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Weather Disasters Have Cost the Globe $2.4 Trillion

Weather Disasters Have Cost the Globe $2.4 Trillion

Weather- and climate-related disasters have caused $2.4 trillion in economic losses and nearly 2 million deaths globally since 1971 according to a new report. While the losses are staggering, the report also shows that we have learned from past disasters, lessons the world will need as development continues in hazardous areas and the climate contin… Read More

Groundwater Is Drought Lifeline for California Farmers

Groundwater Is Drought Lifeline for California Farmers

By the end of this year, the California drought will have cost the state about 3.25 million Olympic-sized swimming pools worth of surface water. That’s 2.15 trillion gallons, or 6.6 million acre-feet of water, lost to drought — enough water to supply 18.4 million average homes with water for an entire year, costing California $2.2 billion in econo… Read More

Military Bases Face Hurdles in Climate Change Adaptation

Military Bases Face Hurdles in Climate Change Adaptation

The Department of Defense has 7,600 military installations across all 50 states and 40 foreign countries. They perform diverse functions, but they have one thing in common: climate change could cost them big in the coming decades unless adaptation measures are taken soon. The military has already taken some action. Planning for climate change impa… Read More

Measuring Cow & Pig Emissions Goes to New Heights

Measuring Cow & Pig Emissions Goes to New Heights

Methane emissions from cows and pigs had a greater impact on climate change than oil and gas production a decade ago, and livestock emitted more methane than previously expected, according to a new Harvard University study — the first to use high-resolution satellite data to study methane emissions in the U.S.… Read More

U.S. Public Lands Fading As Fossil Fuels Source

U.S. Public Lands Fading As Fossil Fuels Source

Coal, oil and gas are on the decline on more than 600 million acres of public land in the U.S., long a battleground over energy development because of concern about their possible environmental and climate impacts. … Read More

4 GIFs Show If Tropical Storm Arthur Will Ruin Your July 4

4 GIFs Show If Tropical Storm Arthur Will Ruin Your July 4

On Thursday morning, the first tropical storm of Atlantic hurricane season was born. A 140-mile stretch of Florida's Atlantic coast is currently under an array of tropical storm watches and warnings thanks to Tropical Storm Arthur. However, the storm is expected to strengthen slightly and could bring some real fireworks to the Mid-Atlantic just in… Read More

90-Degree Days Late Arriving for Boston, NYC

90-Degree Days Late Arriving for Boston, NYC

Boston and New York City could see their first 90°F day of the summer Tuesday or Wednesday — unusually, if not unprecedentedly, late into the season. Not that we’re complaining. “It’s not every year that you see us get this late” in the summer without hitting 90°F, said Joey Picca, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Upton… Read More

Fracked Oil, Gas Well Defects Leading to Methane Leaks

Fracked Oil, Gas Well Defects Leading to Methane Leaks

Defects in fracked oil and gas wells in Pennsylvania are leading to methane leaks in shale wells throughout the state — greenhouse gas emissions that could exacerbate climate change, according to a Cornell University study published Monday.… Read More