Author Archives: Tom Yulsman

Warmth Pouring Out of Siberia Sends Arctic Sea Ice Plummeting to Second Lowest Extent on Record

Even the normally frozen North Pole had some open water when visited by a historic Arctic expedition toward summer’s end. Continue reading

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With August in the Books, 2020 Remains Likely to Be the Warmest Year on Record

But a just declared La Niña — which tends to cool things off a bit — could make it a “toss-up.” Continue reading

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The Western Wildfire Cataclysm Looks as Bad From Space as on the Ground — Maybe Worse

Only from the vantage point of space can we see the full horrific scope of the wildfires. Continue reading

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A Pandemic of Wildfire, Part 2

Smoke from wildfires has traveled across entire continents and has even been visible from nearly a million miles away in space. Continue reading

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A Pandemic of Wildfire, Part 1

Images from space reveal the scope and intensity of 2020’s burning season — from Siberia to the western United States. Continue reading

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Going, Going, GONE: Two Arctic Ice Caps Have Disappeared

“All that’s left are some photographs and a lot of memories.” Continue reading

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Another Month Gone, Another Month Entering the Global Warming Record Books

With Siberia burning under unprecedented heat, our planet experienced a virtual tie for warmest June on record. Continue reading

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Ten Years in the Life of the Sun, Up Close and Personal

A decade of the sun turning on its axis condensed down to a mesmerizing 61-minute time-lapse video, along with other stunning views showing flares, explosions and eruptions. Continue reading

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NASA: Last Month Was Earth’s Warmest May on Record

Particularly intense warmth in Siberia this spring may have awakened ‘zombie’ fires, portending a brutal summer ahead. Continue reading

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Drowning of the Marshes Protecting New Orleans is ‘Inevitable,’ New Research Shows

The remaining Mississippi Delta marshes, covering an area larger than Connecticut, are already doomed by sea level rise — and others around the world could be, too. Continue reading

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Global Warming on Vacation? Not Even Remotely Close

Last month tied for the warmest April, keeping Earth on track to reach a new, disturbing milestone this year. Continue reading

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Even as COVID-19 Poses Huge Challenges to Responders, the Risks for Natural Disasters Are Rising

Abnormally warm sea temperatures are raising the risks for hurricanes, while the central and southeastern U.S. face flooding, and parts of the West are forecast to see heightened wildfire activity. Continue reading

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A Bit of Less Bad Than Usual News About the Arctic

Arctic sea ice has reached its maximum extent for the year, and it is ‘only’ the 11th lowest in the 42-year satellite record. Continue reading

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Images From Space Reveal the Dramatic Extent of Flooding in the Mississippi Valley

Two months of heavy rains — part of a pattern that spawned Tennessee’s deadly tornadoes — have caused misery across the South. Continue reading

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Tracking Whales by Satellite to Help Them Avoid Potentially Deadly Entanglements

Whales attracted to commercial fishing operations and other human activities can wind up in real trouble. A young Norwegian researcher is trying to help. Continue reading

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California’s Snowpack Shrivels, Raising Fears of Future Wildfires

Meanwhile, the Colorado Rockies have so far received a bounty of snow. But new research portends a dry future ahead for 40 million people in the western U.S. and Mexico. Continue reading

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The Heat Goes On: Last Month Was The Warmest January On Record

The four warmest Januaries documented in the climate record have all occurred since 2016. Continue reading

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A Different Kind of Climate Refugee

Research on past climates is showing how we can help plants that are running out of places to go as their habitats warm. Continue reading

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Award-Winning Scientist: Skip the Gloom and Doom and Get Cracking on Solving Climate Change

An interview with Dorthe Dahl-Jensen, a Danish ice-core scientist who recently won a prestigious award for Arctic research. Continue reading

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2019 Enters the Record Books as Second Warmest Year

Everywhere scientists look, from the surface of the land to deep in the oceans, the long-term trend of global warming is unequivocal — as is the cause: us. Continue reading

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As Bushfires Blaze On, Parts of Australia Broil With the Highest Temperatures on Earth

The brutal heat and high winds whipped up already fierce wildfires, producing giant fire clouds. Here is what it has looked like from space. Continue reading

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2019 Will Close Out the Warmest Decade on Record for Planet Earth

Last month was the second-warmest November on record. This assures that 2019 will rank as the second warmest year since humans started keeping track. Continue reading

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With Sea Level Rise, We’ve Already Hurtled Past a Point of No Return

Climate negotiators in Madrid are trying to avoid 2 meters of sea level rise, but research suggests 10 times that — 65 feet — is already inevitable. Continue reading

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Smoke From Australian Bushfire Blows Halfway Around the Globe

Satellites have detected smoky pollutants crossing the Pacific and even moving over the South Atlantic Ocean. Continue reading

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As a Vast Swath of Australia Burns, the View From Space is Truly Frightening

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As a Vast Swath of Australia Burns, the View From Space is Truly Frightening

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As a Vast Swath of Australia Burns, the View From Space is Truly Frightening

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Nine Days of California Infernos, as Seen from Space

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Moonrise at Sunrise from the International Space Station

Seen from this perspective, the atmosphere doesn’t seem as limitless as from Earth’s surface Continue reading

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Say Hello to Hurricane Pablo, the Northernmost Hurricane to Form So Late and So Far North on Record

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