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Global Warming Upped Heat Driving California’s Drought

Global Warming Upped Heat Driving California’s Drought

Another dismal wet season is nearly behind California. Extremely low snowpack in the Sierra Nevada has conspired with warm temperatures to keep the state in the grips of one its worst droughts on record for at least another year. The precipitation has been the key ingredient to start the drought, but heat has played an important role in maintainin… Read More

Climate Adaptation Experts Help Prepare for Disaster

Climate Adaptation Experts Help Prepare for Disaster

In 2008, floods in Thailand forced the temporary closure of four Nike factories, costing the company millions of dollars. In 2012, Hurricane Sandy demolished Verizon’s copper-wire infrastructure on the U.S. eastern seaboard, costing thousands of Verizon customers service and the company $1 billion in repair costs. Extreme weather … Read More

Climate, Satellite Gaps are Risky Business for Feds

Climate, Satellite Gaps are Risky Business for Feds

In 2014, the federal government set aside $3.5 trillion in outlays for myriad programs. That’s a huge chunk of change exposed to a lot of risks, and according to a new report, two of the biggest threats are the impacts climate change and a looming weather satellite gap. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released its biennial High Risk rep… Read More

How Warming May Alter Critical ‘Atmospheric Rivers’

How Warming May Alter Critical ‘Atmospheric Rivers’

The hose has been turned back on full-force over Northern California: A stream of moisture is flowing over the drought-riddled state and dropping copious rains just days after the close of one of the driest Januarys on record. The influx of much-needed rain comes courtesy of a feature called an atmospheric river that is a key source of much of the… Read More

What If Sandy’s Surge Swamped Washington, D.C.?

What If Sandy’s Surge Swamped Washington, D.C.?

New Yorkers weren’t the only ones shocked and alarmed as Hurricane Sandy pushed a wall of water into the city, funneling the harbor into streets and sending torrents cascading into subways. More than 200 miles to the south, officials in Washington, D.C., were watching and imagining their city in New York’s shoes. Officials with the Metro, jolted by… Read More

Obama Orders Rising Seas Built In to Building Standards

Obama Orders Rising Seas Built In to Building Standards

Flood risk from sea level rise brought about by climate change will have to be factored into the building standards of any new and rebuilt federally funded construction project, including those built by local governments receiving federal money, according to an executive order President Obama issued Friday. … Read More

U.S. Hot Streak Now Old Enough to Vote

U.S. Hot Streak Now Old Enough to Vote

In a year bookended by bitter cold snaps east of the Mississippi, it might come as a surprise to some that 2014 was actually quite a bit warmer than average in the U.S., making it the 18th year in a row with above-normal temperatures. Less of a surprise was the economic impact of the drought in the West, now on the brink of its fourth year. The dro… Read More

Climate Change’s Evolving Role in Extreme Weather

Climate Change’s Evolving Role in Extreme Weather

Everyone everywhere everyday experiences weather. Most of the time it serves as the backdrop to our daily routines or fodder for idle chitchat. But on rare days, it can change lives. Heat waves and cold snaps, hurricanes and tornadoes, downpours and blizzards — they form the extreme ends of the weather spectrum, affecting our health… Read More