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Sandy Taskforce: Build Stronger for Worsening Storms

Sandy Taskforce: Build Stronger for Worsening Storms

A taskforce created by President Obama in the wake of superstorm Sandy has issued a report with 69 policy initiatives centered around one major recommendation: to construct stronger buildings in anticipation of more extreme storms. The report, published on Monday by the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, had 69 policy recommendations — some … Read More

Methane Cuts Not Enough to Keep Warming in Check

Methane Cuts Not Enough to Keep Warming in Check

It’s going to take more than slashing methane emissions and releases of soot into the air to curb a warming climate. That’s the conclusion of a Pacific Northwest National Laboratory study released this week, saying methane and soot emissions need to be cut in addition to carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide and other greenhouse gas emissions.… Read More

Floods May Cost Coastal Cities $60 Billion a Year by 2050

Floods May Cost Coastal Cities $60 Billion a Year by 2050

A little bit of sea level rise could go a long way to increasing flood risk for the globe’s coastal cities. New research finds it’s possible to reduce that risk, but not make it disappear completely. It also finds that cities not typically thought of as sea level rise and flooding hot spots will actually be some of the biggest losers in a ...… Read More

Sinking Towns, 2 Interactives & the Lowdown on Drought

Sinking Towns, 2 Interactives & the Lowdown on Drought

All sorts of news on drought, two interactives plus a drought map, and a sinking Alaska town. … Read More

More Frequent Heat Waves by 2020 ‘Almost Certain’

More Frequent Heat Waves by 2020 ‘Almost Certain’

Stand by for extreme weather. Prepare for heat waves on a scale that was once unprecedented. For once, there are no “ifs” in the forecast, no caveats about modeling business-as-usual-scenarios rather than dramatic reductions of emissions for near-term warming Even if governments abandon fossil fuels everywhere, immediately, and invest only in gree… Read More

Fracking In Spotlight in Texas as Ample Oil, No Water

Fracking In Spotlight in Texas as Ample Oil, No Water

Beverly McGuire saw the warning signs before the town well went dry: sand in the toilet bowl, the sputter of air in the tap, a pump working overtime to no effect. But it still did not prepare her for the night last month when she turned on the tap and discovered the tiny town where she had made her home for 35 years was out of water. "The day that … Read More

Climate Change May Be Easing Devastating 2012 Drought

Climate Change May Be Easing Devastating 2012 Drought

Early this week, when Colorado State Climatologist Nolan Doesken toured an area of southeast Colorado hit hardest by the drought of 2012, he was greeted with a vast expanse of parched farmland that had turned into a moonscape with almost no vegetation. That area along the Arkansas River hadn’t seen much rainfall in nearly three years, a long dry … Read More

Can Extreme Weather Make Climate Change Worse?

Can Extreme Weather Make Climate Change Worse?

Devastating drought in the Southwest, unprecedented wildfire activity, scorching heat waves and other extreme weather are often cited as signs of a changing climate. But what if those extreme weather events themselves cause more extreme weather events, fueling climate change? That’s one of the possibilities raised by a study released Wednesday … Read More