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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 …

Colorado Man Becomes Accidental Apostle Among Climate Researchers

He didn’t mean for it to happen this way. He simply wanted to be alone. “If I had any social skills at all I wouldn’t be here,” says the reclusive 67-year-old Billy Barr, who has spent the last 46 years …

Study Reveals Earth’s Killer Heat Waves Are Getting Worse

Killer heat is getting worse, a new study shows. Deadly heat waves like the one now broiling the American West are bigger killers than previously thought and they are going to grow more frequent, according to a new comprehensive study …

Study Finds Climate Change Will Impact Farms, Dams

Climate change could upset the complex interplay of rain, snow and temperature in the West, hurting food production, the environment and electrical generation at dams, the federal government warned Tuesday. Some areas could get more rain and less snow, reducing …

Last Year in U.S. Was Second Hottest on Record

Last year was the second hottest on record in the contiguous United States, and included 10 major weather and climate events, such as droughts and storms, that each led to over $1 billion in damages, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric …

Climate Change Affecting Frequency, Intensity of Hurricanes

Climate change may be the driving force behind fewer, yet more powerful hurricanes and tropical storms, says a Florida State geography professor. In a paper published today by Nature Climate Change, Professor Jim Elsner and his former graduate student Namyoung …

Research Reveals Longterm Link Between Pacific Winds and Global Climate

New research indicates that shifts in Pacific trade winds played a key role in twentieth century climate variation, a sign that they may again be influencing global temperatures. The study, led by scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research …

Researchers Issue Dire Forecast for State Forests

While Congress dithers over budgets and battles over climate policy, scientists and others are urging state and local governments to take action as climate change affects water, agriculture, forests and businesses like ski resorts dependent on snow. Rising temperatures are …