The World’s Smallest Snowman Wishes You Season’s Greetings

December 25, 2016
A researcher at Western University's Nanofabrication Facility in Ontario, Canada, has built the world's smallest snowman, measuring an extremely petite 3 microns tall. To put this in perspective, a human hair will typically be 50-75 microns (or micrometers) thick. The... continued

NOAA gives the North a Failing Grade in their Arctic Report Card

December 24, 2016
The National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration has released its annual Arctic Report Card, assessing the state of the climate above 60º north, and region's grades are not good: higher temperatures, lower snow and ice cover, and alarming biological activity marred... continued

Déjà vu at the North Pole: Arctic Winter Rises Above Freezing Again

December 23, 2016
In what seems to be an encore to last winter's disturbing display, temperatures in the Arctic have once again risen above the freezing mark. According to The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the average temperature for the Arctic winter is -40ºF... continued

Brazilian Megaliths Upend Modern Beliefs about the Amazon’s Indigenous Cultures

December 22, 2016
A circle of ancient megaliths that has been discovered in the jungle of the Amazon has been challenging the long-held assumption by archaeologists that the inhabitants there were simply tribes of hunter-gatherers. The granite stones, first uncovered in the 1990s,... continued

The Existence of Life on Earth may Depend on Quantum Processes

December 21, 2016
Despite the insistence of some physicists that quantum effects only affect things on an extremely small scale, new theories continue to be put forward that the smallest known processes may be responsible for some very, very big phenomena, ranging from... continued

Climate Watch Update: The Polar Vortex is Back and Extreme Winter Storms are Possible

December 20, 2016
The hottest November ever recorded in the arctic by far took place in 2016. The result of this is that the cold air that normally hangs over the high arctic has been pushed down into the northern half of the... continued

Bill Gates Announces $1 Billion for Clean Energy Investment, And Hints at More to Come

December 17, 2016
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, along with a host of other investment partners, is starting a $1 billion investment group, called the Breakthrough Energy Ventures fund, aimed at fighting climate change through investing in the business of clean energy production. The... continued

Climate Researchers resort to “Guerrilla Archiving” to Safeguard Key Data from Trump

December 15, 2016
In light of the possibility that the incoming Trump administration may suppress or destroy climate research data, environmental researchers have begun to safeguard decades of accumulated digital information, to prevent the potential loss of that knowledge. President-elect Donald Trump has... continued

CIA says Russian Hacking Efforts were Aimed at Influencing the Election in Trump’s Fav

December 14, 2016
The Central Intelligence Agency has concluded that Russian hacking activities during the 2016 presidential election was aimed at influencing the election in favor of then-Republican candidate Donald Trump. Numerous intelligence agencies have found that individuals that provided Wikileaks with thousands... continued

Tweeting for Bucks: Has the Kleptocracy Already Begun?

December 13, 2016
At 8:20 AM EST this morning an unknown party began short-selling stock in Lockheed-Martin. (A short seller makes money when a stock drops.) Six minutes later, at 8:26 AM Donald Trump tweeted: "The F-35 program and cost is out of control. Billions... continued