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White House: Upgrade Grid to Withstand Climate Change

White House: Upgrade Grid to Withstand Climate Change

The White House says all the pipelines, power lines, railways and the other infrastructure that bring Americans the energy they use each day will have to be modernized in the face of climate change and a renaissance in renewable energy.… Read More

El Niño Is Hanging On: What that Means for Hurricanes

El Niño Is Hanging On: What that Means for Hurricanes

Over the next few months, the globe might see an uptick in tropical cyclone activity thanks to an El Niño that is showing signs of asserting itself more forcefully. That doesn’t mean more hurricanes everywhere, though: While El Niño tends to boost activity in the Pacific Ocean, it clamps down on storm formation in the tropical Atlantic. That link … Read More

New York’s Smart Grid Research May Shape U.S.

New York’s Smart Grid Research May Shape U.S.

New York State is aiming to get ahead on adapting to the new circumstances climate change presents and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by finding ways to not only make its infrastructure more able to withstand weather extremes, but also to generate more renewable energy and integrate that power into the electric grid.… Read More

Ocean Changes Linked to 2010 Hurricanes, Bitter Winters

Ocean Changes Linked to 2010 Hurricanes, Bitter Winters

New analyses of data are linking a recent year-long AMOC slowdown with cold winters across Europe, with the frenetic 2010 Atlantic hurricane season, and with a spike in sea levels on the East Coast of the U.S. The pioneering analyses are offering clues as to how a more permanent slowdown could reshape the region. They’re being hobbled, however, by … Read More

Satellites Show Vanuatu’s Scars From Cyclone Pam

Satellites Show Vanuatu’s Scars From Cyclone Pam

Cyclone Pam ripped through the small island nation of Vanuatu earlier this month, leaving behind scenes of utter devastation. Images on the ground have captured ripped up trees, destroyed houses and signs of cleanup underway. Now Landsat satellite images released by NASA Earth Observatory on Friday show the big picture of what those winds, in… Read More

Climate Change on International Disaster Talks Agenda

Climate Change on International Disaster Talks Agenda

It may be nine months until pivotal climate negotiations get underway in Paris, but climate change is very much on the international agenda this week in Sendai, Japan. Countries from the around world have convened there at the behest of the United Nations for the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction with the goal of updating a 10-year-old ag… Read More

‘Twin’ Cyclones Could Jolt Weak El Nino

‘Twin’ Cyclones Could Jolt Weak El Nino

Weather geeks have been fixated this week on an unusual meteorological phenomenon over the Pacific Ocean: Two tropical cyclones are spinning directly across the equator from each other. But these “twin” cyclones aren’t just a satellite spectacle, they could give a jolt to the weak El Niño that was officially declared by U.S. forecasters last week… Read More

Climate Adaptation Experts Help Prepare for Disaster

Climate Adaptation Experts Help Prepare for Disaster

In 2008, floods in Thailand forced the temporary closure of four Nike factories, costing the company millions of dollars. In 2012, Hurricane Sandy demolished Verizon’s copper-wire infrastructure on the U.S. eastern seaboard, costing thousands of Verizon customers service and the company $1 billion in repair costs. Extreme weather … Read More

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