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Climate Change Is the World’s Biggest Risk, in 3 Charts

Climate Change Is the World’s Biggest Risk, in 3 Charts

The rise of the machines isn’t the biggest threat to humanity. It’s climate change, extreme weather and other environmental factors. The World Economic Forum surveyed 750 experts on what the most likely and impactful risks facing humanity are in 2017. In a report released Thursday, they ranked extreme weather as the most likely risk and the second … Read More

Landmark Paris Climate Pact to Take Effect in 30 Days

Landmark Paris Climate Pact to Take Effect in 30 Days

Moving with a diplomatic haste rivaling the rapid recent rise in global temperatures, the European Union on Wednesday joined dozens of countries in signing onto a United Nations climate treaty, pushing it to within a month of taking legal force. Following the filing of paperwork in recent weeks by 73 countries, collectively responsible for 57 … Read More

Images Show Hurricane Matthew’s Storm Surge Potential

Images Show Hurricane Matthew’s Storm Surge Potential

Hurricane Matthew has a chance to break the decade-long major hurricane drought in the U.S. The storm could bring punishing winds, heavy rains and storm surge to Florida as early as Thursday. The potential risks that storm surge poses are particularly worrisome for parts of Florida as the center of Matthew is likely to approach the coast on Friday… Read More

GOES-R Will Revolutionize U.S. Weather Satellites

GOES-R Will Revolutionize U.S. Weather Satellites

The U.S. fleet of weather satellites is about to get upgraded to high definition. In 30 days, the GOES-R satellite is scheduled to be launched into orbit, giving scientists a clearer view of the weather than ever before. The new satellite will be launched by NASA and managed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to monitor … Read More

Atlantic Hurricane Season is Seeing More Major Storms

Atlantic Hurricane Season is Seeing More Major Storms

While the U.S. has been in a major hurricane drought since 2005, those top level storms have actually become more common in the Atlantic basin. The reason could be linked to rising sea surface temperatures — fueled in part by global warming … Read More

Landfalling Typhoons Have Become More Intense

Landfalling Typhoons Have Become More Intense

In the Northwest Pacific, already a hotspot for tropical cyclones, the storms that strike East and Southeast Asia have been intensifying more than those that stay out at sea over the last four decades, a new study finds. The proportion of landfalling storms that reach Category 4 or 5 strength — the storms that wreak the most damage, as recent… Read More

Aerosols May Be Masking Trend in Stronger Hurricanes

Aerosols May Be Masking Trend in Stronger Hurricanes

Over the course of more than a decade of research, scientists studying how the steady warming of the planet might impact hurricanes have become fairly certain that such storms will become more intense as the Earth continues to heat up. But they haven’t been able to consistently detect such a trend, despite the clear temperature rise over the past… Read More

NOAA: Near-Normal Hurricane Season Expected

NOAA: Near-Normal Hurricane Season Expected

The Atlantic hurricane season officially begins on June 1, but is off to an early start this year. Not only is a storm poised to form off the coast of the Southeast, but the first named storm of the season actually occurred way back in January. Forecasters put the greatest odds on this hurricane season being a near-average one, with smaller chances… Read More

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2013 Hurricane Season This season was the least active since 1982 and the sixth-quietest since 1950.

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