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Australia’s Flooding Rains Briefly Slowed Sea Level Rise

Australia’s Flooding Rains Briefly Slowed Sea Level Rise

Scientists may have zeroed in on the cause of a mysterious 18-month drop in global average sea level that occurred between 2010 and 2011, pointing to events that occurred on the world’s smallest continent: Australia. New research shows that during those two years, flooding rains in Australia, which resulted from a rare combination of factors, took … Read More

Wildfire Alert Heightened as Blazes Char Western U.S.

Wildfire Alert Heightened as Blazes Char Western U.S.

With 51 large wildfires currently burning across the U.S., the nation’s firefighters have been placed on a war footing — known as “National Preparedness Level 5.” This is the first time this step has been taken since 2008, according to Wildfire Today, and it reflects the combination of high fire activity, the large amounts of firefighting resources… Read More

July Adds To Globe’s String of 341 Warm Months

July Adds To Globe’s String of 341 Warm Months

The year-to-date has been the sixth warmest on record globally, and July was also the 6th-warmest such month since global surface temperature records first began in 1880, according to new data, released on Tuesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The figures show that July 2013 was the 37th straight July, and the 341st… Read More

Sandy Taskforce: Build Stronger for Worsening Storms

Sandy Taskforce: Build Stronger for Worsening Storms

A taskforce created by President Obama in the wake of superstorm Sandy has issued a report with 69 policy initiatives centered around one major recommendation: to construct stronger buildings in anticipation of more extreme storms. The report, published on Monday by the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, had 69 policy recommendations — some … Read More

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