Aerosols strengthen storm clouds, according to new study

From the UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN An abundance of aerosol particles in the atmosphere can increase the lifespans of large storm clouds by delaying rainfall, making the clouds grow larger and live longer, and producing more extreme storms when the rain finally does come, according to new research from The University of Texas at…

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Claim: Global Warming killed a Species of Rat

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Claims are flying that Global Warming has claimed its first mammal, a kind of rat which used to live on just one small island in the Cyclone prone Torres Strait, off the Northern coast of Australia. Human-caused climate change appears to have driven the Great Barrier Reef’s only endemic mammal…

NASA confirms discovery of 'Tatooine' planet

Largest crowdsourced astronomy network helps confirm discovery of ‘Tatooine’ planet. Led by Lehigh University professor Joshua Pepper, team includes nearly 40 members in 10 countries across 4 continents; Measurements by Swarthmore faculty and amateur astronomer in Portugal, helped verify new planet Kepler-1647 Crowdsourcing is used for everything from raising funds to locating the best burger…

Arctic sea ice sets new record low for May

From NSIDC: Daily Arctic sea ice extents for May 2016 tracked two to four weeks ahead of levels seen in 2012, which had the lowest September extent in the satellite record. Current sea ice extent numbers are tentative due to the preliminary nature of the DMSP F-18 satellite data, but are supported by other data…

May 2016 Global Surface (Land+Ocean) and Lower Troposphere Temperature Anomaly Update

Guest Post by Bob Tisdale This post provides an update of the values for the three primary suppliers of global land+ocean surface temperature reconstructions—GISS through May 2016 and HADCRUT4 and NCEI (formerly NCDC) through April 2016—and of the two suppliers of satellite-based lower troposphere temperature composites (RSS and UAH) through May 2016.  It also includes…