| Mar 3, 2015
| 7:06 AM
The Deep Space Climate Observatory, or DSCOVR for short, has an important task: Calculate how much energy is being trapped in the Earth's atmosphere by greenhouse gases.
That, in turn, will provide a pretty clear picture the climate change situation -...
| Feb 18, 2015
| 3:45 PM
Nearly 1,000 abandoned California sea lions have washed ashore this year in what rehabilitation centers say is a growing crisis for the animals.
Emaciated and dehydrated sea lions, mostly pups about 8 months old, have been admitted in record numbers...
| Feb 16, 2015
| 11:28 AM
In the years since its Deepwater Horizon oil spill befouled huge stretches of the Gulf of Mexico, oil giant BP has honed its skill at cherry-picking scientific studies to duck responsibility for the spill's environmental impacts.
Its latest effort...
| Feb 15, 2015
| 9:05 PM
In 1854, six years before the Civil War, the U.S. government first mapped the South Florida coastline, primarily to mark the depth of shoreline waters and prevent ships from breaking up on rocks.
The map didn't show much other than obscure landmarks...
| Mar 2, 2015
| 12:01 PM
An 875-square-mile area of Lake Michigan off the Wisconsin coast could become the Great Lakes' second National Marine Sanctuary.
The proposal under consideration by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration would affect an area that includes...
| Feb 14, 2015
| 5:00 AM
Finally, it had arrived: the long band of atmospheric water vapor from the tropics that scientists were eager to examine from every conceivable angle.
"This is the big blockbuster event," Cmdr. Mark Sweeney said shortly before he guided a federal...
| Jan 23, 2015
| 1:10 PM
Illinois’ families are already feeling the effects of unchecked global warming.
Extreme winter weather is just one example, and scientists warn that extreme weather events will become more frequent and severe without bold action to cut carbon...
| Jan 13, 2015
| 7:19 AM
Did you know that it snows – frequently – not all that far from South Florida? But it’s not the usual white flakes that fall from the sky.
We’re talking about ocean snow, or the dead and decaying plants and animals that drift...
| Jan 5, 2015
| 9:06 AM
Remember Hal, the naughty computer in the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey? Well, two government supercomputers are about to become scary too – scary powerful, that is.
By this October, the supercomputers operated by the National Oceanic and...
| Jan 8, 2015
| 11:37 AM
As much of the United States, particularly in the East and the Great Lakes region, suffered through nasty winter weather Thursday, the latest meteorological data show that 2014, at least, ranked high on the warm record charts.
The weather caused deadly...
| Jan 16, 2015
| 12:33 PM
Despite the “polar vortex” that made news across much of the United States in 2014, last year was the warmest on Earth since record-keeping began in 1880, according to two reports released Friday.
The globe's average temperature of about...