Climate Central – Extreme Weather

  • Long Budget Process Could Impact Climate Science
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    President Trump’s long-awaited budget request for the 2018 fiscal year is expected to be released Tuesday and it is likely to include steep cuts to agencies and programs that deal with climate science. The cuts, sketched out in the administration’s budget outline in March, are part of an effort to reduce... Read more »
  • Swiss Voters Embrace Shift to Renewable Energy
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    By Michael Shields and John Miller, Reuters Swiss voters backed the government's plan to provide billions of dollars in subsidies for renewable energy, ban new nuclear plants and help bail out struggling utilities in a binding referendum on Sunday.  Provisional final figures showed support at 58.2 percent under the Swiss system of... Read more »
  • Climate Change Could Slash Staple Crops
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    By Brian Bienkowski, The Daily Climate Climate change, and its impacts on extreme weather and temperature swings, is projected to reduce global production of corn, wheat, rice and soybeans by 23 percent in the 2050s, according to a new analysis. Corn fields. Credit: Andrew Seaman/flickr The study, which examined price and production of those four... Read more »
  • The Race to Understand Black Carbon’s Climate Impact
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    By Madeline Ostrander, Ensia On a morning in September 2015, sterile, gray Arctic light filtered through a blanket of woolly clouds as Matt Gunsch and Tate Barrett parked their rented pickup truck on a dirt road and clomped in rubber boots down a long, icy boardwalk to their air-monitoring laboratory on... Read more »
  • Focus on Carbon Removal a ‘High-Stakes Gamble’
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    The manmade emissions fueling global warming are accumulating so quickly in the atmosphere that climate change could spiral out of control before humanity can take measures drastic enough to cool the earth’s fever, many climate scientists say. The most important way the earth’s rising temperature can be tempered is to reduce... Read more »
  • Sharp Rise in Flooding Ahead for World’s Poorest
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    Coastal residents of poor and fast-growing tropical countries face rapid increases in the numbers of once-rare floods they may face as seas rise, with a new statistical analysis offering troubling projections for regions where sea level data is sparse. Stark increases in instances of flooding are projected for Pacific islands, parts... Read more »
  • El Niño Again? This Is Why It’s Hard to Tell
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    The tropical Pacific Ocean is once again carrying on a will-it-or-won’t-it flirtation with an El Niño event, just a year after the demise of one of the strongest El Niños on record. The odds right now are about even for an El Niño to develop, frustrating forecasters stuck in the middle... Read more »
  • Warm Arctic Fuels Second-Warmest April on Record
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    An unusually warm Arctic spring fueled the second-hottest April on record globally, with global warming and unusual weather conspiring to shrink sea ice and push up polar temperatures. April temperatures were 1.5°F (0.9°C) warmer worldwide than the 1950 to 1980 average, NASA data released Monday showed, extending to three a string... Read more »
  • Slow-Freezing Alaska Soil Driving Surge in CO2 Emissions
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    By Oliver Milman, The Guardian Alaska’s soils are taking far longer to freeze over as winter approaches than in previous decades, resulting in a surge in carbon dioxide emissions that could portend a much faster rate of global warming than scientists had previously estimated, according to new research. Measurements of carbon dioxide levels taken... Read more »
  • Indian Solar Prices Hit New Low, Undercutting Fossil Fuels
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    By Michael Safi, The Guardian Wholesale solar power prices have reached another record low in India, faster than analysts predicted and further undercutting the price of fossil fuel-generated power in the country. The tumbling price of solar energy also increases the likelihood that India will meet — and by its own predictions, exceed — the renewable... Read more »