June 09, 2010
As the public and political dialogue surrounding climate change heats up, UCAR's Jack Fellows finds that climate change science has never been more rigorous and exciting.
June 08, 2010
During the stormy summer of 2005, hurricanes Katrina and Rita raised concerns about the potential effects of global warming on tropical cyclones. At the same time, the Amazon rainforest was experiencing one of its most intense droughts of the last century.
River and rainforest in Amazonia
May 20, 2010
A study led by NCAR visiting scientist Erich Fischer analyzes regional climate simulations to project where heat-wave-related health risks will increase in Europe as Earth’s climate warms.
A map of western Europe with hotter areas in red and orange.
April 19, 2010
Students, gardeners, retirees, and other volunteers taking part in a nationwide initiative, Project BudBurst, are finding hints that certain plants are blooming unusually early.
Plum blossums opening on a branch
April 15, 2010
Current observational tools cannot account for roughly half of the heat that is believed to have built up on Earth in recent years.
April 02, 2010
The downpours of March suggest that the most noteworthy aspect of the Northeast’s winter was the intense precipitation rather than unusually cold air.
UCAR Magazine
March 19, 2010
A new study has verified that the Weather Research and Forecasting model can depict seasonal snowfall in Colorado with a high degree of accuracy.
Mountains with snow.
March 16, 2010
A new study finds that prescribed burns may release substantially less carbon dioxide than wildfires of the same size.
wildfire map
January 28, 2010
A new study led by NCAR scientist Peter Lawrence has found that impacts to Earth's hydrological cycle are the most important driving force in how land use changes affect climate.
Deforestation in Brazil.
January 15, 2010
Years before Congress began debating greenhouse-gas reduction, more than 500 U.S. cities had pledged to reduce their carbon footprints in line with the goals of the Kyoto Protocol. Now American cities are leading the way on adapting to climate change.
Joyce Coffee, City of Chicago
January 15, 2010
In eastern Tennessee a portrait of Earth's progression from ice age to present is taking shape. Each day, up to 100 years of climatic history unfolds. By early this year, the story will be complete, thanks to some five million processing hours on supercomputers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Image showing high temperatures over Greenland and Eurasion 14,500 years ago
January 15, 2010
A growing body of research now confirms that the Montreal agreement averted at least one catastrophic form of climate change, even if others still loom. "The Montreal Protocol is a major success story," says William Randel.
British Antarctic Survey’s Halley Station
January 15, 2010
Even if the onslaught paled next to great winter outbreaks of the past, it was impressively persistent across some influential areas, including southeast England and the U.S. mid-Atlantic.
Extent of snow cover on 14 January
January 15, 2010
Clearly, the end of the Copenhagen conference isn’t the end of work on climate change—though, with regards to Winston Churchill, it might be the end of the beginning.
UCAR Magazine
January 11, 2010
Policymakers should focus on what needs to be achieved in the next 40 years in order to keep long-term options viable for avoiding dangerous levels of warming, a new study concludes.
Brian O'Neill
January 10, 2010
In a vivid example of how a small geographic feature can have far-reaching impacts on climate, new research shows that water levels in the Bering Strait helped drive global climate patterns during ice age episodes dating back more than 100,000 years.
climate patterns
January 08, 2010
No matter how you slice it, the last few weeks have been consistently wintry across large chunks of North America and Eurasia.
AO index for September 2009-January 2010
December 16, 2009
Amid the strife of the Copenhagen climate summit, one area of acknowledged progress was in ways to help preserve tropical forests and their vast stores of carbon in developing countries.
Rainforest in Congo
December 16, 2009
Sometimes the numbers just don’t add up, even when you know they need to. Attendees at the Copenhagen meeting got a taste of that as the massive meeting struggled to accommodate its guests.
UCAR Magazine
December 13, 2009
A year after she was finishing a two-year appointment at NCAR, Mercy Borbor Córdova was literally on the world stage, serving as a delegate from Ecuador at the Copenhagen climate summit.
UCAR Magazine
December 10, 2009
At first glance, the Copenhagen conference seemed like an alternate universe—enormous, byzantine, and riddled with customs and folkways that weren’t at all obvious to someone who’s never been to such a meeting.
UCAR Magazine
December 06, 2009
There was a palpable sense of history in the making across Europe as some 15,000 expected participants in the Copenhagen climate conference began to converge upon the Continent.
UCAR Magazine
November 24, 2009
Even though reports continue to pour in about melting glaciers, sea ice loss, and temperatures across much of the globe remaining unusually warm, fewer and fewer Americans seem to believe the climate is warming.
Consensus and controversy:  Which makes the news?
November 18, 2009
Few other parts of the world are showing climatic trends as distinct and ominous as Australia’s—and these changes are broadly consistent with what climate models tell us the 21st century has in store for the continent.
UCAR Magazine
November 18, 2009
Diplomats from almost 200 countries met in Copenhagen, Denmark, to huddle, confer, cajole, and eventually forge the structure of a new global agreement to reduce carbon emissions.
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