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Everything You Need to Know About Wildfires in One Map

Everything You Need to Know About Wildfires in One Map

Summer's heat is settling in early in parts of the West, and may arrive in earnest this weekend. With sweltering days ahead, the rising specter of wildfires isn’t far behind. To get the big-picture, we’ve created a brand new wildfire tracker that shows where every wildfire is burning with a side of climate. Hover over a red circle to see how much … Read More

A Simple Idea Could Help Wildlife Survive Climate Change

A Simple Idea Could Help Wildlife Survive Climate Change

Global warming is chasing plants and animals, forcing them to head uphill or north to find suitable habitat. Scientists have considered migration corridors — restored, healthy natural areas that connect current habitats with likely landing spots — as a way to help plants and animals stay a step ahead of climate change. New findings published on … Read More

Every State’s Temperature Trend for Every Season

Every State’s Temperature Trend for Every Season

A winter heat wave is spreading inland from the West Coast and could bring unseasonable warmth spanning from coast-to-coast by the weekend. Southern California is on track to continue setting hot temperature records, Phoenix will have its earliest first 90°F day of the year, and parts of the South could see temperatures 20°-30°F above normal … Read More

Lingering El Niño Could Mean Fewer Tornadoes This Year

Lingering El Niño Could Mean Fewer Tornadoes This Year

Last year brought a huge advance in tornado forecasting: the first seasonal severe weather forecast for the U.S. The forecast proved to be accurate and now researchers are back with a second forecast: a below average number of tornadoes and hailstorms for the coming year. The new forecast was presented at the American Meteorological Society’s … Read More

Obama Administration Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline

Obama Administration Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline

President Obama announced Friday morning that he has denied TransCanada’s permit application to build the Keystone XL Pipeline in the U.S. “The State Department has decided that the Keystone XL Pipeline would not serve the national interest of the United States,” Obama said. “I agree with that decision.” He said he rejected Keystone XL for several … Read More

Study Sees Shortfall in Methane Emissions Estimate

Study Sees Shortfall in Methane Emissions Estimate

Carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels in the U.S. fell between 2009 and 2013, but greenhouse gases from burning those fuels went up. The reason? More methane than previously thought may have been released into the atmosphere from fracking and burning natural gas, according to new research from Cornell University. In a warming world, natural … Read More

Climate Change Could Put Tribes’ Electric Systems at Risk

Climate Change Could Put Tribes’ Electric Systems at Risk

Heat waves, extreme storms, wildfire and other effects of climate change pose major threats to the electric power systems in Native American communities across the country, most significantly in the West and Southwest, according to a new U.S. Department of Energy report. “Tribes are among the communities most vulnerable to the impacts of climate … Read More

All of 2015’s Rain for the U.S. in 14 Seconds

All of 2015’s Rain for the U.S. in 14 Seconds

It’s no secret that it has been really wet in the Southeast and really dry out West over the first half of the year. But to really understand the split and how we got here, NASA has a helpful, color recap of the year in rain. The imagery comes courtesy of the agency’s Global Precipitation Measurement constellation of satellites. In February last … Read More

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Winter Storm Intensity Mid-latitude winter storms have increased in both intensity and frequency nationally since 1950.

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