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Are tropical cyclones moving at a more leisurely pace?

Are tropical cyclones moving at a more leisurely pace?

A recent NOAA-led study found the speed of movement of tropical cyclones, including hurricanes, has been slowing in recent decades, with more storms lumbering slowly over land and potentially causing more flooding. However, new research published in Nature by another NOAA scientist casts some doubt that tropical cyclones are slowing and that there’s a link to climate change.

June 6, 2019 0 Comments
Surprisingly large carbon uptake by North American biosphere during El Niños

Surprisingly large carbon uptake by North American biosphere during El Niños

The results of a new NOAA study snowing a strong response by the North American biosphere to El Ninos highlight the importance of improving understanding of regional carbon-climate relationships, which represent a major uncertainty in future climate projections.

June 5, 2019 0 Comments
Carbon dioxide levels hit record peak in May

Carbon dioxide levels hit record peak in May

Carbon dioxide levels reached the highest seasonal peak recorded in 61 years of observations at NOAA's Mauna Loa observatory. This the seventh consecutive year of steep global increases in concentrations of this important greenhouse gas pollutant.

June 4, 2019 0 Comments
Climate change to make events like 2017 Northern Plains flash drought more likely

Climate change to make events like 2017 Northern Plains flash drought more likely

The 2017 Northern Plains drought hit hard and without warning, desiccating pastures, rangelands and wheat, sparking massive wildfires, and causing widespread livestock sell-offs across the Dakotas, northeastern Montana and the Canadian Prairies. While it wasn't the region's worst drought, it caused $2.6 billion in losses. A new study shows droughts like this are 20% more likely due to climate change. 

June 3, 2019 0 Comments
NOAA names Colorado State University to host cooperative institute for atmospheric research

NOAA names Colorado State University to host cooperative institute for atmospheric research

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration today announced it has selected Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, to host NOAA’s cooperative institute focused on developing new satellite products and models designed to improve weather and climate prediction.

May 22, 2019 0 Comments
Rising emissions drive greenhouse gas index increase

Rising emissions drive greenhouse gas index increase

Record levels of greenhouse gas pollution continued to increase humanity’s impact on the atmosphere’s heat-trapping capacity during 2018, according to a yearly analysis released by NOAA scientists today.

May 21, 2019 0 Comments
US methane emissions flat since 2006 despite increased oil and gas activity: study

US methane emissions flat since 2006 despite increased oil and gas activity: study

Despite a 46 percent increase in US natural gas production since 2006, there has been no significant increase of total US methane emissions, and only a modest increase from oil and gas activity, according to a new NOAA analysis of long-term atmospheric measurements.  

May 15, 2019 0 Comments
A New View of Wintertime Air Pollution

A New View of Wintertime Air Pollution

Findings could help improve air quality in cities across the U.S. West.

May 8, 2019 0 Comments
This Earth Day, Explore the Ways NOAA Research is Tackling the Planet’s Biggest Questions

This Earth Day, Explore the Ways NOAA Research is Tackling the Planet’s Biggest Questions

For scientists at NOAA, Earth Day — and every other day of the year — is about getting to the bottom of some of the most pressing questions about the planet we call home: how it works, how it’s changing, and how humans are affecting it.

April 16, 2019 0 Comments
Global ocean is absorbing more carbon from emissions

Global ocean is absorbing more carbon from emissions

New research by NOAA and partners based on extensive sampling of the global ocean finds that the ocean absorbed 34 billion metric tons of carbon from the burning of fossil fuels from 1994 to 2007 — a four-fold increase to 2.6 billion metric tons per year when compared to the period starting from the Industrial Revolution in 1800 to 1994.

March 14, 2019 0 Comments
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