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Interactive Look at Top 11 Indicators of a Warming World

Interactive Look at Top 11 Indicators of a Warming World

Climate scientists are 95 percent certain that the climate is changing and greenhouse gas emissions from human activities are the cause of it. While rising temperatures are the most commonly cited change, there are numerous other indicators of has changed since the start of the Industrial Revolution from rising seas to melting glaciers and ice shee… Read More

150 Years in 30 Seconds: Sea Level Debt Sinking U.S. Cities

150 Years in 30 Seconds: Sea Level Debt Sinking U.S. Cities

Measurements tell us that global average sea level is currently rising by about 1 inch per decade. But in an invisible shadow process, our long-term sea level rise commitment or "lock-in" — the sea level rise we don’t see now, but which carbon emissions and warming have locked in for later years — is growing 10 times faster, and this growth rate is… Read More

Hybrids Better for Climate than Leaf, Tesla in Most States

Hybrids Better for Climate than Leaf, Tesla in Most States

An electric car is only as good for the climate as the electricity used to power it. And in states that rely heavily on fossil fuels like coal and natural gas for their electricity there are many conventional and plug-in hybrid vehicles that are better for the climate than electric cars.… Read More

Sea Level Rise ‘Locking In’ Quickly, Cities Threatened

Sea Level Rise ‘Locking In’ Quickly, Cities Threatened

Measurements tell us that global average sea level is currently rising about 1 inch per decade. But in an invisible shadow process, our “sea level debt” is growing 10 times faster, and accelerating. An international team of scientists led by Anders Levermann has just published a new study finding that for every degree Fahrenheit of global … Read More

Rising Temps, Shrinking Snowpack Fuel Western Wildfires

Rising Temps, Shrinking Snowpack Fuel Western Wildfires

Wildfire trends in the West are clear: there are more large fires burning now than at any time in the past 40 years and the total area burned each year has also increased. To explore these trends, Climate Central has developed an interactive tool to illustrate how warming temperatures and changing spring snowpack influences fires each year. In our… Read More

Interactive Wildfires Map Tracks the Blazes in West

Interactive Wildfires Map Tracks the Blazes in West

Aided by strong winds, the wildfire south of Denver has now become the most destructive fire in Colorado's history. It's burning through thousands of acres of land, and firefighters are struggling to contain the blaze. You can monitor the wildfire with Climate Central’s interactive wildfires map. The flame icons represent wildfires currently … Read More

Limiting Methane Leaks Critical to Gas, Climate Benefits

Limiting Methane Leaks Critical to Gas, Climate Benefits

Knowing how much methane is leaking from the natural gas system is essential to determining the potential climate benefits of natural gas use. Climate Central’s extensive review of the publicly available studies finds that a pervasive lack of measurements makes it nearly impossible to know with confidence what the average methane leak rate is for … Read More

Hurricane Sandy’s Untold Filthy Legacy: Sewage

Hurricane Sandy’s Untold Filthy Legacy: Sewage

Hurricane Sandy was the largest storm to hit the northeast U.S. in recorded history, killing 159, knocking out power to millions, and causing $70 billion in damage in eight states. Sandy also put the vulnerability of critical infrastructure in stark relief by paralyzing subways, trains, road and air traffic, flooding hospitals, crippling electrical… Read More