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This Map Shows Warming’s Fingerprints on Weather

This Map Shows Warming’s Fingerprints on Weather

The field of climate science that looks for the fingerprints of climate change on extreme weather events has been growing rapidly in recent years, making it hard to keep track of the dozens of studies that have been done. A new interactive map put together by Carbon Brief, a UK-based data journalism site, makes that task easier. It rounds up the… Read More

The West Is on Fire As Heat Records Fall

The West Is on Fire As Heat Records Fall

From Phoenix to Boise, high temperature records fell like dominoes over the weekend as an impressive heat wave engulfed the western U.S., helping to fuel several wildfires. While heat waves are a regular part of summer weather, the steady warming of the planet means those heat waves are getting ever hotter, making record heat more and more likely… Read More

Warming May Turn Africa’s Arid Sahel Green: Researchers

Warming May Turn Africa’s Arid Sahel Green: Researchers

One of Africa's driest regions - the Sahel - could turn greener if the planet warms more than 2 degrees Celsius and triggers more frequent heavy rainfall, scientists said on Wednesday. The Sahel stretches coast to coast from Mauritania and Mali in the west to Sudan and Eritrea in the east, and skirts the southern edge of the Sahara desert. It is… Read More

The Larsen C Iceberg Is Expected to Have Company

The Larsen C Iceberg Is Expected to Have Company

It’s stressful being an iceberg hanging on by a thread. If you want proof, look no further than the Larsen C ice shelf. Just three miles stand between the crack that’s been cutting across the ice shelf since 2010 and open water. When it breaks through, it will cleave a trillion-ton iceberg. The stress of having a huge iceberg-to-be nearing its … Read More

The Arctic Has Been Crazy Warm All Year. This Is What It Means for Sea Ice

The Arctic Has Been Crazy Warm All Year. This Is What It Means for Sea Ice

Melt season has begun in earnest in the Arctic. Scientists will spend the next few months watching sea ice turn into open water until the ice pack hits its nadir in early fall. The vagaries of the weather and ocean currents will play a major role in determining where this year’s Arctic sea ice minimum ranks. But the steady drumbeat of climate… Read More

The World Is on the Brink of an Electric Car Revolution

The World Is on the Brink of an Electric Car Revolution

The internal combustion engine had a good run. It has helped propel cars — and thus humanity — forward for more than 100 years. But a sea change is afoot that is forecast to kick gas-powered vehicles to the curb, replacing them with cars that run on batteries. A flurry of news this week underscores just how rapidly that change could happen… Read More

Scientists Know How Big the Larsen C Iceberg Will Be

Scientists Know How Big the Larsen C Iceberg Will Be

It’s the final countdown. The European Space Agency said on Wednesday that just three miles separate the Larsen C crack — a rift slicing the front off a major Antarctic ice shelf — from open water. Like a tailor with a tape measure, scientists have been measuring the crack using ESA satellites. The next Sentinel-1 satellite pass will happen later … Read More

This Is How Climate Change Will Shift the World’s Cities

This Is How Climate Change Will Shift the World’s Cities

Summers around the world are already warmer than they used to be, and they’re going to get dramatically hotter by century’s end if carbon pollution continues to rise. That problem will be felt most acutely in cities. The world’s rapidly growing population coupled with the urban heat island effect — which can make cities up to 14°F (7.8°C) warmer … Read More