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Climate ScienceThe scientific community is certain with near unanimity that man-made global warming is disrupting Earth’s climate and that remedies are urgently needed. But public opinion and political rhetoric do not mirror the prevailing scientific consensus. We report here on continuing climate research and the controversies which surround the empirical findings.
Magnolia trees on Broadway, a busy street in downtown San Diego
Why is there a plan in San Diego to rip out 107 shade trees, when most of the valuable services they provide will be lost?
Rip out mature shade trees and put in palms? That's the debate going on now in sunny San Diego—and...
May 31, 2012 | Read More
A new study says trees are absorbing 3.4 percent less carbon than has been assumed, including in models used to prepare the IPCC reports.
Trees may not be the planetary saviors people have been counting on in a warming climate. A new...
May 23, 2012 | Read More
Oil sands upgrader
Adam Brandt, global expert on the carbon footprint of fuels, explains why oil sands' 20% greater greenhouse gas emissions are significant.
The debate over the Keystone XL oil pipeline heated up again last week after the Congressional...
May 22, 2012 | Read More
A flooded vegetable field at Hawthorne Valley Farm
'Climate chaos' led one upstate N.Y. farm to stop planting in fertile flood plains, a practice farmers have followed for thousands of years.
In 2008, Katy Lince watched the vegetables she had nurtured at Hawthorne Valley Farm in upstate New...
May 16, 2012 | Read More
Two mobile facilities designed to measure greenhouse gases.
Richard Lindzen's rejected idea that clouds can help prevent catastrophic climate change keeps resurfacing, thanks largely to nonscientist skeptics.
In climate science, some ideas seem to live forever like vampires, despite repeated attempts to...
May 9, 2012 | Read More
Mark Johnson, meteorologist for WEWS ABC in Cleveland, Ohio
Climate scientists agree in vast majority that human-caused global warming is occurring. But most U.S. weather forecasters don't. Why?
In recent years, the world's scientists have begun to show that climate change is altering the...
May 7, 2012 | Read More
Pier damage from a powerful 2002 storm at San Diego's Ocean Beach
A shift away from this year's La Nina to El Nino could dramatically alter temperature and extreme weather patterns—and global warming may play a role.
Changes are brewing in the equatorial Pacific, and they could profoundly affect weather across the...
May 2, 2012 | Read More
Introducing Weather Insider, a weekly round-up of news you didn’t get in the forecast.
This spring seems to have no end to the tricks up its sleeve. Winter may have gone AWOL in March,...
Apr 25, 2012 | Read More
The infrared camera image taken by Greenpeace on Tuesday.
The sizeable leak from a plugged well raises fresh concerns about accidents and methane's role in global warming.
The French energy company Total estimates that its North Sea Elgin field gas well is leaking about...
Apr 5, 2012 | Read More
President Obama deliver remarks on his "all of the above" energy strategy at the
Mining and using tar sands oil creates more greenhouse gas emissions than conventional oil. But that's rarely mentioned anymore.
When President Obama traveled to Cushing, Okla. last week to declare his support for building the...
Mar 26, 2012 | Read More