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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

Foliage Season Under Fire from Climate Change

Foliage Season Under Fire from Climate Change

Clocks aren’t the only things falling back at this time of year. The start to foliage season is also on the move, with the season starting later and later in the U.S. since 1982. Other threats from climate change could also cost states that rely on the billions from leaf peepers in lost tourism revenues and have ecological impacts that extend well … Read More

Massive Flooding, Hot & Wet Summer, Melting Arctic Ice

Massive Flooding, Hot & Wet Summer, Melting Arctic Ice

Epic flooding caught on camera, extreme heat, melting Arctic ice and fracking wrap up the week in photos, and a busy plate for climate in the news.… Read More