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Summer Is Already Off to a Wild Start

Extreme temperatures in China coupled with a lack of hydro-power forced blackouts in some of its largest industrial cities last month. A rare and short-lived subtropical storm popped up in the South Atlantic off Argentina and Uruguay. And record heat …

Wild Weather Plagues North America Grain Crops as Demand Surges

The world is counting on farmers in North America for big harvests of everything from corn to canola this year. Due to weird weather patterns, growers will likely come up short. The U.S. and Canada are seeing unusual variability in …

Reinsurers Look at Dumping Coal From Bulk-Buy Policies in Green Gambit

LONDON — Major reinsurers have already pulled back from providing bespoke cover for coal projects as part of efforts to meet global climate change commitments, but now comes the hard part – finding ways to exclude coal from bulk-buy contracts, …

Big Oil May Get More Climate Lawsuits After Shell Ruling — Lawyers, Activists

LONDON — A Dutch court’s decision to force Royal Dutch Shell to make deeper, faster cuts to its climate warming emissions on the basis of human rights could set a precedent, especially in European countries, according to lawyers and activists. …

Rising Global Temperatures ‘Inexorably Closer’ to Climate Tipping Point – U.N.

There is now a 40% chance that global temperatures will temporarily reach 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels in the next five years — and these odds are rising, a U.N. report said on Wednesday. This does not yet mean …

Shell on Trial as Court Weighs Its Climate Responsibility

A Dutch court verdict against Royal Dutch Shell Plc will determine whether it has a legal responsibility for climate change, in a case that will be watched by Big Oil executives globally. A panel of judges in a lower court …

Revamped EPA Website Shows Increased Climate Change Risks

WASHINGTON (AP) — After a gap of more than four years, the Environmental Protection Agency is relaunching a website highlighting evidence of climate change in the United States, including rising temperatures, increased ocean acidity, sea level rise, river flooding, droughts, …

Fire Officials Aim to Squelch Blazes Fast, Avoid Megafires

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. officials said Thursday that they will try to stamp out wildfires as quickly as possible this year as severe drought tightens its grip across the West and sets the stage for another destructive summer of …

America’s New Normal: A Degree Hotter Than Two Decades Ago

America’s new normal temperature is a degree hotter than it was just two decades ago. Scientists have long talked about climate change — hotter temperatures, changes in rain and snowfall and more extreme weather — being the “new normal.” Data …

Study: Drought-Breaking Rains More Rare, Erratic in US West

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Rainstorms grew more erratic and droughts much longer across most of the US West over the past half-century as climate change warmed the planet, according to a sweeping government study released Tuesday that concludes the situation …