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Brian Kahn is a Web editor 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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Star Wars Meets the IPCC Report

Star Wars Meets the IPCC Report

Presenting the IPCC, for Star Wars. In the annals of science communication, this might go down as one of the more unique ways to communicate climate change. The IPCC is short for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, an international body of scientists who have written five definitive reports on climate change since 1990. Star Wars, well,… Read More

Celebrate NASA Satellite’s Birthday With 5 Amazing Pics

Celebrate NASA Satellite’s Birthday With 5 Amazing Pics

From shrinking glaciers in Antarctica to the rise of irrigation in Kansas to really ridiculously good looking clouds, the Landsat series of satellites have been continuously capturing amazing Earth imagery since this day in 1972. There have been eight Landsat satellites sent into space by NASA and operated in cooperation with the U.S. Geological S… Read More

Driven by Ocean Heat, World Sets Mark for Hottest June

Driven by Ocean Heat, World Sets Mark for Hottest June

The world just experienced its hottest June on record. The heat was driven in large by part by the hottest ocean temperatures since recordkeeping began more than 130 years ago. That makes this the third-warmest start to the year. The global temperature was 1.3°F above the 20th century average in June according to data released on Monday by the Nat… Read More

Planet is Running a Temp: State of the Climate ‘Check-Up’

Planet is Running a Temp: State of the Climate ‘Check-Up’

Looking at the state of the climate, you can see heat everywhere. From the top of the globe to the depths of the oceans and everywhere in between, the climate is warming and changing in ways humans have never experienced. Last year was between the globe’s third- and sixth-warmest year on record, including record heat in Australia. The frequency of… Read More

Fires in NW Territories in Line with ‘Unprecedented’ Burn

Fires in NW Territories in Line with ‘Unprecedented’ Burn

For the past few weeks, dry and warm weather have fueled large forest fires across Canada’s remote Northwest Territories. The extent of those fires is well above average for the year to-date, and is in line with climate trends of more fires burning in the northern reaches of the globe. Of the 186 wildfires in the Northwest Territories to-date this… Read More

Weather Disasters Have Cost the Globe $2.4 Trillion

Weather Disasters Have Cost the Globe $2.4 Trillion

Weather- and climate-related disasters have caused $2.4 trillion in economic losses and nearly 2 million deaths globally since 1971 according to a new report. While the losses are staggering, the report also shows that we have learned from past disasters, lessons the world will need as development continues in hazardous areas and the climate contin… Read More

Military Bases Face Hurdles in Climate Change Adaptation

Military Bases Face Hurdles in Climate Change Adaptation

The Department of Defense has 7,600 military installations across all 50 states and 40 foreign countries. They perform diverse functions, but they have one thing in common: climate change could cost them big in the coming decades unless adaptation measures are taken soon. The military has already taken some action. Planning for climate change impa… Read More

New Report Outlines ‘Pathways’ to Cut CO2 Emissions

New Report Outlines ‘Pathways’ to Cut CO2 Emissions

Carbon emissions have been rising since the start of the Industrial Revolution. But they’ll have to be curbed soon, and sharply, to keep the globe from warming above “safe” levels. A new report lays out avenues to get there and shows that while it’s possible, it’ll take a little human ingenuity and a lot of global cooperation. A draft of the report… Read More

4 GIFs Show If Tropical Storm Arthur Will Ruin Your July 4

4 GIFs Show If Tropical Storm Arthur Will Ruin Your July 4

On Thursday morning, the first tropical storm of Atlantic hurricane season was born. A 140-mile stretch of Florida's Atlantic coast is currently under an array of tropical storm watches and warnings thanks to Tropical Storm Arthur. However, the storm is expected to strengthen slightly and could bring some real fireworks to the Mid-Atlantic just in… Read More

First Tropical Storm Looms, As Does a Wet July 4th

First Tropical Storm Looms, As Does a Wet July 4th

It might not look like much now, but a messy storm system off the coast of Florida could put a damper on Fourth of July festivities along the East Coast if it pulls itself together to form the first tropical storm of the Atlantic hurricane season. Right now the system is just a loose collection of thunderstorms known as a tropical wave, a precurso… Read More

Map Shows When Summer Heat Peaks in Your Town

Map Shows When Summer Heat Peaks in Your Town

If you live in the Northeast, the hottest day of the year is likely still to come. However, Tucsonians (Tucsonites?), rejoice! Peak heat is likely behind you according to a new map released by the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC). With the passing of the summer solstice, the days are now getting shorter in the northern hemisphere. But the dog … Read More

Downpour Floods City Ahead of U.S. World Cup Match

Downpour Floods City Ahead of U.S. World Cup Match

Torrential rains drenched Recife, Brazil, site of Thursday's crucial World Cup match between the U.S. and Germany. According to Brazil's meteorological service, 3.4 inches of rain have fallen in Recife, a city of 3.7 million, since this morning. The Washington Post reports that 2.9 inches of that had fallen as of 9 a.m. The rain quickly overwhelme… Read More

5 Graphics That Show U.S. Climate Change Costs

5 Graphics That Show U.S. Climate Change Costs

Tuesday’s ”Risky Business” report laid out the financial impacts of climate change on the U.S. economy. The report dubs climate change an “interest-only loan,” meaning future generations will be stuck paying for the consequences of climate change we’re fueling with current greenhouse gas emissions. Behind the much-publicized report that was present… Read More

Waves in the Atmosphere Fueling Extreme Weather

Waves in the Atmosphere Fueling Extreme Weather

The pattern of a wavy jet stream was a recurring theme in U.S. weather forecasts this winter as a particularly jagged one essentially split the country in two. While there is a debate over whether climate change causes that pattern, new research shows that the waviness does exacerbate extreme weather. The research, published in Nature Climate Chan… Read More

One Great View of Earth for the Summer Solstice

One Great View of Earth for the Summer Solstice

Planning to host a party for the summer solstice tomorrow? Here’s a view that will help build some excitement, courtesy of a satellite positioned about 36,000 miles from the Earth’s surface. Brian McNoldy, a tropical storm researcher at the University of Miami, grabbed an image of the Earth as GOES-West, a satellite operated by the National Oceani… Read More

Roaring Video Shows Record Flood at Brazil’s Iguazu Falls

Roaring Video Shows Record Flood at Brazil’s Iguazu Falls

Heavy rains have inundated parts of southern Brazil and northern Argentina and Uruguay, driving severe flooding across the region. Video from Igazu Falls, one of South America’s natural wonders, puts the scope of that flooding into perspective. The falls are a UNESCO World Heritage Site that sits on the border of Brazil and Argentina. A video post… Read More

Of Brazil, the World Cup and Climate Change

Of Brazil, the World Cup and Climate Change

When the Brazil and Croatia national sides kick off the World Cup on Thursday, the players on the field won't be the only changes from the last time Brazil hosted the World Cup in 1950. Cleats, the stadiums and even the humble soccer ball itself have changed. But even more important than soccer equipment (blasphemy, I know), average temperatures in… Read More

Dust in the Wind Could Speed Greenland’s Ice Melt

Dust in the Wind Could Speed Greenland’s Ice Melt

Despite it’s name, Greenland is predominantly white, as snow and ice cover the majority of the country. New research indicates that Greenland’s main color may be starting to fade and in fact darken, though, thanks to a widespread increase of dust across the ice sheets. That darkening could speed up surface melt, and with it, sea level rise around t… Read More

View From Space Shows Storm Curl Over Argentina

View From Space Shows Storm Curl Over Argentina

A space station-eye view of a storm swirling off the coast of Argentina is your Friday afternoon diversion.… Read More

The Ocean is Heating Up for Hurricane Season

The Ocean is Heating Up for Hurricane Season

If you live on the Gulf Coast or Eastern Seaboard, hopefully you’re ready for Atlantic hurricane season, which started on Sunday, June 1. As the season gets underway, hurricane-friendly ocean temperatures in the Atlantic are ramping up, though they’re not quite there in all places just yet. A new graphic from NASA’s Earth Observatory shows ocean te… Read More

Here’s How Much U.S. Summers Have Warmed Since 1970

Here’s How Much U.S. Summers Have Warmed Since 1970

June is here, so let the great debate over the Song of the Summer begin! Will this summer’s earworm come from a pop stalwart like Katy Perry or a newcomer like Iggy Azalea? Radio and Spotify listeners around the country will decide. One summer trend that’s not up for debate, though: the season has been getting hotter across the U.S. since 1970. Na… Read More

Here Are 5 Resources to Track Hurricane Season

Here Are 5 Resources to Track Hurricane Season

The 2014 Atlantic hurricane season officially kicks off on Sunday, June 1, and runs through November 30. There are countless resources to keep track of tropical storms and hurricanes as they form plow across the ocean, but here are four great ones that will help not only track individual storms but get a sense of how the season is progressing.… Read More

Carbon Dioxide Passes Global 400 ppm Milestone

Carbon Dioxide Passes Global 400 ppm Milestone

A new carbon dioxide milestone has been reached according to the World Meteorological Agency. Average carbon dioxide measurements at all monitoring stations in the northern hemisphere were above 400 parts per million for the month of April, the first time that’s been recorded in human history. Previous reports from the Mauna Loa Observatory, the lo… Read More

NOAA: Last Month Tied for Globe’s Hottest April

NOAA: Last Month Tied for Globe’s Hottest April

This past April tied 2010 for the hottest April ever recorded according to a new report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The record heat has the globe on track for its sixth-warmest year to-date as well and marks the 350th month in a row of above normal global temperatures. Data released from NOAA on Tuesday show th… Read More

Here Are 5 National Landmarks Facing Climate Threats

Here Are 5 National Landmarks Facing Climate Threats

Some of the most treasured pieces of American history are facing imminent threats from climate change. A new report released on Tuesday by the Union of Concerned Scientists provides case studies of 25 sites threatened by climate change, particularly rising seas, increased risk of wildfires, and melting permafrost.… Read More