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Planet is Running a Temp: State of the Climate ‘Check-Up’

Planet is Running a Temp: State of the Climate ‘Check-Up’

Looking at the state of the climate, you can see heat everywhere. From the top of the globe to the depths of the oceans and everywhere in between, the climate is warming and changing in ways humans have never experienced. Last year was between the globe’s third- and sixth-warmest year on record, including record heat in Australia. The frequency of… Read More

Fires in NW Territories in Line with ‘Unprecedented’ Burn

Fires in NW Territories in Line with ‘Unprecedented’ Burn

For the past few weeks, dry and warm weather have fueled large forest fires across Canada’s remote Northwest Territories. The extent of those fires is well above average for the year to-date, and is in line with climate trends of more fires burning in the northern reaches of the globe. Of the 186 wildfires in the Northwest Territories to-date this… Read More

So You Think You Know Renewables? Take the Quiz

So You Think You Know Renewables? Take the Quiz

Shining solar cells, whirling wind turbines, massive dams and advanced geothermal heat pumps are all crucial pieces of infrastructure that currently generate renewable energy. And they'll likely play a big role in the future as the world looks to slash carbon dioxide emissions. But these seemingly new technologies each had humble beginnings many … Read More

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