NOAA’s ‘new normals’ climate data raises questions about what’s normal

When climatologists started standardizing global weather data about 100 years ago, they didn’t know that heat-trapping greenhouse gases were already pushing the planet’s climate inexorably in one direction, off the charts of human experience.  But people like to measure things in understandable segments, so, based on the data it had at the time, the World […]
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As the climate warms, could the U.S. face another Dust Bowl?

Improved agricultural practices and irrigation may stave off another agricultural calamity in the Great Plains. But scientists are now warning that two inescapable realities — rising temperatures and worsening drought — could still spawn a modern-day Dust Bowl.


As climate change thaws mountain tops, risks of rockfalls surge

Boulders and rocks long frozen into place are being loosen and tumbling downslope.

‘Megadrought’ persists in western U.S., as another extremely dry year develops

The long-running dry stretch rivals anything in the last 1200 years, a sign of climate-change induced "aridification."

Antarctica’s ice could cross this scary threshold within 40 years

“Rapid and unstoppable” sea level rise from melting Antarctic ice shelves and glaciers might be inevitable unless nations commit to even lower emissions—and fast, a new study says.

Did the Amazon rainforest contribute to the ‘Little Ice Age’ of the 1600s?

Scientists have found new evidence as they scrutinize a theory that Amazon re-growth, following European colonization, affected global climate.

Biden has elevated the job of science adviser. Is that what science needs?

The Senate is considering Eric S. Lander’s nomination after months of delay. Some experts ask what impact an adviser can actually have.

Pennsylvania House environment committee chair dismisses climate science. What does that mean for climate action?

Rep. Daryl Metcalfe has equated climate change with seasonal weather, said predictions about the dangers of climate change are fiction, and implied carbon dioxide can’t be a pollutant because plants use it as food.

The science of climate change explained

The science of climate change is more solid and widely agreed upon than you might think. But the scope of the topic, as well as rampant disinformation, can make it hard to separate fact from fiction.

Listen to a changing planet through these 5 climate podcasts

Understanding the climate crisis is tough. Let these audio storytellers help you understand the problems, and potential solutions.

Are you confused by scientific jargon? So are scientists

Scientific papers containing lots of specialized terminology are less likely to be cited by other researchers.

John Topping, 77, Dies; Early Advocate for Climate Action - The New York Times

A former official of the Environmental Protection Agency, he was a Republican activist on global warming when it was an issue with bipartisan support

Climate scientists, what keeps you up at night?

From atmospheric physicists to urban climatologists, DW spoke to researchers who study the many and varied aspects of climate change about what concerns them most as our planet heats up.
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The draw—and deadlines—of American denial

From vaccines to elections to climate change, denial is doing lasting damage to the country.

What do politicians have to say about 'Fractured?'

Here are the responses we've gotten so far from politicians about our study that found Pennsylvania families living near fracking wells are being exposed to high levels of harmful industrial chemicals.

Planting a million trees in the semi-arid desert to combat climate change

Tucson's ambitious tree planting goal aims to improve the health of residents, wildlife, and the watershed.

“Allow suffering to speak:” Treating the oppressive roots of illness

By connecting the dots between medical symptoms and patterns of injustice, we move from simply managing suffering to delivering a lasting cure.

Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

Living near fracking wells is linked to higher rate of heart attacks: Study

Middle-aged men in Pennsylvania's fracking counties die from heart attacks at a rate 5% greater than their counterparts in New York where fracking is banned.

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