“Critical Moment” as UN Climate Talks Resume in Marrakech

Leaders of nations overwhelmed by fallouts from wars and ravaged by political divisions are gathering in western Morocco, where they will attempt during the next two weeks to unite around a cooperative new approach to easing the worsening ravages of global warming.

“Ghost Forests” Grow as Rising Seas Kill Trees

Bare trunks of dead coastal forests are being discovered up and down the mid-Atlantic coastline, killed by the advance of rising seas. “Ghost forests” offer eerie evidence of some of the world’s fastest rates of sea level rise.

2016 Climate Trends Continue to Break Records

Two key climate change indicators — global surface temperatures and Arctic sea ice extent — have broken numerous records through the first half of 2016, according to NASA analyses of ground-based observations and satellite data.

2016 Will Be Hottest Year, UN Climate Meeting Told

2016 is set to be the hottest year on record by a significant margin, with temperatures that are 2.2˚F (1.2˚C) above pre-industrial times, the World Meteorological Organization told diplomats gathered in Marrakech, Morocco, to discuss international action to limit global warming to less than 2˚C by the end of the century.

2017 – Year of Billion Dollar Disasters

In a warming world, soils dry out more from evaporation, making droughts worse and further drying out vegetation, raising risk of wildfires. Higher evaporation rates also provide fuel for hurricanes, allowing them to produce heavier rain. Warming oceans and glacial melt cause the sea level to rise, which translates into higher storm surge. These factors can be linked to billions of dollars of damages from disasters in 2017.

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.

2018 A Summer of Extremes

Meteorological summer has been one of extremes in the U.S. Overall, the East has been wet while the West has baked in the heat. These types of extremes, which are set up by a consistent jet stream pattern, are amplified by a warming climate.

2019 a Year of Record Setting Rain

As we close out 2019, Climate Central takes a look at the year’s biggest story—record-setting rain. The result: severe costs in damages to property and losses to industry (e.g. agriculture). According to NOAA, the 18 billion-dollar flood events experienced by the U.S this decade have resulted in losses of at least $40 billion.

2019 IPCC Special Report: Oceans and Cryosphere

On September 25, 2019, the IPCC released its Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate. Climate Central has complied resources and communications tools to cover this work of more than 100 scientists.

2019 Record Fall Heat

With the recent record-breaking heat, Climate Central takes a look at record high temperatures compared to record low temperatures across the United States.

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