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Geoengineering may not be so ludicrous an concept — if we gave Earth the proper dose

Solar geoengineering is widely viewed as risky business.  The somewhat sci-fi concept — to use blimps, planes, or other means to load Earth’s atmosphere with particles or droplets that reflect sunlight and cool the planet — has crept into the mainstream conversation as a means of reversing relentless climate change, should our efforts to slash...CONTINUE READING
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It is rattling chilly, however warmth information within the U.S. nonetheless dominate

Yes, records for cold temperatures are breaking as an off-balance polar vortex sloshes over a vast region of the U.S.  And while it sure feels frigid out there, overall, the number of daily cold records set in the U.S. has been consistently dwarfed by the number of warm or high temperature records. The score isn’t...CONTINUE READING
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Blame a wobbly polar vortex for why you might be so rattling chilly

It’s coming. The polar vortex — a spinning mass of winter-chilled Arctic air — has become wobbly and weak. It’s expected to slosh down and blanket a considerable part of the East Coast and Midwest with frigid polar air beginning this weekend, bringing sub zero temperatures to some Midwestern places. “We’re gonna freeze,” John Martin,...CONTINUE READING
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Australia swelters in excessive climate as one the city breaks warmth report

Australians will be cranking up the pedestal fans, as extreme heatwave conditions sear across most of the country. Temperatures have soared above average across much of the continent, peaking at 49.1°C (120.38°F) in the town of Marble Bar in Western Australia, according to the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM). Much of Australia is experiencing a #heatwave#Temperatures...CONTINUE READING
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Watch California’s powerful, relentless winds stoke the state’s fires

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Terrifying footage shows Southern California fires nipping at a highway

More harrowing footage of the California wildfires shows just how close the fires in the southern part of the state keep creeping to large urban areas.  The new video from ABC7 show the Peak Fire burning right up to the edge of a busy Highway 118 in Ventura County, forcing passing motorists to drive in...CONTINUE READING
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The air quality in India is horrendously bad right now. Here’s why.

Apocalyptically horrendous air has descended upon India’s sprawling capital territory, Delhi.  According to November 4 measurements taken by the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, the Air Quality Index (AQI) hit 534. For perspective, the scale only goes up to 500, wherein levels are described as “Hazardous.” “534 is higher than your highest value — which...CONTINUE READING
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Watch a wildfire spark to life in high-tech Weather Channel video

The Weather Channel wants to put you in the middle of a wildfire.  The channel, known for realistic depictions of storm surges during hurricanes, is now mimicking the extremes of a wildfire thanks to some high-tech graphics. A new Weather Channel video shows meteorologist Stephanie Abrams walking viewers through the stages of a wildfire, from...CONTINUE READING
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Climate change could threaten the world’s beer supply. Do you care about global warming now?

Some 10,000 years ago, after the frigid Ice Age ended, humans tamed the nutritious grain, barley.  It blossomed in a fertile realm of early civilization spanning contemporary states like Israel, Palestine, Jordan and beyond. Then 5,000 years later, peoples in the Zagros Mountains of modern-day Iran learned to brew barley beer. Today, farmers globally harvest...CONTINUE READING
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Before-and-after satellite photos reveal devastation left by Hurricane Michael

Hurricane Michael — the fourth Category 4 storm to pummel the United States in 14 months — snapped pine trees like toothpicks, washed neighborhoods into the sea, and shredded the hangars off an Air Force base.  Before the storm’s 155 mph winds struck the Florida Panhandle on Oct. 10, storm scientists predicted Michael would be...CONTINUE READING
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