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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.


The Coldest Ground-Level Temp Ever Recorded On Earth Was -89.2C

It looks like winter has already arrived for much of the US, but at least it’s not -89.2C. That’s the coldest temperature ever recorded by humans at ground level on this planet.


Climate Change Could Mean A Lot More Lightning Strikes 

Add lightning to the list of dangers climate change will likely magnify. A new study projects that a warmer climate could mean 50 per cent more lightning strikes in the US in the coming decades.


Don't Panic: The Ozone Hole's Holding Steady

Despite research suggesting that the ozone layer is still being chewed apart, NASA’s most recent study of the Antarctic ozone hole reveals it isn’t getting any larger.


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