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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

West Nile Virus Season to Last Longer as Climate Changes

West Nile Virus Season to Last Longer as Climate Changes

Warm weather brings ice cream, beach days, and other joys of summer but it also brings the incessant buzz of mosquitoes. While a number of mosquitoes will bite and leave little more than a red welt, others, especially in the southern half of the U.S., can transmit West Nile virus, an uncomfortable and sometimes lethal disease. New research provides… Read More

Thinning Arctic Ice, Fossil Fuel Future & Extreme Weather

Thinning Arctic Ice, Fossil Fuel Future & Extreme Weather

The impact of thinning Arctic sea ice, monsoons and heat waves, plus the future of energy and more. … Read More

Monsoon Rains Bring Some Drought Relief to Southwest

Monsoon Rains Bring Some Drought Relief to Southwest

Dwindling reservoirs, dusty rangeland, and desiccated crops have left the Southwest waiting for rain. Luckily, July marks the start of the monsoon season and it’s delivered rain in a big so far for much of the region. A “drunken” weather pattern also brought rain to parts of the Southern Plains earlier this month. Though this has provided some ...… Read More

Rising Temps, Shrinking Snowpack Fuel Western Wildfires

Rising Temps, Shrinking Snowpack Fuel Western Wildfires

Wildfire trends in the West are clear: there are more large fires burning now than at any time in the past 40 years and the total area burned each year has also increased. To explore these trends, Climate Central has developed an interactive tool to illustrate how warming temperatures and changing spring snowpack influences fires each year. In our… Read More