Arctic Melt Could Fuel Deep Freezes, Big Snows Tue,28 Feb 2012 02:10 PM PST LiveScience.com - The winter weather that has socked parts of the Northern Hemisphere in recent years has been extreme enough to spawn a new vocabulary: "Snowpocalypse" and "snowmageddon" were invented to describe the huge blizzards that dumped record-breaking snows on the Midwest and Northeast in 2010. Full Story
Watch Out for Deadly Nighttime Twisters in Winter Tue,28 Feb 2012 11:10 AM PST LiveScience.com - As recent tornado outbreaks around the country have shown, severe weather is getting a jump on the spring season. The main tornado season may still be weeks away, but the twisters of winter pack an extra threat. The odds of a killer tornado are greatest at night, and the shorter daylight hours of winter increase the chance of nighttime tornadoes. Full Story
Weather Underground Forecast for Tuesday, February 28, 2012. The big story for Tuesday will be a major snow storm that will roll out of the Rockies and into the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest. This will be the first snow storm in quite some time for what has been a quite mild Winter. Blizzard Watches are in effect from the Northern Plains through Wisconsin as blustery winds up to 30 mph will blow the newly fallen snow into air, reducing visibility to near zero throughout the day. Most of the snow in the Plains will not arrive until the afternoon or evening and over a foot of new snow is possible for many areas after the snow is over.
Administration Will Weather Latest Afghan Storm Tue,28 Feb 2012 12:58 AM PST National Journal - For years, the Afghanistan war has suffered through unpopular civilian casualties, night raids, drone strikes, illiterate partner-soldiers, and not-so-friendly fire by trigger-happy uniformed Afghan security forces. Full Story
Inhofe: Cap and trade is 'dead, gone, forever' Mon,27 Feb 2012 04:12 PM PST The Daily Caller - Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe, the ranking Republican member of the Environment and Public Works committee, told The Daily Caller on Monday that climate change skeptics have won the debate over global warming on Capitol Hill. Full Story
How global warming is changing winemaking Mon,27 Feb 2012 03:04 PM PST The Week (RSS) - As global temperatures rise, the grapes in Australia's wine regions are ripening ever earlier, according to a new study in Nature Climate Change. That's a problem for vintners, says lead researcher Leanne Webb, because early ripening "often has undesirable impacts on wine quality." The earlier the grapes mature, the hotter the weather at the time of harvest, and "hot vintages are not good for quality wines," says co-author Snow Barlow. Here's what you should know: Full Story
Scientists: Cassava will thrive in climate change Mon,27 Feb 2012 08:20 AM PST Associated Press - Calling cassava "the Rambo of food crops," scientists Monday said the long-neglected root becomes even more productive in hotter temperatures and could be the best bet for African farmers threatened by climate change. Full Story
Taking a human rights approach to climate change Mon,27 Feb 2012 02:23 AM PST OneWorld.net - GENEVA, 24 February (IRIN) - Many of the countries that have contributed the least to greenhouse gas emissions will be the worst affected by global warming, a "climate injustice" that highlights the link to human rights, experts told a Human Rights Council gathering in Geneva. Full Story
Study: Climate Change Could Wipe Out Hundreds of Bird Species Sun,26 Feb 2012 08:23 AM PST Yahoo! Contributor Network - According to the New York Times, an analysis that includes about 200 individual studies on the impacts of climate change on birds offers a potentially grim outcome. Using the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's projection that Earth will see a warming on 6.3 degrees by 2100, the analysis estimates 600 to 900 species of land birds out of 8,500 total species could become extinct. Similarly, every additional increase of global warming another 100 to 500 bird species could disappear. Full Story
Weather not a Factor in Marines' Yuma Helicopter Crash Fri,24 Feb 2012 01:00 PM PST Yahoo! Contributor Network - Six marines assigned to Camp Pendleton and one Marine stationed at Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, Ariz., were killed while training in Yuma, according to the Arizona Republic. The accident occurred when two military helicopters crashed into each other on Wednesday night. Here is some more information about this tragedy. Full Story
Government publishes details of carbon capture tender Fri,24 Feb 2012 10:16 AM PST Reuters - LONDON (Reuters) - The UK on Friday published details of its one-billion pound programme to build at least one carbon-capture and storage (CCS) power plant, details widely anticipated since a state-sponsored CCS deal broke down in October. Calling for proposals for a wide range of engineering projects for CCS, including construction of a power plant, gas storage and pipelines, the Department for Energy and Climate Change's (DECC) notice of contract was published in the European Union's official journal. ... Full Story
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The World Bank announced on Friday a global alliance to better manage and protect the world's oceans, which are under threat from over-fishing, pollution and climate change. Oceans are the lifeblood of the planet and the global economy, World Bank President Robert Zoellick told a conference on ocean conservation in Singapore. Yet the seas have become overexploited, coastlines badly degraded and reefs under threat from pollution and rising temperatures. "We need a new SOS: Save Our Seas," Zoellick said in announcing the alliance. ...