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At-Risk Cities May Help Drive Climate Change Solutions

At-Risk Cities May Help Drive Climate Change Solutions

It is already taking shape as the 21st century urban nightmare: a big storm hits a city like Shanghai, Mumbai, Miami or New York, knocking out power supply and waste treatment plants, washing out entire neighborhoods and marooning the survivors in a toxic and foul-smelling swamp. Now the world's leading scientists are suggesting that those same cit… Read More

East Greets Winter’s End; West Braces for Drought, Fire

East Greets Winter’s End; West Braces for Drought, Fire

February marked the end of winter in the meteorological sense, and it continued a three-month trend of warm and dry conditions in the West and cool and wet conditions in the East. And despite a seemingly endless winter for those on the East Coast, for most of the states from Georgia to Maine, it was just an average winter. Not a single state on t… Read More

6 Degrees: Wildfire Risks, Climate Change Prep & More

6 Degrees: Wildfire Risks, Climate Change Prep & More

This week in climate news explores the growing risks of wildfires, how to prep for climate change, plus more.… Read More

New Mexico Facing ‘Extremely Destructive’ Wildfire Season

New Mexico Facing ‘Extremely Destructive’ Wildfire Season

Fall and winter have conspired to create conditions that could lead to a potentially explosive summer as New Mexico fire managers face a “grim and potentially extreme situation” for the coming fire season. That bleak assessment on Wednesday from the National Weather Service (NWS) comes less than 3 years since New Mexico endured a gruesome wildfire… Read More

Increase in Western Wildfires Fuels Obama’s Budget Move

Increase in Western Wildfires Fuels Obama’s Budget Move

President Obama announced plans Monday to change how the federal government manages the rising costs of fighting wildfires. According to his proposal, the federal agencies largely responsible for fighting wildfires will be able to draw from a special disaster account, similar to the way other federal disasters like earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricane… Read More

Never-Ending Winter? Nah, January in U.S. Was Average

Never-Ending Winter? Nah, January in U.S. Was Average

It might seem like the East Coast has endured a never-ending winter, but that was hardly the case for the Lower 48 in January. According to new data released Thursday, the mainland U.S. was extremely dry and only slightly cooler than average for the first month of 2014. Dry conditions dominated a stretch of states from California to Alabama.… Read More

Electricity Generated Using Solar Mirrors to Double in 2013

Electricity Generated Using Solar Mirrors to Double in 2013

U.S. solar thermal energy generating capacity is set to more than double by the end of 2013, with several large solar power plants scheduled to begin operating soon in Arizona and California, the U.S. Energy Information Administration announced in a report Thursday.… Read More

Report: Wildfires & Air Pollution, A Hidden Hazard

Report: Wildfires & Air Pollution, A Hidden Hazard

Across the American West, climate change has made snow melt earlier, spring and summers hotter, and fire seasons longer. One result has been a doubling since 1970 of the number of large wildfires raging each year. And depending on the rate of future warming, the number of big wildfires in western states could increase as much as six-fold over the… Read More