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What 2 Million Years of Temps Say About the Future

What 2 Million Years of Temps Say About the Future

That the climate has changed before is a given. So is the reality that humans are changing it now by dumping carbon pollution in the atmosphere. The deep history of temperature changes can inform us about what comes next for our fair planet and new research published Monday in Nature provides a continuous 2-million-year record of the past. It … Read More

Terns Flee Warming Temps in Epic Migration to Alaska

Terns Flee Warming Temps in Epic Migration to Alaska

Eyebrows would be raised if American crocodiles, found on the southern tip of Florida, decided to relocate to New York’s Fifth Avenue or Moroccan camels suddenly joined the tourist throng outside Buckingham Palace in London. Yet this is the scale of species shift that appears to be under way in Alaska. In July, researchers in Cape Krusenstern… Read More

Obama Just Tied Climate Change to National Security

Obama Just Tied Climate Change to National Security

On Wednesday, President Obama took another step toward securing his climate legacy. This time his focus wasn’t on energy, public lands or international diplomacy. It was on national security and making sure the U.S. military is prepared for a more unstable future. The White House published a presidential memorandum setting up a timetable for more … Read More

Soaring Ocean Temperature ‘Greatest Hidden Challenge’

Soaring Ocean Temperature ‘Greatest Hidden Challenge’

The soaring temperature of the oceans is the “greatest hidden challenge of our generation” that is altering the make-up of marine species, shrinking fishing areas and starting to spread disease to humans, according to the most comprehensive analysis yet of ocean warming. The oceans have already sucked up an enormous amount of heat due to … Read More

5th Hottest U.S. Summer Saw Record Northeast Heat

5th Hottest U.S. Summer Saw Record Northeast Heat

The dog days of summer were especially scorching across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic last month, with eight states in those regions recording their hottest August in 122 years. Two of those — Connecticut and Rhode Island — also had record-warm summers, according to data released Thursday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration… Read More

167 Tiny Maps Tell the Major Story of Climate Change

167 Tiny Maps Tell the Major Story of Climate Change

Climate change just got another telling visual courtesy of the famed temperature spiral creator. But rather than a graph, it’s a series of 167 maps. Alone, they each tell the story of whether a year was mostly hot or mostly cold or mostly average for the planet. Together, they show unequivocally how much our planet has warmed since the 1850s … Read More

Drought-Hardy Yards Could Ease Californian Heat Waves

Drought-Hardy Yards Could Ease Californian Heat Waves

As drought-stricken residents of Los Angeles’s hottest neighborhoods replace thirsty lawns with native plants, pavers and bare soil, new research has shown how their local climates could begin tipping back in the direction of their desert-like origins. In a region beset this year by drought and powerful heat waves, the widespread adoption… Read More

One Glorious Map Shows the Future of Animal Migrations

One Glorious Map Shows the Future of Animal Migrations

The natural world is under siege by climate change. Rising temperatures are pushing plants and animals outside their current range. To keep pace with climate change, species will need a path to follow northward or up in elevation, minimally interrupted by human development. This map shows that path (well, paths actually) in the most beautiful way … Read More

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Thanksgiving Weather and Temperature Trends Thanksgiving weather is variable from year to year, but Novembers are trending warmer across the U.S.

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