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Hot and Getting Hotter: Heat Islands Cooking U.S. Cities

Hot and Getting Hotter: Heat Islands Cooking U.S. Cities

Cites are almost always hotter than the surrounding rural area but global warming takes that heat and makes it worse. In the future, this combination of urbanization and climate change could raise urban temperatures to levels that threaten human health, strain energy resources, and compromise economic productivity. Summers in the U.S. have been … Read More

July Checks In as 4th Warmest on Record Worldwide

July Checks In as 4th Warmest on Record Worldwide

New National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) data show that last month was the fourth-warmest July on record worldwide, even though two giant cool spots in the Northern Hemisphere — one over Siberia and the other over the U.S. Midwest — made it easy for people living there to think that summer 2014 has been a mild one.… Read More

How Climate Friendly is Bike Sharing? It’s Complicated

How Climate Friendly is Bike Sharing? It’s Complicated

There's a lot scientists don't know about how bike sharing programs encourage less driving, and less CO2 from being emitted from car tailpipes. But there's a big benefit to bike sharing: It's a "gateway drug" to all kinds of cycling, and that's a big climate benefit.… Read More

Interactive Wildfires Map Tracks the Blazes in the U.S.

Interactive Wildfires Map Tracks the Blazes in the U.S.

Monitor wildfires currently active in the lower 48 states and Alaska with Climate Central’s interactive wildfires map.… Read More

Marine Economy Takes a Dive as Ocean Acidity Rises

Marine Economy Takes a Dive as Ocean Acidity Rises

The waters off the U.S. state of Alaska are some of the best fishing grounds anywhere, teeming with salmon and with shellfish such as crab. But a new study, funded by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration(NOAA), says growing acidification of Alaska’s waters, particularly those off the southern coast, threatens the state’s whole e… Read More

6 Degrees: Farming, Glaciers and Epic Flooding

6 Degrees: Farming, Glaciers and Epic Flooding

The week that was features everything from ideas on saving billions of tons of CO2 to the climate context of New England's epic floods.… Read More

Picture This: Pileus Cloud and Lots and Lots of Rain

Picture This: Pileus Cloud and Lots and Lots of Rain

Boy, did it rain a lot this week. Torrential rains fell from Seattle to Long Island, flooding not only highways, houses and parking lots, but also Twitter with images of cars covered nearly up to their roofs and stranded drivers. But there were plenty of other memorable weather pictures this week, and we’ve got some of the best for you here… Read More

Expanding Existing Farmland Would Benefit Climate

Expanding Existing Farmland Would Benefit Climate

A new study shows by expanding agriculture on the edges of regions that are already heavily farmed and confining new farming to specific areas across the globe, about 6 billion tons of carbon can be saved worldwide and 350 million tons in the U.S. … Read More