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Western Drought Intensifies, Leads to Deadly Wildfires

Western Drought Intensifies, Leads to Deadly Wildfires

A western heat wave allowed drought to intensify and expand in Idaho, Oregon and Montana last week. 72.25 percent of the land area in the ten western states is now under drought conditions, according to the latest update to the U.S. Drought Monitor. The worst impacts of the drought are concentrated in the Southwest: New Mexico, Texas, Southern… Read More

$110 Billion Price Tag for Extreme Weather Events in 2012

$110 Billion Price Tag for Extreme Weather Events in 2012

Now the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has totaled the losses caused by the 11 most expensive extreme weather and climate disasters in 2012, each of which cost upwards of $1 billion. According to NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C., these billion-dollar events cost the U.S. a total of $110 billion, which … Read More

Spring in U.S. Was Cooler and More Extreme Than Average

Spring in U.S. Was Cooler and More Extreme Than Average

The season was especially notable for its exceptionally cold and wet start in the central part of the country, with many cities, from Bismark, N.D., to St. Louis and even Richmond, Va., receiving more snow during the meteorological spring months than they did during winter. Fourteen states, from Minnesota to Georgia had a spring that ranked among t… Read More

NWS Warns of Severe Weather and Possible ‘Derecho’

NWS Warns of Severe Weather and Possible ‘Derecho’

The National Weather Service (NWS) is forecasting a widespread severe weather outbreak from the Great Lakes southeastward into the Mid-Atlantic states on Wednesday. The severe threat includes the potential for storms to form an organized line packing damaging winds, heavy rainfall and large hail. Specifically, NWS meteorologists are highlighting th… Read More

New York Launches $19.5 Billion Climate Resiliency Plan

New York Launches $19.5 Billion Climate Resiliency Plan

Underlying the portfolio of measures, which amount to the largest climate resilience program of any city worldwide, Bloomberg said, are a recognition that climate change is increasing the risks of damaging storm surge events in New York by increasing sea levels, and that climate change is also likely to worsen heat waves, heavy precipitation events… Read More

NOAA Satellite Back Online After ‘Micrometeoroid’ Strike

NOAA Satellite Back Online After ‘Micrometeoroid’ Strike

According to a NOAA press release, engineers were finally able to pinpoint why the satellite, known as GOES-13, had a sudden disruption in its orientation toward Earth on May 22. NOAA said Monday that a micrometeoroid, possibly from debris left over from other space missions, or “space junk,” likely hit the arm for the satellite’s solar array panel… Read More

IEA: World Can’t Afford to Wait for a New Climate Treaty

IEA: World Can’t Afford to Wait for a New Climate Treaty

The world cannot afford to wait for a new global climate change agreement to come into force in 2020, because doing so will mean an end to hopes of limiting global warming to moderate levels, one of the world's foremost authorities on energy has warned. Carbon dioxide emissions from energy rose by 1.4 percent in 2012 to a record high of more than … Read More

Coral Fights Back Gradually From Ocean Heating

Coral Fights Back Gradually From Ocean Heating

Marine biologists’ worst fears seem to be confirmed: coral colonies take a long time to recover from catastrophic climate events. British and Brazilian biologists report in the Public Library of Science One – better known simply as PLoS One – that the richest habitats of the sea could also be among the most vulnerable to climate change. For more … Read More