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As Hurricane Season Starts, U.S. Facing Heightened Risk

As Hurricane Season Starts, U.S. Facing Heightened Risk

The 2013 Atlantic hurricane season starts Saturday, and scientists are warning that it is likely to be a doozy, with more storms than average and more major hurricanes (Category 3 intensity or stronger). Not only are forecasters calling for an unusually active season, they also say that there are signs that the U.S., which hasn’t had a major hurric… Read More

Bill Would Shift NOAA Resources from Climate Research

Bill Would Shift NOAA Resources from Climate Research

A bill being drafted in the House could potentially undermine the climate science research activities and the oceans programs of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). It also would open up the weather satellite sector, which has been a troubled area for NOAA in recent years, to more private competition.… Read More

Heidi Cullen Looks at Climate, Extremes on Face the Nation

Heidi Cullen Looks at Climate, Extremes on Face the Nation

Climate Central Chief Climatologist Dr. Heidi Cullen appeared on CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday, May 26, to discuss the scientific evidence linking some recent extreme weather events to manmade global warming. She was part of a panel that also featured Marshall Shepherd, president of the American Meteorological Society; Jeffrey Kluger, science … Read More

Majority Face Water Shortages ‘Within Two Generations’

Majority Face Water Shortages ‘Within Two Generations’

The majority of the 9 billion people on Earth will live with severe pressure on fresh water within the space of two generations as climate change, pollution and over-use of resources take their toll, 500 scientists have warned. The world's water systems would soon reach a tipping point that "could trigger irreversible change with potentially catas… Read More

Climate Change: Human Disaster Looms, Says Research

Climate Change: Human Disaster Looms, Says Research

Some of the most extreme predictions of global warming are unlikely to materialize, new scientific research has suggested, but the world is still likely to be in for a temperature rise of double that regarded as safe. The researchers said warming was most likely to reach about 4C above pre-industrial levels if the past decade's readings were taken … Read More

Tornadoes, Heat-Related Deaths, and Hurricanes

Tornadoes, Heat-Related Deaths, and Hurricanes

An extreme weather-packed slideshow of the week's top climate news.… Read More

Congo Waits on Funding for Largest Hydropower Project

Congo Waits on Funding for Largest Hydropower Project

The dream of harnessing the mighty Congo with the world's largest set of dams has moved closer, with the World Bank and other financial institutions expected to offer finance and South Africa agreeing to buy half of the power generated. In the past 60 years French, Belgian, Chinese, Brazilian and African engineers have all hoped to dam the river. … Read More

Weather Satellite Outage Points to Larger Problems

Weather Satellite Outage Points to Larger Problems

The sick satellite, which engineers are working to fix, is responsible for observing weather systems across the eastern U.S. and the Atlantic Ocean, and is known as GOES-13, or “GOES East.” It is a geostationary satellite, which means that it stays in a fixed orbit at an altitude of about 22,300 miles above the equator, allowing it to keep a consta… Read More