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Brian Kahn is a Senior Science Writer at Climate Central. He previously worked at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society and partnered with climate.gov to produce multimedia stories, manage social media campaigns and develop version 2.0 of climate.gov. His writing has also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Grist, the Daily Kos, Justmeans and the Yale Forum on Climate Change in the Media. In previous lives, he led sleigh ride tours through a herd of 7,000 elk and guided tourists around the deepest lake in the U.S. He holds an M.A. in Climate and Society from Columbia University. 

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Hurricane Kilo Crosses Dateline, Becomes Typhoon

Hurricane Kilo Crosses Dateline, Becomes Typhoon

The storm formerly known as Hurricane Kilo is now Typhoon Kilo. Well, sort of. The storm is trapped somewhere in the space-time-storm continuum, halfway between typhoon and hurricane, today and tomorrow, eastern and western Pacific. It's all very confusing for a storm that, rather than dissipating or taking a northward turn on its trek across … Read More

Large Wildfires Are Now More Common and Destructive

Large Wildfires Are Now More Common and Destructive

The West continues to be a fiery inferno as August starts to fade into September. Wildfires have exploded across the region this month. There have been 115 large wildfires to date including 66 large fires that are still burning. Those fires along with thousands of smaller blazes have contributed to 7.7 million acres burned in the U.S. That puts … Read More

Tropical Storm Erika Could Hit Florida By Monday

Tropical Storm Erika Could Hit Florida By Monday

It may just be a dot on the map, but it could be an historic one. Florida has entered the cone of probability in the latest forecast for Tropical Storm Erika. The forecast, from the National Hurricane Center, shows that Erika could make landfall in South Florida. That would end an unprecedented 10-year hurricane drought in Florida, a state that … Read More

Wildfires Are Ruining the National Park Service’s Birthday

Wildfires Are Ruining the National Park Service’s Birthday

In honor of the agency’s 99th birthday, the National Park Service is offering free entrance to its 58 parks and 350 other sites. In the Pacific Northwest and Northern Rockies, park visitors might also be hoping that entry comes with a free respirator and x-ray vision. Smoke from large wildfires is obscuring some of the stunning vistas that inspired… Read More

Hurricane Danny Takes Aim at Drought-Parched Caribbean

Hurricane Danny Takes Aim at Drought-Parched Caribbean

The Atlantic just got its first hurricane of the season. According to the latest update from National Hurricane Center, Danny passed the hurricane test with wind speeds in excess of 75 mph. The storm is forecast to remain a weak hurricane and make landfall somewhere between Martinique and Anguilla in the eastern Caribbean Sunday night or Monday … Read More

The Climate Change ‘Bully’ in California’s Drought

The Climate Change ‘Bully’ in California’s Drought

There’s a drought in California. Perhaps you’ve heard a few things about it. Like the fact that it’s cost the state $2.7 billion in losses, helped burn up roughly 118,000 acres of forest this year to-date and inspired Los Angeles to release a 96 million-strong armada of shade balls into reservoirs (though it was apparently a PR stunt). Oh, and the … Read More

New Antarctic Research Ups Sea Level Rise Estimates

New Antarctic Research Ups Sea Level Rise Estimates

The West Antarctic is one of the most remote places on the planet, but its fate is intimately tied with hundreds of millions living along the world’s coastlines. That’s because it’s frozen expanse contains enough ice to raise sea levels by up to 13 feet. There’s been multiple warnings of growing instability across the region and the possibility of … Read More

Climate Change Is Getting Its Own Museum

Climate Change Is Getting Its Own Museum

Miranda Massie is on a mission to create an institution from scratch. It will cost many millions of dollars and years to build, but when done, it will help define the next 200 years of human existence. So what exactly is at the core of this mission? A museum based in New York City that chronicles the global and local impacts of climate change, the … Read More

Surge In ‘Danger Days’ Just Around The Corner

Surge In ‘Danger Days’ Just Around The Corner

Chances are you’ve never heard the phrase “danger day” when it comes to weather. That’s because they’re rare. You’ll want to get to know it, though, because climate change is about to make them a lot more common over the next 15 years. A danger day is when the combination of heat and humidity (also known as the heat index) make it feel like it’s … Read More

All of 2015’s Rain for the U.S. in 14 Seconds

All of 2015’s Rain for the U.S. in 14 Seconds

It’s no secret that it has been really wet in the Southeast and really dry out West over the first half of the year. But to really understand the split and how we got here, NASA has a helpful, color recap of the year in rain. The imagery comes courtesy of the agency’s Global Precipitation Measurement constellation of satellites. In February last … Read More

Dire Climate Warning Raises Questions, Not Answers

Dire Climate Warning Raises Questions, Not Answers

NASA’s former climate chief has issued a stark new study that finds that the world’s current climate goal could be inadequate and may not prevent catastrophic losses from rising seas, ocean temperatures and changes in global weather. But the extreme nature of his projections has some scientists questioning the methods he used and the results … Read More

Japan’s New Satellite Tracks Typhoons, Imitates Art

Japan’s New Satellite Tracks Typhoons, Imitates Art

It's a good week to start a job if you're a weather satellite. With three typhoons churning in the western Pacific, there's no shortage of interesting things to look at and analyze. So it's safe to say that Japan's new Himawari-8 has been kept busy since going operational on Tuesday. The satellite is in orbit about 22,000 miles above the Earth's … Read More

Here Are 10 Striking Images of Future Sea Levels

Here Are 10 Striking Images of Future Sea Levels

You may have heard that the world could be in for 20 feet of sea level rise if the past is any indication according to new research. And if you haven't heard, feel free to get caught up over here. We'll wait. That rise would vastly reshape coastlines around the world and endanger millions of people unless efforts are made to both reduce greenhouse … Read More

A ‘Climate Vise’ is Squeezing Bumble Bees’ Range

A ‘Climate Vise’ is Squeezing Bumble Bees’ Range

If you’ve hiked through a meadow in bloom in Europe or North America, you’ve probably heard the buzz and seen the lazy meanderings of bumble bees from flower to flower. Yet what was once a common sight on the southern end of their range is becoming rare or nonexistent. According to new research published in Science, climate change could be … Read More

Sea Levels Could Rise At Least 20 Feet

Sea Levels Could Rise At Least 20 Feet

Even if world manages to limit global warming to 2°C — the target number for current climate negotiations — sea levels may still rise at least 6 meters (20 feet) above their current heights, radically reshaping the world’s coastline and affecting millions in the process. That finding comes from a new paper published on Thursday in Science that … Read More

Two Maps Show Greenland’s Sudden Melt Season Onset

Two Maps Show Greenland’s Sudden Melt Season Onset

It appears that Greenland’s melt season is making up for lost time. After a cool spring kept Greenland’s massive ice sheet mostly solid, a (comparatively) warm late June and early July have turned half the ice sheet’s surface into liquid, well outside the range of normal for this time of year. Despite the ice sheet’s remote location, its slushy… 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

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

Three Ways The World’s Power Mix Is About To Change

Three Ways The World’s Power Mix Is About To Change

Big changes are afoot for the energy sector in the next 25 years. Coal and gas are headed out and solar and wind are rushing to take their place on a multi-trillion dollar investment bonanza, according to a new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance that scopes out the power generating landscape through 2040. The main reason for the big … Read More

Twitter Could Shape Flood Disaster Response

Twitter Could Shape Flood Disaster Response

First the rains came. Then the floods. Then the tweets. In late January 2014, Jakarta was inundated with heavy rain. So much rain fell that the region saw 16 inches more rainfall than normal for the month. Rivers rose and punctured their banks, spilling onto the streets of the Indonesian capital. Flood waters reached over 6 feet in some areas and … Read More

NASA’s New Climate Projections, Now On the Cloud

NASA’s New Climate Projections, Now On the Cloud

NASA has put a new item up on Amazon. But there’s no price tag and you won’t necessarily find it by using the marketplace’s search bar or browsing the electronics section. Instead, you’ll have to look at Amazon’s cloud, where NASA scientists have shared 11 terabytes of high resolution climate projections. A snapshot of July in 2100 in the map … Read More

G7 Leaders: World Needs to Phase Out Carbon Emissions

G7 Leaders: World Needs to Phase Out Carbon Emissions

Barack Obama, Angela Merkel and the other leaders of the world’s seven largest economies met in Germany for wide-ranging discussions on the state of the world on Sunday and Monday. Climate and energy were high on the agenda with concurrent climate talks happening in Bonn and major negotiations set for Paris later this year … Read More

Here’s Why the Global Warming Hiatus Might Not Exist

Here’s Why the Global Warming Hiatus Might Not Exist

The global warming hiatus — a decade-plus slowdown in warming — could be chalked up to some buoys, a few extra years of data and a couple buckets of seawater. That’s the finding of a new study published on Thursday in Science, which uses updated information about how temperature is recorded, particularly at sea, to take a second look at the global … Read More

Climate Change Poses a Brewing Problem for Tea

Climate Change Poses a Brewing Problem for Tea

A myth ties the origins of tea to an errant gust of wind that blew tea leaves into a Chinese emperor’s hot water more than 4,700 years ago. Since that lucky first brewing, tea has become the second most popular beverage in the world (behind water, of course). The industry has grown into a $20 billion behemoth that sells everything from pedestrian … Read More

Halfway There: Countdown to Paris Climate Talks

Halfway There: Countdown to Paris Climate Talks

Woah, we're halfway there. To the Paris climate summit in December that is (sorry if you were hoping for news of a Bon Jovi tour). The big event in December is part of an ongoing process of climate talks that include interim meetings scheduled in Bonn, Germany these next two weeks. The main goal of all the talks is simple to state, but hard to … Read More

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