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Storm Surge Could Flood NYC 1 in Every 4 Years

Storm Surge Could Flood NYC 1 in Every 4 Years

When a storm, such as Hurricane Sandy, sets waters in New York Harbor rising, those sloshing seas are now 20 times more likely to overtop the Manhattan seawall than 170 years ago, a new study finds. The increased risk comes from a combination of sea level rise — which has raised water levels near New York City by nearly 1.5 feet since the mid-… Read More

New Ways to Visualize Increasingly Hot Weather in U.S.

New Ways to Visualize Increasingly Hot Weather in U.S.

The portion of days with warm weather in the U.S. have increased by 25 percent over the past 50 years according to a new data analysis. The analysis draws on publicly available data and represents the tip of the iceberg for how publicly available climate and weather data can be accessed and used. New York-based open data firm Enigma unde… Read More

At-Risk Cities May Help Drive Climate Change Solutions

At-Risk Cities May Help Drive Climate Change Solutions

It is already taking shape as the 21st century urban nightmare: a big storm hits a city like Shanghai, Mumbai, Miami or New York, knocking out power supply and waste treatment plants, washing out entire neighborhoods and marooning the survivors in a toxic and foul-smelling swamp. Now the world's leading scientists are suggesting that those same cit… Read More

6 Degrees: Kimye, TV, March Rankings and More

6 Degrees: Kimye, TV, March Rankings and More

How does Kimye and watching TV relate to climate change? Find out here in our top picks of the week. … Read More

Cast of Stars Put Face on Climate Change in New Series

Cast of Stars Put Face on Climate Change in New Series

A star-studded cast of Hollywood actors will for the first time "put a human face on climate change" in an ambitious new U.S. television series, the show's executive producer says. “Years of Living Dangerously” begins in the U.S. on the Showtime cable network at 10 pm on Sunday night. The first episode, which features Don Cheadle travelling to Tex… Read More

6 Degrees: IPCC Warning, Blackouts, Ita and Drought

6 Degrees: IPCC Warning, Blackouts, Ita and Drought

IPCC warns about climate change, weather-related power outages, drought, Cyclone Ita and more.… Read More

Intense Cyclone Ita Bearing Down on Australia

Intense Cyclone Ita Bearing Down on Australia

With winds gusting up to 160-180 mph, Cyclone Ita is barreling toward the northern coast of Queensland, Australia, where its violent winds and high storm surge could cause considerable damage. Ita intensified rapidly on Thursday and its winds would make it a Category 4 hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean. Different wind speed measurements are used… Read More

U.S. Drought Retreats 15 Percent in One Year

U.S. Drought Retreats 15 Percent in One Year

The area of the contiguous U.S. affected by drought has dropped nearly 13 percent over the last year, and the area of the Lower 48 under abnormally dry or drier conditions has dropped nearly 15 percent, according to Thursday’s U.S. Drought Monitor.… Read More