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Rockaways Eyeing Microgrids in Time for Next Hurricane

Rockaways Eyeing Microgrids in Time for Next Hurricane

As part of New York City’s climate change response plan, “A Stronger, More Resilient New York,” issued earlier this year, one of the city’s suggestions to help the Rockaways survive the next hurricane is for the peninsula to become the site of a microgrid pilot project that will help keep the lights on at hospitals, schools and other critical infr… Read More

Expert Warns We’re Still Unprepared for Sandy-Like Event

Expert Warns We’re Still Unprepared for Sandy-Like Event

When he realized that Hurricane Sandy was on track for a direct hit on the New York metropolitan area, and that the storm would almost certainly be making landfall at high tide, Klaus Jacob went into high gear. “First,” he recalled nearly a year later, sitting in a bright, modern conference room near his office at Columbia’s Lamont-Doherty Earth … Read More

Sandy A Warning Rising Seas Threaten Nuclear Plants

Sandy A Warning Rising Seas Threaten Nuclear Plants

No nuclear power plant in Sandy’s path was in imminent danger of a meltdown, but the storm surge lashing beneath the nuclear plants closest to Sandy’s point of landfall served as a warning that rising seas and higher storm surges driven by climate change could eventually have a devastating effect on the seven low-lying nuclear power generating site… Read More

Fall Foliage, Hurricanes, and Bushfires

Fall Foliage, Hurricanes, and Bushfires

A visual tour of the top six climate news stories of the week. … Read More

What Happened to the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season?

What Happened to the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season?

Forecasters say that three main features loom large for the inactivity: large areas of sinking air, frequent plumes of dry, dusty air coming off the Sahara Desert, and above-average wind shear. None of those features were part of their calculations in making seasonal predictions.… Read More

Typhoon Wipha to Strike Tokyo, Fukushima Tuesday

Typhoon Wipha to Strike Tokyo, Fukushima Tuesday

Current forecasts show Wipha making landfall, or coming close to making landfall, about 20 miles east of Tokyo late Tuesday or Wednesday, while transitioning from a weakening tropical cyclone into a strengthening hybrid storm, with characteristics of both a tropical storm and an extratropical system. Satellite analysis from the U.S. Navy's Joint Ty… Read More

Typhoon Wipha May Threaten Tokyo and Fukushima

Typhoon Wipha May Threaten Tokyo and Fukushima

Typhoon Wipha, which is currently a 110 mph storm located several hundred miles south of Kyoto, Japan, appears poised to sideswipe, or possibly even make a direct hit on, Japan in the coming days. The storm is expected to bring strong winds, heavy rain, and high waves to the Japanese coast from Tokyo northward, including the ailing Fukushima Daiich… Read More

Scientists: U.S. Climate Credibility Getting Fracked

Scientists: U.S. Climate Credibility Getting Fracked

As fracking catapults the United States to the top of the list of the world’s largest crude oil and natural gas producers, climate scientists worry that booming fossil fuels production in the U.S. is growing too quickly with too little concern about its impact on climate change, possibly endangering America’s efforts to curb global greenhouse gas e… Read More