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Clues in Coral Hint at Looming Temperature Spike

Clues in Coral Hint at Looming Temperature Spike

Chemical clues in skeletons produced by coral growing at Kiribati contain a newly discovered warning. They caution of a global climate system that’s capable of drawing decades’ worth of hoarded heat out of the Pacific Ocean, and belching it back into the atmosphere. A cryptic chemical weather log kept by Tarawa Atoll’s stony coral in the tropical … Read More

6 Degrees: Drought Relief, Europe Heats Up, CO2 & More

6 Degrees: Drought Relief, Europe Heats Up, CO2 & More

California gets some drought relief, Europe sets records, the Arctic gets warmer and more in the week’s top climate stories. … Read More

Europe’s Record Heat Directly Tied to Climate Change

Europe’s Record Heat Directly Tied to Climate Change

As 2014 comes to a close, Europe is virtually certain to lock in its hottest year in more than 500 years, and according to research by three independent teams of climate scientists, the record can be closely attributed to climate change. The three groups, from the UK, the Netherlands and Australia, each using a different method, found that Europe… Read More

November in Books; 2014 On Pace for Hottest Year

November in Books; 2014 On Pace for Hottest Year

With November’s temperature numbers in the books, 2014 is on track to be the hottest year ever recorded, newly released data from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration show. During the month, the patterns that have been in place for much of the year held fast: While the eastern U.S. was plunged into a deep freeze, the world… Read More

6 Degrees: Lima, Deadly Heat, Flood Maps & More

6 Degrees: Lima, Deadly Heat, Flood Maps & More

Updates from Lima, news on drought, new research on sea level and more. … Read More

Kerry: Agreement Essential To Overcome Climate Threat

Kerry: Agreement Essential To Overcome Climate Threat

During a speech in a media tent during a visit that wasn’t expected to last longer than several hours, John Kerry spoke hopefully of the role that energy policy could play in addressing the threat of climate change — a “global threat” that he said “ranks up there, equal” with any other, including terrorism, extremism, epidemics, poverty and nuclear… Read More

Warm Ocean Waters Boosting Typhoons, Record Heat

Warm Ocean Waters Boosting Typhoons, Record Heat

Typhoon Hagupit is the whopping fifth storm to reach Category 5 strength in the West Pacific ocean basin this year. That number of top-strength storms has been fueled, in part, by the exceptionally warm waters that have been in place across parts of the Pacific — warmth that, along with that from other ocean basins, is setting 2014 on a track to be… Read More

Deadly Heat in Europe 10x More Likely Than Decade Ago

Deadly Heat in Europe 10x More Likely Than Decade Ago

A new study published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change shows that not only could such a heat wave occur again, Europe is now 10 times more likely to see a repeat of such an intense heat wave than it was just a decade ago because of human-caused global warming. … Read More