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NYC's One-Inch Escape From Irene

Posted August 30, 2011 | 22:23:25 (EST)

New York City dodged a bullet with Irene, but big trouble passed more closely than most people think. If the storm surge had pushed New York Harbor about one inch higher, it could have been enough to overcome some of Lower Manhattan's outer defenses and flood the subway system, FDR...

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Did July Seem Hot? It's the Cool of the Future

Posted August 3, 2010 | 15:56:14 (EST)

Yes, you read the title correctly. July of 2010 will be remembered as a cool one, even in the northeast corridor.

Boston sweat through 8 days of above-90 degree Fahrenheit heat last month. New York City endured 14; Philadelphia suffered 17; and Washington, DC sweltered through 20. These numbers are...

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Summer Solstice Meets Record Low Arctic Ice

Posted June 21, 2010 | 12:13:58 (EST)

On June 21, the sun reaches its highest point in the sky; it is the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, the longest day of the year. The summer solstice is like a giant celestial metronome, marking the arrival of the season and the passage of years with precise regularity....

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Climate Bill Time Machine

Posted May 14, 2010 | 11:08:09 (EST)

Senators John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) introduced their long-awaited climate bill in the Senate this week, where it faces uncertain prospects. Rather than speculating about the bill's future, let's take a far longer view for a moment. What would America's First Congress have said about climate...

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Earth Day Smoke Signals: Lessons From a Volcano

Posted April 22, 2010 | 10:38:02 (EST)

On the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, the planet is sending us a smoke signal.

A plume of ash from one volcano in Iceland has disrupted travel, commerce and culture across Europe and the globe. Eyjafjallajokull's airborne debris even grounded Air Force One from a planned trip to Poland. Airline...

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