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Improving Forecasts for Rain-on-Snow Flooding

Many of the worst West Coast winter floods involve heavy rains and melting snow, and UW hydrology experts are using the physics of these events to better predict the risks.

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Peer-Reviewed Report: Clearing Tropical Rainforests Distorts Earth’s Wind and Water Systems, Packs Climate Wallop Beyond Carbon

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A new study released today presents powerful evidence that clearing trees not only spews carbon into the atmosphere, but also triggers major shifts in rainfall and increased temperatures worldwide that are just as potent as those caused by current carbon pollution. Further, the study finds that future agricultural productivity across the globe is at risk from deforestation-induced warming and altered rainfall patterns.

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Glacier Beds Can Get Slipperier at Higher Sliding Speeds

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Lab experiments by Iowa State glaciologists have found that as a glacier's sliding speed increases, the bed beneath the glacier can grow slipperier. That finding could lead to better predictions of glacier response to climate change and resulting sea-level rise.

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Carbon-Trapping 'Sponges' Can Cut Greenhouse Gases

In the fight against global warming, carbon capture – chemically trapping carbon dioxide before it releases into the atmosphere – is gaining momentum, but standard methods are plagued by toxicity, corrosiveness and inefficiency. Using a bag of chemistry tricks, Cornell materials scientists have invented low-toxicity, highly effective carbon-trapping “sponges” that could lead to increased use of the technology.

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What Happens in the Arctic, No Longer Stays in the Arctic

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Seasoned Policymakers Drive the Fairest Bargain of All

Is an experienced policymaker a more rational and a more self-interested bargainer than the average person? That is what nearly all prior research has assumed. But a new study from the University of California, San Diego shows just the opposite.

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Massive Study Provides First Detailed Look at How Greenland’s Ice Is Vanishing

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Led by University at Buffalo geophysicist Beata Csatho, the project used NASA satellite and aerial data to reconstruct how the ice sheet changed at nearly 100,000 locations over many years.

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Past Global Warming Similar to Today's

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The rate at which carbon emissions warmed Earth’s climate almost 56 million years ago resembles modern, human-caused global warming much more than previously believed, but involved two pulses of carbon to the atmosphere, University of Utah researchers and their colleagues found.

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Climate Change Could Leave Cities More in the Dark

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Cities like Miami are all too familiar with hurricane-related power outages. But a Johns Hopkins University analysis finds climate change will give other major metro areas a lot to worry about in future storms.

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