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Photo Essay: Living on the Ice in Juneau, Alaska

We’re developing a technique that uses ice-penetrating radar to measure how quickly snow turns to ice. To take our measurements, we needed to camp out in the Juneau icefields for a few weeks.

by |July 26, 2019
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Nothing to Sneeze At: How Climate Change Could Make Your Allergies Worse

As the world warms, plants may benefit but pollen allergies will likely get worse.

by |July 23, 2019
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Rescuing 50 Years of Apollo Sample Data

The Apollo missions brought back unique samples from the moon that have been analyzed by researchers around the world. This data is getting lost and forgotten. A new database collects it and makes it easy to find and use.

by |July 18, 2019

Study Bolsters Case That Climate Change Is Driving Many California Wildfires

A new study combs through the factors that can promote wildfires in California, and concludes that in many cases, warming climate is the decisive driver.

by |July 15, 2019

Part of the Pacific Ocean Is Not Warming as Expected. Why?

Climate models predict that as a result of human-induced climate change, the surface of the Pacific Ocean should be warming. But one key part is not.

by |June 24, 2019
student jumping in front of crater

Citizen Scientists Can Help Predict and Prepare for Disasters

A recent study finds that you don’t need to be an expert to gather information that aids disaster prediction and response.

by |June 18, 2019
two men drawing weather maps

Climate Service Initiative Begins Work on a New Continent

After a decade of development in Africa, the ENACTS initiative is expanding to Bangladesh this year.

by |June 13, 2019

A Seismologist Present at the Discovery of Plate Tectonics

Lynn Sykes, a pivotal figure in the development of plate tectonics, discusses a new memoir of his career.

by |June 6, 2019

Floods, Infrastructure and Climate Change

Climate change will require that we rebuild our flood control systems in new and creative ways. We will need more research on climate impacts to do this successfully and we will need to moderate the rate of those impacts to ensure that what we build doesn’t quickly become outdated.

by |June 3, 2019

Capturing Carbon’s Potential: These Companies Are Turning CO2 into Profits

Researchers and businesses are finding innovative ways to use carbon dioxide captured from power plants or the air.

by |May 29, 2019