CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 28, 2013 |
This year is shaping up to be the driest in downtown Los Angeles since 1877. Only 3.60 inches have fallen at the National Weather Service station at USC since Jan. 1, about half an inch less than was recorded in 1953 and 1947, which until now had tied for the lowest rainfall. Climatologist Bill Patzert of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge blames a long-lasting weather pattern in the Pacific Ocean called the Pacific Decadal Oscillation.
December 11, 2013 |
As of this writing, I have been on the road for 100 days, going around the world on a motorcycle trip that's been supported by other people's kindness. I started in August at the famed Hollywood sign and have crossed three continents and, by journey's end, two huge bodies of water. This is the final day of the Asian leg of my journey as I head off across the Pacific Ocean on a container ship. Before I left on this epic journey I had called all the container lines of the world and asked for a free ride across the oceans so that my bright-yellow motorcycle, which I've dubbed Kindness One , and I could circumnavigate the globe.
November 6, 2013 |
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has been doing some serious myth-busting after news reports this week claimed a massive island of debris from the 2011 Japan tsunami was headed for the U.S. West Coast. One problem: There is no floating mass of debris. The disaster swept millions of tons of material out to sea. While some has washed up on the West Coast and Hawaii, what remains afloat is widely scattered across the Pacific. The source of alarm was a map NOAA posted online without fanfare Sept.
November 1, 2013 |
Scientists have struggled to explain a recent slowdown in the rise of global surface temperatures while skeptics have seized on the 15-year lull to cast doubt on the science of climate change. A new study offers one explanation of where much of the heat trapped by greenhouse gas emissions is going: the ocean. Scientists found that parts of the Pacific Ocean are absorbing heat faster than they have over the past 10,000 years. The results, published Friday in the journal Science, suggest seawater is capturing far more energy than previously thought, for now sparing land-dwellers some of the worst effects of climate change.
September 22, 2013 |
It's a climate puzzle that has vexed scientists for more than a decade and added fuel to the arguments of those who insist man-made global warming is a myth. Since just before the start of the 21st century, the Earth's average global surface temperature has failed to rise despite soaring levels of heat-trapping greenhouse gases and years of dire warnings from environmental advocates. Now, as scientists with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change gather in Sweden this week to approve portions of the IPCC's fifth assessment report, they are finding themselves pressured to explain this glaring discrepancy.
September 20, 2013 |
In "The World Without Us," Alan Weisman took readers for a romp through the misty primeval forest in Poland and splashed into gin-clear waters to gaze upon one the most remote and intact coral reefs in the Pacific Ocean. Besides highlighting a few of the world's last remaining pristine places, the bestseller engaged in a thought experiment: If human beings were suddenly wiped off the face of Earth, how fast would nature overgrow cities with vegetation, reclaim the land, and demonstrate its remarkable resilience?