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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

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

Wet, Wetter, Wettest Makes July No. 5 in Record Books

Wet, Wetter, Wettest Makes July No. 5 in Record Books

Extremes in precipitation was the weather big story of July 2013, with last month ranking as the fifth-wettest July on record nationwide, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s monthly weather summary report released Tuesday.… Read More

Relocation of Alaska’s Sinking Newtok Village Halted

Relocation of Alaska’s Sinking Newtok Village Halted

Newtok, on the Bering Sea coast, is sinking and the highest point in the village – the school which sits perched atop 20-foot pilings - could be underwater by 2017. But the village's relocation effort broke down this summer because of an internal political conflict and a freeze on governmen… Read More

Hottest Year, Hybrid vs. Electric Cars and 2013 Hurricanes

Hottest Year, Hybrid vs. Electric Cars and 2013 Hurricanes

The hottest year, the hurricane forecast, which states are best for green cars and more. … Read More

Arctic’s Rapid Sea Ice Loss Threatens Wildlife

Arctic’s Rapid Sea Ice Loss Threatens Wildlife

The loss of Arctic sea ice is bad news for the Pacific walrus, and for polar bears: the walrus has further to swim to dig for clams on the sea floor, and the polar bear has less chance of catching seals. But the real problems begin at the base of the food chain. Since the end of the last century, more than two million square kilometers of sea ice … Read More

Sea Level Rise to Play Bigger Role in NYC Storms: Study

Sea Level Rise to Play Bigger Role in NYC Storms: Study

Hurricane Sandy caused upward of $60 billion in damage including an estimated $19 billion in damage and economic losses in New York City alone. Sea level rise played a relatively minor role in contributing to these losses. However, a new study finds that that might not be the case for future storms, even those that pack less of a punch than Sandy.… Read More

NOAA’s Updated Forecast Calls for Busy Hurricane Season

NOAA’s Updated Forecast Calls for Busy Hurricane Season

Despite a quiet start to August, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is still forecasting a very active Atlantic hurricane season, the agency announced on Thursday. The updated outlook calls for a 70 percent chance of an above average season, with 13 to 19 named storms, with top winds of at least 39 mph, including six to nine hurric… Read More