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Quick-Melting Arctic Sign of Bad Global Warming

One of the coldest places on Earth is so hot it’s melting. Glaciers, sea ice and a massive ice sheet in the Arctic are thawing from toasty air above and warm water below. The northern polar region is heating up …

Report Outlines Climate Change’s Effect on States

A draft federal science report on the effects of global warming breaks down how climate change has already hit different regions of the United States. It also projects expected changes by region. OVERALL (contiguous 48 states) -The annual average temperature …

‘Hindcasting’ Study Investigates Extreme 2013 Colorado Flood

In September 2013, severe storms struck Colorado with prolonged, heavy rainfall, resulting in at least nine deaths, 1,800 evacuations and 900 homes destroyed or damaged. The eight-day storm dumped more than 17 inches of rain, causing the Platte River to …

Scientists Warn Sea Level Rise is Accelerating in Florida

Clay Henderson has lived on the same block along the Indian River in New Smyrna Beach for 34 years. Living in a storm-prone state like Florida, you expect to see a river top its bank on occasion, but only in …

In Odd Weather Twist, Rain Sparks Wildfire in California

Forest fires are picking up once again in California. The cause this time: rain and snow. Really, rain and snow? OK, perhaps not exclusively, but yes, as counterintuitive as it would seem, the weeks of precipitation that ended the state’s …

Weather Extremes Highlighted by Record Drought, Rainfall

Texas struggled through its driest year in history in 2011. Four years later was its wettest ever. The Mississippi River rose to all-time-high flood levels in 2011. In 2012, its second-lowest. After a six-year drought that made agricultural irrigation a …

Study Reveals Earth’s Killer Heat Waves Are Getting Worse

Killer heat is getting worse, a new study shows. Deadly heat waves like the one now broiling the American West are bigger killers than previously thought and they are going to grow more frequent, according to a new comprehensive study …

Flood-Prone Mainland Miami Neighborhood Looking to Move Due to Rising Sea

A mainland Miami, Fla., neighborhood prone to regular flooding from high tides and storms could be relocated amid preparations for rising seas under one scenario being studied by local officials. Government officials in South Florida are looking at redesigning the …

Climate Change Poses New Risk to Inland Bridges

A century-old train trestle stands as one of the trophies of Des Moines’ push to spruce up its downtown. Bicyclists and pedestrians pose for pictures beside the brightly painted beams of the Red Bridge and gather on viewing platforms overlooking …

Texas Coast on Alert Due to Rising Sea, Hurricane Threat

Lalo Ojeda has lived with hurricanes all his life. The Houston Chronicle reports he was 14 when Hurricane Carla inundated Galveston Island in 1961. He evacuated as Hurricane Rita barreled toward the coast in 2005, then rode out the devastating …