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Climate Data Meets the Funny Pages at xkcd

Climate Data Meets the Funny Pages at xkcd

Climate Central's data has appeared online, in newspapers, on TV, in front of Congress and in classrooms. Now we can add a new frontier: web comics. On Friday, xkcd featured Climate Central's analysis of extreme cold events in their Friday release.… Read More

Climate Change: The Winter Olympics’ Great Thaw

Climate Change: The Winter Olympics’ Great Thaw

The Olympic Torch and Norwegian men’s curling outfits aren’t the only thing heating up the Winter Olympics. A new report warns that climate change could leave only 6 of the 19 previous host cities in a position to host the games again by the 2080s. Researchers looked at temperatures and snowpack in 19 previous host cities for February, when the Ga… Read More

EU to Cut Carbon Emissions by 40 Percent by 2030

EU to Cut Carbon Emissions by 40 Percent by 2030

Europe will cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030, compared with 1990 levels, the toughest climate change target of any region in the world, and will produce 27 percent of its energy from renewable sources by the same date. The landmark deal was reached after grinding negotiations dragged on to the deadline of 11:00 am on … Read More

Calif. Drought Spurs Some Cities—Not All—to Conserve

Calif. Drought Spurs Some Cities—Not All—to Conserve

Californians are hoping big rains will relieve the drought emergency declared in the state last week. It could be in the form of a miracle March rainstorm, or a sudden drastic shift in the weather pattern that is keeping the winter rains away. The state is drying up quickly, but cities across the state are responding to the drought in a variety of … Read More

2013 is 4th Hottest (or 7th); Either Way, it’s Toasty

2013 is 4th Hottest (or 7th); Either Way, it’s Toasty

The last year with an annual average temperature below the 20th century average was 1976, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Including 2013, all 13 years of the 21st century have ranked among the 15-warmest in the 134-year period of record, with the top 3 being 2010, 2005, and 1998. Even considering the margin … Read More

Richest Countries Failing to Combat Climate Change

Richest Countries Failing to Combat Climate Change

The world’s richest countries have made some progress since the 1990s in limiting environmental damage. But they have not done enough to prevent catastrophic climate change, according to the OECD, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. Scientists say that carbon dioxide emissions need to start going down in the next decade to … Read More

Climate Change Could Double Likelihood of Super El Ninos

Climate Change Could Double Likelihood of Super El Ninos

The question of how global warming will influence El Niño has been a challenging one for scientists to answer. A new study suggests while the overall number of El Niños is unlikely to increase, particularly strong “super” El Niños are likely to occur twice as frequently in a warming world. El Niño refers to a pattern of unusually warm water stretc… Read More

Powder River Basin: Coal on the Move in Wyo. and Mont.

Powder River Basin: Coal on the Move in Wyo. and Mont.

The broad high prairie of eastern Wyoming and southern Montana was once the bottom of a shallow sea, a rich subtropical swampland for millions of years. Layers of plants began forming peat beds 60 million years ago, later to be buried and compressed into bituminous coal strata. The Missouri River became the dominant stream as the Northern Rockies … Read More