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U.N. Risk Chief: Put a Price on Disasters

U.N. Risk Chief: Put a Price on Disasters

Calculating the costs of natural disasters is a valuable way for governments to recognize and limit the potential for damage, especially as extreme weather linked to climate change occurs more often, the United Nations' disaster prevention chief says. Recent deadly landslides caused by floods in Peru and Colombia show the urgent need for … Read More

California Got More Snow This Winter Than Past 4 Total

California Got More Snow This Winter Than Past 4 Total

That it was wet this winter in California is an understatement. After four years of drought, the Golden State faced a whiteout of epic proportions. Mountains were caked in nearly 800 inches of snow and ski resorts are slated to stay open into summer to take advantage of snowpack unseen in years. Reservoirs filled, dams overtopped with nearly … Read More

U.S. Vulnerable to Worst of Extreme Sea Rise

U.S. Vulnerable to Worst of Extreme Sea Rise

The beginning of a collapse this century of sections of the Antarctic ice sheet would disproportionately inundate coasts circling the U.S. — the country that has done more than any other to pollute the climate. While such a cataclysmic outcome of warming temperatures from greenhouse gas pollution is considered unlikely, recent studies have shown … Read More

Extreme Sea Level Rise and the Stakes for America

Extreme Sea Level Rise and the Stakes for America

Should a newly published sea level rise scenario come to pass, hundreds of American landmarks, neighborhoods, towns and cities would be submerged this century, at least in the absence of engineering massive, costly and unprecedented defenses and relocating major infrastructure. Ocean waters would cover land currently home to more than 12 million… Read More

The Fingerprints of Global Warming on Extreme Weather

The Fingerprints of Global Warming on Extreme Weather

When climate scientists examine whether the warming of the Earth has made extreme weather events such as heatwaves or downpours more likely, they generally do it on a case-by-case basis. But a group led by Stanford climate scientist Noah Diffenbaugh has aimed to develop a more global, comprehensive approach to investigating how climate change has… Read More

China, India Become Climate Leaders as West Falters

China, India Become Climate Leaders as West Falters

In the Western hemisphere, where centuries of polluting fossil fuel use have created comfortable lifestyles, the fight against warming has faltered largely due to the rise of far-right political groups and nationalist movements. As numerous rich countries have foundered, India and China have emerged as global leaders in tackling global warming… Read More

Climate Change Was the Epicenter of March for Science

Climate Change Was the Epicenter of March for Science

The roar of the crowd of thousands of scientists and supporters rippled up and down Constitution Avenue like a wave on Saturday. It found two fitting sounding boards on either side of the street. On one side, the Smithsonian, the world’s largest museum and research program. It’s a literal institution in the science community, with its research cut … Read More

100 Days of Climate: Week 14

100 Days of Climate: Week 14

Addressing climate change using sound science is crucial not just for the U.S., but for the world. Unfortunately, that appears unlikely over the next four years under the Trump administration, which has shown signs of being apathetic if not outright hostile to climate science and science-based policies to rein in carbon pollution. Trump has… Read More

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Changing Rainfall Patterns in the U.S. Since 1900, the average annual precipitation is up 5 percent for the continental U.S.

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