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Cold Nights Are Decreasing Across the U.S.

Cold Nights Are Decreasing Across the U.S.

It’s easy to think of global warming as something that happens at a steady pace everywhere in the world. But that’s not the full story. It’s true that the global average temperature has been rising overall since modern record-keeping began, and it’s true that 2014 was the hottest year on record, but the rise hasn’t been perfectly steady. Each year … Read More

Boston’s Got Gas as Methane Seeps from City

Boston’s Got Gas as Methane Seeps from City

In Boston, methane emissions from aging pipes and other sources may be more than double official state estimates for the city, according to a study published Thursday.… Read More

After December Rains, California Comes Up Dry

After December Rains, California Comes Up Dry

Two steps forward, one-and-a-half steps back: That’s been the story of the tenacious California drought lately. After a torrent of rains in December made a small dent in the deep, statewide drought, the faucet has turned off, and some areas have relapsed back into ‘exceptional’ drought, the worst drought category recognized by the U.S Drought … Read More

Moisture Shortfall, Heat Threaten Southwestern Forests

Moisture Shortfall, Heat Threaten Southwestern Forests

Pinecone-littered forests draped over tens of millions of acres of mountaintops through the American Southwest are in danger of being scorched out of existence by global warming. It’s not just rising heat that threatens to put a meteorological flamethrower to lush montane swaths of a region better known for its low-altitude cacti and desert plains… Read More

California Takes Lead In Developing Energy Storage

California Takes Lead In Developing Energy Storage

California is quickly becoming the U.S. leader in energy storage after the state’s 2013 mandate that its largest utilities have 1,325 megawatts — roughly enough for 1 million homes — of electricity storage operating by 2024 as one step to fight climate change. … Read More

Picture This: So Cold It Snowed in Florida

Picture This: So Cold It Snowed in Florida

So. It got pretty cold this week. How cold? It snowed in Florida. But snow wasn’t the only sign of winter, as temperatures and wind chills plummeted across much of the country as Arctic air surged southward, leading to some stunning maps, teeth-chattering sights and some serious bundling up. But that cold was offset by some record warm temperature… Read More

Find Out When the Coldest Day Usually Hits Your Town

Find Out When the Coldest Day Usually Hits Your Town

Two blasts of Arctic air are reminding tens of millions of Americans this week of just how cold winter can get, even in a world where temperatures are getting steadily warmer on average. The coldest air so far this season will keep daytime highs below zero in the Upper Midwest and no higher than the 30s even as far south as Atlanta. But will it be … Read More

U.S. Hot Streak Now Old Enough to Vote

U.S. Hot Streak Now Old Enough to Vote

In a year bookended by bitter cold snaps east of the Mississippi, it might come as a surprise to some that 2014 was actually quite a bit warmer than average in the U.S., making it the 18th year in a row with above-normal temperatures. Less of a surprise was the economic impact of the drought in the West, now on the brink of its fourth year. The dro… Read More