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West Likely to Be Stormier With Climate Change

West Likely to Be Stormier With Climate Change

The types of storms that have been bringing heavy snow and rain to the West this winter, triggering landslides and floods while easing stubborn droughts, are likely to become stronger and more frequent, according to the results of a conclusive new study. The drenching storms have been falling from atmospheric rivers, which are high-altitude streams… Read More

Climate Change Is Leaving Native Plants Behind

Climate Change Is Leaving Native Plants Behind

Willis Linn Jepson encountered a squat shrub while he was collecting botanical specimens on California’s Mount Tamalpais in the fall of 1936. He trimmed off a few branches and jotted down the location along the ridge trail where the manzanita grew, 2,255 feet above sea level. The desiccated specimen is now part of an herbarium here that’s named … Read More

California Narrowly Upholds Key Policy For Solar Growth

California Narrowly Upholds Key Policy For Solar Growth

California delivered a narrow victory to the solar industry this week by maintaining a policy that has underpinned rooftop solar's dramatic growth while introducing fees that were smaller than utilities requested. After two years of rancorous debate, California's Public Utilities Commission upheld net metering by a vote of 3-to-2, allowing … Read More

El Niño Is Here, So Why Is California Still in Drought?

El Niño Is Here, So Why Is California Still in Drought?

A parade of El Niño-fueled storms has marched over California in the last few weeks, bringing bouts of much needed rain and snow to the parched state. But maps of drought conditions there have barely budged, with nearly two-thirds of the state still in the worst two categories of drought. So what gives? The short answer, experts say, is that the… Read More

El Niño Heat Peaks, But Impacts Still to Come

El Niño Heat Peaks, But Impacts Still to Come

It looks like this El Niño — which will rank among the strongest on record — has passed its peak in terms of tropical ocean temperatures, but it’s not going away anytime soon. In fact, the biggest El Niño impacts on the U.S. are probably still to come. The country has already started to feel the influence of El Niño with a recent spate of storms… Read More

The 2015 Wildfire Season Set an Ominous Record

The 2015 Wildfire Season Set an Ominous Record

The U.S. as a whole may finally be feeling winter’s chill, but the newly released 2015 wildfire numbers serve as a reminder of how hot and smoky the past year was. The National Interagency Fire Center’s numbers vividly illustrate how that 2015 was a record setter. U.S. wildfires scorched 10.12 million acres. That bests the previous mark of 9.87 … Read More

The 7 Most Interesting Climate Findings of the Year

The 7 Most Interesting Climate Findings of the Year

At Climate Central, we love climate research (but really, who doesn’t?). We cover it relentlessly and a lot of findings have come through our inboxes this year. All those studies are crucial to shaping both what we know about the world we currently live in as well as what we’re in store for in the future depending on how we respond to climate … Read More

These Tiny Satellites Could Keep an Eye on Wildfires

These Tiny Satellites Could Keep an Eye on Wildfires

Close your eyes. Imagine a world where satellites smaller than a shoebox could tell you about every fire burning on earth. Now open them. You’re living in that world (or at least you will be in just a few years). NASA has announced an ambitious plan to surround the earth with hundreds of tiny satellites that could monitor wildfires in near real … Read More

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Greenland and San Francisco Bay Greenland has been shedding billions of tons of ice in 2007, the melted equivalent of draining San Francisco Bay every 10 days

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