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Rescuers race to save 40 whales stranded off Florida coast

Florida rescuers are racing to save more than 40 whales stranded in shallow water after 10 others from the pod died, a US official said Wednesday. The pilot whales are located in a very remote region of Everglades National Park in the southern part of the state, according to the…

NOAA’s updated forecast calls for busy hurricane season

NOAA’s Updated Forecast Calls for Busy Hurricane Season (via Climate Central) By Andrew Freedman Follow @afreedma Despite a quiet start to August, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is still forecasting a very active Atlantic hurricane season, the agency said Thursday. The updated outlook calls for a 70 percent…  …

NOAA warns Arctic ice is melting has reached new ‘striking’ record

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration climate study puts 2012 among the 10 warmest years on record The Arctic lost record amounts of sea ice last year and is changing at an unprecedented pace due to climate change, a landmark climate study said on Tuesday. Last year was among the 10 warmest years…

Dolphin deaths higher than normal along U.S. East Coast

By Victoria Cavaliere (Reuters) – Carcasses of bottlenose dolphins are washing up on U.S. East Coast beaches from New Jersey to Virginia at a higher than normal pace, with more than 120 dead animals discovered since June, local and federal officials said on Thursday. The cause of the dolphin deaths…

Weather agency spared from furloughs after rash of tornadoes

Forecasters at the National Weather Service (NWS) will not be forced to take furloughs during the summer hurricane season following the recent destruction caused by tornadoes in Oklahoma, CNN reported on Saturday. The NWS was part of the initial plan by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to impose…

U.S. monitors: Carbon dioxide in atmosphere hits historic high

The level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has broken above 400 parts per million for the first time in human history, US monitors announced Friday, indicating that climate change has reached a new high. The data showing that the average C02 was 400.03 as of May 9 was posted…

NOAA: 2012 saw second largest rise in climate emissions on record

Heat-trapping carbon emissions in the atmosphere grew so much in 2012 that the year will go down as the second-highest growth in recorded history, placing the globe dangerously near a climatic tipping point, scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Tuesday. Climate-causing emissions measured 48 times last year…

NOAA: Coastal effects of climate change threaten 50 percent of Americans

Land that roughly 50 percent of Americans call home is under threat from the coastal effects of climate change, a study published Tuesday (PDF) by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) warns. “An increase in the intensity of extreme weather events such as storms like Sandy and Katrina, coupled…

Fukishima radiation ruled out, for now, as cause of Alaska seal deaths

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – Preliminary tests appear to rule out radiation from Japan’s tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant as the cause of mysterious deaths and illness that struck scores of Alaska seals last year, federal officials said on Friday. Preliminary tests of tissue samples from animals that fell victim to…

Data shows 2011 a record-breaking year for extreme weather

WASHINGTON — Last year broke records for extreme weather in the United States, with 14 events each causing at least a billion dollars in damage, US authorities said on Thursday. Also, 2011 marked 35 years in a row that global temperatures have been warmer than average, according to data released…

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