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Feast Your Eyes On This Old-School Weather Model

Video: Weather forecasting has come a long way, as the video below of a mid-century climate model illustrates. And if you’re into vintage computer graphics, it provides some pretty nice eye candy too. The footage, recently published by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, shows the first global general circulation model constructed by physicist Chuck Leith on the lab’s supercomputers in the late 50s.


This Stunning Image Shows Us The Future Of Climate Models

This technicolor swirl may look like an artist’s acid trip, but what you’re actually looking at is the next generation of high-resolution climate models.


The World Lost 18 Million Hectares Of Forest In 2013

New high-resolution maps of international woodland reveal that the world lost 18 million hectares of forest — the same area as that covered by Oklahoma — to wildfires, deforestation and development in 2013


How To Read Satellite Data Maps Of The Earth

NASA’s Earth Observatory has spent over 15 years using satellites to collect hordes of real-time data across our planet’s surface. They reveal everything from temperature and energy use, to how much radiation we beam into space. Here’s how to understand satellite data maps to understand our planet’s vital signs.


Massive Forest Fires Could Be Cooling The Earth

Wait, what? A forest fire may not sound like a great way to cool off, but Earth’s climate is a complicated beast. It turns out that some of the world’s fiercest blazes are actually lowering our planet’s temperatures.


Scientists Weigh In On Plans To Hack The Weather And Cool The Earth

Geoengineering (i.e. tinkering with the climate to stop the rising tides of climate change) is a provocative and frankly still kinda crazy idea. Two long-awaited reports from the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) out today have some pretty harsh words about geoengineering.


US Senate Agrees Climate Change Is Real, 98 Votes To 1

The US Senate has voted overwhelmingly in agreement that climate change is real, with a staggering 98 votes to 1. All that remains is for them to agree on the cause.



2014 Was The Hottest Year In Earth's Recorded History 

It’s official: 2014 is the hottest year since we humans started recording temperatures on Earth, according to two independent analyses by NASA and NOAA. Last year’s global temperatures broke record a record set in 2010 and, before that, in 2005. We are on a steady march towards a warmer Earth.


You Can Trace A Typhoon Through Changes In Ocean Life

You’re looking at a selection of marine life, from shrimp to jellies. But what’s special about these little blighters is that they reveal the presence of a typhoon in their past.


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