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Study Says Global Warming is Weakening Key Ocean Circulation

Global warming is likely slowing the main Atlantic Ocean circulation, which has plunged to its weakest level on record, according to a new study. The slowdown in the circulation – a crucial part of Earth’s climate – had been predicted …

The Cosmetic Damage Exclusion: Time for a Change

Climate change and the resulting weather-related events have increased costs in the property insurance industry. Whether climate change is caused by human activity or is the result of an evolving planet is debatable to some, but the increasing severity of …

Study Finds Tree Workers Face Considerable Hazards Post-Storm

As climate change increases the risk to trees from severe storms, insects, diseases, drought and fire, a Rutgers University study highlights the need for improved safety in tree-care operations. According to findings published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine, …

Despite Growing Climate Risk, Storm-Prone States Ease Building Codes

The showdown in the Florida statehouse last year had all the drama of a knock-down political brawl: Powerful industries clashing. Warnings of death and destruction. And a surprise last-minute vote, delivering a sweeping reform bill to the governor’s desk. The …

FEMA Strips ‘Climate Change’ Mention in its Strategic Plan

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, responsible for dealing with the effects of disasters like hurricanes and floods, has stripped the words “climate change” from the document meant to guide its actions over the next four years. FEMA on Thursday released …

Arctic Not so Chill, Warmest Winter Ever Recorded

Winter at the top of the world wimped out this year. The Arctic just finished its warmest winter on record. And sea ice hit record lows for this time of year, with plenty of open water where ocean water normally …

Utilities Blame Climate Change to Avoid Fire Cost Liability

Across America, utility executives are getting grilled this earnings season about the consequences of tax reforms, slackening growth and possible mergers. In California, though, Wall Street just wants to know one thing: Are power companies going to take the heat …

Satellites Show Warming is Accelerating Sea Level Rise

Melting ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica are speeding up the already fast pace of sea level rise, new satellite research shows. At the current rate, the world’s oceans on average will be at least 2 feet (61 centimeters) higher …

Colorado Man Becomes Accidental Apostle Among Climate Researchers

He didn’t mean for it to happen this way. He simply wanted to be alone. “If I had any social skills at all I wouldn’t be here,” says the reclusive 67-year-old Billy Barr, who has spent the last 46 years …

New York, Mumbai Basements Seen as Uninsurable by Next Decade

Private property below ground in New York and Mumbai may not be insurable in the next decade if climate change advances, the head of one of Europe’s largest insurers said. “If you go much further to 2020, 2030, we can …