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Atlantic, Caribbean Storms Strengthen With Warming

Atlantic, Caribbean Storms Strengthen With Warming

Hurricanes in the Atlantic and Caribbean oceans will grow more than twice as powerful and damaging as ocean temperatures rise from global warming, a new study says. Warming seas could produce more rainfall and far more destructive storm surges of water along the ocean shorelines in the next 50 to 100 years, said the study by U.S. scientists… Read More

Warmer Indian Ocean Could Be ‘Ecological Desert’

Warmer Indian Ocean Could Be ‘Ecological Desert’

Anslem Silva has fished for four decades from this popular harbor on Sri Lanka's west coast, but for five years now filling his boat has become increasingly difficult. "We seem to be spending more and more time out at sea looking for catch. Where there were fish for decades, now there is very little. It is strange, but all of us have been noticing… Read More

The Future of ‘Epic Blizzards’ in a Warming World

The Future of ‘Epic Blizzards’ in a Warming World

In case you haven’t heard, Washington, D.C., and other parts of the Mid-Atlantic region, are about to get walloped by a major storm that could bury the city in a record-breaking amount of snow. The storm is expected to bring snows that could top 2 feet in the D.C. area and has already resulted in thousands of cancelled flights. While snows may not… Read More

New Rules Would Cut Methane Vented on Public Lands

New Rules Would Cut Methane Vented on Public Lands

The Obama administration on Friday proposed new rules that would lead to a crackdown on oil and gas wells that vent or flare methane into the atmosphere on public and tribal lands. Methane is about 35 times as potent as carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas driving climate change over the span of a century, and it’s the chief component of natural gas… Read More

Got Winter Storm Questions? We’ll Answer Them Here

Got Winter Storm Questions? We’ll Answer Them Here

You’ve probably heard there’s a blizzard coming to the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast (and if not, get caught up on our coverage here and on WXshift, would ya!). An area from Washington, D.C. to New York — home to more than 50 million people — could see more than a foot of snow while heavy icing could hit the Southeast and storm surge could inundate … Read More

Indonesia’s Fires Blamed For Potent Greenhouse Gases

Indonesia’s Fires Blamed For Potent Greenhouse Gases

Indonesian fires that are expected to flare up again in the coming months may affect temperatures far away from the nation’s watery borders. Carbon dioxide and methane from the fires is already known to be accelerating global warming, and new research is linking high levels of another potent greenhouse gas with forest and peat fires in Indonesia … Read More

This Winter Storm Could Set Coastal Flood Records

This Winter Storm Could Set Coastal Flood Records

The chatter about this weekend’s snowstorm has reached a fever pitch. And while snow total maps are de rigueur for any weather site worth its road salt, it’s the coastal flood impacts that could also go down in the record books and drive major damage. Areas north and west of Washington, D.C. are under a blizzard watch from Friday afternoon… Read More

China’s Coal Use Declines As Electricity Demand Falls Flat

China’s Coal Use Declines As Electricity Demand Falls Flat

The amount of coal that China is using is tumbling as its electricity consumption falls and that decline may help the country’s greenhouse gas emissions peak a decade earlier than expected, according to a new analysis. China is the globe’s largest consumer of coal, burning more than three times that of the U.S., and it’s the world’s leading carbon… Read More