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Twisters Past and Present: Interactive Tornado Tracker

Twisters Past and Present: Interactive Tornado Tracker

The tracker plots tornado reports from the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., and is updated frequently to capture breaking events. This tracker shows reported tornadoes, not confirmed tornadoes. The National Weather Service conducts damage assessment surveys after tornadoes are reported to determine if a tornado actually touched down, and i… Read More

China’s Growing Coal Use Is World’s Growing Problem

China’s Growing Coal Use Is World’s Growing Problem

China has been praised recently for its investments in renewable energy. And the credit is well deserved as China's commitment to renewables dwarfs that of the U.S. and other industrialized countries. From 2010 to 2012 alone, China’s renewable electricity growth was double that of the U.S., and it is continuing to grow. But all the accolades are … Read More

Sunburned in Siberia: Heat Wave Leads to Wildfires

Sunburned in Siberia: Heat Wave Leads to Wildfires

A heat wave in Siberia has led to a surge in wildfires, releasing large amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.… Read More

Heat and Threat of Wildfires Blaze on in Australia

Heat and Threat of Wildfires Blaze on in Australia

a delayed monsoon is helping to heat Australia to record levels, with weather forecasters adding new colors onto weather maps to indicate temperatures up to 129°F. While the wildfires have diminished some, the heat is forecast to return to Queensland and other areas during the weekend into early next week, and the fire danger remains "extreme" in s… Read More

Tell Me Why: Climate Science Is So Important

Tell Me Why: Climate Science Is So Important

What’s seen from the sky can tell us a lot about what’s happening on Earth. Scientists rely on data gleaned from satellites for information on how our climate already has changed, and for clues on how it might change in the future. Scientist Jeff Privette tells us more in Tell Me Why.… Read More

2012 Year in Pictures: The Top 10 Most Striking Images

2012 Year in Pictures: The Top 10 Most Striking Images

Call it our year in pictures as 2012 may be remembered for some of these top 10 images.… Read More

Melting Permafrost Will Boost Temps, But Not Quickly

Melting Permafrost Will Boost Temps, But Not Quickly

Climate scientists have long known that human-generated greenhouse emissions are only part of the story with global warming. A rising planetary temperature sets in motion all sorts of secondary effects that can boost the temperature even higher — effects like melting Arctic sea ice, rising levels of heat-trapping water vapor in the atmosphere, and … Read More

A Forecast for the American West: Hot and Hotter

A Forecast for the American West: Hot and Hotter

Over the summer and on into the fall, images of flames, smoke plumes, firefighting teams and ruined homes have been on replay, and with good reason: As of Aug. 31, this year tied the record for total acreage burned by wildfires, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. More than 8.4 million acres have burned to date — an area larger than … Read More