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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

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

Obama Bars Arctic Drilling Ahead of Trump Inauguration

Obama Bars Arctic Drilling Ahead of Trump Inauguration

The Obama administration on Tuesday put vast swaths of the Arctic and Atlantic oceans off limits to oil and gas drilling to protect marine life, address climate change and safeguard the areas from development after President-elect Donald Trump takes office in January. At the same time, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada … Read More

2016 Is Days Away from Sealing Record-Hot Spot

2016 Is Days Away from Sealing Record-Hot Spot

In less than two weeks, 2016 will officially be the hottest year on the books in more than 120 years of record keeping by U.S. agencies. It will be the third straight record-setting year — and of the 17 hottest years, 16 have been this century — a clear sign of the human-caused rise in global temperatures caused by the buildup of heat-trapping… Read More

2016 ‘Arctic Report Card’ Gives Grim Evaluation

2016 ‘Arctic Report Card’ Gives Grim Evaluation

It’s been a crazy year in the Arctic, even for a region that has seen profound changes over the past few decades, changes that have been driven largely by manmade climate change. Sea ice has thinned and shrunk and the Greenland ice sheet has lost ice, fueling Arctic warming to reinforce itself, which has sent temperatures there rising twice as fast… Read More

Arctic Sea Ice Sees Strange Cold Season Retreat

Arctic Sea Ice Sees Strange Cold Season Retreat

The Arctic is missing a chunk of sea ice the size of Mexico. While fall ushers in the season of sea ice growth, November saw a brief retreat that was virtually unprecedented in nearly 40 years of satellite records, according to data released Tuesday by the National Snow and Ice Data Center. That dip helped November set a record low for sea ice are… Read More

The Arctic is a Seriously Weird Place Right Now

The Arctic is a Seriously Weird Place Right Now

The sun set on the North Pole more than a month ago, not to rise again until spring. Usually that serves as a cue for sea ice to spread its frozen tentacles across the Arctic Ocean. But in the depths of the polar night, a strange thing started to happen in mid-October. Sea ice growth slowed to a crawl and even started shrinking for a bit. Intense … Read More

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Nationwide: August Days over 95 Degrees Present vs. projected August days over 95 degrees Fahrenheit

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