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Canada Pushes Ahead with Alternatives to Keystone XL

Canada Pushes Ahead with Alternatives to Keystone XL

A decision on whether to allow the Keystone XL Pipeline to be built in the U.S. could come at any time, but there are myriad other projects on the table designed to do exactly what Keystone XL was designed to do: transport Canadian tar sands oil to refineries.… Read More

Wildfires Tied to Drought, Heat & Topography, Not Beetles

Wildfires Tied to Drought, Heat & Topography, Not Beetles

Climate change-driven drought and higher temperatures are among the biggest factors, in addition to topography, influencing wildfire spread in the West, according to a new study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.… Read More

Media Contributing to ‘Hope Gap’ on Climate Change

Media Contributing to ‘Hope Gap’ on Climate Change

News cycles tend to be dominated by horror and carnage — a recipe for depression that spills into climate change coverage, fueling what some experts call a ‘hope gap’ that can lead people to fret about global warming but feel powerless to do anything about it. The latest evidence that media outlets deem the myriad problems posed by climate change … Read More

The West Coast Is in Hot Water

The West Coast Is in Hot Water

Move over polar bears. Are starving sea lion pups the new face of climate change? This year’s slew of hungry pups washing ashore in California, which has generated a slew of media coverage replete with heart-tugging images, has roots in natural temperature fluctuations in the ocean. But in the coming decades, human-induced warming could make these… Read More

Warm Spring Expected for West, Flooding Risk in East

Warm Spring Expected for West, Flooding Risk in East

Spring has sprung, but for parts of the country the season will be a hangover of winter’s extremes: The West looks to stay stuck in hot, dry conditions, and eastern areas walloped by snowstorms could see flooding if the snow on the ground melts too quickly. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its outlook for spring weather… Read More

California, Quebec Teaming Up On Climate Change

California, Quebec Teaming Up On Climate Change

California and Quebec's cap-and-trade programs have been linked, making climate action cheaper.… Read More

Include Climate Change in Disaster Planning, FEMA Says

Include Climate Change in Disaster Planning, FEMA Says

Federal funds that help communities brace for emergencies will stop being provided to states if they ignore threats posed by climate change in their disaster planning. States publish reports every five years or so detailing their vulnerability to natural disasters, such as floods, storms and wildfires, and how they plan to protect themselves and r… Read More

Experimental Forecast Projects Tornado Season

Experimental Forecast Projects Tornado Season

The 2011 tornado season wasn’t supposed to happen, not in our modern era of advanced technology and storm warnings. Those warnings had led to a steady drop in the death tolls as people received more accurate information and earlier warnings than in the past. But the 1,691 tornadoes in 2011 — the second most for any season going back to the 1950s… Read More

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Hurricane Scorecard The 2010 hurricane season to date, compared with an average season to date, and NOAA's outlook for the entire hurricane season.

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