The magnetic North Pole has shifted, but we can’t update it because of the US government shutdown

When politics try to mess with your compass.

Amazing views of Earth captured by NOAA’s latest weather satellite

The level of detail is exceptional.

Atmospheric readings show someone is producing illegal, ozone-depleting industrial gases

Please stop.

White House nominates Barry Myers to lead the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

He brings relevant expertise to the table, but also possible conflicts of interest.

Head of (anti)-science in America harasses NOAA over paper that refutes global warming hiatus

You know things are messed up when the head of the House committee that covers science doesn’t really understand it. Or, worse even, chooses to bury it and persecute scientists. Such is the case of Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), the chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, who suspects of fraud a group of scientists that explained in a new paper that the global warming hiatus isn’t actually thing. Seems like the world is warming at the same rate as in the 20th century – fast. That didn’t bode well with an obviously biased conservative Republican, so Smith subpoenaed the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to gain access to the private documents and emails of scientists involved in the study.

Scientists find direct evidence that CO2 heats the Earth’s crust

When we’re talking about CO2 emissions and global warming, we generally mean atmospheric CO2 – where the gas is spewed and generates the greenhouse effect, warming our atmosphere and subsequently, our planet. But a new study conducted by US researchers found that CO2 actually warms the Earth’s crust directly; the more CO2 we emit, the hotter our planet will get.

Plant stress paints early picture of drought

It was a warm, drought plagued year – in July 2012, farmers in the U.S. Midwest and Plains regions watched crops wither and falter, after a series of unusually high temperatures and low precipitations. However, as the lack of rain continued to make its mark scientists observed another indication of drought in data from NASA and NOAA satellites: plant stress.