News Highlights

More Warm Fall Days Across the U.S.

More warm fall days are predicted as seasons shift. In the large majority of U.S. cities analyzed, the number of warm fall days is increasing. That upturn is especially dramatic in some places —Miami, Phoenix, San Francisco, and the Twin Cities all have more than an additional two weeks of fall temperatures above normal compared to 1970.

Puerto Rico is Our Future

Hurricane impacts to Puerto Rico reflect a huge unfolding tragedy. But it’s also an opportunity to learn lessons, and to rebuild very differently.

Bringing Everyone on Board to a Sustainable Future

The pathways to a future free from the worst impacts of climate change exist. A future where all can rely on a sustainable life and livelihood and where humanity’s treatment of our planetary home will not bring the roof down on our heads. Yet the gateway to that future must now open wider so that many more architects and builders of this sustainable, low-emissions world can advance together, further and faster, down an open road.

Trending: USA threatened by more frequent flooding

The East Coast of the United States is threatened by more frequent flooding in the future. According to a recent study, the states of Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina are most at risk.

Hurricanes and Climate Change: What We Know

Climate change intersects with hurricanes by increasing storm rainfall, intensity, and surge. There has already been an increase in frequency and intensity of the strongest hurricanes in the Atlantic since the satellite era began. Looking forward, hurricanes are projected to produce more rain. The strongest storms are also expected to become more common.

Trending: Diverse Landscapes Adapt Better to Climate Change

Ecosystems with high biodiversity are more productive and stable towards annual fluctuations in environmental conditions than those with a low diversity of species. They also adapt better to climate-driven environmental changes. These are the key findings environmental scientists made in a study of about 450 landscapes harboring 2,200 plants and animal species.

2017 Summer Review

Climate Central ranks the average summer temperature and precipitation totals for their Climate Matters markets. They compare all summers in each market’s period of record, and rank them into five equal groups. Data shows it has been a summer of extremes.

Study: Forest corridors could slow extinctions

Biologists have developed a grim rule of thumb: Species isolated in small, disconnected patches of habitat run a much higher risk of dying out, but forest corridors can help reduce these risks.

Alaska Towns At Risk from Rising Seas Sound Alarm

According to the Army Corps of Engineers, 31 Alaskan communities face “imminent” existential threats from coastline erosion, flooding and other consequences of temperatures that are rising twice as quickly in the state as the global average.

Disaster and Neglect in Louisiana

FEMA is considering requiring states to help fund their own recoveries by paying deductibles. That could hurt poor and disaster-prone states, though the agency argues in a rulemaking notice that it would “incentivize greater state resilience to future disasters.”