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Warming Winters Send No Love to 2022 Olympic Bid Cities

Warming Winters Send No Love to 2022 Olympic Bid Cities

The temperature has settled into the mid-50s this week at the Sochi Olympics, and snowboarders were furious at the slushy condition of the halfpipe Tuesday. Four years ago at the Vancouver Olympics, rain and fog delayed downhill skiing events, and organizers resorted to straw bales to build jumps and obstacles for courses where snow proved scarce. … Read More

Marine Heatwaves Severely Damage Australia Coral

Marine Heatwaves Severely Damage Australia Coral

Marine heatwaves have wreaked “almost unprecedented” damage to ancient coral off Western Australia’s Pilbara coast, scientists say. Preliminary results from a five-year year study of the coastline revealed that a remote section of reef south of Barrow Island has suffered severe “bleaching and decimation,” according to the CSIRO, which is running t… Read More

Climate Change Threatens Fish Living Near the Equator

Climate Change Threatens Fish Living Near the Equator

Lying in a hot bath may be a pleasant experience, because you can always get out when you’ve had enough. For some of the fish that swim in equatorial seas, though, that is not an option: climate change threatens to make the water not just uncomfortable, but unendurable. An international team of researchers based in Australia reports in Global Chan… Read More

Climate Central Meteorologist Talks Extreme Weather

Climate Central Meteorologist Talks Extreme Weather

Uncommon winter weather is striking the Deep South, and the Northeast is being buried in more than a foot of snow in some places. It seems like it's the winter that never quits. Yet at the same time, California is seeing record highs and the Sochi Winter Olympics are seeing in warm weather that is turning snow there into slush. Climate Central Mete… Read More

6 Degrees: Welcome Rain, Arctic Drilling, Sochi & More

6 Degrees: Welcome Rain, Arctic Drilling, Sochi & More

A weekly slideshow showcasing six top climate stories from around the world. … Read More

Snowmakers Save Ski Season in Warming World, For Now

Snowmakers Save Ski Season in Warming World, For Now

When Aaron Sherritt took a job as a ski instructor at a hill near his parents' home to make some extra money during college break, he didn't think much about how the snow under his skis got there. Fifteen years later, it's all he thinks about. As snowmaking supervisor at Wachusett Mountain, it's his job make sure the slopes are cloaked in white c… Read More

Winter Olympics Inadvertently Adapting to Climate Change

Winter Olympics Inadvertently Adapting to Climate Change

Climate change became an official Winter Olympic issue in 1998 in the wake of the Nagano Games. The four subsequent host cities, including Sochi, have made strides to address climate change and reduce or offset their greenhouse gas emissions. However, the Games and the athletes that participate in them have been unwittingly preparing for climate ch… Read More

The Winter Olympics in a Warming World

The Winter Olympics in a Warming World

A visual take on the impacts of climate change on Sochi and the 18 other past Winter Olympic venues. … Read More