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New Ways to Visualize Increasingly Hot Weather in U.S.

New Ways to Visualize Increasingly Hot Weather in U.S.

The portion of days with warm weather in the U.S. have increased by 25 percent over the past 50 years according to a new data analysis. The analysis draws on publicly available data and represents the tip of the iceberg for how publicly available climate and weather data can be accessed and used. New York-based open data firm Enigma unde… Read More

Climate Models, Globe’s Oceans Put Stamp on Earth Day

Climate Models, Globe’s Oceans Put Stamp on Earth Day

For the stamp collector in search of an accurate portrayal of the globe’s oceans, look no further than the new U.S. Postal Service international Forever stamp. Released to commemorate Earth Day, the stamp features a snapshot of how high-tech climate models depict oceans. The Postal Service has a citizen advisory committee (who knew?) that looks fo… Read More

Since 1st Earth Day, U.S. Temps Marching Upward

Since 1st Earth Day, U.S. Temps Marching Upward

t’s been 44 years since the first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970, and since that time, average temperatures have been rising across the U.S. Our interactive graphic shows a state-by-state analysis of these temperature trends. Average temperatures across most of the continental U.S. have actually been rising gradually for more than a century, at … Read More

6 Degrees: Kimye, TV, March Rankings and More

6 Degrees: Kimye, TV, March Rankings and More

How does Kimye and watching TV relate to climate change? Find out here in our top picks of the week. … Read More

Weather-Related Blackouts Doubled Since 2003: Report

Weather-Related Blackouts Doubled Since 2003: Report

Climate change is causing an increase in many types of extreme weather. Heat waves are hotter, heavy rain events are heavier, and winter storms have increased in both frequency and intensity. To date, these kinds of severe weather are among the leading causes of large-scale power outages in the United States. Climate change will increase the risk o… Read More

Tornado Technology Innovation Born From 1974 Tragedy

Tornado Technology Innovation Born From 1974 Tragedy

Thursday marked the 40th anniversary of one of the most destructive tornado outbreaks in U.S. history. The event, deemed a Super Outbreak, took place over two days and spawned nearly 150 tornadoes across 13 states and the Canadian province of Ontario. The storm left behind millions of dollars in damage and caused 300 deaths and 6,000 injuries. The … Read More

U.S. Lags Behind China in Renewables Investments

U.S. Lags Behind China in Renewables Investments

For the second year, an annual Pew Charitable Trusts report, “Who’s Winning the Clean Energy Race?”, shows that China is the world leader in clean energy investment, with $54 billion in investments in renewables in 2013, well above total U.S. 2013 investment of $36.7 billion.… Read More

Spring is Arriving Earlier and Earlier in the U.S.

Spring is Arriving Earlier and Earlier in the U.S.

March 20th marks the first day of the vernal equinox, although spring might feel like it's never going to arrive for those still battling unseasonably cold weather from the Midwest to the East. But don’t be fooled by this year's cooler temperatures. When you define the onset of spring as the “first leaf” date for a number of plants, the season is a… Read More