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Australia in for Hot Days, Higher Fire Risk, More Droughts

Australia in for Hot Days, Higher Fire Risk, More Droughts

Australia’s temperature will continue to warm leading to decreases in rainfall in southern Australia, increasing numbers of hot days, higher fire risks, and more severe drought conditions, according to the 2014 State of the Climate report. The report is a joint undertaking by the CSIRO and Bureau of Meteorology, and found that Australia’s … Read More

6 Degrees: Wildfire Risks, Climate Change Prep & More

6 Degrees: Wildfire Risks, Climate Change Prep & More

This week in climate news explores the growing risks of wildfires, how to prep for climate change, plus more.… Read More

Year Begins with Unusual Amount of Extreme Weather

Year Begins with Unusual Amount of Extreme Weather

There have been heat waves in Slovenia and Australia; snow in Vietnam and the return of the polar vortex to North America. Britain has had its wettest winter in 250 years but temperatures in parts of Russia and the Arctic have been 10°C above normal. Meanwhile, the southern hemisphere has had the warmest start to a year ever recorded, with millions… Read More

New Mexico Facing ‘Extremely Destructive’ Wildfire Season

New Mexico Facing ‘Extremely Destructive’ Wildfire Season

Fall and winter have conspired to create conditions that could lead to a potentially explosive summer as New Mexico fire managers face a “grim and potentially extreme situation” for the coming fire season. That bleak assessment on Wednesday from the National Weather Service (NWS) comes less than 3 years since New Mexico endured a gruesome wildfire… Read More

Austin a ‘Poster Child’ for Urban Wildfire Threat

Austin a ‘Poster Child’ for Urban Wildfire Threat

In Texas, which straddles the wet-dry divide between East and West, drought likely exacerbated by climate change means that confronting the threat of wildfires has become a way of life. And nowhere is that better illustrated than here in Austin, a booming metropolitan area of 1.8 million people.… Read More

Increase in Western Wildfires Fuels Obama’s Budget Move

Increase in Western Wildfires Fuels Obama’s Budget Move

President Obama announced plans Monday to change how the federal government manages the rising costs of fighting wildfires. According to his proposal, the federal agencies largely responsible for fighting wildfires will be able to draw from a special disaster account, similar to the way other federal disasters like earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricane… Read More

‘This Week’ Zeroes in on Climate & Climate Central’s Cullen

‘This Week’ Zeroes in on Climate & Climate Central’s Cullen

With the East Coast under a seeming barrage of ice and snow this winter and parts of the West facing record drought, Climate Central's Heidi Cullen was front and center on "This Week" with George Stephanopoulos talking about climate change and extreme weather. Cullen was joined by North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, AB… Read More

Climate Central Meteorologist Talks Extreme Weather

Climate Central Meteorologist Talks Extreme Weather

Uncommon winter weather is striking the Deep South, and the Northeast is being buried in more than a foot of snow in some places. It seems like it's the winter that never quits. Yet at the same time, California is seeing record highs and the Sochi Winter Olympics are seeing in warm weather that is turning snow there into slush. Climate Central Mete… Read More