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Driven by Ocean Heat, World Sets Mark for Hottest June

Driven by Ocean Heat, World Sets Mark for Hottest June

The world just experienced its hottest June on record. The heat was driven in large by part by the hottest ocean temperatures since recordkeeping began more than 130 years ago. That makes this the third-warmest start to the year. The global temperature was 1.3°F above the 20th century average in June according to data released on Monday by the Nat… Read More

6 Degrees: Costly Weather, Drought, Fires and the Heat

6 Degrees: Costly Weather, Drought, Fires and the Heat

Extreme weather dominates the top climate stories that happened this week. … Read More

As Arctic Ice Melts, Polar Bears Find a New Menu

As Arctic Ice Melts, Polar Bears Find a New Menu

Starving polar bears, icon of the climate change movement, may be able to adapt to an ice-free summer season in the Arctic after all. Scientists have long thought that polar bears essentially starve during the summer, living off fat reserves until the sea ice returns and they can venture out to sea to capture their main source of calories: seals. B… Read More

Picture This: Twin Waterspouts and Amazing Aurora

Picture This: Twin Waterspouts and Amazing Aurora

The big weather story this week was of course the unseasonably cool air that washed over much of the eastern half of the U.S. this week (whether or not it was related to the polar vortex). But cold air is kind of hard to photograph, so we’ve rounded up some other stunning shots taken of various weather phenomena this week. Enjoy! The other big… Read More

What’s Behind Super Typhoon’s Rapid Intensification?

What’s Behind Super Typhoon’s Rapid Intensification?

Typhoon Rammasun first tore across the Philippines earlier this week, dumping up to 13 inches of rain in some spots and causing the deaths of at least 40 people. It then emerged over the South China Sea and underwent a rapid re-intensification that boosted it to Super Typhoon status before it hit China’s Hainan Island, becoming the most intense… Read More

Planet is Running a Temp: State of the Climate ‘Check-Up’

Planet is Running a Temp: State of the Climate ‘Check-Up’

Looking at the state of the climate, you can see heat everywhere. From the top of the globe to the depths of the oceans and everywhere in between, the climate is warming and changing in ways humans have never experienced. Last year was between the globe’s third- and sixth-warmest year on record, including record heat in Australia. The frequency of… Read More

Fires in NW Territories in Line with ‘Unprecedented’ Burn

Fires in NW Territories in Line with ‘Unprecedented’ Burn

For the past few weeks, dry and warm weather have fueled large forest fires across Canada’s remote Northwest Territories. The extent of those fires is well above average for the year to-date, and is in line with climate trends of more fires burning in the northern reaches of the globe. Of the 186 wildfires in the Northwest Territories to-date this… Read More

Weather Disasters Have Cost the Globe $2.4 Trillion

Weather Disasters Have Cost the Globe $2.4 Trillion

Weather- and climate-related disasters have caused $2.4 trillion in economic losses and nearly 2 million deaths globally since 1971 according to a new report. While the losses are staggering, the report also shows that we have learned from past disasters, lessons the world will need as development continues in hazardous areas and the climate contin… Read More