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Number of ‘Hot Days’ Are on the Rise: See Your City

Number of ‘Hot Days’ Are on the Rise: See Your City

This is the warmest time of year in most of the U.S. And if we continue to pump heat-trapping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, it’s going to get even warmer — not only in the summer, but throughout the year. “How warm?” is the obvious question. So we've shown how the numbers of extremely hot days are projected to increase by 2050 and 2100 if … Read More

U.S. and China Lead the Way on Carbon Capture & Storage

U.S. and China Lead the Way on Carbon Capture & Storage

For years, the energy companies have been telling us not to worry. Yes, mounting carbon emissions threaten to heat up the world – but technology, particularly carbon capture and storage (CCS), will come to the rescue. The trouble is that there’s been plenty of talk about CCS and little action, with few projects being implemented on a large scale.… Read More

Six Months In and Sizzling California Sets Record

Six Months In and Sizzling California Sets Record

The record exemplifies a temperature pattern that has held across the country for much of the year, with above-average temperatures in the West and below average in the East. The pattern has kept monthly average temperatures for the entire U.S. -- as well as the average temperature for the year-to-date -- in the middle of the pack record-wise, but … Read More

Military Bases Face Hurdles in Climate Change Adaptation

Military Bases Face Hurdles in Climate Change Adaptation

The Department of Defense has 7,600 military installations across all 50 states and 40 foreign countries. They perform diverse functions, but they have one thing in common: climate change could cost them big in the coming decades unless adaptation measures are taken soon. The military has already taken some action. Planning for climate change impa… Read More

Genes Help Plants Handle Rising CO2 Levels

Genes Help Plants Handle Rising CO2 Levels

Biologists in the U.S. have identified the genetic machinery that tells a plant how to respond to more carbon dioxide caused by the burning of fossil fuels. Four genes from three different gene families together control the density of stomata, or breathing pores, on the foliage of the healthy plant. As carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere rise, … Read More

Picture This: Hurricane Arthur & NYC Lightning

Picture This: Hurricane Arthur & NYC Lightning

There was definitely some pretty spectacular weather around the country this week, including a derecho, lots of lightning striking skyscrapers, and the first hurricane of the 2014 Atlantic season. In case you missed any of these events and the stunning photos they produced, we’ve got you covered: Here are our picks for some of the best weather… Read More

A Graphic Tale: July 4th Climate Extremes in Your City

A Graphic Tale: July 4th Climate Extremes in Your City

The glorious Fourth of July brings several things to mind: independence, fireworks, parades, cookouts — and hot weather. While the East Coast will be dealing with Arthur this holiday, many other parts of the country will be dealing with heat. The Fourth isn’t always a scorcher, but the record high temperature for the date in most parts of the … Read More

EPA Moves to Slash Methane at Landfills and Oil Wells

EPA Moves to Slash Methane at Landfills and Oil Wells

The federal government is proposing several small steps to reduce climate change-driving methane emissions in the U.S. — one related to landfills and the other to oil and gas wells on Native American reservations.… Read More