Prolonged Drought Contributed to Maya Civilization’s Collapse


The Maya civilization, which occupied much of modern-day Mexico and Central America, collapsed rapidly between 800 and 1000 AD. This collapse has often puzzled archaeologists. There hasn’t been a clear explanation for why the society collapsed, which was known for its sophisticated calendar system and pyramid construction.

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Changing Gulf Stream is Destabilizing Gases Trapped in Sediments


Methane gas is escaping from the seabed sediments somewhere off the coast of North Carolina. Researchers think that a shifting Gulf Stream, the Atlantic Ocean current that flows north from the Gulf of Mexico, is to blame since it is delivering warmer waters to areas that had previously only received colder waters.

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Record Arctic Snow Melt Might Be Prolonging American Drought

Hudson Bay on April 6 (left) and June 5 (right), 2012. Image: NASA

While it may seem that melting arctic snow isn’t as dramatic as the record ice melt that’s occurred this year, the loss of arctic snow potentially has profound consequences for weather patterns, especially in the USA.

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Report Claims 100 Million Will Die from Climate Change by 2030


A new report commissioned by 20 different governments states that more than 100 million people will die by 2030 if nothing is done to tackle climate change. Global economic growth will also be cut by 3.2% of gross domestic product (GDP).

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Amazon Fire Analysis Might Close Gaps in Climate Models


Brazilian and British scientists have been examining the heavy smoke plumes from wildfires in the Amazon, gathering data, to understand how the burning of biomass in South America is affecting the local weather and air quality. This might help close crucial gaps in climate models about how the process changes the Earth’s radiation balance.

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Arctic Sea Ice Melt Might Spur Extreme Weather Conditions in Europe


This year, the Arctic sea experienced a record ice melt during the summer and this might mean that northern Europe will experience a frigid winter. In the past years, when there was a lot of ice melt, there were bad winters.

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Greenland Ice Sheet May Slow Its Melting Quicker Than Expected


While satellites have confirmed that Greenland has lost a significant part of its ice sheet, a recent study in Science indicates that the ice sheet may be able to slow its melting much quicker than previously thought.

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Unusually High Frequency of Heatwaves Indicates Human Influence on Global Warming


There has been a definite, palpable impact on the Earth’s climate by global warming. The unusual high frequency of heatwaves indicate that there has to be a human influence. As much of the USA sizzles through another scorching summer and the Midwest endures a historic drought, NASA’s climatologist James Hansen states that the future he predicted in 1988 has finally arrived.

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