News Highlights

Planet at Risk of Heading Towards “Hothouse Earth” State

A recent study suggests that even if the carbon emission reductions called for in the Paris Agreement are met, there is a risk of Earth entering what the scientists call “Hothouse Earth” conditions.

Longer Heat Streaks

The extended streaks of heat are being recorded across the United States, with 75 percent of the 244 cities analyzed having longer heat streaks than a half-century ago.

Report: Republicans, Democrats Actually Agree on Climate Change

Recent studies suggest that Democrats and Republicans agree on climate change more than they might think. Overcoming assumptions to the contrary may help support policy efforts to achieve climate solutions.

Extremely Hot Days on the Rise

Late July is the hottest time of year for much of the country. In the midst of this summer heat, Climate Central calculated the number of extremely hot days each year in 244 cities across the country and found that 73 percent experience more extremely hot days than they did a half-century ago.

Missouri Farms Hold Big Potential as Carbon Storehouse

Through conservation farming practices, Missourians are finding ways to battle erosion and benefit the soil. Many of these practices have an added bonus of sucking carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and then storing the carbon in the soil.

As Seas Rise, Americans Use “Nature-Based Solutions” to Fight Worsening Erosion

Scientists combined insurance information, storm data, and climate and development scenarios along the Gulf Coast, then assessed the cost-effectiveness of different types of approaches to reduce future damage from flooding. They found that nature-based solutions for shoreline protection could halve the costs associated with future regional flooding, potentially saving tens of billions of dollars.

The High Cost of Hot

As additional carbon pollution continues to trap more and more heat in the atmosphere, the higher hot temperatures that result can come with a hefty price tag. Some of those costs hit our wallets in the form of higher energy bills from greater use of air conditioning. Warmer temperatures can also have major health impacts, increasing our vulnerabilities to allergies, asthma, heat stroke and even death.

Things NASA’s ECOSTRESS Can See From Space

NASA’s newly launched instrument ECOSTRESS can see surprising things from space and take measurements that will help guide the planning for future observations.

Antarctic Ice Melt and US Coastal Flooding

Antarctica, a continent of snow and ice, is now losing ice three times faster than it was in 2007. In a new study published last week in the journal Nature, more than 80 scientists from multiple countries use satellite data to examine the Antarctic’s vast ice sheets, and their prediction is that if the current rate of ice melt continues, sea levels could rise six inches by the year 2100.

Climate Change on the Golf Course

More efficient golf course water and turf practices can help limit the amount of greenhouses gases like carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide that are released into the atmosphere.