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World Bank: Tackling Climate Will Grow the Economy

World Bank: Tackling Climate Will Grow the Economy

Fighting climate change would help grow the world economy, according to the World Bank, adding up to $2.6 trillion a year to global GDP in the coming decades. The findings, made available in a report on Tuesday, offer a sharp contrast with claims by the Australian government that fighting climate change would “clobber” the economy. The report also… Read More

2014: A Weird Weather Year in Alaska So Far

2014: A Weird Weather Year in Alaska So Far

With the arrival of summer, the year is nearly halfway through, and it has been a warm and somewhat weird one weather-wise for Alaska. While the eastern half of the U.S. shivered through winter, Alaska saw unseasonable warmth, which melted snows early in some areas and brought rains instead of snows. Snow and rain failed to fall in other places and… Read More

Map Shows Energy Installations In Extreme Weather’s Path

Map Shows Energy Installations In Extreme Weather’s Path

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has an online interactive map that will show all the major energy infrastructure for any given address in the U.S., allowing anyone to look closely at what power plants, refineries, oil wells, power lines and other installations might exist in a place that is vulnerable to extreme weather.… Read More

The Navajo Nation’s Shifting Sands of Climate Change

The Navajo Nation’s Shifting Sands of Climate Change

Few places are more exposed to the threats of climate change and drought than the Navajo Nation, the largest Native American tribe in the U.S. Here, livelihoods and traditions of the nearly 300,000 Navajo people are more tied to the land than most other Southwesterners.… Read More

Here Are 5 National Landmarks Facing Climate Threats

Here Are 5 National Landmarks Facing Climate Threats

Some of the most treasured pieces of American history are facing imminent threats from climate change. A new report released on Tuesday by the Union of Concerned Scientists provides case studies of 25 sites threatened by climate change, particularly rising seas, increased risk of wildfires, and melting permafrost.… Read More

100 Percent of California Now in Highest Stages of Drought

100 Percent of California Now in Highest Stages of Drought

California's drought just got worse, with 100 percent of the state now in the three highest stages of drought, according to Thursday’s release of the U.S. Drought Monitor. The latest report, which indicated that rain had improved conditions in parts of Texas and the Plains states, revealed that California got no relief. In fact, a heat wave likely… Read More

U.S. Climate Change Report Warns of Regional Impacts

U.S. Climate Change Report Warns of Regional Impacts

On Tuesday, the federal government released its third report of climate change in the U.S. The report, called the National Climate Assessment, makes clear that climate change is a present-day issue and a growing threat. While climate change is often viewed as a global problem, the report highlights how impacts vary across all regions of the country… Read More

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