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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

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

Record Warm Nighttime Temperatures: A Closer Look

Record Warm Nighttime Temperatures: A Closer Look

Since 2000, in the average month, record highs (high maximum temperature) beat out record lows (low minimum temperature) by a two to one margin.… Read More

Interactive: Powering the Nation with Wind

Interactive: Powering the Nation with Wind

Only five states (Washington, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Utah) have installed more than one percent of their potential wind energy generation.… Read More

Interactive Map Compares States’ Renewable Energy Goals

Interactive Map Compares States’ Renewable Energy Goals

While the basic idea of an RPS is the same throughout all of the states, no two states have the same exact RPS.… Read More