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100 Countries Push to Phase Out HFCs

100 Countries Push to Phase Out HFCs

A loose coalition of more than 100 countries, including the U.S. and European nations, is pushing for an early phase-out of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a powerful greenhouse gas that if left unchecked is set to add a potentially disastrous 0.5°C to global temperatures by the end of the century. At a meeting in New York on Thursday, world leaders ca… Read More

Obama Just Tied Climate Change to National Security

Obama Just Tied Climate Change to National Security

On Wednesday, President Obama took another step toward securing his climate legacy. This time his focus wasn’t on energy, public lands or international diplomacy. It was on national security and making sure the U.S. military is prepared for a more unstable future. The White House published a presidential memorandum setting up a timetable for more … Read More

Climate Central’s ‘Pulp Fiction’ Wins National Award

Climate Central’s ‘Pulp Fiction’ Wins National Award

Pulp Fiction, a three-part series, explained how the harvesting of trees in the U.S. to be burned in power plants and considered renewable energy in Europe, is threatening to warm the planet faster than burning coal.… Read More

UN Expects 20 Nations to Join Paris Pact Next Week

UN Expects 20 Nations to Join Paris Pact Next Week

At least 20 countries have indicated they will join the Paris climate change agreement at a United Nations event on Sept. 21, adding to the 27 that have already done so and raising hopes the deal will enter into force by the end of 2016, U.N. officials said. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited states to deposit their instruments of… Read More

Scientists Are Racing to Unravel an Ice Avalanche Mystery

Scientists Are Racing to Unravel an Ice Avalanche Mystery

In July, one of the largest ice avalanches ever recorded ripped through a remote area of Tibet. Scientists are now working in the region to understand what caused such a massive chunk of ice to break off a glacier and wreak havoc on the landscape and people living in the region. There are signs climate change could have played a role in weakening … 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

167 Tiny Maps Tell the Major Story of Climate Change

167 Tiny Maps Tell the Major Story of Climate Change

Climate change just got another telling visual courtesy of the famed temperature spiral creator. But rather than a graph, it’s a series of 167 maps. Alone, they each tell the story of whether a year was mostly hot or mostly cold or mostly average for the planet. Together, they show unequivocally how much our planet has warmed since the 1850s … Read More

One Glorious Map Shows the Future of Animal Migrations

One Glorious Map Shows the Future of Animal Migrations

The natural world is under siege by climate change. Rising temperatures are pushing plants and animals outside their current range. To keep pace with climate change, species will need a path to follow northward or up in elevation, minimally interrupted by human development. This map shows that path (well, paths actually) in the most beautiful way … Read More

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January Record Extremes The first month of 2014 has left us a nation divided by hot vs. cold weather.

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