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Welcome to the 'Double El Niño' — and more extreme weather

We’re about to experience a “double El Niño” — a rare weather phenomenon that climatologists had warned about several months ago.

That means two consecutive years of the concentration of warm water in the Pacific Ocean that brings West Coast storms, quiet hurricane seasons in the Atlantic and busy …

Weather

Basically, the only unusually cold place on Earth last month was the eastern U.S.

February was Earth's second-warmest such month on record, finishing up as the second-warmest winter and warmest 12-month period on record, according to preliminary NASA data. Both of these milestones signal the continued influence of manmade global warming as well as natural climate factors that …

Earth

Scientists stick it to climate deniers: Study provides direct evidence that human activity is causing global warming

For the first time, researchers directly observed carbon dioxide trapping heat in the atmosphere

People who continue to deny that human activity is directly impacting climate change (looking at you, Inhofe) had better pay attention to this one: scientists, for the first time, have provided direct …

Climate

Scientists Observe Temperatures Warming In Response To Increased Carbon Dioxide

Everybody knows that. But now we've also seen it.

Greenhouse gas emissions, particularly those from carbon dioxide, are on the rise. They have been for a while, to the alarm of governments, activist groups, and just about anyone vaguely concerned with environmental issues around the world. …

Climate Change

Scientists just blew apart the myth of the global warming “pause”

A new study explains why manmade warming has appeared to slow down -- and why it's due to ramp up again soon

The so-called “pause” in global warming, object of much scientific study and climate denier mockery, is a mystery no more.

In a study published Thursday in the journal Science, three prominent …

Global Warming

Bill Nye destroys climate deniers’ most infuriating deflection

Nye appeared on MSNBC's "The Reid Report" on Monday evening

On Monday afternoon, Bill “The Science Guy” Nye spoke with MSNBC’s Joy Reid about climate change and the brutally cold weather the Northeast has been experiencing.

“Let’s not confuse climate change with global warming,” Nye warned. “The …

How an Uncommon Mineral Can Reduce the Climate Impact of an Eruption

Sulfur is one of the largest culprit of volcanic climate change, but some minerals can help reduce its impact.The post How an Uncommon Mineral Can …

Climate

A Global Warming Primer

It’s Not Too Late To Stop Climate Change, And It’ll Be Super-Cheap

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Here's How We Know Global Warming Made This Week's Blizzard Worse

The oceans are getting warmer and that means bigger, badder storms in the future.

This story was originally published by Wired and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

Manhattan may have gotten the wimpy end of this week's Northeast snowstorm, but it chin-checked New England. …

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Study: The world’s cities are being increasingly plagued by heat waves

Over four decades of global warming, the world's major urban areas are feeling the heat

If you’re in the half of the world’s population currently living in a city, climate change is affecting you where you live.

More heat waves and fewer cold spells have become the new normal for many of the world’s …

Study: Global warming 'doubles risk' of extreme weather

Extreme weather linked to natural climate events in the Pacific Ocean will double as the world warms, according to climate modelling.

Parts of the world will have weather patterns that switch between extremes of wet and dry, say scientists.

The US will see more droughts while flooding will become …

Gideon Mendel’s Portraits From a Drowning World

Since 2007 Gideon Mendel has been strapping on waders, flagging down boats, and taking his Rolleiflex film camera into floodwaters around the world. His ongoing project, “Drowning World,” features seemingly serene portraits of flood victims in unexpected places. The project is Mendel’s personal …

U.S. Senate voted 4 times in 2 days to deny existence of manmade global warming

In a series of votes that took place on Thursday and Friday, the U.S. Senate voted against four separate measures that would have put it on record as recognizing what the vast majority of climate scientists have shown for decades now: that global warming since the start of the industrial revolution …

Climate Change

An Arctic ice cap’s shockingly rapid slide into the sea

For years, scientists have documented the rapid retreat of Arctic ice, from melting glaciers in Greenland to shrinking snow cover in far northern …

Ocean heat content is climbing so quickly that the tracking chart 'broke'

The past two weeks have brought new signs that global warming is not only continuing, but may in some respects be accelerating. Three independent agencies in the United States and Japan made the announcement that 2014 was most likely the warmest year on record since at least 1880, and very likely …

Oceans

135 years of global warming in one terrifying animation

Is it warm in here, or is it just us? The debate surrounding climate change, and specifically global warming, will rage on for years to come. There …

Climate Change

India shines with renewable energy announcement

GLAND, Switzerland: As world leaders gather in Lima, Peru for the next round of the UN climate negotiations, India announced that it intends to more …

Energy

Scientists: Human activity has pushed Earth beyond four of nine ‘planetary boundaries’

At the rate things are going, the Earth in the coming decades could cease to be a “safe operating space” for human beings. That is the conclusion of …

Scientific Research

Russia's Forests Overlooked In Climate Change Fight, Scientists Warn

By Angelina Davydova

ST PETERSBURG, Russia, Jan 15 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - R ussia's forests may lose their power to help curb global warming without stronger domestic protection and a place in a new global climate change deal, scientists have warned.

Russia has 19 percent of world forest …

Climate Change

The Antarctic ice sheet is a sleeping giant, beginning to stir

In a paper I just published with colleague Dr Ted Scambos from the National Snow and Ice Data Center, we highlight the impact of southern ice sheet loss, particularly the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, on sea-level rise around the world.

We know that human emissions of greenhouse gases are causing the …

Sea Levels

2014 confirmed as UK's hottest year

Last year was the UK's warmest since records began in 1910, the Met Office has said.

It was also the warmest year in the Central England Temperature series, which dates back to 1659, and is the longest running record of its type.

The UK's mean temperature for the year was 9.9C - that is 0.2 degrees …

Land of the Midnight Sun Warms Fastest in World

Over the past nearly two centuries, Finland's average temperatures have increased by more than 2 degrees Celsius

Finland

The United States and China's Joint Climate Policy Announcement—What It Means

Yesterday the United States and the People’s Republic of China reached a historic agreement in the global effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions …

Asia

You’ll Shoot the Climate’s Eye Out

Christmas is just a few days away, and with it, also TBS’s annual marathon of A Christmas Story. Readers of a certain generation will remember it as …

Climate

Lima climate talks: Peru summit continues through night

Talks have continued well past the official close of business on the final day of a key UN climate summit in Peru aimed at advancing a new global treaty.

The negotiators in the capital, Lima, are tasked with preparing a text to serve as the basis for a new compact to be signed in Paris next …

Climate

Climate change: Global weather predicted to become increasingly extreme despite warnings

Global weather will become increasingly extreme, with the planet facing rising surfacing temperatures, higher sea levels and flash flooding.In the …

Weather

Risk from extreme weather set to rise

Climate change and population growth will hugely increase the risk to people from extreme weather, a report says.

The Royal Society warns that the risk of heatwaves to an ageing population will rise about ten-fold by 2090 if greenhouse gases continue to rise.

They estimate the risk to individuals …

Weather

Geo-engineering: Climate fixes 'could harm billions'

Schemes to tackle climate change could prove disastrous for billions of people, but might be required for the good of the planet, scientists say.

That is the conclusion of a new set of studies into what's become known as geo-engineering.

This is the so far unproven science of intervening in the …

Climate Change