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As climate change warms the planet, glaciers are melting faster, and scientists fear that many will collapse by the end of the century, drastically raising sea level and inundating coastal cities and island nations.

Albedo is a term that represents the ability of Earth's surface to reflect solar radiation. This is the primary factor of the energy balance between the surface and the atmosphere.

Abundant geological evidence demonstrates that Earth's climate has experienced millennial-scale variability superimposed on glacial-interglacial fluctuations through the Pleistocene.

Lakes provide drinking water for people, habitat for plants and wildlife, and a place to fish, boat and swim.

New study links an increase in black carbon in Antarctic ice cores to Māori burning practices in New Zealand more than 700 years ago.

Every evening, small fish and microscopic animals called zooplankton journey to the ocean surface, where they feast on microscopic plants under the moonlight before returning to the depths at dawn.

About six gigatons -- roughly 12 times the mass of all living humans -- of carbon appears to be emitted over land every year, according to data from the Chinese Global Carbon Dioxide Monitoring Scientific Experimental Satellite (TanSat).

The rate at which plants and the land surface release moisture into the air has increased on a global scale between 2003 and 2019. These processes are collectively known as evapotranspiration, and a new NASA study has calculated its increase by using observations from gravity satellites.

To become climate neutral by 2050, the European Union launched two ambitious programmes: "Green Deal" and "DigitalStrategy".

A new study reports that increased vegetation growth during the recent decades, known as the "Greening Earth", has a strong cooling effect on the land due to increased efficiency of heat and water vapor transfer to the atmosphere.

A container ship leaves a trail of white clouds in its wake that can linger in the air for hours.

According to independent analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Earth's global surface temperatures in 2019 were the second warmest since modern recordkeeping began in 1880.

By matching the movement of ships to the changes in clouds caused by their emissions, researchers have shown how strongly the two are connected.

Whether they're idyllic floating cotton balls on an otherwise blue sky or ominous grey swirls that block the sun, clouds all begin as an invisible dot of water vapor.

Bacteria Thrive as Earth's Oceans Warm

Scientists have been working to identify the ways in which our warming seas are affecting other Earth systems, including life in the ocean.

The interaction between atmospheric circulation in the tropics and sub-tropics and cloud structure is highly correlated.

Earth's 2016 surface temperatures were the warmest since modern recordkeeping began in 1880, according to independent analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

A new NASA-led study finds that almost one-fifth of the global warming that has occurred in the past 150 years has been missed by historical records due to quirks in how global temperatures were recorded.

A Scripps Institution of Oceanography at University of California San Diego-led research team analyzing satellite cloud records has found that the cloudy storm tracks on Earth are moving toward the poles and subtropical dry zones are expanding.

The first deployment of one of NASA's most ambitious research studies of Earth's atmosphere will take place this July and August.

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