A team of storm-chasing scientists sampling rarefied air has found a world of bacteria and fungi floating about 30,000 feet above Earth. The findings, detailed Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggest that microbes have the potential to affect the weather.
Scientists have long studied airborne bacteria, but they typically do so from the ground, often trekking to m ... read more >>
There will always be a risk of flood in Brisbane. There will always be a risk of flood on the Gold Coast, a city built on a flood plain and at the convergence of a number of tropical river systems. But it is western Sydney, say emergency management and flood experts, that might be the most vulnerable area to floodwater in the country, at least in its potential to claim life. ''Absolutely it is th ... read more >>
In a letter delivered to President Barack Obama on Friday, days before his annual State of the Union address, the groups lay out a plan for a summit "to identify policies and actions that can be taken by each Federal agency and by state and local governments to address the causes and effects of climate change.” ... read more >>
Oak Ridge National Laboratory - This methodology report addresses the datasets, assumptions, processing, and analyses (hereafter collectively termed methodology) necessary to produce assessments of national, regional, and state potential for hydropower development in heretofore undeveloped stream reaches with a nominal potential capacity greater than 1 megawatt. This methodology considers “new st ... read more >>
Global warming is a complicated issue. It’s easy to get confused by all the scientific arguments and conflicting claims. We created this site to help everyone from high school students to scientists working in the field to quickly find the latest and most reliable information on this important topic.
ClimateWiki is an encyclopedia of climate change research organized by topic. If you are new to ... read more >>
A new study has found that in Australia electricity from new wind farms will be cheaper than that from new coal or gas power plants, which overturns the common presumption that renewables are more expensive than coal or gas. The analysis of Australia's energy options was carried out by a Sydney team belonging to the research company Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). The team modeled the prices ... read more >>
As warming alters the Arctic landscape, people are paying more attention to the changes happening to the Greenland Ice Sheet. The ice is melting more rapidly than before, leaving us to wonder, what’s going on?
To help answer your questions about Greenland, NSIDC’s newest Web site, Greenland Ice Sheet Today, will feature the latest research and imagery that researchers are using to monitor the ... read more >>
Data presented at a seminar on climate change in Pakistan highlighted trends where this South Asian country, which stretches from high, snow-capped mountains to a deltaic coast, could be in for a sharp rise in average temperatures and extremely erratic weather.
The seminar, held last month (29 December), analysed data in a new report produced by top non-government organisations, LEAD-Pakistan ... read more >>
As drought continues, Texans’ thirst for electricity is drawing down supplies of the water needed to quench it.
And that has grid officials cracking down on power companies to make sure they’re using supplies wisely during what could be prolonged dry conditions.
“We have just started requiring new generators to provide proof of water rights before we will include them in our planning models goi ... read more >>
Droughts can severely limit crop growth, causing yearly losses of around $8 billion in the United States. But it may be possible to minimize those losses if farmers can synchronize the growth of crops with periods of time when drought is less likely to occur. Researchers from Oklahoma State University are working to create a reliable "calendar" of seasonal drought patterns that could help farmers ... read more >>