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US cold snap was a freak of nature, quick analysis finds

January 11, 2018

Consider this cold comfort: A quick study of the brutal American cold snap found that the Arctic blast really wasn't global warming but a freak of nature. Frigid weather like the two-week cold spell that began around Christmas is 15 times rarer than it was a century ago, according to a team of international scientists who does real-time analyses to see if extreme weather events are natural or more likely to happen because of climate change. Jim Overland is quoted. 

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Weather 'bombs' and the link between severe winters and climate change

January 04, 2018

What’s with all the weapons analogies for the storm dumping snow on the East Coast today? The bomb references may seem to have popped up out of nowhere this week, but the word has actually been used to describe powerful, rapidly intensifying winter storms for decades. 

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EXTREME WEATHER: Storm 'bomb' is tinder for both sides in climate fight

January 04, 2018

Record-cold temperatures, possible hurricane-force winds, and a dramatic name — the "bomb cyclone" is being used by some climate skeptics to question scientists who've become more bold about linking extreme weather to warming temperatures.

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Arctic report card: Permafrost thawing at a faster pace

December 12, 2017

Permafrost in the Arctic is thawing at a faster clip, according to a new report released Tuesday. Water is also warming and sea ice is melting at the fastest pace in 1,500 years at the top of the world. The annual report released Tuesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration showed slightly less warming in many measurements than a record hot 2016. But scientists remain concerned because the far northern region is warming twice as fast as the rest of the globe and has reached a level of warming that’s unpre... more

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The Arctic is warming faster than it has in 1,500 years

December 12, 2017

The Arctic is running a fever. The magnitude and pace of the recent Arctic sea-ice decline and ocean warming is "unprecedented" in at least the past 1,500 years and likely much longer, according to a federal report released Tuesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric 

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