by 2060—"a tectonic shift in policy" that "could help significantly slow global warming," reports the New York Times . Chinese President Xi Jinping made the surprise announcement in addressing the UN General Assembly by video on...

Thunberg Rejects $52K Prize, Blasts Nordic 'Bragging'

She wants action: 'The climate movement does not need any more awards'

(Newser) - Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has been honored with a $52,000 environmental prize from the Nordic Council. Her response: Thanks, but no thanks. "The climate movement does not need any more awards. What we need is for our politicians and the people in power start to listen to...

Humans May Be Headed for Extinction 'in Most Horrible Way'

Wars, lethal heat, water shortages could be 30 years off: authors

(Newser) - Numerous in-depth reports on climate change have failed to show in just how dire a predicament humans find themselves—essentially inches from total destruction—according to a new paper from climate researchers, one a former fossil fuel executive. They write that there is a "high likelihood of human civilization...

'Giant' of Climate Science Left Final 'Profound' Message
He Said Earth's
Status Was Dire.
He Offered a
Last-Ditch Solution
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He Said Earth's Status Was Dire. He Offered a Last-Ditch Solution

In video at research symposium, Wallace Smith Broecker talked about controversial solar shield

(Newser) - Before he passed away last month , the "Grandfather of Climate Science" once more broached an idea to fend off global warming, albeit a radical one, in what the New York Times dubs a "final warning for Earth." Via what one fellow scientist calls a "very touching...

Heat Wave: Denver Just Tied Its All-Time Record
As US Bakes,
Denver Ties
a Record

As US Bakes, Denver Ties a Record

Temperatures in the Mile High City hit 105 this week

(Newser) - Denver experienced its very own Rocky Mountain high on Thursday, when thermometers hit 105 degrees, tying the city’s all-time record set on June 26, 2012, reports CBS News . Other places in Colorado were even hotter. On Thursday, Lamar, Colo., scored a sizzling 109, notes the Denver Post . The heat,...

Two Volcanos, Two Very Different Outcomes

Scientists explain why Guatemala’s volcano has been so much more deadly than Hawaii's

(Newser) - The eruptions of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano and Guatemala’s Fuego volcano are both devastating but in very different ways, reports the New York Times . The Kilauea eruption has been a slow-motion disaster, steadily destroying homes for a month but presenting little threat to people, while the Fuego eruption has...

Cave Clues Point to Parched Mideast for 10K Years

Iranian stalagmites indicate rain isn't coming anytime soon

(Newser) - For anyone holding hope that the dry conditions in the Middle East are but a temporary drought, two cave stalagmites taken from Iran tell a long history of the region's precipitation and give a grim prognosis: not much rain for the next 10,000 years. Thanks to their chemical...

Scientists Blame People for 3rd 'Hottest Year' in a Row

Human impact 'no longer subtle' on global warming that made 2016 hottest year ever

(Newser) - Everyone kind of knew this was coming , but many are still sweating at the news. Data for 2016 has been released, and it's official that last year was the hottest year on record, following 2014 and 2015 in holding this status, the Guardian reports. NASA and NOAA released their...

'Very Likely' 2016 Will Be Warmest Year Yet

World Meteorological Organization says temps were 1.58 degrees hotter than baseline average

(Newser) - Scientists have only the first nine months on the books, but that data is enough to indicate that 2016 may be the world's warmest year yet, the BBC reports. A World Meteorological Organization statement published Monday relayed that from January through September of this year, global temps were 1....

CIA Studying How to Control the World's Climate

Backs $630K geoengineering study

(Newser) - Get those tin foil hats out: The CIA is backing half of a $630,000 study into whether scientists can fight climate change via geoengineering. The 21-month project by the National Academy of Sciences will be a "technical evaluation of a limited number of proposed geoengineering techniques," says...

2012 Warmest Year Ever for Continental US

And had the second most extreme weather

(Newser) - The past year was the hottest on record for the 48 contiguous states in the US, the NOAA announced today, featuring the warmest spring ever, the second warmest summer, the fourth warmest winter, and an above-average autumn. Overall, the average temperature was 55.3 degrees F, or 3.2 degrees...

West Antarctic Warming Twice As Fast as We Thought



 West Antarctic Warming 
 Twice As Fast as 
 We Thought 
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West Antarctic Warming Twice As Fast as We Thought

New study finds temperatures up 4.4° since 1958

(Newser) - West Antarctica is warming at roughly twice the rate scientists previously believed, and roughly three times as fast as the planet as a whole, according to a new study of data from the middle of the region. The average temperature has risen 4.4°F since 1958, the New York ...

US on Track for Warmest Year Ever

It's a near certainty, barring a severely frigid final 3 months

(Newser) - With help from the hottest July on record and 16 straight months of above-average temperatures, the US is on track to post its hottest year in history, reports NBCNews.com . In fact, the only way we can miss the mark is if the final three months of the year get...

Scientists Find Ancient Rainforest—in Antarctica

Continent was downright balmy 52M years ago

(Newser) - It turns out Antarctica wasn't always an inhospitable expanse of ice. Drilling in the seabed off Antarctica has dug up sediment cores that, scientists say, reveal that a "near-tropical" forest covered the continent about 52 million years ago, the AFP reports. "There wouldn't have been any...

Hot Weather Leads to 'Yucky' Maple Syrup

And maple trees did not produce nearly as much as usual

(Newser) - The record high temperatures in March resulted in maple syrup that one syrup distributor refers to as simply “yucky,” and total syrup output in the US fell as much as 40%, Reuters reports. "It was kind of a disaster," the company owner says with regard to...

Greenland, Antarctic Ice Melting Faster Than Expected

Ice sheets could send sea level up 6 inches by 2050

(Newser) - The ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica are melting significantly faster than previously estimated, according to a new international report led by scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Unless the trend is reversed, the melting ice sheets will push global sea levels up six inches by 2050, the scientists...

Space Tourism May Warm Planet

Rockets send soot into stratosphere

(Newser) - Space tourism may sound, well, out-of-this-world, but there is a good chance it will pollute this world, possibly contributing to global warming. As firms like Boeing prepare to launch space tourism businesses , a new study warns that the soot emitted by commercial rockets may get stuck in the stratosphere, notes...

Scientists Predict Extreme US Drought by 2030s

Lake Mead drops to record low

(Newser) - The US and much of the western hemisphere are likely to face drought conditions worse than anything seen in modern times over the decades to come, scientists warn. National Center for Atmospheric Research scientists, working with climate models and greenhouse gas predictions, believe that severe drought will affect areas including...

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