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Protecting the Planet from Asteroids, Comets

The U.S. government is stepping up efforts to protect the planet from incoming asteroids that could wipe out entire regions or even continents. The National Science and Technology Council released a report last week calling for improved asteroid detection, tracking …

Professor Says Window to Prevent Dangerous Impacts from Climate Change Closing Fast

Costs from climate change-driven extreme weather events are on the rise, and the amount of time left to stop those impacts before they get progressively worse is rapidly closing, according to a Columbia University professor speaking on Tuesday during a …

Go Ahead and Start a Climate Change Debate at the Thanksgiving Table

When you pass the turkey gravy on Thursday consider stuffing a hunk of climate change discourse down your uncle Jeb’s gullet. Let him stew until he’s good and fermented, then agitate as needed to see the fruits of your labor. …

Trump’s Proposed Cuts to NASA and NOAA Could Impact Forecasting, Modeling

Funding cuts proposed in a White House budget that has been on the table for months spook some experts who are concerned that the ability to do everything from model changes in the climate to forecast the day-to-day weather could …

Oklahoma Firm Partnering with NOAA on Hurricane Forecasting, Damage Assessment

Cherokee Nation Technologies has entered a partnership to support hurricane forecasting and damage assessment. The collaborative effort between Cherokee Nation along with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA has been using an unmanned aircraft to fly above several …

Reinsurance Group Head Puts Science in Climate Change Discussion

Asked for his thoughts on climate change, Frank Nutter expeditiously turned to science. His sphere of influence is far-ranging as president of the Reinsurance Association of America, a position he’s held since 1991. Nutter has addressed the topic of climate …

What Do Thanksgiving and Climate Change Have in Common?

You have to be either strange or bored to Google the phrase, “What do climate change and Thanksgiving have in common?” So I did. Believe it or not I got results, and found that there are at least two things …

Hurricane Strikes Cape Verde in East Atlantic — First Time Since 1892

Something rare happened out in the Atlantic — a hurricane hit Cape Verde. The islands off the coast of Africa lend their name to some of the most powerful storms the Atlantic produces, yet they themselves rarely get hit. According …

Researchers Find Link Between Atlantic Hurricanes and Amazon Wildfires

Researchers have uncovered a “remarkably strong link” between high wildfire risk in the Amazon basin and the hurricanes that ravage North Atlantic shorelines. The wildfire-hurricane association is a result of ocean-atmosphere interactions, according to the researchers who say this north-south …

New U.S. Satellite Aims to Unlock Mysteries of Hurricanes

Hurricanes hold lots of secrets. Unlocking them can help forecasters predict the next steps the deadly storms will take. That, in turn, will help improve computer forecast models and give meteorologists a better understanding of each system. As the forecasting …