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2013 is 4th Hottest (or 7th); Either Way, it’s Toasty

2013 is 4th Hottest (or 7th); Either Way, it’s Toasty

The last year with an annual average temperature below the 20th century average was 1976, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Including 2013, all 13 years of the 21st century have ranked among the 15-warmest in the 134-year period of record, with the top 3 being 2010, 2005, and 1998. Even considering the margin … Read More

The Front Lines of Climate Change: Charleston’s Struggle

The Front Lines of Climate Change: Charleston’s Struggle

Charleston is also among the East Coast’s most vulnerable metropolitan areas to rising seas and a changing climate, which may threaten nearly $150 billion of infrastructure along the South Carolina coast. In the past century, the Atlantic has risen more than a foot along the coast near here and could rise an additional 5 feet by 2100.… Read More

Six Degrees: Frigid U.S., Hot Australia and 2013 Fireworks

Six Degrees: Frigid U.S., Hot Australia and 2013 Fireworks

Our six top climate stories of the week packaged into one great slideshow for easy reading.… Read More

20 Indelible Images Tell the Tale of 2013 in Climate

20 Indelible Images Tell the Tale of 2013 in Climate

20 great images and 20 great stories tell the year in climate change news and research.… Read More

2013 Climate By the Numbers: One-Stop Shop for it All

2013 Climate By the Numbers: One-Stop Shop for it All

Our year-end infographic has it all, a one-stop shop for stats on everything from temperature to tornadoes.… Read More

Compared to 2 Previous Years, 2013 Was a Paper Tiger

Compared to 2 Previous Years, 2013 Was a Paper Tiger

The U.S. suffered its share of extreme weather and climate events in 2013, from a monster tornado that flattened large parts of Moore, Okla., to the driest year on record in California. But compared to the blockbuster calamities of the previous 2 years, 2013 stands out more for its relative tameness.… Read More

Six Degrees: Giant Worms, Fjords and Lord of the Rings

Six Degrees: Giant Worms, Fjords and Lord of the Rings

The top six climate stories of the week, combined into one fabulous slideshow.… Read More

Natural Defenses Can Best Protect Coasts Says Study

Natural Defenses Can Best Protect Coasts Says Study

It isn’t just the catastrophic storms and tropical cyclones that threaten disaster for the world’s coastal cities. Simple, insidious things like sea level rise, coastal subsidence and the loss of wetlands could bring the sea water coursing through city streets in the decades to come. Jonathan Woodruff of the University of Massachusetts Amherst in … Read More