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Earth smashes yet another heat record; 16th month in a row

WASHINGTON (AP) — Another month, another global heat record smashed.<p>The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says August's temperature of 61.74 degrees (16.52 Celsius) was the 16th month in a row that Earth set a record for the hottest month. NOAA monitoring chief Deke Arndt said it was …

Climate

Something terrifying is happening at the North Pole

Writing about climate change presents an interesting challenge.<p>It's a slow, constant process. Global temperatures rise a little every year, bit by …

North Pole

NASA Releases Data Visualization of the Hottest August in 136 Years of Recorded History

NASA’s Earth Observatory has released data visualization of the hottest August in 136 years of recorded history. August 2016 was tied with July 2016 …

NASA

We just had five 1,000-year floods in less than a year. What's going on?

A 1,000-year flood is supposed to be extremely rare. Its chance of occurring in a given year: 0.1 percent.<p>So how do we explain that in the span of …

Floods

Zebra finches sing to eggs to prepare babies for global warming

Zebra finches program their offspring to prepare for global warming by singing to eggs before they hatch. In especially hot areas, finch parents make a special call to incubating eggs, basically telling them it’s really hot outside and they better not grow too big. The hatchlings listen — and this …

World

One of the planet's deadliest ancient diseases could be about to return

Smallpox – a deadly disease eradicated from the world in 1977 – could return as the frozen tundra of Siberia melts and releases the virus from the …

Disease

We just lived through the hottest month in recorded history, and that’s even more terrifying than you think

The Earth just had the hottest month in recorded history, and it’s even worse than normal.<p>The record comes in a run of unprecedentedly hot months. …

Climate

Scorching Temperatures Just Set the Middle East's Heat Records on Fire | Motherboard

Unless you’ve been catatonic for the past seven months, you know that temperatures in 2016 have continuously skyrocketed. And now, I’m terrified to report that our planet is well on its way to becoming an actual inferno, as record-breaking heat records seem to indicate.<p>Yesterday, temperatures in …

Weather

We just broke the record for hottest year, 9 straight times

2014 and 2015 each set the record for hottest calendar year since we began measuring surface temperatures over 150 years ago, and 2016 is almost certain to break the record once again. It will be without precedent: the first time that we’ve seen three consecutive record-breaking hot years.<p>But it’s …

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Climate change is already killing people: European heatwave caused by global warming in 2003 led to hundreds of deaths

• <b>From June to August 2003 a heatwave in Europe led to hundreds of deaths</b>• <b><br>New study shown a fifth of these were due to man-made climate change</b>• <b><br>First</b> …

Global Warming's Devastating Effect On World's Largest Cities Visualised With These Before And After Pictures

Long term sea level rise as a result of global warming could affect the lives and homes of over 130 million people globally according to a study carried out by Climate Central.<p>The worrying thing is that this figure is actually a best case scenario based on the terms laid out by the Cancun Agreement …

Climate Change

Climate Change Is Doing Something Horrifying To Wine

How good a tipple of wine tastes depends on a number of different factors, from the level of tannins to how long it’s been aged, but it is also …

Climate Change

Pink Snow Looks Awesome, But Is Another Climate Change Indicator

It's caused by a red algae, and it's bad news for the Arctic.<p>Some call it pink snow, some call it watermelon snow -- and now, a new study is calling it yet another symbol of the drastic melting in the Arctic.<p>The appearance of the so-called pink snow, which Arctic explorers have observed for …

Climate Change

How Climate Change Is Fueling a Rise in Shark Attacks

It's not because sharks are getting fiercer<p>Shark attacks are on the rise in the U.S.—but it’s not because sharks are getting fiercer.<p>The increase in attacks—59 last year, up from 31 in 2011—is connected to climate change, experts say. According to a study by Progress in Oceanography, climate change …

Climate

Eastern US isn’t ready for creatures fleeing heat

A new study finds that only 2 percent of the eastern US provides the kind of “climate connectivity” that migrating species will need, compared to 51 …

Biodiversity

Arctic sea ice blows away record low for May as levels plunge toward uncharted territory

Arctic sea ice plunged to a record low for the month of May, and now lies in a more brittle, fragile state than normal for this time of year, just as the height of the summer melt season gets underway.<p>According to the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) in Boulder, Colorado, sea ice extent …

Sea Ice

These Infographics Show How Doomed The Arctic Really Is

No matter which measure you use, it’s clear that the Arctic is in serious trouble. If the Paris climate change agreement isn’t adhered to, our …

Infographics

These Infographics Show How Doomed The Arctic Really Is

Environment Photo credit: The Arctic is rapidly disintegrating. Avatar_023/ShutterstockNo matter which measure you use, it’s clear that the Arctic is …

Infographics

Summer Heat in Store for June-August 2016 Seasonal Forecast [Webinar Recap]

Will it be sunny skies or rainy days ahead for June through August season? According to The Weather Company’s summer 2016 official seasonal forecast, …

Earth has now seen an unprecedented 12 straight months of record-shattering warmth

Each of the past 12 months has set a record for being the warmest such month in 137 years of record-keeping, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).<p>The agency released new data on Wednesday finding that April also was the warmest such month on record for the globe, …

Climate

6-6-16: The Designated Day of the Climate Tipping Point

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Good news – we’re finally about to hit a tipping point. The only problem is, nobody will be able to tell the difference. …

Climate

See Earth’s temperature spiral toward 2C rise - graphic

The steady rise of Earth’s temperature as greenhouse gases accumulate in the atmosphere and trap more and more heat is sending the planet spiraling closer to the point where warming’s catastrophic consequences may be all but assured.<p>That metaphoric spiral has become a literal one in a new graphic …

Climate

Because of Climate Change, Five Pacific Islands Have Vanished

As climate change worsens around the world, its effects are increasingly being observed. One notable effect has been the disappearance of five …

Climate Change

The US Is Finally Taking on Methane, Climate Change’s Hidden Villain

<i>This story originally appeared on the New Republic and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration.</i><p>Methane, carbon dioxide’s lesser-known cousin, is a …

Climate Change

This US Oil Field is Single-Handedly Raising Global Greenhouse Gas Levels

A single shale oil field in the United States is responsible for a significant upsurge in global atmospheric levels of ethane, a dangerous gas that …

Oil

Deadly heat wave is shattering all-time records in Southeast Asia and India

Southeast Asia and India are currently enduring a historic and brutal heat wave that has already been blamed for more than 150 deaths and shows few signs of relenting.<p>April in Thailand is typically hot and sweaty, but this year's scorching weather has set a record for the longest heat wave in at …

Heat Wave

How Will Climate Change Affect Sea Level in Your Backyard?

One of the most dreaded impacts of climate change is gradual sea level rise. As carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases accumulate in the …

Climate Change

What's Really Warming the World? Climate deniers blame natural factors; NASA data proves otherwise

Methodology<p>NASA's Model<p>Researchers who study the Earth's climate create models to test their assumptions about the causes and trajectory of global …

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