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Warming May Boost Wind Energy in Plains States

Warming May Boost Wind Energy in Plains States

Powerful winds are commonplace in the U.S. prairie states, which experienced walls of dirt swept into the air by these gusts during the Dust Bowl. While today's winds don't often carry the huge quantities of dust that they did in the 1930s, they’re stirring up something significantly more useful in states like Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas – energy. … Read More

Stagnant Summer Days on the Rise in U.S.

Stagnant Summer Days on the Rise in U.S.

Those long, hot, sultry days of summer, the ones where the air seem so still it wouldn’t disturb a leaf, are also days where air quality can take a nosedive. With winds barely above a whisper and atmosphere-scouring rains nowhere in sight, pollutants can build up in the air we breathe, with potentially serious health consequences. Since climate… Read More

Record Hot First Half May Herald Warmest Year Yet

Record Hot First Half May Herald Warmest Year Yet

In what has become a monthly refrain this year, yet another month has set a global temperature record, with June 2015 coming in as the warmest June on record going back to 1880. It follows other record or near-record hot months during the first six months of this year, so there’s a good chance 2015 will take 2014’s place atop the podium as the warm… Read More

Summer Nights Are Heating Up Across U.S.

Summer Nights Are Heating Up Across U.S.

Global warming often conjures scenes of sweaty, scorching summer days, but daytime temperatures aren’t the only thing expected to rise in a warming world. Nights, too, are expected to get sultrier, with overnight lows not dropping as much as they used to. That trend in increasing nighttime low temperatures is expected to continue for the entire … Read More

4 Takeaways from the Annual Climate Review

4 Takeaways from the Annual Climate Review

As has been seen year after year, the warming of the Earth is causing major changes in many aspects of the planet’s climate, and 2014 was yet another year that showed this trend in stark relief, a report released Thursday says. Numerous records were broken last year, according to the State of the Climate report, an annual checkup of the global… Read More

Warming Doubles Chances of European Heat Wave

Warming Doubles Chances of European Heat Wave

If you were in Paris or Madrid as June transitioned to July, you could be forgiven for thinking you had been transported to the equator, as temperatures across Western Europe soared over 100°F, toppling records during major sporting events like the Tour de France. The unusually early surge of summer heat was almost certainly affected by the overall… Read More

Sharks Face a Growing Threat in Warming and Acidic Seas

Sharks Face a Growing Threat in Warming and Acidic Seas

Shark Week, the annual television extravaganza featuring the most terrifying and toothiest fish in the sea, will wind down over the weekend. But even though sharks may disappear from the collective consciousness for another year, that doesn’t mean they’ll cease to exist. Like many species, sharks face a looming threat: a changing climate. The most… Read More

Record Warmth Continues to Bake U.S. West

Record Warmth Continues to Bake U.S. West

The U.S. West is still baking. The temperatures for June are in and five Western states saw their warmest June ever (helping to make the month the second warmest June for the contiguous U.S.), and four continue to see their warmest year-to-date, just as 2015 hits the halfway mark. In drought-plagued California, “we’re beating the record set… Read More

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Nationwide: August Days over 90 Degrees Present vs. projected August days over 90 degrees Fahrenheit

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