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In Streak of Extreme Storms, What’s the Role of Warming?

In Streak of Extreme Storms, What’s the Role of Warming?

The staggering rains that swamped some 60,000 houses in southern Louisiana and shattered the previous state rain record are the latest — and perhaps most remarkable — in a string of jaw-dropping rain events across the U.S. over the past year. From South Carolina to Houston to West Virginia and Ellicott City, Md., each instance of extreme rainfall a… Read More

Aerosols May Be Masking Trend in Stronger Hurricanes

Aerosols May Be Masking Trend in Stronger Hurricanes

Over the course of more than a decade of research, scientists studying how the steady warming of the planet might impact hurricanes have become fairly certain that such storms will become more intense as the Earth continues to heat up. But they haven’t been able to consistently detect such a trend, despite the clear temperature rise over the past… Read More

Searing Kuwait Temp Could Rank Among World’s Hottest

Searing Kuwait Temp Could Rank Among World’s Hottest

The Middle East is no stranger to scorching heat, but a recent heat wave sent temperatures soaring to heights rare even there. On July 21, Mitrabah, Kuwait, recorded a temperature of 129.2°F (54°C) during the height of the heat wave. If it checks out, that will be the second hottest temperature ever measured in the Eastern Hemisphere. As the world… Read More

Climate Change’s Fingerprints All Over California Wildfires

Climate Change’s Fingerprints All Over California Wildfires

Reports this week from the front lines of the Sand Fire in Southern California painted the scene as apocalyptic. The drought-fueled blaze was explosive, fast-moving and devastating, burning through 38,000 acres in the Santa Clarita Valley and forcing the evacuation of more than 10,000 homes. If the state’s wildfire season holds true to forecasts… Read More

Weather Disasters Can Fuel War in Volatile Countries

Weather Disasters Can Fuel War in Volatile Countries

Following the warmest two years on record and spikes in violence that fueled a global refugee crisis, climate scientists on Monday reported that armed fighting is prone to follow droughts, heatwaves and other weather-related calamities in turbulent countries. Nearly a quarter of deadly armed conflicts in the countries with the most diverse ethnic … Read More

EPA Finding Clears Way for Limit on Aircraft Emissions

EPA Finding Clears Way for Limit on Aircraft Emissions

The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday declared that jet engine exhaust endangers public health by contributing to climate change, a key milestone as it works to develop regulations that will cut carbon emissions from commercial aircraft. Large commercial jets account for 11 percent of all emissions from the global transportation sector… Read More

Local Efforts to Save Coral Reefs May Be Futile

Local Efforts to Save Coral Reefs May Be Futile

Scientists agree that coral reefs will continue to be decimated if climate-changing pollution from fossil fuels, farming and deforestation is not addressed. They disagree, however, over whether local efforts to restrict fishing and reduce water pollution will make meaningful differences in a world of fast-rising temperatures.… Read More

California Drought, Marine Heat More Likely With Warming

California Drought, Marine Heat More Likely With Warming

A persistent wash of warm waters off the West Coast, which caused wildlife die-offs and blocked drought-quenching storms from reaching California, was caused by the happenstance interplay of natural ocean cycles, research findings published Monday show. The findings also suggested that while the drought and the blob of warm water were the result o… Read More

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The 10 Hottest Years on Record It's official: 2015 was the hottest year on record. In fact, the top 10 hottest years have all happened since 1998.

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