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West Nile Crippling El Pasoans, Rising Temperatures Play Role

West Nile Crippling El Pasoans, Rising Temperatures Play Role

Elisa Sierra had just given birth to twins when she became infected with West Nile virus. The infection left Sierra, who lives on the West Side of El Paso, Texas, with meningitis and damaged her brain. Sierra is a clinical social worker who used to provide therapy. She’s in a similar line of work following her 2015 illness, but she doesn’t… Read More

U.S. Faces a Rise in Mosquito ‘Disease Danger Days’

U.S. Faces a Rise in Mosquito ‘Disease Danger Days’

Among the many consequences of human-caused climate change is a change in the pattern, incidence and location of some diseases spread by biting mosquitoes, ticks and flies. These diseases pose a significant public health challenge globally, including in the United States. The number of mosquito “disease danger days” is increasing across much of … Read More

Air Conditioning Costs Rise With Arizona’s Heat

Air Conditioning Costs Rise With Arizona’s Heat

After Curt Tyler’s air conditioner broke down five years ago, he decided to rely on a swamp cooler to save money. Now he frequently swelters inside his own house — while saving more than $100 a month on his power bills. Air conditioning is becoming more vital as temperatures rise in the Southwest’s desert cities. That’s pushing up household … Read More

Report: The High Cost of Hot

Report: The High Cost of Hot

As additional carbon pollution continues to trap more and more heat in the atmosphere, the higher temperatures that result can come with a hefty price tag. Some of those costs hit our wallets in the form of higher energy bills from greater use of air conditioning. Warmer temperatures can also have major health impacts, increasing our … Read More

Rising Seas Could Swell Arizona’s Population

Rising Seas Could Swell Arizona’s Population

Arizona’s low taxes and living costs, friendly culture, arts scenes and easy access to outdoor activities make it an appealing state in which to settle. And in decades ahead the state’s draw as a new home could be boosted as seas rise and oceans warm, forcing coastal residents to deal with fallout like strengthening storms, floods, mudslides and … Read More

The 10 Most Important U.S. Climate Stories in 2017

The 10 Most Important U.S. Climate Stories in 2017

Following a year of weather extremes, disasters and policy clashes, we asked our readers to help us pick out the most important climate stories from the U.S. in 2017. This was a brutal year for hurricanes in the U.S. A trifecta of storms (Harvey, Irma and Maria) battered Florida, the Gulf Coast and Puerto Rico, causing deaths and widespread … Read More

The Sixth Mass Extinction of Wildlife Also Threatens Global Food Supplies

The Sixth Mass Extinction of Wildlife Also Threatens Global Food Supplies

The sixth mass extinction of global wildlife already under way is seriously threatening the world’s food supplies, according to experts. “Huge proportions of the plant and animal species that form the foundation of our food supply are just as endangered [as wildlife] and are getting almost no attention,” said Ann Tutwiler, director general of… Read More

Arctic Sea Ice Just Hit Its Eighth-Lowest Minimum Ever Recorded

Arctic Sea Ice Just Hit Its Eighth-Lowest Minimum Ever Recorded

The Arctic ice cap melted to hundreds of thousands of square miles below average this summer. Climate change is pushing temperatures up most rapidly in the polar regions and left the extent of Arctic sea ice at 1.79 million square miles at the end of the summer melt season. This is the time when it reaches its lowest area for the year, before … Read More

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November Heating Up The unusual warmth that started this fall is extending into November.

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