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Scorched Earth Is Big Climate Concern in Alaska Wildfires

Scorched Earth Is Big Climate Concern in Alaska Wildfires

Alaska and its neighbor to the east, Canada, have kicked off wildfire season in a major way. Blazes have raged across the northern stretches of North America, sending smoke streaming down into the Lower 48 and leaving the landscape charred. The multitudes of fires is a glimpse of things to come as the climate warms, but blackened trees are only … Read More

Kenward Talks Alaskan Wildfires With Jim Cantore

Kenward Talks Alaskan Wildfires With Jim Cantore

With more than 1 million acres of forests scorched in June, Alaska is currently in the midst of a blazing wildfire season. Alyson Kenward, Climate Central's research director, spoke with The Weather Channel's Jim Cantore on Monday about the current spate of wildfires and a recent Climate Central report that chronicles the troubling long-term change… Read More

Alaska Entering New Era for Wildfires

Alaska Entering New Era for Wildfires

Alaska, the great northern frontier of America, is being reshaped by climate change. While rising temperatures are altering its character and landscape, they are also bringing the ravages of wildfires. In the past 60 years, Alaska has warmed more than twice as fast as the rest of the country, with average temperatures up by nearly 3°F. By 2050, … Read More

Study Suggests Key Role for Warming in Extreme Weather

Study Suggests Key Role for Warming in Extreme Weather

When massive storms inundate coastlines or a veritable snowpocalypse keeps a city buried for days, the first question on many minds is: Was climate change to blame? It may play more of a role than previous studies have suggested, according to scientists who advocate a different approach to searching for the fingerprints of warming in extreme … Read More

Will The West Ever Be Able To Live With Fire?

Will The West Ever Be Able To Live With Fire?

Scientific progress and more than a century of living with wildfire have boosted Western resilience to the threat. But improvements in how wildfire dangers have been managed have fallen far short of the reimaginations of landscapes that are needed. “We’ve made good progress, but not good enough,” Jan van Wagtendonk, a retired Yosemite National Par… Read More

Intense Wildfire Season Expected in West

Intense Wildfire Season Expected in West

Amid one the West’s worst droughts in centuries, more than 5,600 wildfires scorched more than 600,000 acres last year in California alone. It could happen again. With drought showing signs of worsening across the West and Upper Midwest, the Forest Service anticipates that it may spend up to $1.6 billion fighting wildfires in 2015, in a fire … Read More

Climate Change Will Greatly Impact Australians’ Health

Climate Change Will Greatly Impact Australians’ Health

Climate change will have significant repercussions for Australians’ health as warming temperatures fuel extreme weather events, help spread disease and disrupt food and water supplies, according to a report backed by the country’s peak scientific and medical bodies. The report, released by the Australian Academy of Science, warns that vulnerable… Read More

Global Warming Could Threaten 1-in-6 Species

Global Warming Could Threaten 1-in-6 Species

Cranking up the planetary heat is going to ratchet down the planet’s biodiversity, and new analysis suggests global warming will directly threaten one in six species with extinction if polluting practices continue unabated — up from about 3 percent today. Scientists estimated in the journal Nature in early 2014 that climate change could drive … Read More

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Slim Odds of Ending the Drought this Year For most areas of the U.S., the worst drought in more than 50 years is likely to persist well into the winter.

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