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California Storms Reveal Sea Level Rise Damage to Roads, Cities

Ocean rise already is worsening the floods and high tides sweeping California this stormy winter, climate experts say, and this month’s damage and deaths highlight that even a state known as a global leader in fighting climate change has yet …

Earth Sets Heat Record 3 Years in a Row

Earth sizzled to a third-straight record hot year in 2016, government scientists said Wednesday. They mostly blame man-made global warming with help from a natural El Nino, which has since disappeared. Measuring global temperatures in slightly different ways, NASA and …

Coal Ash Stored in Virginia City Vulnerable to Risks

Millions of tons of ash stored at a former coal-fired power plant in , Va.,will become increasingly vulnerable to flooding and other coastal risks, according to a report compiled for an environmental group that is seeking to have the ash …

Inland Flooding Leads List of Climate Disasters That Cost $46B in 2016

Climate-based disasters caused $46 billion in damage and killed at least 138 in the 48 contiguous U.S. states last year, with inland flooding emerging as the costliest weather event for the first time since 1997. The number of billion-dollar occurrences …

U.S. Seeing Increasingly Large-Scale Tornado Outbreaks

The frequency of large-scale tornado outbreaks is increasing in the United States, particularly when it comes to the most extreme events, according to research recently published in Science. The study by researchers including Joel E. Cohen, a visiting scholar at …

Steep Rise in Sea Levels Could Result From Changing Antarctic Waters

Current changes in the ocean around Antarctica are disturbingly close to conditions 14,000 years ago that led to the rapid melting of the Antarctic ice sheets and a three meter rise in global sea levels. New research published recently in …

Higher Frequency Doesn’t Equate to Stronger Hurricanes for Atlantic Coast

Active Atlantic hurricane periods, like the one we are in now, are not necessarily a harbinger of more, rapidly intensifying hurricanes along the U.S. coast, according to new research performed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In fact, the research — …

Researchers Say Climate Change Will Drive Stronger, Smaller Storms in the U.S.

The effects of climate change will likely cause smaller but stronger storms in the United States, according to a new framework for modeling storm behavior developed at the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory. Though storm intensity is expected …

Study Predicts Warming Will Trigger 3 Times as Many Extreme Downpours in U.S.

Extreme downpours – like those that flooded Louisiana, Houston and West Virginia earlier this year – will happen nearly three times as often in the United States by the end of the century, and six times more frequently in parts …

Study Finds Extreme Tornado Outbreaks Spawning Greater Number of Twisters

The most extreme tornado outbreaks are mysteriously spawning many more twisters than they did decades ago, a new study claimed. The once-every-five-years-or-so outbreak that might have involved 12 tornadoes 50 years ago now has on average about 20, said Columbia …