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Climate change could make extreme downpours even worse

Climate change could make extreme downpours even worse

Climate change could cause a drastic increase in extreme summer downpours in much of the United States by the end of current century, intensifying flash flooding, a new study warned.

A team of researchers led by Andreas Prein, of the National Center for Atmospheric Research, estimated that climate change could drive a whopping 400 per cent increase in the frequency of extreme summer downpours in the country by 2100.

NASA Shares Image of Antarctica's Larsen C Ice Shelf with Massive Fracture

NASA Shares Image of Antarctica's Larsen C Ice Shelf with Massive Fracture

NASA has shared an image of Antarctica's Larsen C Ice Shelf showcasing a massive fracture in the ice shelf. The facture is nearly 70 miles long and 1,700 feet deep. The rift is as wide as a football field. Researchers have warned that the rift is growing and this could be an alarming sign of what could happen next. Ice shelves generally shed some of their regions but this one could be massive and it will have a major impact on the region.

Electric-blue Noctilucent ice clouds spotted earlier over Antarctica this year: NASA

Electric-blue Noctilucent ice clouds spotted earlier over Antarctica this year: NASA

Noctilucent ice clouds over Antarctica have been spotted little earlier this year than their usual time in the Southern Hemisphere. NASA Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) has recorded blue noctilucent ice clouds over Antarctica and they have been noticed much earlier this year. The Noctilucent clouds are the highest clouds, generally found in mesosphere layer of atmosphere. These clouds feature ice crystals and when they reflect sunlight, they produce bright blue color.

Blue colored Noctilucent ice clouds noticed over Antarctica by NASA AIM

Blue colored noctilucent ice clouds noticed over Antarctica by NASA AIM

NASA Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) has recorded blue noctilucent ice clouds over Antarctica and they have been noticed much earlier this year. The Noctilucent clouds are the highest clouds, generally found in mesosphere layer of atmosphere. These clouds feature ice crystals and when they reflect sunlight, they produce bright blue color. The Noctilucent clouds are noticed over South Pole each year but this year, they have appeared earlier than their usual time.

Climate System ‘Feedback’ Could Push for Change in Global Warming Estimates

Climate System ‘Feedback’ Could Push for Change in Global Warming Estimates

Global Warming models have been predicting tough times ahead as the planet copes with higher amount of carbon dioxide. A new research paper suggests that the release of CO2 trapped in the soil could aggravate the global warming issue to a much higher magnitude. The climate system ‘feedback’ could lead to further warming of our planet and climatologists have reported in a new research paper about excess carbon dioxide released by our planet as it warms up.

News media reporting on global temperatures is faulty: Scientists argue

4A---News media report on global temperatures is faulty: scientists argue

The controversial news media report, which suggested there is no link between recent record-high global temperatures and climate change, has been refuted by scientists.

Debunking the report's conclusion, the scientists argued that it was based on incomplete data about climate change and global warming.

NASA researchers have predicted that 2016 will most probably be the hottest year on record, surpassing the record set in 2015. Scientists were prompt to blame climate change for the problem.

Climate System ‘Feedback’ Could Lead to Further Trouble on Global Warming Front

Climate System ‘Feedback’ Could Lead to Further Trouble on Global Warming Front

The climate system ‘feedback’ could lead to further warming of our planet and climatologists have reported in a new research paper about excess carbon dioxide released by our planet as it warms up. The newest culprit fanning global warming concerns in the carbon dioxide trapped in earth over the centuries and scientists are warning that it is re-entering our atmosphere. This excess carbon dioxide could change climate further and we might not be ready for it.

Rift in Pine Island Glacier points to bigger collapse in the future

Rift in Pine Island Glacier points to bigger collapse in the future

Higher ocean temperatures melted Pine Island Glacier from underneath and caused a deep subsurface crack, causing a massive iceberg to splint off one of Antarctica's largest glaciers in 2015, according to a new study by Ohio State University (OSU) researchers.

Led by Ian Howat, an associate professor of Earth sciences at OSU, the researchers discovered that warmer waters caused a 20-mile-long subsurface rift that eventually cleaved off a 225-square-mile iceberg in July last year.

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American Saltmarsh Sparrow Could Face Extinction in 50 Years: Report

American Saltmarsh Sparrow Could Face Extinction in 50 Years: Report

The saltmarsh sparrow could face extinction over next five decades, as per a new report issued by the Connecticut Audubon Society. The society has warned that saltmarsh sparrows have been facing decline in population since 1998 and the average annual decline has been estimated at 9 percent. The nesting regions for sparrows have decreased and they also face other challenges.

Arctic has lost massive part of its older ice cover since 1984: researchers say

Arctic lost 95 per cent of its older ice cover since 1984: researchers say

Pointing to the impacts of growing problem of global warming, a new study by NASA scientists has indicated that the Arctic has lost nearly 95 per cent of its older ice cover since 1984.

According to the study, the area under Arctic sea ice for at least 4 years has decreased from 1,860,000 square kilometers (km) in September 1984 to 110,000 square km in September this year.

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