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Heat Is On for 2017, Just Not Record-Setting

Heat Is On for 2017, Just Not Record-Setting

2016 is about to cap off the hottest year on record for the third straight year, a remarkable streak fueled primarily by the excess heat trapped in Earth’s atmosphere by ever-rising levels of greenhouse gases. While that streak is expected to end, in part because of the demise of one of the strongest El Niños on record, 2017 is still expected to… Read More

Four Critical Energy Issues to Watch in 2017

Four Critical Energy Issues to Watch in 2017

The U.S. may be on the cusp of a stark turning point in energy and climate policy with the election of Donald Trump, who has stocked his cabinet with a majority of people who doubt or reject established climate science. Top priorities of the Trump transition team and cabinet nominees -- many who disregard the connection between global warming and … Read More

These Are the 10 Most Important Climate Stories of 2016

These Are the 10 Most Important Climate Stories of 2016

This year is likely to remembered as a turning point for climate change. It’s the year the impacts of rising carbon pollution became impossible to ignore. The world is overheating and vast swaths of the planet have suffered the consequences. At the same time, it’s also a year where world leaders crafted and agreed on a number of plans to try to … Read More

Solar Farms Expected to Outpace Natural Gas in U.S.

Solar Farms Expected to Outpace Natural Gas in U.S.

2016 is shaping up to be a milestone year for energy, and when the final accounting is done, one of the biggest winners is likely to be solar power. For the first time, more electricity-generating capacity from solar power plants is expected to have been built in the U.S. than from natural gas and wind, U.S. Department of Energy data show. … Read More

Google Earth Shows 30 Years of Climate Change

Google Earth Shows 30 Years of Climate Change

Satellites don’t just capture the causes and effects of climate change. They capture the solutions, too. Solar power is one of those solutions, and its energy-generating capacity has been growing exponentially over the past 15 years.… Read More

The U.S. Has Been Overwhelmingly Hot This Year

The U.S. Has Been Overwhelmingly Hot This Year

In a divisive year, there’s been one tie that has bound most of the U.S. together. We all live in the United States of Warming (USW! USW! USW!). The country is going to have its second-hottest year on record in all likelihood, trailing only 2012. Every state is slated to have a top 10 warmest year and even at the city level, unrelenting warmth has … Read More

Warming is Sending Mountain Glaciers ‘Off a Cliff’

Warming is Sending Mountain Glaciers ‘Off a Cliff’

Photos showing the jarring, sometimes miles-long, retreat of mountain glaciers have long been emblems of the often stark changes wrought by Earth’s rising temperature. But while scientists could draw a line from human-caused warming to glacier loss on a global scale, attributing any one glacier’s retreat to climate change has been difficult because… Read More

Temperatures Are Soaring at the North Pole . . . Again

Temperatures Are Soaring at the North Pole . . . Again

For the second year in a row, the Arctic is facing a late December heat wave (at least by Arctic winter standards). Temperatures are forecast to soar about 50°F above normal, which would bring them near the freezing point at the North Pole. As isolated data points, the back-to-back winter warm-ups would be weird. But taken in the larger context … Read More