Author Archives: Tom Yulsman

Winter Arctic Sea Ice Peaks at 7th Skimpiest on Record

The ice has likely reached an “uneventful maximum,” but the long-term decline due to human-caused warming continues. Continue reading

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Views From Space Show Deadly Dust Storm Smothering a Vast Area of Asia

Satellite imagery reveals a sprawling cyclonic storm system spreading the dust across a half million square miles. Continue reading

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Despite North America’s Recent Deep Freeze, the Heat’s Still On Globally

Earth’s seasonal surface temperature for December 2020 through February 2021 was among the top ten warmest on record for the period. Continue reading

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Earth Is Off to a Relatively Cool Start in 2021

Emphasis on the word ‘relatively’: Globally, last month was still among the 10 warmest Januaries on record Continue reading

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A Sun’s Eye View of the Solar System

If you could stand on the Sun and look out at Earth and the other planets, what would it look like? Continue reading

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The Stunning — and Sacred — Lands of Utah’s Bears Ears Could Soon Be Protected Again

The former president eviscerated Bears Ears National Monument. Now, President Biden is intent on restoring it. Continue reading

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Final Word: Different Analyses Show 2020 Either in a Tie for Warmest Year or in 2nd Place

The world’s seven warmest years have all occurred since 2014. Continue reading

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Has 2020 Ended as the Warmest Year on Record?

Final numbers haven’t been crunched yet, but a tie with 2016 is looking like a reasonable bet. Continue reading

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Has 2020 Ended as the Warmest Year on Record?

Final numbers haven’t been crunched yet, but a tie with 2016 is looking like a reasonable bet. Continue reading

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As the Arctic Continues its Meltdown, Economic Exploitation Quickens

Call it the ‘polar paradox’: warming opens the Arctic to more oil drilling and shipping, which causes yet more warming. Continue reading

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As the Arctic Continues its Meltdown, Economic Exploitation Quickens

Call it the ‘polar paradox’: warming opens the Arctic to more oil drilling and shipping, which causes yet more warming. Continue reading

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The Curve Appears to Be Flattening on CO2 Emissions. What Does That Mean?

Annual CO2 emission rates appear to be leveling off. Now they need to rapidly decline. Continue reading

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“Insanely Warm” Arctic Ocean Waters Are Delaying Freeze-Up and Pouring Heat Into the Atmosphere

In late October, sea ice off Siberia has only now begun to start freezing — an unprecedented situation for that part of the Arctic. Continue reading

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Dramatic Turnabout: 2020’s Antarctic Ozone Hole Is Large, Deep, and Persistent

It’s half as large as last year’s, but it would have been much worse without the ban on ozone-depleting chemicals. Continue reading

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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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