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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

March of Global Warming: Month 4th Warmest on Record

March of Global Warming: Month 4th Warmest on Record

Though cool temperatures prevailed across the eastern U.S. and Canada through March, the month was the fourth warmest March on record globally, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Tuesday. It was the 38th March in a row with warmer-than-average temperatures. The ranking matches that from NASA data released earlier this… Read More

Since 1st Earth Day, U.S. Temps Marching Upward

Since 1st Earth Day, U.S. Temps Marching Upward

t’s been 44 years since the first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970, and since that time, average temperatures have been rising across the U.S. Our interactive graphic shows a state-by-state analysis of these temperature trends. Average temperatures across most of the continental U.S. have actually been rising gradually for more than a century, at … Read More

Hot West, Cold East May be the Norm as World Warms

Hot West, Cold East May be the Norm as World Warms

The split personality of this winter’s weather in the U.S. appears to have been thousands of years in the making. The big driver behind the frigid-East and warm-West divide was a kinky jet stream, a pattern that arose 4,000 years ago. While natural variations have controlled its wanderings to date, climate change could make the duality we saw this … 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

Rising CO2 Levels Threaten Entire Marine Food Chain

Rising CO2 Levels Threaten Entire Marine Food Chain

Escalating carbon dioxide emissions will cause fish to lose their fear of predators, potentially damaging the entire marine food chain, joint Australian and U.S. research has found. A study by the Australian Institute of Marine Science, James Cook University and the Georgia Institute of Technology found the behavior of fish would be “seriously aff… Read More

March Was Coldest in U.S. Since 2002

March Was Coldest in U.S. Since 2002

The East vs. West weather divide that was in place across the contiguous U.S. throughout the winter lingered into March, with the eastern portion of the country trending colder than normal and the western portion still warmer than normal. For the lower 48 as a whole, this March was the coldest on record since 2002 (though it ranks as only the… Read More