Climate Central – Extreme Weather

  • As Seas Rise, Americans Use Nature to Fight Worsening Erosion
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    This is the first story in “Life on the Edge,” a series of journalism and research initiatives at Climate Central examining wetlands, sea-level rise and coastal change with support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. This story was produced and published through partnerships with the Pensacola News Journal and PBS... Read more »
  • Air Conditioning Costs Rise With Arizona’s Heat
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    By John Upton (Climate Central) and Gloria Knott (Arizona Daily Star) TUCSON, Ariz. — After Curt Tyler’s air conditioner broke down five years ago, he decided to rely on a swamp cooler to save money. Now he frequently swelters inside his own house — while saving more than $100 a month on... Read more »
  • Report: The High Cost of Hot
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    Research Report by Climate Central Download report PDF As additional carbon pollution continues to trap more and more heat in the atmosphere, the higher temperatures that result can come with a hefty price tag. Some of those costs hit our wallets in the form of higher energy bills from greater use of... Read more »
  • Antarctic Ocean Discovery Warns of Faster Global Warming
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    By Mikayla Mace, Arizona Daily Star A group of scientists, including one from the University of Arizona, has new findings suggesting Antarctica's Southern Ocean — long known to play an integral role in climate change — may not be absorbing as much pollution as previously thought. © (2018) Arizona Daily Star. This... Read more »
  • Rising Seas Could Swell Arizona’s Population
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    Arizona’s low taxes and living costs, friendly culture, arts scenes and easy access to outdoor activities make it an appealing state in which to settle. And in decades ahead the state’s draw as a new home could be boosted as seas rise and oceans warm, forcing coastal residents to deal with... Read more »
  • Sea Level Stakes for the Caribbean, in Pictures
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    Sea Level Rise Report by Climate Central Long-term sea level rise set in motion by near-term carbon emissions threatens major coastal cities across the world. Science-based imagery helps show the stakes for the Caribbean. The first image in each pair below shows projections of post-2100 sea level rise that could be locked... Read more »
  • The 10 Most Important U.S. Climate Stories in 2017
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    Following a year of weather extremes, disasters and policy clashes, we asked our readers to help us pick out the most important climate stories from the U.S. in 2017. Here's what you said. HURRICANES This was a brutal year for hurricanes in the U.S. A trifecta of storms (Harvey, Irma and Maria)... Read more »
  • Antarctic Modeling Pushes Up Sea-Level Rise Projections
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    Research Report by Climate Central Antarctic ice sheet models double the sea-level rise expected this century if global emissions of heat-trapping pollution remain high, according to a new study led by Dr. Robert Kopp of Rutgers University and co-authored by scientists at Climate Central. Global average sea level is expected to rise... Read more »
  • How Smoke From California’s Fires is Harming the Most Vulnerable
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    By John Upton (Climate Central) and Kate Wheeling (Pacific Standard) David Ewing wore a bright white dust mask, his face behind it puffy and red, as he sat on a stone bench in downtown Santa Barbara, California. A fine layer of ash covered the pavement at his feet, dirty residue from... Read more »
  • Breathing Fire
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    As climate change fuels large wildfires, the pollution they're releasing is making Americans sick and undermining decades of progress in cleaning the air. SANTA ROSA, Calif. — As the deadliest fires in California history swept through leafy neighborhoods here, Kathleen Sarmento fled her home in the dark, drove to an evacuation... Read more »