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Mighty Mammoths Fell Prey to Rapidly Warming Earth
July 23rd, 2015
The mighty megafauna of the last ice age, including the wooly mammoths, short faced bears and cave lions, largely went extinct because of rapid climate-warming events, a new study finds.
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Record Hot First Half May Herald Warmest Year Yet
Global surface temperature differences map
July 20th, 2015
June 2015 was the warmest June on record, and there's a good chance 2015 will be the warmest year.
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Russia's Impossible Rainstorm of 2012 Finally Explained
Krymsk, Russia flooding
July 13th, 2015
Warming Black Sea waters fueled an intense rainfall event in Krymsk, Russia in 2012.
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Water, Water Not Everywhere: Why Puddles Stop Spreading
A drop of fluid striking the surface of a fluid bath
July 22nd, 2015
Puddles make water easier to spot and wipe up, but the traditional laws of physics say water should spread indefinitely. So why doesn't it?
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Sea Creatures Make Brighter Clouds to Cool the Earth
Marine stratocumulus clouds, algae snot, cloud formation
July 18th, 2015
Green globs of little critters in the ocean are responsible for half of the cloud droplets that cover the Southern Ocean during the summer – the link between the critters and clouds provides needed insight for predicting the effects of climate change.
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Dust Clouds the Future of the South Asian Monsoon (Op-Ed)
monsoon, storms, thunderstorms, lightning
July 10th, 2015
Pollution and dust is shrinking the monsoon season, threatening the crops that feed millions.
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June Breaks US Heat Records
Statewide average temperature ranks for June
July 8th, 2015
The temperatures for June are in and five Western states saw their warmest June ever.
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Dire Climate Warning by NASA Scientist Raises Questions
a glacier in southern Greenland.
July 21st, 2015
NASA's former climate chief finds the world's current climate goal may not prevent catastrophic losses from rising seas, ocean temperatures and changes in weather. But the extreme nature of his projections has some scientists questioning the study.
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Complex Cirrus Clouds Seen in 3D from Space
Terra satellite cirrus clouds
July 16th, 2015
Surprisingly complicated cirrus clouds are seen by a satellite and by a scientific instrument aboard the ISS, matching data to a high-flying view.
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Earth Is Losing Its Bumblebees
bees, pollinators, Nectar sipping
July 9th, 2015
Bumblebees are disappearing from their more southern locations, but are not expanding northward.
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