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Western U.S. Faces Bigger, More Frequent Wildfires

Western U.S. Faces Bigger, More Frequent Wildfires

Wildfires in the western United States are getting worse. In the last 30 years they have become both bigger and more frequent, according to a new study in Geophysical Research Letters. Philip Dennison of the University of Utah and colleagues found that the number of wildfires that burned more than 1,000 acres increased at the rate of seven fires a… Read More

The Explosive Growth of California’s Drought in 1 Chart

The Explosive Growth of California’s Drought in 1 Chart

It didn’t seem possible, but California's drought just got worse. On Thursday, the U.S. Drought Monitor released new data that show every single inch of the state is now experiencing some form of drought. … Read More

‘Oldest Living Things in the World’ Tell a Tale of Climate

‘Oldest Living Things in the World’ Tell a Tale of Climate

The spindly trunk of a Norway spruce reaches above the lichen-covered rocks. Nothing about the tree is remarkable aside from it being the only thing to reach more than a foot feet off the ground on a windswept plateau. Yet Rachel Sussman traveled the roughly 3,500 miles from her Brooklyn studio to western Sweden to photograph it. Its age is what d… Read More

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

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

It’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, … Read More

Hot West, Cold East May be the Norm as World Warms

Hot West, Cold East May be the Norm as World Warms

The split personality of this winter’s weather in the U.S. appears to have been thousands of years in the making. The big driver behind the frigid-East and warm-West divide was a kinky jet stream, a pattern that arose 4,000 years ago. While natural variations have controlled its wanderings to date, climate change could make the duality we saw this … Read More

At-Risk Cities May Help Drive Climate Change Solutions

At-Risk Cities May Help Drive Climate Change Solutions

It is already taking shape as the 21st century urban nightmare: a big storm hits a city like Shanghai, Mumbai, Miami or New York, knocking out power supply and waste treatment plants, washing out entire neighborhoods and marooning the survivors in a toxic and foul-smelling swamp. Now the world's leading scientists are suggesting that those same cit… Read More

6 Degrees: IPCC Warning, Blackouts, Ita and Drought

6 Degrees: IPCC Warning, Blackouts, Ita and Drought

IPCC warns about climate change, weather-related power outages, drought, Cyclone Ita and more.… Read More

Why California’s Drought Isn’t Going Anywhere

Why California’s Drought Isn’t Going Anywhere

Week after week, the drabs of good news have been as rare as the rain. And that won’t change anytime soon. California is in the midst of a crushing severe multi-year drought brought on by cumulative winters with a dearth of replenishing rains and snows and an ever-growing population. Climate patterns may be in the early stages of aligning to quench… Read More