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World Bank: Tackling Climate Will Grow the Economy

World Bank: Tackling Climate Will Grow the Economy

Fighting climate change would help grow the world economy, according to the World Bank, adding up to $2.6 trillion a year to global GDP in the coming decades. The findings, made available in a report on Tuesday, offer a sharp contrast with claims by the Australian government that fighting climate change would “clobber” the economy. The report also… Read More

Picture This: World Cup Flooding & Spectacular Lightning

Picture This: World Cup Flooding & Spectacular Lightning

Think you might have missed an awesome weather shot while you were busy watching the World Cup? Fear not, Climate Central has you covered. We’re rounding up the best weather and climate images from the week and giving you the story behind them. From Mother Nature’s best attempts to keep Cup fans from a match to a chart that illustrates just how bad… Read More

2014: A Weird Weather Year in Alaska So Far

2014: A Weird Weather Year in Alaska So Far

With the arrival of summer, the year is nearly halfway through, and it has been a warm and somewhat weird one weather-wise for Alaska. While the eastern half of the U.S. shivered through winter, Alaska saw unseasonable warmth, which melted snows early in some areas and brought rains instead of snows. Snow and rain failed to fall in other places and… Read More

Waves in the Atmosphere Fueling Extreme Weather

Waves in the Atmosphere Fueling Extreme Weather

The pattern of a wavy jet stream was a recurring theme in U.S. weather forecasts this winter as a particularly jagged one essentially split the country in two. While there is a debate over whether climate change causes that pattern, new research shows that the waviness does exacerbate extreme weather. The research, published in Nature Climate Chan… Read More

Climate Change Puts World’s Energy Systems at Risk

Climate Change Puts World’s Energy Systems at Risk

Rising sea levels, extremes of weather and an increase in the frequency of droughts and floods will all play havoc with the world's energy systems as climate change takes hold, a new report has found. Energy companies are more often cited as part of the problem of climate change, generating the lion's share of the world's greenhouse gas emissions,… Read More

California’s Drought Just Got a Little Worse

California’s Drought Just Got a Little Worse

Just when it seemed like California’s drought couldn’t get any worse, it did: A staggering one third of the state is now in the worst level of drought. The latest update from the U.S. Drought Monitor, released Thursday, showed the amount of the state in “Exceptional Drought” — the highest category — expanding to about 33 percent from 25 percent.… Read More

Climate Change Threatens Almighty U.S. ‘King Corn’

Climate Change Threatens Almighty U.S. ‘King Corn’

The days of "king corn" could be numbered as climate change brings higher temperatures and water shortages to America's farmland, a new report warned on Wednesday. Nearly one-third of U.S. farmland is devoted to raising corn and the country produces about 40 percent of the world's corn crop. But the $1.7 trillion industry – the equivalent of Austr… Read More

Map Shows Energy Installations In Extreme Weather’s Path

Map Shows Energy Installations In Extreme Weather’s Path

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has an online interactive map that will show all the major energy infrastructure for any given address in the U.S., allowing anyone to look closely at what power plants, refineries, oil wells, power lines and other installations might exist in a place that is vulnerable to extreme weather.… Read More