News Section
Stories from Climate Central's Science Journalists and Content Partners

The Hottest Cities in U.S. vs. the Fastest Warming

The Hottest Cities in U.S. vs. the Fastest Warming

Searing heat is the signature of climate change, and the scorching summer temperatures blanketing much of the nation this week are exactly what we should expect in an ever warming world. With the mercury rising, a host of Midwestern cities are forecast to see their hottest weather of the year. This comes on the heels of the hottest June ever … Read More

Warming Could Mean More Algae Blooms Like Florida’s

Warming Could Mean More Algae Blooms Like Florida’s

Nearly 240 square miles of Lake Okeechobee, the largest freshwater lake in Florida, are covered in a scum of blue-green algae that has also traveled down nearby waterways and out to the coastline. The stinking sludge has impacted local ecosystems and the tourism industry and caused Gov. Rick Scott to declare a state of emergency in the affected… Read More

U.S. Faces Dramatic Rise in Extreme Heat, Humidity

U.S. Faces Dramatic Rise in Extreme Heat, Humidity

Across most of the U.S., we’ve hit the dog days of summer. Most regions are now seeing their hottest temperatures of the year, and the combination of heat and high humidity sends most people running for a cold drink, some shade, or an air conditioner. Heat is the number one weather related killer, and as carbon pollution continues, global … Read More

Overfishing and Pollution Kill Corals in a Warming World

Overfishing and Pollution Kill Corals in a Warming World

In the wild worlds of coral reefs, seaweeds and corals are locked in mortal battles and scientists have revealed how overfishing, sewage and farm pollution can tip the balance in favor of the weeds. Newly published findings from three years of field experiments in the ailing reefs of the Florida Keys have profound implications at a time when … Read More

Florida Dredging Would Cut Path Across Corals in ‘Crisis’

Florida Dredging Would Cut Path Across Corals in ‘Crisis’

As America’s only barrier reefs bleach, dissolve and succumb to disease, experts worry that a $320 million plan to expand oil and cargo shipments through Florida’s corals could worsen flooding and threaten ecosystems crucial to fisheries and tourism businesses. In addition to being one of the world’s busiest cruise ship terminals, Port Everglades… Read More

Hurricanes Boost Carbon Storage in Southeastern Forests

Hurricanes Boost Carbon Storage in Southeastern Forests

Hurricanes hitting the Southeast coast can supercharge the region’s forests, spurring them to store more than 100 times the carbon released annually by all vehicles in the U.S., Duke University researchers have found. Rainfall associated with hurricanes acts as fuel for photosynthesis, drastically increasing trees’ carbon absorption rates… Read More

Coral Deaths Threaten Coasts With Erosion, Flooding

Coral Deaths Threaten Coasts With Erosion, Flooding

Colorful corals draw snorkeling tourists to natural marine playlands along the Florida Keys, Mexican Riviera Maya and northeastern Australia, and new research shows the flailing ecosystems they underpin also protect beachfront hotels from erosion and floods. As coral reefs the world over bleach from warming waters, dissolve from acidification and … Read More

Fate of World’s Coastlines Rests on Melting Antarctic Ice

Fate of World’s Coastlines Rests on Melting Antarctic Ice

Mayors from small towns, planners from the world’s largest cities and U.N. diplomats are being guided on the details of a looming coastal crisis by sea level projections compiled by a U.N. science panel. The panel’s work includes warnings about the amount of flooding that could be caused by melting in Antarctica, and those warnings have been… Read More

Gallery

Spring Precipitation Trends Average precipitation during meteorological spring hasn't changed much since 1970.

View Gallery