A snapshot of how 2012 stacks up against the five other warmest years ever recorded in the U.S.
If it seems like autumn leaves are taking longer to change color, youÃ¢Â€Â™re not imagining things. Over the past 25 years, the onset of autumn has shifted.
A look at which states were hit hardest by extreme climate and weather events in 2011.
Based on the 2010 Census and Climate Central's map analysis, climate change-related sea level rise has put more New Yorkers at risk of flooding from Hurricane Irene.
In a desert state like Nevada, heavy rains promote plant growth but can lead to more wildfires.
In a forested state like Montana, hotter and drier years leave forests more susceptible to large wildfires.
Volatile precipitation patterns, with heavy rains followed by drought, can lead to ideal conditions for wildfires in some states.
Recent human activity is having such a significant environmental impact on the planet that we may be entering a new geologic epoch, known as the Anthropocene.