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NOAA Offers a Space-Based View of 2015's 'Hyperactive' Hurricane Season

June 19, 2015 Misdirected flocks of little, red crabs in California aren’t the only sign of a strengthening El Niño. There was also the bippety-bam-boom emergence of three eastern-Pacific hurricanes since May, something that hasn’t happened since 1956. The folks at Climate.gov have posted an illuminating guide to what they call a“hyperactive” Pacific...

Portland Debuts Rain-Themed 'Creative Crosswalks'

June 10, 2015 Yesterday, Portland stole a bit of Seattle’s thunder by debuting crosswalks decorated with rain drops and umbrellas. The pair of so-called “creative crosswalks” lie in Old Town Chinatown and represent the city’s first foray into artistic zebra stripes. For once, this isn’t just Portland being goofy: The crosswalks are meant...

NOAA: 2015 Could Be the New Hottest Year on Record

June 6, 2015 Remember the awful heat of 2014, which was likely the warmest year in known history? Well, the odds are increasing that 2015 might outdo that superlative sultriness, becoming the hottest year since record-keeping began in 1880. Whether or not that happens could depend on El Niño, writes NOAA scientist Deke...

Inside the Push to Put Climate Change Warnings on Gas Pumps

April 1, 2015 A few years ago, Jack Fleck was reading Tropic of Chaos, an investigation into how climate change fuels political discord and violence, when he began to feel discordant. "It talked about the impunity of oil companies, that they can do anything and there are no consequences for them," says Fleck,...

A Grimly Fascinating Map of Toxic Spills in Brooklyn

March 30, 2015 Jill Hubley's lived in Brooklyn for 14 years, so she's familiar with the Greenpoint oil spill, a decades-long seepage of 17-to-30 million gallons of petro-crap that ranks as one of America's biggest-ever land spills. But recently the 33-year-old web developer became curious about what other, lesser pollution might be fouling...

Cyclists, Rest Your Weary Limbs on Seattle's First-Ever 'Leaning Rails'

February 27, 2015 Cyclists who want to relax while waiting at traffic lights—without performing a troublesome, potentially crotch-crushing dismount, that is—can grab a sign post or put a foot on the curb. Or, if they're in Seattle, they can slide up to these swanky, new "leaning rails" and take a load off: The...

Mapping the Most Poop-Filled Waterways in New York

January 16, 2015 Unless they have a mental disease or are Cosmo Kramer, most people don't need to be told not to swim in New York's waterways. But for a reminder whythat's the case, have a look at this odious map showing the fecal material floating in the Rotten Apple's streams, creeks, and...

America's Holiday Lights Can Be Seen from Space

December 18, 2014 Forget going out to view your neighborhood's Christmas lights this year: You can do it the 21st-century way, bathed in the pallid glow of a monitor. That's because NASA has just released a wonderful bunch of satellite images of American cities, gleaming like nebulae with all their candy-colored LEDs, sparkling...

America's Holiday Lights Can Be Seen from Space

December 17, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Forget going out to view your neighborhood's Christmas lights this year: You can do it the 21st-century way, bathed in the pallid glow of a monitor. That's because NASA has just released a wonderful bunch of satellite images of American cities, gleaming like nebulae with all their candy-colored LEDs, sparkling...

What Are the Odds Your City Will Have a White Christmas?

December 15, 2014 Those determined to have a White Christmas should grab crampons and a bottle of scotch and prepare for a tough slog. Many places in the lower 48 with a lock on holiday snow are located in rugged, altitudinous climes—the bony ridge of the Sierra Nevada, for instance, and the wind-burned...