Climate Central – Extreme Weather

  • 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 »
  • Western Wildfires Undermining Progress on Air Pollution
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    Research Report by Climate Central November 2017 Summary Read "Breathing Fire," our feature story on fire pollution Smoke pollution is leading to serious public health impacts as large wildfires across the American West become more frequent and destructive. These fires are undermining progress made during recent decades in reducing pollution from tailpipes, power plants,... Read more »
  • These U.S. Cities Are Most Vulnerable to Major Coastal Flooding and Sea Level Rise
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    Research Report by Climate Central In late October 2012, Hurricane Sandy took a sharp left turn into the coasts of New Jersey and New York, leading to 157 deaths, 51 square miles of flooding in New York City alone, and an estimated $50+ billion in damage (Bloomberg 2013; Kemp and Horton... Read more »
  • Brazil’s Worst Month Ever for Forest Fires Blamed on Human Activity
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    By Sam Cowie, The Guardian Brazil has seen more forest fires in September than in any single month since records began, and authorities have warned that 2017 could surpass the worst year on record if action is not taken soon. Experts say that the blazes are almost exclusively due to human activity, and... Read more »
  • The Sixth Mass Extinction of Wildlife Also Threatens Global Food Supplies
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    By Damian Carrington, The Guardian The sixth mass extinction of global wildlife already under way is seriously threatening the world’s food supplies, according to experts. Farmers evaluating traits of wheat varieties in Ethiopia. Credit: Biodiversity International “Huge proportions of the plant and animal species that form the foundation of our food supply are just... Read more »
  • Arctic Sea Ice Just Hit Its Eighth-Lowest Minimum Ever Recorded
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    By Damian Carrington, The Guardian The Arctic ice cap melted to hundreds of thousands of square miles below average this summer. Sunset in the Arctic Ocean over melting sea ice. Credit: NASA/flickr Climate change is pushing temperatures up most rapidly in the polar regions and left the extent of Arctic sea ice at 1.79 million square miles... Read more »