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If You Thought 2012 Was Hot, Just Wait a Few Years

If You Thought 2012 Was Hot, Just Wait a Few Years

It’s already March, but the country is still recovering from last year’s extreme weather and climate events. As the hottest year on record in the U.S., 2012 brought intense drought across the Midwest and Great Plains, record wildfires in the West, and Hurricane Sandy’s path of destruction to the East Coast. But if you thought 2012 was hot, just … Read More

From Heat Wave to Snowstorms, March Goes to Extremes

From Heat Wave to Snowstorms, March Goes to Extremes

The weather pattern that is responsible for the cold weather this year is unusual, even though it is not resulting in a month that so far is running much below average across the U.S. Rather, the weather pattern is yielding a return to near-normal March weather in some places, which seems like a major shock to the system after last year's nonexiste… Read More

Warming Has Doubled Risk of Katrina-like Storm Surges

Warming Has Doubled Risk of Katrina-like Storm Surges

Clearly, the question of how global warming will influence tropical storms and hurricanes, which are nature's most powerful storms, remains a focus of active scientific research. Using a variety of techniques, scientists are honing in on the most likely scenarios.… Read More

What the 2013 Tornado Season Has in Store for the U.S.

What the 2013 Tornado Season Has in Store for the U.S.

With the end of meteorological winter, severe weather season is upon us, raising the question of what the 2013 tornado season has in store for the U.S. One only needs to look to the past two tornado seasons to realize just how fickle Mother Nature can be from one year to the next. After a record 2011 tornado season, which was the deadliest since… Read More

Greening Tundra Shows Impacts of Spreading Warmth

Greening Tundra Shows Impacts of Spreading Warmth

The Arctic is on the move. The North Pole is in the same place, but Arctic conditions have begun to shift. A study of 30 years of satellite data confirms that the difference in temperatures between the seasons has diminished. Conditions now have shifted the equivalent of four or five degrees of latitude southward. At the same time, vegetation has … Read More

Environmental Threats Could Push Billions into Poverty

Environmental Threats Could Push Billions into Poverty

The number of people living in extreme poverty could increase by up to 3 billion by 2050 unless urgent action is taken to tackle environmental challenges, a major UN report warned on Thursday. The 2013 Human Development Report hails better than expected progress on health, wealth and education in dozens of developing countries but says inaction on… Read More

The Week’s Top Climate News - In Pictures

The Week’s Top Climate News - In Pictures

A round up of this week's top climate news in one great slideshow for your viewing pleasure. … Read More

Warming ‘May Harm Rainforests Less’ Than First Thought

Warming ‘May Harm Rainforests Less’ Than First Thought

Scientists think they have found some good news for the Amazon and other tropical forests. They say they appear more able to withstand the effects of climate change than previous studies had suggested. The research team, including climate scientists and tropical ecologists from the UK, U.S., Australia and Brazil, concluded that the forests are less… Read More