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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 …

Storm Surges Are Most Costly, Dangerous Result of Hurricanes

Behold the awesome power of water. Already the ocean is swallowing beaches, roads and anything else in the way of Hurricane Florence‘s monstrous storm surge. Storm surges aren’t walls of water, like a tsunami, as commonly thought. Caused by a …

Study: Impacts of El Niño and La Niña to Intensify as Climate Warms

When an El Niño or its opposite, La Niña, forms in the future, it’s likely to cause more intense impacts over many land regions — amplifying changes to temperature, precipitation, and wildfire risk — due to the warming climate. These …

Minor Sea Level Rises Could Raise Global Risk for More Devastating Tsunamis

As sea levels rise due to climate change, so do the global hazards and potential devastating damages from tsunamis, according to a new study by a partnership that included Virginia Tech. Even minor sea level rise, by as much as …

Wildfire Risk Rises as Temperature Increases

As temperatures rise in the U.S. West, so do the flames. The years with the most acres burned by wildfires have some of the hottest temperatures, an Associated Press analysis of fire and weather data found. As human-caused climate change …

Heat Not the Only Sign That Climate Change is Happening

You don’t just feel the heat of global warming, you can see it in action all around. Some examples of where climate change’s effects have been measured: Glaciers across the globe are melting and retreating, with 279 billion tons of …