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California Faces Heightened Risk of Megafloods

Although California is currently contending with historic drought, a new study indicates that climate change is sharply increasing the risk of a catastrophic megaflood that could submerge large swaths of the state and displace millions of residents. The study by scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) finds that the likelihood of such […]

Posted inSci/Tech

Water Resources to Become Less Predictable with Climate Change

Water resources will fluctuate increasingly and become more and more difficult to predict in snow-dominated regions across the Northern Hemisphere by later this century, according to a comprehensive new climate change study led by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). The research team found that, even in regions that keep receiving about the same […]

Posted inEnviro

Pacific Northwest wildfires alter air pollution patterns across North America

Increasingly large and intense wildfires in the Pacific Northwest are altering the seasonal pattern of air pollution and causing a spike in unhealthy pollutants in August, new research finds. The smoke is undermining clean air gains, posing potential risks to the health of millions of people, according to the study. The research, led by scientists […]

Posted inSci/Tech

Protecting the ozone layer is delivering vast health benefits

An international agreement to protect the ozone layer is expected to prevent 443 million cases of skin cancer and 63 million cataract cases for people born in the United States through the end of this century, according to new research. The research team, by scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), ICF Consulting, […]

Posted inCalifornia

Scientists link recent California droughts and floods to distinctive atmospheric waves

BOULDER, Colo. April 7, 2017 – The crippling wintertime droughts that struck California from 2013 to 2015, as well as this year’s unusually wet California winter, appear to be associated with the same phenomenon: a distinctive wave pattern that emerges in the upper atmosphere and circles the globe. Scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) […]

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