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  • El Niño confirmed, may reduce hurricane threat

    El Niño confirmed, may reduce hurricane threat
    The climate phenomenon called El Niño has arrived for the first time in five years, and with it could come a decrease in the upcoming season's risk of hurricanes. El Niño is a rise in the temperature of the central Pacific Ocean, a phenomenon with global...
  • Inside GOP science policy, Part 3: climate change

    Inside GOP science policy, Part 3: climate change
    In Part 3 of our interview with Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas), we turn to climate change, which is surely the most politically contentious topic under his jurisdiction as chairman of the House Appropriations Committee's subcommittee on commerce, justice...
  • Southern California could face above-normal rainfall in next 3 months

    Southern California could face above-normal rainfall in next 3 months
    After one of the driest Januarys ever in California, there may be a glimmer of hope for the parched state: There's a slight chance of above-normal rainfall for Southern California over the next three months and an even chance for the rest, according to...
  • Past, future effects of oil argued in BP penalty trial

    Past, future effects of oil argued in BP penalty trial
    Environmental researchers and BP attorneys sparred Wednesday over the potential effects of the 2010 Gulf oil spill in a trial aimed at determining whether the oil giant should be made to pay some $13.7 billion in Clean Water Act penalties. A...
  • Norfolk Canyon yields deep-sea coral surprises

    Norfolk Canyon yields deep-sea coral surprises
    About 80 miles off the Virginia coast, the Continental Shelf drops off from a depth of 600 feet to sink thousands of feet more toward the black bottom of the deep ocean. The shelf stretches north to Canada, and carved all along its slope are great...
  • Snow-beleaguered Boston poised to set all-time record

    As Boston neared its all-time snowfall record, the rest of the country continued dealing with the nastiness of one of the worst winters ever recorded. Boston is likely to make the history charts this week by surpassing its record for snowfall in a...
  • Decision looms over captive orca, but fate of Lolita unclear

    Decision looms over captive orca, but fate of Lolita unclear
    For years, animal activists have campaigned to free a killer whale that was captured from Puget Sound waters in 1970 and has been performing at Miami Seaquarium in Florida for over four decades. They say the orca known as Lolita belongs to a small...
  • Hampton Roads is a hot spot for ocean acidification

    Hampton Roads is a hot spot for ocean acidification
    Carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels isn't just altering the atmosphere -- it's also souring the seas, scientists say. And as the world's oceans turn more acidic, marine creatures such as oysters, clams, crabs and corals find it harder to grow...
  • Satellite to monitor climate change

    Satellite to monitor climate change
    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 -...
  • Plan to help Biscayne Bay may tighten boat rules

    Plan to help Biscayne Bay may tighten boat rules
    Biscayne Bay's popularity with boaters and fisherman has taken a toll on sensitive marine life, prompting authorities to consider tighter restrictions. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration plans to develop a comprehensive conservation...
  • With global warming, why not all El Niño all the time?

    With global warming, why not all El Niño all the time?
    With the Earth warming to record levels, it might seem like El Niño should be a permanent fixture – and knock down hurricanes every year. The large-scale atmospheric pattern develops as a result of abnormal warming in the eastern Pacific –...