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World’s Four Warmest Years Have Occurred Since 2015

The last five years were collectively the world’s warmest on record, two of the largest U.S. science agencies announced on Wednesday. With its fourth place showing, 2018 now ranks behind 2016, 2017, and 2015 and ahead of 2014 on the …

Change in Location of Ocean Mixing That Drives Climate Found

One of the key drivers of the world’s climate is an area in the North Atlantic Ocean where warmer and colder water mix and swirl. When scientists went for their first close look at this critical underwater dynamo, they found …

Polar Vortex Outbreaks Expected to be the Norm

It might seem counterintuitive, but the dreaded polar vortex is bringing its icy grip to parts of the U.S. thanks to a sudden blast of warm air in the Arctic. Get used to it. The polar vortex has been wandering …

Minnesota Among Fastest Warming States in U.S.

With its famously bitter winters growing milder, Minnesota is one of the fastest warming states in the country, according to scientists. Minnesota’s winters are warming at a rate 13 times faster than its summers, and Minneapolis and Mankato are among …

‘Changing Climate’ Intensifying Disasters Per Texas Report

Powerful natural disasters in Texas on the scale of Hurricane Harvey‘s deadly destruction last year will become more frequent because of a changing climate, warned a new report Thursday ordered by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott in a state where skepticism …

Earth’s Warming Occurring During Odd Times and in Strange Places

Scientists are seeing surprising melting in Earth’s polar regions at times they don’t expect, like winter, and in places they don’t expect, like eastern Antarctica. New studies and reports issued this week at a major Earth sciences conference paint one …

Key Science Report Has Countries Taking Sides at Climate Summit

A diplomatic standoff over a single word could set the stage for a bigger showdown during the second half of this year’s U.N. climate summit. Negotiators took time out Sunday to rest after the first week of talks ended on …

Studies Find Houston Skyscrapers Slowed Hurricane Harvey, Causing More Rain

Humans helped make recent devastating U.S. hurricanes wetter but in different ways, two new studies find. Hurricane Harvey snagged on the skyscrapers of Houston, causing it to slow and dump more rain than it normally would, one study found. The …

UN Report Says Earth’s Ozone Layer is Healing

Earth’s protective ozone layer is finally healing from damage caused by aerosol sprays and coolants, a new United Nations report said. The ozone layer had been thinning since the late 1970s. Scientist raised the alarm and ozone-depleting chemicals were phased …

Warmer Temps Make Hurricanes Wetter, More Intense

A warmer world makes for nastier hurricanes. They are wetter, possess more energy and intensify faster. Their storm surges are more destructive because climate change has already made the seas rise. And lately, the storms seem to be stalling more …