A deep freeze will leave much of the nation shivering this weekend, making the nor'easter that just blanketed about 20 states with snow look like a mere curtain raiser. Get ready for bone-chilling cold you haven't endured in years, the National Weather Service said. read more
Australia experienced its hottest year on record in 2013, officials have said.
Temperatures were 1.2C above the long term average, the warmest since records began in 1910, the Bureau of Meteorology said in its annual report.
The year also saw a record-warm winter that led into the most devastating fires in Sydney since 1968, it said.
The warming in Australia was consistent with global climate trends, where rising temperatures were influenced by greenhouse gases, it added.
According to the bureau, all but one of the last 10 years have had warmer-than-average temperatures in Australia.
National Geographic: A decline in ocean cloud cover projected in climate models points to more than 5.6 degrees F of global warming coming in this century, on the high end of past global warming estimates, warn climate scientists in a new study. "This degree of warming would make large swaths of the tropics uninhabitable by humans and cause most forests at low and middle latitudes to change to something else," says Steven Sherwood of Australia's University of New South Wales, who led the study. The changes, Sherwood says, would take Earth "back to the climate of the dinosaurs or worse, and in a geologically minuscule period of time -- less than the lifetime of a single tree."
Contaminated exam tools were to blame for an alarming outbreak of a drug-resistant superbug in Illinois last year, government health officials reported Thursday. Endoscopes that use cameras attached to long tubes to snake through the gut, examining the liver, bile ducts and pancreas, weren't properly disinfected and wound up infecting patients with a dangerous type of CRE, or carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, a family of germs highly resistant to antibiotics.
Ford has developed a concept model that runs primarily on solar power, which could bring the world one step closer to having a vehicle for everyday driving that is not dependent on traditional energy sources.
The C-MAX Solar Energi Concept is a collaboration between Ford, SunPower Corp. and the Georgia Institute of Technology. The concept car is expected to be unveiled next week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.