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$110 Billion Price Tag for Extreme Weather Events in 2012

$110 Billion Price Tag for Extreme Weather Events in 2012

Now the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has totaled the losses caused by the 11 most expensive extreme weather and climate disasters in 2012, each of which cost upwards of $1 billion. According to NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C., these billion-dollar events cost the U.S. a total of $110 billion, which … Read More

New York Launches $19.5 Billion Climate Resiliency Plan

New York Launches $19.5 Billion Climate Resiliency Plan

Underlying the portfolio of measures, which amount to the largest climate resilience program of any city worldwide, Bloomberg said, are a recognition that climate change is increasing the risks of damaging storm surge events in New York by increasing sea levels, and that climate change is also likely to worsen heat waves, heavy precipitation events… Read More

Coral Fights Back Gradually From Ocean Heating

Coral Fights Back Gradually From Ocean Heating

Marine biologists’ worst fears seem to be confirmed: coral colonies take a long time to recover from catastrophic climate events. British and Brazilian biologists report in the Public Library of Science One – better known simply as PLoS One – that the richest habitats of the sea could also be among the most vulnerable to climate change. For more … Read More

Jellyfish Surge in Mediterranean Threatens Environment

Jellyfish Surge in Mediterranean Threatens Environment

Scientists across the Mediterranean say a surge in the number of jellyfish this year threatens not just the biodiversity of one of the world's most overfished seas but also the health of tens of thousands of summer tourists. "I flew along a 186-mile stretch of coastline on April 21 and saw millions of jellyfish," said Professor Stefano Piraino of … Read More

Squid Threatened by Ocean Acidity Caused by Rise in CO2

Squid Threatened by Ocean Acidity Caused by Rise in CO2

That jet-propelled cephalopod of the seas, the squid, could be in for a hard time. As atmospheric carbon dioxide levels rise, so the oceans become more acid, and this is not good news for one of the most important animals of the ocean ecosystem. Aran Mooney of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in the U.S. and other colleagues decided to take… Read More

Wicked Week of Tornadoes, Hurricanes and Flooding

Wicked Week of Tornadoes, Hurricanes and Flooding

It is extreme weather to the max in this week's slideshow of top climate news. … Read More

Tropical Storm Andrea Pelts Florida; Threatens Flooding

Tropical Storm Andrea Pelts Florida; Threatens Flooding

The storm is raising concerns of significant flooding in Florida due to heavy rainfall amounts approaching 8 inches or more in some areas. This rain comes on top of heavy rain that fell during the month of May, when West Palm Beach received nearly a foot more rainfall than it normally does for the month, for example.… Read More

Extreme Weather Events in U.S. Carry Heavy Price Tag

Extreme Weather Events in U.S. Carry Heavy Price Tag

America has some of the wildest weather on the planet, and it turns out those extremes – which run from heat waves and tornadoes to floods, hurricanes and droughts – carry a heavy price tag. Climate studies have associated more frequent and intense weather events – such as heavy storms and heat waves – with climate change. The wild swings in weath… Read More