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This Climate Tool Shows The Overheated World Our Kids Will Be Living In

When climate change is in the news, it’s usually because of a scary new temperature record or a mass coral die-off, or because an enormous chunk of Greenland disappeared and nobody noticed. But at the end of the day, the thing that most of us really care about is how we’ll be affected. Now, NOAA is making it easier than ever to find out, with a new Climate Explorer app that shows just how screwed (or spared) your little sliver of the country will be.


Watch A Robot Possibly Discover Weird Stuff On The Ocean Floor

Space may be called the “final frontier” but what about unexplored areas that are on our very own Earth? The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has been using the Okeanos Explorer to document uncharted waters since 2010 and it’s off to do it again, this time at the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument.


A New Species Of Beaked Whale Has Been Discovered In The Pacific

Did you know that beaked whales are a thing, and that they’re more than just giant, weird-looking dolphin clones?


Epic Timelapse Captures An Entire Year On Earth From 1.6 Million Kilometres Away

Video: A spacecraft parked in orbit at a distance of 1.6 million kilometres has captured the mother of all timelapse videos — an entire year on Earth. Enjoy.


The Last Spot On Earth Just Passed A Historic Climate Milestone

On May 23, something extraordinary happened at the South Pole. For the first time in four million years, carbon dioxide concentrations cleared 400 parts per million (ppm). It’s the last climate-monitoring spot on Earth to pass the historic milestone.


The US National Weather Service Is Writing Forecasts More Conversationally So People Will Read Them

FOR DECADES. . .THE US NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE. . . HAS ISSUED ITS FORECAST DISCUSSIONS IN SHOUTY CAPITAL LETTERS. . .USING FRAGMENTED SENTENCES. . .SEPARATED BY ELLIPSES. Yesterday it was announced that the National Weather Service will switch to mixed-case type and conversational language to provide a more user-friendly experience — and potentially save lives.


This Is The Last Sun Antarctica Will See For Six Months

Manning the NOAA’s research station at the South Pole is a lonely job at the best of times. But when you’re watching the last sunset for half a year, things have to be feeling particularly bleak.


Deep-Diving Robot Discovers Mysterious And Adorable Octopus Species

Would you just look at him? Sprung to life out of a Pixar movie, the ghostly little fella pictured above was discovered last month by Deep Discoverer, the deep-diving robot that travels with NOAA’s Okeanos Explorer. Spotted 4290m beneath the surface, it’s the deepest observation of a so-called incirrate octopus ever, and it might be a new species.


Why This Year's Super Strong El Niño Might Start Shooting Blanks

El Niño hasn’t left the building — it’s just taking a few days to sober up between benders. But will it continue to deliver the precipitation punch in the gut the US West Coast was promised? One particular factor might determine California’s fate.


El Nino Hasn't Vanished, But It Might Be More Powerful Than We Ever Imagined

We were promised torrential rain, “conveyor belts” of storms, violent-alcoholic-on-malt-liquor wrath. Now much of California is broiling in 90-degree temperatures with no precipitation in sight. What gives? Don’t worry — El Niño didn’t bail. It might be even stronger than we thought.


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