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Watch 63 Years of Global Warming in 14 Seconds

Watch 63 Years of Global Warming in 14 Seconds

Updated to include 2013, this 14-second animation from our friends at NASA depicts how temperatures around the globe have warmed since 1950. You’ll note an acceleration of the temperature trend in the late 1970s as greenhouse gas emissions from energy production increased worldwide and clean air laws reduced emissions of pollutants that had a … Read More

Record Number of Billion-Dollar Disasters Globally in 2013

Record Number of Billion-Dollar Disasters Globally in 2013

The past year saw the highest number of billion-dollar weather disasters across the globe. However, despite the high number of events, overall loss of life and property were comparative low to years past. In all, 41 weather events caused $1 billion or more in damage in 2013 according to a report recently released by Aon Benfield, a reinsurance gro… Read More

Time is Running Out for California Drought Relief

Time is Running Out for California Drought Relief

More than halfway through the state's wet season and the Sierra Nevada snowcap all but non-existent, California's prospects for making up its precipitation deficit are slim. The snowcap will yield precious little water and the state would need to get about a foot or more of rain in the next two months to make up the difference. Forecasts are not of… Read More

January’s Temps Leave a Nation Blowing Hot and Cold

January’s Temps Leave a Nation Blowing Hot and Cold

The first month of 2014 has left us as a nation divided by hot versus cold weather. The polar vortex has been the big story for the eastern half of the country while the ridiculously resilient ridge has brought warm, dry weather to most states west of the Rockies. Record temperatures have been set on both ends of the spectrum in January across the… Read More

Climate Change Cuisine: It’s What’s for Dinner

Climate Change Cuisine: It’s What’s for Dinner

Living in Ames, Iowa, Steven Cannon is no stranger to the Midwestern potluck. Instead of a potato-chip-capped casserole, however, Cannon serves up “potato beans” fried in duck fat or simmered in south Indian spices. Either way, he says the smooth-textured starch, hinting of boiled peanut flavor, is always a hit. The potato bean, also called groundn… Read More

Report Warns of More Frequent Blackouts in the Future

Report Warns of More Frequent Blackouts in the Future

Soaring electricity demand for air-conditioning, iPads and increasingly cars, combined with a growing population and inadequate investment in creaking power networks, is pushing the world towards frequent blackouts, academics warn. China, Brazil and Italy have all had significant power failures in the past decade but these are just "dress rehearsal… Read More

6 Degrees: Sunsets, Cows, Obama and More

6 Degrees: Sunsets, Cows, Obama and More

Six hot climate stories you may have missed this week. … Read More

Dams May Provide Resilience to Climate Change

Dams May Provide Resilience to Climate Change

It’s official: Last year was Australia’s hottest on record. As temperatures go up Down Under, so do concerns about how to keep rivers cool in a warming world. Ironically, the soundest solution could mean tapping into what has long been considered a pollutant. Until recently, scientists only studied how cold water releases from dams can send a therm… Read More