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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 …

Mega-Hurricane Risk Spurs Swiss Re Warning to Unprepared Canada

Climate change is making hurricanes bigger and stronger, and it may soon push them farther north. Yet Canada’s homeowners, businesses and insurers underestimate that escalating risk, according to one of the world’s leading reinsurance firms. Overall, the northern nation has …

Study: Climate Change Added $8 Billion to Sandy’s Damages

Climate change-triggered sea level rise added $8 billion in damage during 2012’s Superstorm Sandy, one of nation’s costliest weather disasters, a new study said. During Sandy _ a late fall freak combination of a hurricane and other storms that struck …

New Florida Law Seeks to Protect State From Sea Level Rise

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida — one of the most vulnerable places in the world to sea level rise — will spend hundreds of millions of dollars over the next few years to protect against coastal flooding under a bill …

Here’s All the Climate Science You Missed So Far This Year

In early January the high atmosphere above the Arctic warmed abruptly, which happens about six times a decade. That warming gradually weakened the jet stream below, causing frigid air to spill down across North America. Texas froze, and tragedy ensued. …

Hydropower Dams Face Backlash After Himalayan Flood Tragedy

The flash flood in India’s Himalayan state of Uttarakhand which killed at least 34 people at the weekend has raised public anger over hydropower projects that the government considers essential to decarbonize the nation’s electricity generation. The deluge triggered by …

Glacier Breaks in India’s North; Flood Kills 9, 140 Missing

RISHIKESH, India (AP) — Indian authorities launched a search operation Sunday after part of a Himalayan glacier broke, sending a massive flood of water and debris slamming into two dams and damaging a number of homes. At least nine people …

Hot Again: 2020 Sets Yet Another Global Temperature Record

Earth’s rising fever hit or neared record hot temperature levels in 2020, global weather groups reported Thursday. While NASA and a couple of other measurement groups said 2020 passed or essentially tied 2016 as the hottest year on record, more …

Virginia City Plants Trees to Slow Flooding Woes

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — In Ocean Lakes, 100 more trees will soon be popping up in yards throughout the flood-prone neighborhood in southern Virginia Beach, each gifted at no cost from a local environmental group. And in nearby parks …

A Year of Heat and Fire Accelerated the Arctic’s Transformation

Back when Donald Perovich, an engineering professor at Dartmouth and member of the MOSAiC Arctic research team, conducted his first sea-ice field experiment in the region in 1979, he and his colleagues didn’t study ice because they were worried about …