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Blistering Future Summers for 1,001 U.S. Cities

Blistering Future Summers for 1,001 U.S. Cities

During these dog days of summer, air conditioning and splash parks can help beat the heat, but climate change is making it harder to avoid simmering temperatures. Summers in most of the U.S. are already warmer than they were in the 1970s. And climate models tell us that summers are going to keep warming as greenhouse gas emissions continue. What … Read More

Number of ‘Hot Days’ Are on the Rise: See Your City

Number of ‘Hot Days’ Are on the Rise: See Your City

This is the warmest time of year in most of the U.S. And if we continue to pump heat-trapping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, it’s going to get even warmer — not only in the summer, but throughout the year. “How warm?” is the obvious question. So we've shown how the numbers of extremely hot days are projected to increase by 2050 and 2100 if … Read More

A Graphic Tale: July 4th Climate Extremes in Your City

A Graphic Tale: July 4th Climate Extremes in Your City

The glorious Fourth of July brings several things to mind: independence, fireworks, parades, cookouts — and hot weather. While the East Coast will be dealing with Arthur this holiday, many other parts of the country will be dealing with heat. The Fourth isn’t always a scorcher, but the record high temperature for the date in most parts of the … Read More

San Franciscans in the Dark About Flood Hazards

San Franciscans in the Dark About Flood Hazards

A citywide effort is tackling a problem that few residents think about: rising seas and coastal erosion. Ocean Beach, on the western edge of the city, has been offering San Franciscans a place to enjoy nature and water activities, but the shoreline is facing greater erosion due to sea level rise that threatens public safety and vital … Read More

Summertime Blues? U.S. Seeing Red as Temps Rise

Summertime Blues? U.S. Seeing Red as Temps Rise

The summer solstice is right around the corner this Saturday and temperatures around the U.S. have started to rise to the occasion. But it’s not just a warmup from spring to summer that’s occurring: summer temperatures have been steadily rising since 1970. On average, temperatures have increased at a rate of about 0.4°F per decade in the… Read More

Saving Marsh Protects Neighborhood from Sea Level Rise

Saving Marsh Protects Neighborhood from Sea Level Rise

Goreatha Johnson points toward Breuner Marsh across the train tracks in Parchester Village, a neighborhood of roughly 400 homes in North Richmond. It’s past 4 p.m. on a weekday and Johnson is knocking on her neighbors’ doors and passing out flyers to an event at the Parchester Village Community Center. “People used to swim in the channels there… Read More

Sea Level Rise Threatens Oakland’s Sewer System

Sea Level Rise Threatens Oakland’s Sewer System

The shoreline along Oakland is a checkerboard quilt of cement, steel and wetlands, with grassy estuaries sandwiched between walls of cement where old terminal buildings rise from the shore, steel pipes send effluent to the Bay and massive containership berths receive their payload. Just inland from this quilt lies a broad north-south strip of … Read More

Sea Rise Will Bring Severe Floods to Silicon Valley

Sea Rise Will Bring Severe Floods to Silicon Valley

Thirty-year-old Gustavo Leal remembers the floodwaters reaching the doorstep of his family home in East Palo Alto. “It was bad enough that you couldn’t get out of your driveway,” he said. Next time the floodwaters could swamp the entire house. That's the findings of a new study released today by Climate Central, a research and journalism … Read More