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Most Cities Too Hot to Host Summer Olympics by 2085

Most Cities Too Hot to Host Summer Olympics by 2085

In 70 years, most cities in the Northern Hemisphere will be unfit to host the summer Olympics due to rising temperatures associated with climate change, according to a medical journal's findings. “Our study using climate change projection shows that there will be very few cities at the end of the century that will be able to … Read More

After Scorching Heat, Earth Likely to Get Respite in 2017

After Scorching Heat, Earth Likely to Get Respite in 2017

The Earth is likely to get relief in 2017 from record scorching temperatures that bolstered governments' resolve last year in reaching a deal to combat climate change, scientists said on Wednesday. July was the hottest single month since records began in the 19th century, driven by greenhouse gases and an El Niño event warming the Pacific. And… Read More

July Makes 15 Record Hot Months in a Row

July Makes 15 Record Hot Months in a Row

July marked an unprecedented 15th straight record-hot month, according to data released Wednesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, whose records go back to 1880. NOAA’s temperature data also confirmed that July was not only the record warmest July ever, but the hottest month ever on record, in agreement with NASA data … Read More

Stagnant Air on the Rise, Upping Ozone Risk

Stagnant Air on the Rise, Upping Ozone Risk

Summers in the U.S. bring more than just searing, dangerously hot days. When the air is stagnant and there is little air circulation, hot weather can trigger high levels of air pollution that can have health consequences for millions of Americans. With stagnant air now occurring more frequently in much of the country, and projected to continue incr… Read More

Scorching July is World’s Hottest Month on Record

Scorching July is World’s Hottest Month on Record

The reign of record hot months in 2016 continues, with last month claiming the title of hottest July on record globally, according to data released by NASA on Monday. The streak means that 2016 is still well on its way to upsetting last year as the hottest year on record. Or as Gavin Schmidt, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies… Read More

As Earth Swelters, Global Warming Target in Danger

As Earth Swelters, Global Warming Target in Danger

The Earth is so hot this year that a limit for global warming agreed by world leaders at a climate summit in Paris just a few months ago is in danger of being breached. In December, almost 200 nations agreed a radical shift away from fossil fuels with a goal of limiting a rise in average global temperatures to well below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 … Read More

2016 Third Warmest for U.S. Through July

2016 Third Warmest for U.S. Through July

In the midst of the dog days of summer, the U.S. is still having its third-hottest year on record through July. The month also saw two states — New Mexico and Florida — clinch their hottest July, while Alaska continued to stay on track for its warmest year in the books. For the contiguous U.S., the year-to-date temperature was 54.3°F (12.4°C), or… Read More

Scientists Tease Out Climate Change’s Role in Zika Spread

Scientists Tease Out Climate Change’s Role in Zika Spread

Athletes and tourists converging on Brazil this week are crowding into a country where rapid environmental change and natural weather fluctuations nurtured a viral epidemic that has gone global. The Zika virus has exploded throughout South America, up through Mexico and Puerto Rico and into Florida, but the conditions it needed to fester in … Read More

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Wildfires in the West In 2006, wildfires burned seven million acres in the West, the equivalent area of five of the country's largest national parks.

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