Chasing the black holes of the ocean
According to researchers from ETH Zurich and the University of Miami, some of the largest ocean eddies on Earth are mathematically equivalent to the mysterious black holes of space. These eddies are so tightly ...
Lake Erie: Warmest in summer, coldest in winter
When it's 20 below, Dr. Michael Twiss, professor at Clarkson University, has been known to clear the snow and lie down on the thick ice of a frozen lake and stare up at the Northern Lights. But for all his ...
Climate change altering insurers' risk assessment
Climate change is creating more frequent and more unpredictable extreme weather events, forcing insurers to change how they assess the risk of natural disasters hitting a specific area, the Geneva Association ...
2013 wintertime Arctic sea ice maximum fifth lowest on record (w/ Video)
(Phys.org) —Last September, at the end of the northern hemisphere summer, the Arctic Ocean's icy cover shrank to its lowest extent on record, continuing a long-term trend and diminishing to about half the size of the average ...
Researchers contend increase in Antarctic sea ice due to summer melt
Is global warming causing harsher winters?
Millions of people in northern Europe are still battling snow and ice, wondering why they are being punished with bitter cold when—officially—spring has arrived and Earth is in the grip of global warming.
Olympics: Illegal dump tarnishes 'green' Sochi Games
Away from the construction bustle of Sochi's Olympic Park, where Russia will host the Winter Olympics next February, residents of a small community north of central Sochi have seen only the filthy side of ...
Team finds new way to identify which El Nino events will have biggest impact on U.S. winter weather
(Phys.org)—Weather forecasters have long known that El Niño events can throw seasonal climate patterns off kilter, particularly during winter months. Now, new research from NOAA and the University of Washington ...
Nepal 'Himalayan Viagra' harvest droops to record low
Every summer, Himalayan villages empty as locals rush to the mountains of northern Nepal to harvest yarchagumba, a high-altitude wild fungus that is prized for its aphrodisiac qualities.
Arctic ice melt sets stage for cold weather
(Phys.org) -- The dramatic melt-off of Arctic sea ice due to climate change is hitting closer to home than millions of Americans might think. That's because melting Arctic sea ice can trigger a domino effect ...
Heavy ice could delay start of Shell Alaska's Arctic drilling
The heaviest polar ice in more than a decade could postpone the start of offshore oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean until the beginning of August, a delay of up to two weeks, Shell Alaska officials said.
Why Europe's climate faces a stormy future
(PhysOrg.com) -- Europe is likely to be hit by more violent winter storms in the future. Now a new study into the effects of climate change has found out why.
Sea level rise to alter economics of California beaches
Rising sea levels are likely to change Southern California beaches in the coming century, but not in ways you might expect.
Deconstructing a mystery: What caused Snowmaggedon?
In the quiet after the storms, streets and cars had all but disappeared under piles of snow. The U.S. Postal Service suspended service for the first time in 30 years. Snow plows struggled to push the evidence ...