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Supermoon Floods Warn of Crisis Facing Trump, U.S.

Supermoon Floods Warn of Crisis Facing Trump, U.S.

Donald Trump is preparing to lead America during a perilous period for the 130 million residents of its coastal counties. High tides linked to the full moon since the weekend caused minor flooding from Florida to New England, underscoring the need for improved coastal infrastructure at a time of faster rising seas. “We do see some pretty high tides… Read More

Heat, Then Deluge Fell a Town’s Beloved 600-Year-Old Oak

Heat, Then Deluge Fell a Town’s Beloved 600-Year-Old Oak

Basking Ridge, N.J. is quintessential small town. It’s the type of place where red, white and blue bunting gets draped on storefronts on the main drag during the Fourth of July and carolers wander the streets with hot cocoa in December. Like all good small towns, it has a defining feature. Or at least it did. This summer, heat stress and heavy … Read More

Sea Level Rise Upping Ante On ‘Sunny Day’ Floods

Sea Level Rise Upping Ante On ‘Sunny Day’ Floods

Parts of Atlantic Coast are still recovering from the onslaught of Hurricane Matthew, but even more flooding is on the way as local tides will reach some of their highest points of the year. With little chance to recover between events, coastal cities are facing a constant reminder that climate change has already tipped the scales toward more… Read More

‘Ghost Forests’ Appear As Rising Seas Kill Trees

‘Ghost Forests’ Appear As Rising Seas Kill Trees

Bare trunks of dead coastal forests are being discovered up and down the mid-Atlantic coastline, killed by the advance of rising seas. The “ghost forests,” as scientists call them, offer eerie evidence of some of the world’s fastest rates of sea level rise. Forests provide habitat and protect against global warming, but they’re declining worldwide … 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

5th Hottest U.S. Summer Saw Record Northeast Heat

5th Hottest U.S. Summer Saw Record Northeast Heat

The dog days of summer were especially scorching across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic last month, with eight states in those regions recording their hottest August in 122 years. Two of those — Connecticut and Rhode Island — also had record-warm summers, according to data released Thursday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration… Read More

Dredging Brings Severe Flood Risk to Wilmington, N.C.

Dredging Brings Severe Flood Risk to Wilmington, N.C.

Even as Carolinians brace for the possibility of flooding from a tropical storm this weekend, ships at the Port of Wilmington are offloading clothes and chemicals produced abroad while others depart laden with weaponry and tobacco. The port is a 24-hour-a-day cog in the region’s military- and agriculture-heavy economy, but its operations come at a… 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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September Arctic Sea Ice 2014's Arctic sea ice minimum isn’t going to be as low as the record set in 2012 but it will be well below the 1981-2010 average

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