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Storm Pounds Calif., but to the Drought, Just a Spritz

Storm Pounds Calif., but to the Drought, Just a Spritz

California began its fourth year of drought in October because of several winter wet seasons that turned out to be painstakingly dry, so clearly it needs all the rain it can get. But the situation is more complicated than that: So much rain at once can cause dangerous flooding (already being documented on social media) and landslides, meaning a lot… Read More

Lima Update: Draft Climate Pact Balloons To 52 Pages

Lima Update: Draft Climate Pact Balloons To 52 Pages

For a sense of the frustrating tenor of climate negotiations underway here, which aim to agree on a clear outline of a new international climate-protecting agreement, consider this: One of the two draft documents being thrashed out had, by Wednesday morning, with just three days of a fortnight of talks remaining, ballooned into an unworkable 52-pag… Read More

West Coast States Rule Electric Vehicle Adoption in U.S.

West Coast States Rule Electric Vehicle Adoption in U.S.

A new U.S. Energy Information Administration report out Wednesday shows that California, Washington and Hawaii lead the nation in the adoption of electric vehicles. Joining them at the top of the list is a more unexpected mix: Oregon, Georgia and Maryland.… Read More

Warm Ocean Waters Boosting Typhoons, Record Heat

Warm Ocean Waters Boosting Typhoons, Record Heat

Typhoon Hagupit is the whopping fifth storm to reach Category 5 strength in the West Pacific ocean basin this year. That number of top-strength storms has been fueled, in part, by the exceptionally warm waters that have been in place across parts of the Pacific — warmth that, along with that from other ocean basins, is setting 2014 on a track to be… Read More

Climate Financing ‘Not Possible’ For Governments Alone

Climate Financing ‘Not Possible’ For Governments Alone

Poor and developing countries are pushing ministers from the developed world to commit this week to some kind of a financing plan to help them reduce their own climate impacts and to adapt to a warming world. Reaching such accord on climate financing is one of the most difficult, but critical, outcomes that negotiators and onlookers hope for duri… Read More

Why Hasn’t A Major Hurricane Hit the U.S. in 9 Years?

Why Hasn’t A Major Hurricane Hit the U.S. in 9 Years?

Another Atlantic hurricane season has come to a close, and with it comes the continuation of a remarkable streak: The U.S. hasn’t seen a major hurricane make landfall within its borders in nine years. The last to do so was Hurricane Wilma, which hit Florida as a Category 3 hurricane on Oct. 24, 2005. Yes, Sandy ripped over the East Coast to the… Read More

NOAA: Climate Change Did Not Cause Calif. Drought

NOAA: Climate Change Did Not Cause Calif. Drought

A new National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration study released Monday shows that the 3-year California drought may have been caused by natural variability and not necessarily human-caused climate change.… Read More

Deadly Heat in Europe 10x More Likely Than Decade Ago

Deadly Heat in Europe 10x More Likely Than Decade Ago

A new study published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change shows that not only could such a heat wave occur again, Europe is now 10 times more likely to see a repeat of such an intense heat wave than it was just a decade ago because of human-caused global warming. … Read More