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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

The 5 Most Sobering Charts from the IPCC Climate Report

The 5 Most Sobering Charts from the IPCC Climate Report

The first installment in the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s latest scientific assessment on climate science came out on Friday, and it’s loaded with dense terminology, expressions of uncertainty, and nearly impenetrable graphics. Here’s what you need to know, in number and chart form.… Read More

IPCC Roundup: Early Reports Focus on Warming ‘Hiatus’

IPCC Roundup: Early Reports Focus on Warming ‘Hiatus’

A key portion of the long awaited Fifth Assessment Report from the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is slated to be released on Friday in Stockholm, where scientists and government representatives are currently meeting to finalize the report’s language. In addition to our original reporting and analysis, each day this week Climate Cen… 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

Rare May Snowstorm Annihilates Records in Midwest

Rare May Snowstorm Annihilates Records in Midwest

In Iowa, the 11 inches recorded at the town of Britt, which is in the north central part of the state, is also likely a state record. The 6.7 inches that fell in Des Moines was the biggest May snowstorm on record for that city as well. In Wisconsin, 16.2 inches fell at Ashland, which also set a state record for the heaviest May snowstorm on record.… Read More

Tell Me Why: We Need ‘Normals’ and Long-term Trends

Tell Me Why: We Need ‘Normals’ and Long-term Trends

What is “normal” when it comes to temperature and precipitation? The definition not only varies with location and time, but it changes from decade to decade. And it’s those decadal trends that interest climate scientists like Anthony Arguez. He explains the importance of “normals” in this version of Tell Me Why.… 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

Tell Me Why: The Climate Extremes Index Matters

Tell Me Why: The Climate Extremes Index Matters

The Climate Extremes Index, or CEI, tracks the highest and lowest 10 percent of extremes in a number of categories. As climate scientist Deke Arndt explains in this edition of Tell Me Why, the CEI contains critical information on how are climate is changing and what climate trends we may see.… Read More