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Human Impact Has Pushed Earth Into the Anthropocene

Human Impact Has Pushed Earth Into the Anthropocene

There is now compelling evidence to show that humanity’s impact on the Earth’s atmosphere, oceans and wildlife has pushed the world into a new geological epoch, according to a group of scientists. The question of whether humans’ combined environmental impact has tipped the planet into an “Anthropocene” – ending the current Holocene which began… Read More

2016: What to Look for in Energy and Climate

2016: What to Look for in Energy and Climate

2016 will kick off with a sense of optimism about climate change after the success of the Paris climate talks in December. In the U.S., that may mean more enthusiasm for commitments to renewables and other lower-carbon energy sources as low oil prices make the future of fossil fuels production in the U.S. and Canada less certain.… Read More

States At Risk: America’s Preparedness Report Card

States At Risk: America’s Preparedness Report Card

For over a century weather events have become more extreme, turning normal fluctuations into long-term climate trends. Today, heavy rains increasingly pound northeastern states, the southwest is in a long term drying pattern, the western wildfire season is 60 days longer, rising seas compound damaging coastal storms, and the Southeast and Gulf … Read More

American Icons Threatened by Sea Level Rise: In Pictures

American Icons Threatened by Sea Level Rise: In Pictures

Long-term sea level rise set in motion by near-term carbon emissions threatens major American icons. Here we present paired images showing how the Pentagon, the Wall Street Bull, and the Googleplex — symbols of American military, economic, and technological might — could fare under scenarios of business as usual vs. a sharp transition to clean … Read More

U.S. Cities We Could Lose to the Sea

U.S. Cities We Could Lose to the Sea

Historic carbon emissions have already locked in enough future sea level rise to submerge most of the homes in each of several hundred American towns and cities, according to Climate Central-led research published Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The animated timeline on this page maps, year by year, how the total number … Read More

Ambitious Renewables Bill Signed Into Law in California

Ambitious Renewables Bill Signed Into Law in California

Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed into law a bill requiring California to produce half its electricity from renewable sources by 2030, a goal he said was key to combating global climate change. "A decarbonized future is the reason we're here," Brown said at a signing ceremony in Los Angeles. "What we're doing here is very important,… Read More

Surge In ‘Danger Days’ Just Around The Corner

Surge In ‘Danger Days’ Just Around The Corner

Chances are you’ve never heard the phrase “danger day” when it comes to weather. That’s because they’re rare. You’ll want to get to know it, though, because climate change is about to make them a lot more common over the next 15 years. A danger day is when the combination of heat and humidity (also known as the heat index) make it feel like it’s … Read More

Here Are 10 Striking Images of Future Sea Levels

Here Are 10 Striking Images of Future Sea Levels

You may have heard that the world could be in for 20 feet of sea level rise if the past is any indication according to new research. And if you haven't heard, feel free to get caught up over here. We'll wait. That rise would vastly reshape coastlines around the world and endanger millions of people unless efforts are made to both reduce greenhouse … Read More

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Significant Events for Spring 2013 The highlights of NOAA's Spring climate summary.

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