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Mar 20, 2020. 6 comments

Study: Soot From Massive Wildfires Led to Dino-Killing Mass Extinction

Study: Soot From Massive Wildfires Led to Dino-Killing Mass Extinction

When a gigantic asteroid struck the Earth some 66 million years ago, it triggered an “impact winter” that extinguished over 75 percent of all species on Earth. New research suggests it was the resulting low light, and not frigid temperatures, that drove this horrific mass extinction.

The Cretaceous–Paleogene (K–Pg) mass extinction event was so bad that no terrestrial species larger than a rat...

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Brian Kahn Brian Kahn Jan 16, 2020. 9 comments

It's Finally Raining in Australia

It's Finally Raining in Australia

Australia has been on fire. Perhaps you’ve heard.

After months of relentless heat and bone-dry conditions, parts of the continent are finally seeing much-needed rainfall. That could help quell the fires, but heavy downpours have also already led to debris flows, adding insult to injury in a country that really doesn’t need any more pain.

The shift in Australia’s weather began this week as more...

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Yessenia Funes Yessenia Funes Jan 08, 2020. 13 comments

2019 Was the Second-Hottest Year on Record

2019 Was the Second-Hottest Year on Record

If you lived on Earth last year, you knew it was freaking hot. Now the scientists have confirmed it. In fact, 2019 was the second hottest year on record, according to data the European Copernicus Climate Change Service released Wednesday.

“2019 has been another exceptionally warm year, in fact, the second warmest globally in our dataset with many of the individual months breaking records,”...

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Brian Kahn Brian Kahn Dec 27, 2019. 9 comments

2019 Was a Horror-Show Year for Weather

2019 Was a Horror-Show Year for Weather
Year In ReviewYear In ReviewWe look back at the best, worst, and most significant moments of the year, and look forward to next year.

Violent weather has become one of the hallmarks of modern life as climate change pushes our planet into a new, more volatile state. And unfortunately, 2019 was a painful reminder of that.

Severe storms, wildfires, and cyclones have left communities around the...

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Dharna Noor Dharna Noor Dec 18, 2019. 17 comments

Beer, Rich People, and Racing Horses All Made Out Better Than Renewable Energy in Congress' Budget

Beer, Rich People, and Racing Horses All Made Out Better Than Renewable Energy in Congress' Budget

The House approved a 1.4 trillion spending package on Tuesday, which extended a slew of expiring and expired tax breaks. Lots of environmentalists are pissed because it barely did anything for renewable energy. Tax breaks for onshore wind energy got a yearlong extension, but offshore wind and solar didn’t get shit.

Well, we at Earther are here to tell you that it’s okay! Because even though...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Dec 18, 2019. 12 comments

Study: Massive Blowout at Gas Well in 2018 Spewed 5 Times as Much Methane as ExxonMobil Estimated

Study: Massive Blowout at Gas Well in 2018 Spewed 5 Times as Much Methane as ExxonMobil Estimated

Research published this week shows that the blowout of an ExxonMobile-owned natural gas well in Belmont County, Ohio in February 2018 released a hell of a lot more methane than previously thought.

Per CNN, Dutch and American scientists published a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on Monday that used satellite data to estimate the blowout’s total emissions of...

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Dharna Noor Dharna Noor Nov 29, 2019. 1 comments

Save the Whales—But Actually

Save the Whales—But Actually

Environmentalists have been demanding that we save the whales for decades. The phrase has been printed ad nauseam on so many buttons and t-shirts and bumper stickers that it’s practically a joke.

But we should probably listen to them.

Great whales are not only fascinating and cute as hell, they also keep carbon out of the atmosphere. When they’re alive—and they often live for 200 years—they...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Nov 28, 2019. 5 comments

PG&E Fails to Have Law Holding It Liable for Billions in Wildfire Damages Thrown Out

PG&E Fails to Have Law Holding It Liable for Billions in Wildfire Damages Thrown Out

California’s largest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric, was burned by the courts in an attempt to reduce its liabilities from wildfires in 2017 and 2018 linked to its faulty electrical grid on Wednesday, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

PG&E declared it was filing for bankruptcy earlier this year after those fires resulted in dozens of deaths, the destruction of thousands of homes, and...

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Brian Kahn Brian Kahn Nov 19, 2019. 9 comments

The Amazon Is Fucked Under Brazil's President, New Data Confirms

The Amazon Is Fucked Under Brazil's President, New Data Confirms

For months, the world has watched in collective horror as the Amazon rainforest has been burned down under the watch of Brazil’s far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro. New data released Monday now puts the devastation in context.

This year’s assault on the Brazilian Amazon resulted in the worst bout of deforestation in a decade. And compared to last year, 2019 marks the third biggest leap in...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Oct 06, 2019. 22 comments

Report: University of Iowa Faculty Told Not to Promote Greta Thunberg Visit on School Social Media

Report: University of Iowa Faculty Told Not to Promote Greta Thunberg Visit on School Social Media

University of Iowa officials have told faculty at the school that they should not promote 16-year-old Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg’s surprise appearance at a Friday climate strike in Iowa City on its social media channels, according to a report in the Gazette.

UI civil and environmental engineering professor Michelle Scherer, who is also the associate director of a National...

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Brian Kahn Brian Kahn Aug 27, 2019. 6 comments

Tropical Storm Dorian Could Pose the First Cyclone Threat to Puerto Rico Since Maria

Tropical Storm Dorian Could Pose the First Cyclone Threat to Puerto Rico Since Maria
Your browser does not support HTML5 video tag.Click here to view original GIFThe sun rises on Tropical Storm Dorian on Tuesday.GIF: Colorado State University

On Tuesday morning, the National Hurricane Center issued a forecast with words nobody on Puerto Rico wants to see: hurricane watch.

Tropical Storm Dorian ripped across Barbados and the Eastern Antilles islands on Monday night and emerged...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Aug 26, 2019.

Galaxy Note 10+, Alternate Internets, and Bernie's Climate Plan: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

Galaxy Note 10+, Alternate Internets, and Bernie's Climate Plan: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

This week at Gizmodo, we took a long, hard look at what could have been with our Alternate Internet series, cataloging some of the ways the web could have been different—or still could be. While we didn’t have the time to write a sweeping, The Wheels of Time-length series on what would happen if I was given absolute control over the internet (nothing good!), we did take the time to look at...

Ed Cara Ed Cara Jul 30, 2019. 12 comments

Hot Pavement Is More Dangerous Than You Realize

Hot Pavement Is More Dangerous Than You Realize

Doctors at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas are warning about a less-recognized danger of summer heat: pavement burns. Their recent study suggests that people in hot places can end up in the hospital with serious burn injuries caused by contact with sizzling pavement.

The researchers, who published their study this April in the Journal of Burn Care and Research, took a look at cases from...

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Brian Kahn Brian Kahn Jul 17, 2019. 19 comments

The U.S. Is Set to Roast This Week Under a Potentially Record-Setting Heat Wave

The U.S. Is Set to Roast This Week Under a Potentially Record-Setting Heat Wave
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The only thing worse than the hottest time of summer is a heat wave on top of the hottest time of summer. And lo and behold, that’s exactly what the eastern U.S. is to deal with.

A powerful heat dome coupled with disgustingly moist air will envelop the country from the Rockies to the Eastern...

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Maddie Stone Maddie Stone Jun 27, 2019. 17 comments

Airplane Contrails Have Surprising Effect on the Atmosphere

Airplane Contrails Have Surprising Effect on the Atmosphere

The climate impact of flying isn’t just about carbon emissions. The contrails that airplanes create also influence the temperature of our atmosphere—and a new study finds that impact is set to grow in a big way.

As planes cruise through the upper reaches of the troposphere. spewing exhaust, they also leave behind trails of water vapor that can form streaky cirrus clouds. Most of these contrail...

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Brian Kahn Brian Kahn Jun 19, 2019. 6 comments

Why Is It Raining so Much This Year?

Why Is It Raining so Much This Year?

The atmosphere has been heaving rain at the eastern U.S. like kids lob water balloons at a water fight. The never-ending barrage of rain has left the Midwest flooded, the Gulf of Mexico primed for a huge dead zone, and New Yorkers who walk everywhere stuck with perennially soggy shoes.

And the rain won’t stop soon.

Another five inches is in the forecast for the already waterlogged Midwest this...

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Maddie Stone Maddie Stone Jun 15, 2019. 11 comments

Seals With Sensors Help Solve the Mystery of Antarctica's Giant Sea Ice Hole

Seals With Sensors Help Solve the Mystery of Antarctica's Giant Sea Ice Hole

Scientists studying the vast, remote waters encircling Antarctica frequently enlist the help of elephant seals, sticking sensors on their heads that collect data on temperature and salinity. Now, these flippered field assistants, along with robotic floats that collect similar intel, have been conscripted to help solve an icy mystery.

For the past few years, researchers have been puzzling over...

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Brian Kahn Brian Kahn Jun 14, 2019. 8 comments

Scientists Just Installed the World’s Highest Weather Station in Mount Everest's ‘Death Zone’

Scientists Just Installed the World’s Highest Weather Station in Mount Everest's ‘Death Zone’

Scientists announced on Thursday that they successfully installed five automated stations, including the highest weather station in world, on Mount Everest’s flank. At 27,658 feet (8,430 meters) above sea level, the station is set to record some of the harshest weather anywhere on Earth. And with a satellite connection, anyone can monitor the weather in Mount Everest’s so-called death...

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Brian Kahn Brian Kahn May 31, 2019. 13 comments

Why Are There So Many Tornadoes Right Now?

Why Are There So Many Tornadoes Right Now?

This has been a spring of angry weather across the U.S. as heat, flooding, and hail pummel the eastern half of the country. But along with the garden variety suffering, devastating tornadoes have also spread across the U.S. from Texas to Pennsylvania.

Twisters have ripped through communities across the U.S., killing at least three in Missouri last week, injuring nearly 100 on Monday in...

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Brian Kahn Brian Kahn May 02, 2019. 1 comments

Powerful Cyclone Bears Down on India, Forcing Millions to Evacuate

Powerful Cyclone Bears Down on India, Forcing Millions to Evacuate
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Cyclone Fani is bearing down on India and has forced the largest evacuation in the country’s history as millions flee from the coast.

The storm formed in the Bay of Bengal earlier this week and has been gathering steam ever since as it stalks India’s east coast. It’s expected to make landfall on Friday...

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