#AGU14 – NOAA establishes 'tipping points' for sea level rise related flooding

via NOAA Headquarters Most of US coast may see 30 or more days a year of floods up to 2 feet above high tides By 2050, a majority of U.S. coastal areas are likely to be threatened by 30 or more days of flooding each year due to dramatically accelerating impacts from sea level rise,…

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New solar 'climate' explorer spacecraft to be launched

Video follows. NOAA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR), scheduled to launch in five weeks, will give forecasters more reliable measurements of solar wind speed, improving their ability to monitor harmful solar activity, and replace an aging research satellite currently used to warn of impacts to Earth. “Thanks to DSCOVR, the United States will have the…

New Study: Two Thousand Years of Northern European Summer Temperatures Show a Downward Trend

In a paper published in the Journal of Quaternary Science, Esper et al. (2014) write that tree-ring chronologies of maximum latewood density (MXD) “are most suitable to reconstruct annually resolved summer temperature variations of the late Holocene.” And working with what they call “the world’s two longest MXD-based climate reconstructions” – those of Melvin et…

Early Results from NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 Mission to be presented at #AGU14 via Live Stream

Time: Thursday, Dec. 18, 9 a.m. PST In 2014, NASA launched four new missions to study our home planet, including the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 in July – NASA’s first mission dedicated to studying atmospheric carbon dioxide. This press conference will present early results from the OCO-2 mission. Fossil fuel combustion, deforestation and other human activities…