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Waves in the Atmosphere Fueling Extreme Weather

Waves in the Atmosphere Fueling Extreme Weather

The pattern of a wavy jet stream was a recurring theme in U.S. weather forecasts this winter as a particularly jagged one essentially split the country in two. While there is a debate over whether climate change causes that pattern, new research shows that the waviness does exacerbate extreme weather. The research, published in Nature Climate Chan… Read More

San Franciscans in the Dark About Flood Hazards

San Franciscans in the Dark About Flood Hazards

A citywide effort is tackling a problem that few residents think about: rising seas and coastal erosion. Ocean Beach, on the western edge of the city, has been offering San Franciscans a place to enjoy nature and water activities, but the shoreline is facing greater erosion due to sea level rise that threatens public safety and vital … Read More

California’s Drought Just Got a Little Worse

California’s Drought Just Got a Little Worse

Just when it seemed like California’s drought couldn’t get any worse, it did: A staggering one third of the state is now in the worst level of drought. The latest update from the U.S. Drought Monitor, released Thursday, showed the amount of the state in “Exceptional Drought” — the highest category — expanding to about 33 percent from 25 percent.… Read More

Summertime Blues? U.S. Seeing Red as Temps Rise

Summertime Blues? U.S. Seeing Red as Temps Rise

The summer solstice is right around the corner this Saturday and temperatures around the U.S. have started to rise to the occasion. But it’s not just a warmup from spring to summer that’s occurring: summer temperatures have been steadily rising since 1970. On average, temperatures have increased at a rate of about 0.4°F per decade in the… Read More

Saving Marsh Protects Neighborhood from Sea Level Rise

Saving Marsh Protects Neighborhood from Sea Level Rise

Goreatha Johnson points toward Breuner Marsh across the train tracks in Parchester Village, a neighborhood of roughly 400 homes in North Richmond. It’s past 4 p.m. on a weekday and Johnson is knocking on her neighbors’ doors and passing out flyers to an event at the Parchester Village Community Center. “People used to swim in the channels there… Read More

Sea Level Rise Threatens Oakland’s Sewer System

Sea Level Rise Threatens Oakland’s Sewer System

The shoreline along Oakland is a checkerboard quilt of cement, steel and wetlands, with grassy estuaries sandwiched between walls of cement where old terminal buildings rise from the shore, steel pipes send effluent to the Bay and massive containership berths receive their payload. Just inland from this quilt lies a broad north-south strip of … Read More

Sea Rise Will Bring Severe Floods to Silicon Valley

Sea Rise Will Bring Severe Floods to Silicon Valley

Thirty-year-old Gustavo Leal remembers the floodwaters reaching the doorstep of his family home in East Palo Alto. “It was bad enough that you couldn’t get out of your driveway,” he said. Next time the floodwaters could swamp the entire house. That's the findings of a new study released today by Climate Central, a research and journalism … Read More

Climate Change Threatens Almighty U.S. ‘King Corn’

Climate Change Threatens Almighty U.S. ‘King Corn’

The days of "king corn" could be numbered as climate change brings higher temperatures and water shortages to America's farmland, a new report warned on Wednesday. Nearly one-third of U.S. farmland is devoted to raising corn and the country produces about 40 percent of the world's corn crop. But the $1.7 trillion industry – the equivalent of Austr… Read More