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Interactive Wildfire Map Shows Outbreaks in Real-Time

Interactive Wildfire Map Shows Outbreaks in Real-Time

As the temperature warms and large parts of the U.S. become drier, wildfires are becoming more common and widespread — a trend that will continue to worsen thanks to climate change caused by human greenhouse gas emissions. Now you can monitor outbreaks of wildfire in real time with Climate Central’s new interactive map. The flame icons represent … Read More

2012 Record Temperatures: Which States Led the Nation

2012 Record Temperatures: Which States Led the Nation

The summer of 2012 has been one for the record books in the lower 48 states. On the heels of the country’s warmest-ever spring, several record-breaking June and July heat waves kept the Southwest, Midwest and Atlantic Coast sweltering. July went on to become the all-time warmest month on record for the country. [add statistic from August once we’ve… Read More

The Heat is On: U.S. Temperature Trends

The Heat is On: U.S. Temperature Trends

Global warming isn't uniform. The continental U.S. has warmed by about 1.3°F over the past 100 years, but the temperature increase hasn’t been the same everywhere: some places have warmed more than others, some less, and some not much at all. Natural variability explains some of the differences, and air pollution with fine aerosols screening … Read More

Special Climate Central Report on Best Cars for Climate

Special Climate Central Report on Best Cars for Climate

America’s high-carbon electricity grid is short- circuiting efforts to give consumers climate-friendly, electric-vehicle options. Depending on where you live, generating the electricity to charge an electric car can produce more greenhouse gas pollution than driving a fuel-efficient gasoline powered car. The good news is that Americans have lots … Read More

You Want Records? Search! Interactive Temp Tracker

You Want Records? Search! Interactive Temp Tracker

In recent years, record daily highs have been outpacing record daily lows in a pattern that has been shown to be inconsistent with natural climate variability alone. So far in 2012, the daily record high to record low ratio has been 17-to-1 through March 27, for monthly record highs compared to monthly record lows the ratio has been a whopping 33-t… Read More

Interactive: Climate Wizard Projects Future Warming

Interactive: Climate Wizard Projects Future Warming

Explore the future temperature and precipitation changes projected by climate models. … Read More

Hot Summer of 2011 Rewrites Record Books

Hot Summer of 2011 Rewrites Record Books

Using our record temperature tracker (see below), we found that June, July, and August saw more warm temperature records tied or broken than any other summer in the past decade.… Read More

Interactive: Meeting Obama’s 2035 Clean Energy Goals

Interactive: Meeting Obama’s 2035 Clean Energy Goals

order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve America's energy security, President Obama has laid out a goal for the U.S. to generate 80 percent of its electricity from clean energy sources by 2035.… Read More