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Did Spate of Wet Weather Fuel the Reign of Genghis Khan?

Did Spate of Wet Weather Fuel the Reign of Genghis Khan?

During the early 1200s, Genghis Khan and his Mongol warriors swept across much of Asia, massacring populations wholesale – by one estimate killing 40 million in just 20 years. Historians have long thought that part of their motivation for expansion had to do with climate. A new analysis in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences argues that… Read More

Frequency of Flooding Across Europe May Double by 2050

Frequency of Flooding Across Europe May Double by 2050

The catastrophic floods that soaked Europe last summer and the United Kingdom this winter are part of the pattern of things to come. According to a new study of flood risk in Nature Climate Change annual average losses from extreme floods in Europe could increase fivefold by 2050. And the frequency of destructive floods could almost double in that … Read More

Extreme Weather is a ‘Silver Lining’ for Climate Action

Extreme Weather is a ‘Silver Lining’ for Climate Action

Devastating extreme weather including recent flooding in England, Australia's hottest year on record and the U.S. being hit by a polar vortex have a "silver lining" of boosting climate change to the highest level of politics and reminding politicians that climate change is not a partisan issue, according to the UN's climate chief. Christiana Figue… Read More

6 Degrees: Cool Pics, Climate Reports and Massive Storms

6 Degrees: Cool Pics, Climate Reports and Massive Storms

From the next climate phenomenon to Australia's climate future, we breakdown the best from the week of climate news. … Read More

Australia in for Hot Days, Higher Fire Risk, More Droughts

Australia in for Hot Days, Higher Fire Risk, More Droughts

Australia’s temperature will continue to warm leading to decreases in rainfall in southern Australia, increasing numbers of hot days, higher fire risks, and more severe drought conditions, according to the 2014 State of the Climate report. The report is a joint undertaking by the CSIRO and Bureau of Meteorology, and found that Australia’s … Read More

Year Begins with Unusual Amount of Extreme Weather

Year Begins with Unusual Amount of Extreme Weather

There have been heat waves in Slovenia and Australia; snow in Vietnam and the return of the polar vortex to North America. Britain has had its wettest winter in 250 years but temperatures in parts of Russia and the Arctic have been 10°C above normal. Meanwhile, the southern hemisphere has had the warmest start to a year ever recorded, with millions… Read More

EU Launches Legal Action against UK Over Air Pollution

EU Launches Legal Action against UK Over Air Pollution

The UK faces fines of up to $500 million a year and embarrassing court appearances after the European commission launched legal proceedings against it for failing to reduce "excessive" levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) air pollution from traffic, despite 15 years of warnings and several extensions and postponements granted to the government. Other … Read More

Play It Again: January Continues Globe’s Warm Trend

Play It Again: January Continues Globe’s Warm Trend

Talk about a hot streak. Last month was the fourth-warmest January since recordkeeping began in 1880. It was also the 347th consecutive month with above-average temperatures compared to the 20th century average, which has been fueled, in large part, by climate change. That streak is one month shy of 29 straight years. Global average temperatures … Read More