Warmest Year on Record

The results are in, and while 2012 was a monumental year for climate change science, it was also officially the warmest year on record.  The National Climatic Data Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently released its annual State of the Climate report, and numbers are shocking.  The report is quite extensive, […]

2012: A Year in Review

2012 was a remarkable year for climate change science. Extreme weather events worldwide inspired researchers and politicians to take action and bring climate change conversations to the forefront with renewed fervor. Here is a recap of some of the year’s most important incidents and developments in climate change science and global warming: Drought: The United […]

Christmas Trees and Climate Change

Douglass Fir, Fraser Fir, Blue Spruce, Scotch Pine – no matter what type of tree we choose to adorn with lights and ornaments this year, the Christmas tree is truly a special yuletide tradition. But before these beautiful coniferous tree species are harvested for the holidays, they comprise the world’s vast northern boreal forests. Coniferous […]

Too Warm for Winter Sports?

Skiing, snowboarding, and other winter sports are great ways to get outside for some fresh air, exercise, and vitamin D in the dead of winter. But our snowy slopes are at risk in the face of climate change. The increasing temperatures and unpredictable winter weather patterns over the past few decades have caused the snowmobiling, […]

Disappearing Polar Ice

Last week, a team of international researchers and experts supported by NASA and the European Space Agency published their findings from a comprehensive climate change study conducted on the rate of ice melt in Greenland and Antarctica. The team combined years of satellite and aircraft data to conclude the rate at which ice sheets covering […]

Feeding a Warmer Planet

Climate change has been making headlines recently thanks to Hurricane Sandy, a “super storm” that demolished the east coast with its combination of high winds, rain, and unprecedented storm surge.  Scientists have struggled to find a clear, causal link between anthropogenic warming triggered by greenhouse gas emissions and severe weather events, but there is enough […]