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Falling Residential Solar Costs

The cost of solar has dropped dramatically in recent years. Even including installation and hardware, the cost of residential solar energy has been cut in half since the start of […] more »

Heavy Rainfall Trends Across the U.S.

For every 1°F of warming, the saturation level of the atmosphere increases by about four percent. This means more water is available to condense into precipitation, and it can come down in heavier rainfall.

These U.S. Cities Are Getting More (and Less) Snow

As the world continues to warm from increased concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, early spring snowpack has been trending downward. In addition to more intense droughts from decreased snowpack, warming winters mean that the percentage of winter precipitation that falls as snow is decreasing, which also contributes to the snowpack decline. How severe was your winter?

Trending: Drought-induced forest changes amplify effects of climate change

The face of American forests is changing, due to climate change-induced shifts in rainfall and temperature that are causing shifts in the abundance of numerous tree species, according to a new article.

Trouble Brewing For Beer in a Warming World

Drought, changing water regimes, and rising temperatures affect three of beer’s core ingredients: hops, water, and barley, Climate Central reports.

Conserving Land to Combat Climate Change

Jeff Leon, a former Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy board member, describes how conservation can be a personal response to a changing climate.

NASA Satellite Sees Fires in Southeastern U.S.

NASA’s Aqua satellite is detecting numerous fires in the Southeast United States – fires that are too small or too remote for the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) to register and report.

Trending: Reforesting US Topsoils to Store Carbon

A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences provides the first empirically based published estimate of the total amount of carbon currently accumulating in the topsoil of U.S. forests undergoing two types of reforestation, Science Daily reports.

Fruit Trees Need Winter Chill for Spring Growth

Climate change is making winters shorter and milder, resulting in earlier springs. This threatens to impact yields and the regional economies where the crops have been historically grown.

Trending: Grazing Lands Increasingly Vulnerable

A new study shows precipitation variability has increased significantly on 49 percent of the world’s grazing lands, indicating these areas are especially vulnerable to climate change.