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Stay or Go? As Weather Gets Wilder, States Urged to Prepare for Displacement

GENEVA — Warned that Typhoon Haiyan would slam into the coastal part of the Philippine town of Dulag in November 2013, Leah C. Caminong’s family rented a room 300 meters back from the shoreline where they planned to ride out …

Home of the Future Will Withstand Whatever Wild Weather Comes

Breezy Point is beautiful in the summertime, a quaint neighborhood sitting on a slim peninsula that juts out into the Atlantic just south of New York City. In a storm, though, that dreamy setting can become a nightmare. Breezy Point …

Wildfire Took Your Home? Don’t Count on Insurance: Viewpoint

Own a home? No doubt you’ve insured it. Very sensible of you. But if that home were, say, burned to the ground, then your insurance company probably wouldn’t cover the cost of rebuilding it. Don’t feel too bad, though. It’s …

Cities are Sucking our Countryside Dry, Scientists Say

TBILISI — Expanding cities are sucking up ever more water, exacerbating the effect of climate change and threatening to create a “dusty and deserted” rural hinterland, scientists said on Thursday. An international team of researchers calculated that globally at least …

NOAA Data Shows Weather Disasters Relatively Mild So Far this Year

It’s only April, and already the United States has experienced two climate disasters that each caused $1 billion in damages and together killed five people, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported this week. NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information …

New Orleans Sue Several Oil, Gas Firms over Coastal Erosion

NEW ORLEANS — The City of New Orleans is suing several oil and gas companies over coastal erosion. Mayor Latoya Cantrell on Friday announced the lawsuit, which alleges that pipeline work has caused massive damage to Louisiana’s wetlands and “threatened …

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 …