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The World’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions in One Graphic

The World’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions in One Graphic

Carbon emissions are often considered in the future tense: the G7 aims to reduce future emissions and countries attending the Paris climate summit in December will pledge to make future carbon cuts. Amid all the future talk, the World Resources Institute has released new information about the present – an infographic and huge database of the world … Read More

Hawaii, Vermont Set Ambitious Examples for Renewables

Hawaii, Vermont Set Ambitious Examples for Renewables

June marked two huge milestones in renewable energy in the U.S., with Hawaii and Vermont passing laws setting the nation’s most ambitious renewable energy goals. Electricity generation is the nation’s largest emitter of climate-changing greenhouse gases, leading many states to set goals for how much of their power should come from low-carbon … Read More

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

Soaring Temps in Pacific Northwest Shattered Records

Soaring Temps in Pacific Northwest Shattered Records

Scorching temperatures above 110°F are more often associated with the stark landscapes of places like Death Valley than the cooler reaches of the Pacific Northwest. But a suped-up heat wave has left parts of Washington feeling much more like the desert Southwest and has shattered longstanding high temperature records in many spots. The searing heat… Read More

Study: Water Use Skyrockets as Fracking Expands

Study: Water Use Skyrockets as Fracking Expands

Oil and natural gas fracking, on average, uses more than 28 times the water it did 15 years ago, gulping up to 9.6 million gallons of water per well and putting farming and drinking sources at risk in arid states, especially during drought … Read More

The U.S., Brazil and China All Set Major Climate Goals

The U.S., Brazil and China All Set Major Climate Goals

The world got a major dose of climate clarity on Tuesday. The U.S., Brazil and China — three of the world’s top greenhouse gas emitters — all released major commitments to reduce or at least slow their greenhouse gas emissions, protect forest and ramp up their use of renewable energy. The flurry of activity comes with five months to go until major… Read More

Water Use Declining as Natural Gas Grows

Water Use Declining as Natural Gas Grows

As the U.S. has undergone a rapid and massive shift to natural gas from coal, one benefit has gone almost entirely overlooked: the amount of water needed to cool the nation’s power plants has dropped substantially. The widespread adoption of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) technology has led to dramatically higher natural gas production in the … 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

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Hottest Days of Summer The hottest time of year in the continental U.S. statistically comes in mid-July, but the timing of peak heat varies.

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