extreme weather

Could a Monster El Niño Wreak Havoc in 2014?

Could a Monster El Niño Wreak Havoc in 2014?

El Niño became infamous when it killed an estimated 23,000 people and caused tens of billions of dollars worth of damage in 1997 and 1998 - and according to scientists, we could experience another El

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$4.9 Billion Plan Aims to Protect NYC Transportation Infrastructure from Future Storms

$4.9 Billion Plan Aims to Protect NYC Transportation Infrastructure from Future Storms

This week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a $4.9 billion plan designed to protect NYC transportation infrastructure from future superstorms and extreme weather. Some of the precautions outlined

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Queensland, Australia has Officially Entered Worst Drought in Recorded History

Queensland, Australia has Officially Entered Worst Drought in Recorded History

Australian officials recently announced that the state of Queensland is in the midst of the most widespread drought on written record, with over 80% of the territory desperate for water. While drought is

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Obama Blames Global Warming for California Drought, Pledges $183 Million in Aid

Obama Blames Global Warming for California Drought, Pledges $183 Million in Aid

In response to one of the most serious droughts to hit California in decades, President Obama has promised hundreds of millions of dollars in federal aid to help residents cope. The past three years have

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Scientists Blame Lagging Jet Stream on Warming Arctic

Scientists Blame Lagging Jet Stream on Warming Arctic

Researchers at Rutgers University’s Institute of Marine and Coastal Scientists have noticed a change in the world’s jet stream paths, and are looking at the warming Arctic as a potential cause. In

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These States Are Poorly Prepared for Global Warming – Is Yours on the List?

These States Are Poorly Prepared for Global Warming – Is Yours on the List?

Every state has a plan for what to do in the event of disaster, specifically, a "State Hazard Mitigation Plan," but there's no requirement that these plans take global warming into consideration. As a

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Monarch Butterfly Numbers Drop to Lowest Level in Recorded History

Monarch Butterfly Numbers Drop to Lowest Level in Recorded History

Scientists say the number of Monarch butterflies wintering in Mexico is now at the lowest level ever since records began in 1993. In their recorded peak in 1995, the butterflies covered more than 44.5

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UN Warns Rising Sea Levels Threaten to Overwhelm Senegal

UN Warns Rising Sea Levels Threaten to Overwhelm Senegal

Margareta Wahlstrom, the United Nations’ head of disaster risk, has warned that flooding caused by climate change has reached emergency levels in Senegal. Called the “Venice of Africa,” the

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How Global Warming Can Cause Heavier Snowfalls

How Global Warming Can Cause Heavier Snowfalls

Residents living in the northeast quarter of the US and parts of Canada have been blasted by a rash of cold weather recently - and it turns out global warming could be behind it. Chris Mooney, host of the

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No One Will Be Safe from Devastating Hurricanes According to New RMS Research

No One Will Be Safe from Devastating Hurricanes According to New RMS Research

Hurricane season is a costly affair anywhere, but Risk Management Solutions predicts that in the future these devastating tropical depressions will make landfall in new and unexpected places. RMS recently

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Halley VI: The World’s First Modular Research Station in Antarctica Can Climb Through Snow

Halley VI: The World’s First Modular Research Station in Antarctica Can Climb Through Snow

Halley Research Stations, run by the British Antarctic Survey, are dedicated to exploring the Earth's atmosphere. The data collected at Brunt Ice Shelf in Antarctica, where the stations are located, has

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Four Years of Extreme Weather has Killed Thousands of UK Barn Owls

Four Years of Extreme Weather has Killed Thousands of UK Barn Owls

Conservationists say that there are now fewer than 1,000 breeding pairs of barn owls left in the UK after four years of extreme weather such as freezing winters and wet summers. Thousands of the birds

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Extreme Weather Costs the Global Economy $200 Billion a Year

Extreme Weather Costs the Global Economy $200 Billion a Year

In another stark reminder that the economy and environment can't be separated, a new World Bank report finds that climate-related damage from extreme weather events such as Typhoon Haiyan has cost the

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Meteorologists Warn of a Future Rife with More Haiyan-Strength Storms

Meteorologists Warn of a Future Rife with More Haiyan-Strength Storms

Meteorologists are asking citizens of the world to prepare themselves for increasingly violent storms such as the devastating Super Typhoon Haiyan that hit the Philippines earlier this month. Weather

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President Obama Issues Executive Order to Prepare the United States for Climate Change

President Obama Issues Executive Order to Prepare the United States for Climate Change

In a decisive action some feared would never come, President Obama today signed an executive order that will begin to prepare the United States for the impacts of climate change. The order comes just one

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One Year After Hurricane Sandy, Scientists Warn of Even More Extreme Storms to Come

One Year After Hurricane Sandy, Scientists Warn of Even More Extreme Storms to Come

It's been one year since Superstorm Sandy battered New York, and though we're relieved to be enjoying dry weather today, experts are warning us not to become too complacent. "Sandy wasn't the big one,”

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800,000 Evacuated as 140mph Cyclone Hits India’s East Coast

800,000 Evacuated as 140mph Cyclone Hits India’s East Coast

Indian authorities are expressing relief at what appears to be a relatively low rate of causalities after "Super Cyclone" Phailin made landfall in the states of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh on Saturday

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Tornado Watch in Effect for New York Today Until Evening

Tornado Watch in Effect for New York Today Until Evening

Image © Adnan Islam  If the New York skies are looking a bit ominous to you today, your extreme weather radar is right on the money. The NOAA NWS Storm Prediction Center issued a tornado watch this

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UNICEF Study Warns Children Will be Hit Hardest by Climate Change

UNICEF Study Warns Children Will be Hit Hardest by Climate Change

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has released a report that reveals the world's children are most at risk from the effects of global warming. More than 600 million children who live in the 10

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NOAA: Climate Change Makes Sandy-Style Flooding Twice as Likely

NOAA: Climate Change Makes Sandy-Style Flooding Twice as Likely

The Climatic Data Center at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association has released a new analysis of 12 extreme weather events in 2012, and the findings aren't reassuring. Researchers discovered

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Extreme Heat Waves Are Expected to Quadruple by 2040

Extreme Heat Waves Are Expected to Quadruple by 2040

Photo via Shutterstock Remember those stifling heat waves in the summer of 2012 that made you want to roll up into a ball and live in your refrigerator? Those heat waves are likely to become much more

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Dangerous Heat and Storms to Peak Today in Northeastern US

Dangerous Heat and Storms to Peak Today in Northeastern US

Photo via Shutterstock High temperatures have left large parts of the US sweltering in recent days, and today those temperatures are predicted to reach "dangerous" heights. Temperatures broke 100

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UN Report Says Disasters Have Cost $2.5 Trillion Since 2000

UN Report Says Disasters Have Cost $2.5 Trillion Since 2000

A new United Nations report makes the startling assertion that disasters have resulted in $2.5 trillion in damage within the last 13 years alone. Those losses fall principally on the private sector,

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Forecasters Predict “Above Average” Hurricane Season with More Tropical Storms Than Ever Before

Forecasters Predict “Above Average” Hurricane Season with More Tropical Storms Than Ever Before

Photo of Lower Manhattan © Iwan Baan The Gulf Coast and Atlantic states should brace themselves, as forecasters predict that 2013’s hurricane season may be above average. Experts at Colorado State

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Average Global Temperatures Poised to Soar Past 11,000-Year High

Average Global Temperatures Poised to Soar Past 11,000-Year High

Image by Airs Science Team, NASA/JPL Is it getting hot in here? Absolutely. Don't let the recent snowfall fool you: 2012 was the hottest year on record for the U.S. and the future isn't looking much

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2012 Extreme Weather Damage Amounted to the Second Most Costly Year in US History

2012 Extreme Weather Damage Amounted to the Second Most Costly Year in US History

The cleanup cost for extreme weather events in 2012 makes this year the second most costly in US history, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced last week. There were 11

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Hurricane Sandy Forces Mitt Romney To Eat His Words About Rising Oceans

Hurricane Sandy Forces Mitt Romney To Eat His Words About Rising Oceans

Remember that patronizing remark Presidential candidate Mitt Romney made about climate change and rising ocean levels? It was at the 2012 Republican National Convention, where Romney probably felt

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New Yale Survey Finds Americans Increasingly Believe Climate Change Is Driving Extreme Weather

New Yale Survey Finds Americans Increasingly Believe Climate Change Is Driving Extreme Weather

Photo from Shutterstock A new report from Yale and George Mason University finds that 74 percent of Americans now believe global warming is changing the weather in the United States. A September

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MIT Study Predicts Every 1-Degree Increase in Temperature Will Cause 10 Percent Increase in Rainfall Extremes

MIT Study Predicts Every 1-Degree Increase in Temperature Will Cause 10 Percent Increase in Rainfall Extremes

Climate scientists have long projected that increases in global temperatures will result in higher rainfall and flooding in tropical regions. But now a MIT study has put some numbers to the prediction.

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More Than One-Third of Global 500 Companies Now See Climate Change as a Real Danger to Their Business

More Than One-Third of Global 500 Companies Now See Climate Change as a Real Danger to Their Business

Floods and flooding the streets via Shutterstock A study released on Wednesday by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) finds that 37 percent of the world's largest companies now see extreme weather

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