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Climate Change Threatens Half of North America’s Birds

Climate Change Threatens Half of North America’s Birds

Half of North America’s bird species, from common backyard visitors like the Baltimore oriole and the rufous hummingbird to wilderness dwellers like the common loon and bald eagle, are under threat from climate change and many could go extinct, an exhaustive new study has found. Seven years of research found climate change the biggest threat to Nor… Read More

See How This Summer’s Temperatures Stack Up

See How This Summer’s Temperatures Stack Up

Get ready to retire the white wardrobes, cover the grill and shutter the lake cottage. Labor Day Weekend marks the psychological – and meteorological – end of summer. While you're enjoying on last cold one this weekend or snapping photos on the beach, take a look at how the summer's average temperatures stacked up for a number of localities across … Read More

‘Urgency of Climate Change’ to Debut as Legal Defense

‘Urgency of Climate Change’ to Debut as Legal Defense

As protests go, Ken Ward’s and Jay O’Hara’s daylong blockade of a coal delivery was low-key. There were no kerfuffles involving authorities and nobody was arrested -- the men learned of criminal charges later by mail. But the duo’s trial, scheduled to begin Sept. 8 in a Massachusetts district court, is shaping up as a high-profile affair, featuring… Read More

Crowdsourced Photos Provide Drought Snapshots

Crowdsourced Photos Provide Drought Snapshots

On May 24, a roiling dust cloud enveloped a desolate stretch of road in Prowers County, a rural county in southeast Colorado. The county and surrounding area had been deeply mired in drought for more than 2 years and the photo bore proof of just what drought looked like to its residents. The short note accompanying the photo added more context: “Ph… Read More

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

87 Cities, 4 Scenarios and 1 Really Hot Future

87 Cities, 4 Scenarios and 1 Really Hot Future

Global temperatures are rising, but nothing brings global warming home to people like a really hot summer day — those few days a year when it actually feels like the planet is boiling over. But what if those rare sweltering days, over 90° or 100°F, were not so rare and began to dominate summers? That could happen if carbon emissions continue … Read More

Tornado Outbreaks Could Have a Climate Change Assist

Tornado Outbreaks Could Have a Climate Change Assist

Days with more tornadoes have become more common over the past 60 years, a trend that new research says could have a climate change connection. Understanding the connection between climate change and tornadoes, if any, is one of the most fraught areas of research. But a study released Wednesday posits that changes in heat and moisture content in t… Read More

Determining Methane Leaks Is Key to Climate Goals

Determining Methane Leaks Is Key to Climate Goals

If President Obama’s Clean Power Plan is going to work, lots of things will have to fall into place. Perhaps the most important is the reduction in greenhouse gases that is expected from increased use of natural gas to generate electricity. Under the plan, which aims to reduce electricity sector emissions by 30 percent by 2030, the EPA projects … Read More