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6 Degrees: Hot Summers, a Few Tornadoes & Cows, Pigs

6 Degrees: Hot Summers, a Few Tornadoes & Cows, Pigs

Summers get hotter, tornado season fizzles, cow manure worsens methane and more. … Read More

Genes Help Plants Handle Rising CO2 Levels

Genes Help Plants Handle Rising CO2 Levels

Biologists in the U.S. have identified the genetic machinery that tells a plant how to respond to more carbon dioxide caused by the burning of fossil fuels. Four genes from three different gene families together control the density of stomata, or breathing pores, on the foliage of the healthy plant. As carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere rise, … Read More

Warming Puts Emperor Penguins at Risk of Extinction

Warming Puts Emperor Penguins at Risk of Extinction

The entire population of Antarctica's famous emperor penguins could fall by a third by the end of the century because of disappearing sea ice, putting them at risk of extinction, researchers said on Sunday. The finding justified protecting emperor penguins under the endangered species act – as America already does for polar bear – the researchers … Read More

6 Degrees: Eyes in the Sky, Trash Rules, Late Summer Heat

6 Degrees: Eyes in the Sky, Trash Rules, Late Summer Heat

All in a week's work. Top climate stories from EPA's new landfill rules to the launch of NASA's new CO2-monitoring tool. … Read More

Engineers Warn UK Infrastructure at Risk from Climate

Engineers Warn UK Infrastructure at Risk from Climate

Vital parts of UK infrastructure are being neglected, with potentially severe impacts on national competitiveness and quality of life, according to a new study by engineers. Energy networks, transport, waste and water are all at risk, while flood defenses are falling well behind where they need to be. This is happening while future risks to these e… Read More

90-Degree Days Late Arriving for Boston, NYC

90-Degree Days Late Arriving for Boston, NYC

Boston and New York City could see their first 90°F day of the summer Tuesday or Wednesday — unusually, if not unprecedentedly, late into the season. Not that we’re complaining. “It’s not every year that you see us get this late” in the summer without hitting 90°F, said Joey Picca, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Upton… Read More

World Bank: Tackling Climate Will Grow the Economy

World Bank: Tackling Climate Will Grow the Economy

Fighting climate change would help grow the world economy, according to the World Bank, adding up to $2.6 trillion a year to global GDP in the coming decades. The findings, made available in a report on Tuesday, offer a sharp contrast with claims by the Australian government that fighting climate change would “clobber” the economy. The report also… Read More

Map Shows When Summer Heat Peaks in Your Town

Map Shows When Summer Heat Peaks in Your Town

If you live in the Northeast, the hottest day of the year is likely still to come. However, Tucsonians (Tucsonites?), rejoice! Peak heat is likely behind you according to a new map released by the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC). With the passing of the summer solstice, the days are now getting shorter in the northern hemisphere. But the dog … Read More