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U.S. approves seismic tests despite dolphin, whale concerns

Dec 01, 2018 - 11:33 AM

Experts say that offshore drilling and seismic airgun blasting causes loud, far-traveling noise that can potentially disrupt marine life and injure animals underwater

DANGEROUS. Seismic blastic could have adverse effects on marine life. File Photo by Arvydas Kniuksta/123rf

Dead dolphins, diseased seals wash up on U.S. shores

Sep 01, 2018 - 11:57 AM

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the dolphin deaths are due to red tide, while sickened seals are infected by either avian influenza or phocine distemper virus

Trump declares emergency as Hawaii braces for hurricane

Aug 23, 2018 - 11:43 PM

(UPDATED) Hurricane Lane remains a powerful hurricane, packing winds in excess of 130 miles per hour, although it has been downgraded to category 3

PREPPING FOR HURRICANE LANE. Donovan Poniatowski, with Hawaiian Dredging keeps look out as plywood boards are hauled to the top of the Koa Building to cover openings and protect the structure from the approaching rains from Hurricane Lane on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Photo by Kat Wade/Getty Images/AFP

Earth breaks heat record in 2016 for third year in a row

Jan 18, 2017 - 11:53 PM

Temperatures spiked to new national highs in parts of India Kuwait and Iran while sea ice melted faster than ever in the fragile Arctic says the report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration NOAA

NASA/Scientific Visualization Studio

Hottest Arctic on record triggers massive ice melt

Dec 14, 2016 - 9:04 AM

The report card this year clearly shows a stronger and more pronounced signal of persistent warming than any previous year in our observational record going back to 1900 NOAA says

This NASA handout file photo taken March 25, 2016 shows a perspective of the northeast coastline of Greenland, one of the world’s two great ice sheets (the other is Antarctica), captured by the Oceans Melting Greenland (OMG) field campaign team flying NASA’s G-III aircraft at about 40,000 feet on March 26.  Handout / NASA

Last month was hottest June on record – US scientists

Jul 20, 2016 - 12:16 AM

UPDATED NOAA: This marks the 14th consecutive month the monthly global temperature record has been broken the longest such streak in the 137 year record

CLIMATE CHANGE. A anti-global warming protester holds up a placard in Cleveland, Ohio, near the Republican National Convention site July 18, 2016. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

PAGASA: Small chance LPA will develop into tropical depression for now

Jun 25, 2016 - 1:21 PM

Two low pressure areas are embedded along the intertropical convergence zone which will bring light to moderate rains and thunderstorms over Southern Luzon Visayas and Mindanao

Satellite image as of June 25, 12:30 pm. Image courtesy of PAGASA

'Abnormal is the new normal': May breaks another global heat record

Jun 17, 2016 - 8:45 AM

May 2016 is tied with June and August 2015 as the 12th highest monthly temperature increase on record

HOTTEST. A boy cools off in the water as a way of beating the heat, in Karachi, Pakistan, May 19, 2016. File photo by Shahzaib Akber/EPA

Gaps in sea-floor mapping carry hefty price, experts warn

Jun 08, 2016 - 11:37 PM

Even though two thirds of Earth is covered in water less than 10 of the floor of oceans deeper than 200 meters 721 feet is mapped in detail according to the International Hydrographic Organization IHO

OCEAN FLOOR. The tail of the crashed AirAsia QZ8501 airplane is lifted on to the Indonesian Rescue ship Crest Onyx after it was taken from the sea floor off Pangkalan Bun, Central Borneo, Indonesia, January 10, 2015. File photo by Prasetyo Utomo/ EPA

April breaks heat records, 12th month in a row for global heat

May 19, 2016 - 12:32 AM

The report issued each month by NOAA also points to a concerning spike in temperature last month compared to the 20th century average

Last month was hottest March in modern times – US

Apr 19, 2016 - 11:52 PM

UPDATED The average temperature planet wide was 2 20 degrees Fahrenheit 1 22 degrees Celsius above the 20th century average of 54 9 F 12 7 C the report says

Climate changing at 'unprecedented' rate – UN

Mar 22, 2016 - 8:37 AM

Temperatures in the first two months of 2016 soared to new highs following a year that broke all previous records by a wide margin the UN s weather agency says

A father holding up his child at a waterpark at the children's garden in the Gardens by the Bay in Singapore, March 17, 2016. Wallace Woon/EPA

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Mar 18, 2016 - 12:41 PM

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Global temps soar in February, setting new heat record

Mar 17, 2016 - 10:56 PM

With an average temperature that was 2 18 Fahrenheit 1 21 Celsius above the 20th century average the month marked the highest departure from average among all 1 646 months in the record

CRACKED EARTH.  In this photo taken on February 11, 2015, the sun scorches an already cracked earth on a farm in the Australian agricultural town of Walgett, 650 kilometers (404 miles) northwest of Sydney. File Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

January 2016 hottest since records began – NOAA

Feb 18, 2016 - 12:11 PM

The average temperature across global land and ocean surfaces was 1 87ºF 1 04ºC above the 20th century average for January

Earth shatters warming records: 2015 hottest 'by far'

Jan 21, 2016 - 12:06 AM

UPDATED Not only was 2015 the warmest worldwide since 1880 it shattered the previous record held in 2014 by the widest margin ever observed

HOTTEST IN MODERN TIMES. This picture taken June 15, 2010 shows cracked and parched earth at central Thailand's biggest water reservoir, the Pasak Cholasit Dam in Lopburi province, northeast of Bangkok, Thailand. File Photo by Barbara Walton/EPA

SpaceX to launch ocean satellite on Sunday

Jan 16, 2016 - 12:04 PM

Satellite Jason 3 will be on a 5 year mission to collect data that will aid climate change and fisheries management

SPACE X ROCKETS. Falcon 9 and Dragon undergoing prep in Florida in advance of 4/13 launch to the International Space Station, April 2, 2015. Photo from SpaceX

December in US was warmest, wettest on record

Jan 08, 2016 - 8:41 AM

NOAA report: December 2016 is record warm for the contiguous US with a temperature of 38 6 Fahrenheit 6 degrees above the 20th century average

What coral reefs are telling us about climate change

Dec 05, 2015 - 11:00 AM

Reports on a new mass coral bleaching event could only emphasize the importance of the 2015 Paris Climate Conference or Conference of Parties COP21 to be held from November 30 to December 11 in France

CORAL BLEACHING. In this file photo released by the Australian Institute for Marine Science (AIMS) on 02 October 2012, shows bleaching of coral at North Keppel Island on the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, Australia. AIMS/EPA

World breaks new heat records in July: US scientists

Aug 20, 2015 - 11:37 PM

UPDATED The first 7 months of the year are also the warmest since modern record keeping began in 1880

There was no pause in global warming, scientists find

Jun 07, 2015 - 1:10 PM

It had been thought that temperatures in the 21st century plateaued

PARCHED. Picture taken 15 June 2010 shows cracked and parched earth at central Thailand's biggest water reservoir, the Pasak Cholasit Dam in Lopburi province, about 190 kms northeast of Bangkok, Thailand. Barbara Walton/EPA

SpaceX poised to launch resurrected space weather satellite

Feb 08, 2015 - 2:09 PM

The Deep Space Climate Observatory aims to collect data on solar wind and geomagnetic storms that can cause damage to electrical systems on Earth

SPACE OBSERVATORY. NOAA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory spacecraft, or DSCOVR, wrapped in plastic, is transferred from its transportation pallet to a portable work stand at the Astrotech payload processing facility in Titusville, Florida, near Kennedy Space Center. Photo by Kim Shiflett/NASA

Ocean science needs more funding – US

Jan 24, 2015 - 9:10 AM

A new report from the National Research Council is calling for cuts in money spent on infrastructure and more cash devoted to basic scientific research from 2015 2025

Record-breaking 2014 was hottest in modern history – US

Jan 17, 2015 - 9:36 AM

Gavin Schmidt of NASA s Goddard Institute for Space Studies: The data shows quite clearly that it is the greenhouse gas trends that are responsible for the majority of the warming trends that we have actually seen

VULNERABLE. Rice and corn farmers may go deeper into poverty because of climate change. File photo by Jay Directo/Agence France-Presse

Busy Pacific, light Atlantic hurricane season draws to end

Nov 25, 2014 - 7:49 AM

This year a number of weather conditions combined to prevent storm formation in the Atlantic

Picture of a street in Cabo San Lucas taken after hurricane Odile knocked down trees and power lines in this city in Mexico's Baja California peninsula, on September 15, 2014. Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP

Planet marks hottest September since 1880: US

Oct 21, 2014 - 12:17 AM

When combining average temperature over land and ocean surfaces NOAA found a record high for September at 15 72 Celsius or 0 72 C above the 20th century average

Solar storm heads Earth's way after double sun blasts

Sep 12, 2014 - 8:56 AM

Scientists are not yet sure exactly what will happen when they bounce off the Earth s protective shield

SOLAR STORM. A file one of a series of handout images made available on 03 October 2011 and released by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) dated 03 October 2011 of an image taken by SDO's AIA instrument at 171 Angstrom showing the current conditions of the quiet corona and upper transition region of the Sun. NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory/EPA

How can we prepare for storm surges?

Jul 23, 2014 - 7:27 PM

Can an archipelago like the Philippines with thousands of coastal communities really mitigate the effects of storm surges brought by extreme weather conditions?

NEW MODEL. Dr Keqi Zhang discusses the US NOAA system for giving storm surge forecasts. Photo by David Lozada/ Rappler

World marks hottest June since 1880 – US scientists

Jul 22, 2014 - 12:48 AM

The combined average temperature over land and ocean surfaces is a record high for the month at 61 20 Fahrenheit 16 22 Celsius

HOT JUNE. Image from NOAA website

World is getting warmer – global climate report

Jul 18, 2014 - 11:07 AM

The annual State of the Climate report 2013 is a review of scientific data and weather events over the past year compiled by 425 scientists from 57 countries

CLIMATE CHANGE. Environmental activists with animal and flower costumes commemorate the Earth Day commemorations in Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia, April 22, 2014. Hotli Simanjuntak/EPA

May global temperature hits all-time high

Jun 24, 2014 - 8:07 AM

The combined average temperature across the globe in May 2014 was 59 93°F 15 54°C or 1 33°F 0 74°C above the 20th century average

BEATING THE (EXTREME) HEAT. Children play with water to cool themselves down at a park in Tokyo, Japan, 02 June 2014, as they are struggling against unseasonable heatwave. Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

Tropical cyclones moving poleward, says study

May 16, 2014 - 3:56 PM

Regions once considered to be relatively cyclone safe may become more exposed while regions closer to the equator may run less risk of being hit

A satellite image of Tropical Storm Man-yi (which later became a typhoon) on September 13, 2013, at 1:15 UTC. Man-yi later hit Japan. Image courtesy NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team

Dolphins in 'bad shape' after BP oil spill: study

Feb 01, 2014 - 7:19 PM

Oil giant BP however said the study is inconclusive in establishing causation to the spill caused by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion

2013 another unusually warm year across globe – NASA

Jan 22, 2014 - 8:30 AM

NASA: Unless current trends change scientists said the world should expect each of the coming decades to be warmer than the last

HOT IN HERE. A thermometer shows the temperature rising up to 30 degrees Celsius on a warm sunny day on July 19, 2013 in Lille, northern France. Dennis Charlet/AFP

Typhoon Yolanda: East Visayas signal no. 4

Nov 07, 2013 - 5:22 PM

UPDATED Typhoon intensifies speeds up still on course to hit the region; Landfall Friday morning over Guiuan Eastern Samar or Abuyog Leyte

Dangerous Yolanda heads for Visayas

Nov 07, 2013 - 11:51 AM

UPDATED Typhoon Yolanda is an extremely catastrophic super typhoon one of the planet s strongest most violent this year

NASA sends drones to track hurricanes' secrets

Sep 15, 2013 - 11:59 AM

A pair of converted military drones are the US space agency s newest tools for tracking hurricanes and tropical storms

WEATHER DRONE. A NASA Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle, or drone aircraft, is towed after landing during a Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel, or HS3, mission at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia, on September 10, 2013. AFP / Saul Loeb

New records for sea ice loss, greenhouse gas in 2012

Aug 07, 2013 - 1:45 PM

Last year was among the top 10 on record for global land and surface temperature since modern data collection began

ICY NORTH. An aerial view of the research ship 'Polarstern' (North Star) sailing on the Artic Ocean at the North Pole, October 6, 2011. Photo by EPA/Stefan Hendriks / Alred Wegener Institute handout

US experts see more warming after hot 2012

Jan 16, 2013 - 2:40 PM

The year 2012 marked the ninth or 10th warmest on record depending on the measurement Space agency NASA put the average temperature at 14 6 Celsius 58 3 Fahrenheit 0 6 degrees Celsius higher than in the 20th century

This map represents global temperature anomalies averaged from 2008 through 2012. Data source: NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies; Visualization credit: NASA Goddard's Scientific Visualization Studio

2012 warmest on record for US

Jan 09, 2013 - 3:09 PM

2012 marked the warmest year on record for the United States and was also the second most extreme ever the US government agency charged with monitoring weather events said Tuesday January 8

Rain clouds move over the remnants of parched corn stalks on August 22, 2012 near Wiley, on the plains of eastern Colorado. John Moore/Getty Images/AFP

'Ernesto' upgraded to hurricane

Aug 08, 2012 - 7:41 AM

Ernesto became the second hurricane of the Atlantic season on Tuesday August 7 Wednesday August 8 in Manila as it moved toward the Yucatan Peninsula

Image courtesy of NOAA.

Climate change boosts odds of extreme weather: study

Jul 11, 2012 - 8:13 AM

Severe droughts floods and heat waves rocked the world last year as greenhouse gas levels climbed boosting the odds of some extreme weather events international scientists said Tuesday July 10

[Updated] 'Butchoy': Signal #1 over E. Samar

Jun 15, 2012 - 5:54 PM

Tropical storm Butchoy international codename Guchol maintains its strength as it moves closer to Eastern Visayas

MTSAT Enhanced IR Satellite Image for 11:32 p.m., 15 June 2012. Tropical storm Butchoy (international codename Guchol) can be seen at the lower right side of the image; rain clouds brought by the southwest monsoon can be seen at the upper right side. Image courtesy of PAGASA.

'Butchoy' now a severe tropical storm

Jun 14, 2012 - 5:40 PM

Bicol and Eastern Visayas will also feel the effects of the enhanced monsoon by Friday Fishermen and seafarers in these areas are also warned of rough seas

MTSAT Enhanced IR Satellite Image for 4:32 p.m., 14 June 2012. Severe tropical storm Butchoy (international codename Guchol) is at the lower right side of the image; rain clouds brought by the southwest monsoon are at the upper left side. Image courtesy of PAGASA.

'Butchoy' now in PH area of responsibility

Jun 14, 2012 - 10:20 AM

Tropical storm Butchoy has entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility PAR Thursday morning

MTSAT Enhanced IR Satellite Image for 8:32 a.m., 14 June 2012. Tropical Storm Guchol is at the lower right hand side of the image. Image courtesy of PAGASA.

2011 was hot and wet

Jan 23, 2012 - 3:21 PM

First decade of the 21st century also hottest on record

HOT, HOT, HOT. A map visualizing temperature data for 2011. Reds indicate temperatures higher than the average during a baseline period of 1951-1980, while blues indicate lower temperatures than the baseline average. (Data source: NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies. Visualization credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio)