On Florida's horizon: dust, brilliant sunsets and allergies

Sunsets across Florida in the coming days could become even more spectacular, as clouds of dust from the Sahara desert sweep in across the Atlantic coast.

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Even amid a pandemic, more than 40 million people fled their homes

Storms, floods, wildfires and to a lesser degree, conflict, uprooted millions globally in 2020 — the largest human displacement in more than a decade.

Scientists predict an ‘above normal’ Atlantic hurricane season

Hurricanes have become more destructive over time, in no small part because of the influences of a warming planet.


Should the hurricane season begin earlier?

The Atlantic hurricane season officially begins on 1 June. But over the past six years, significant storms have been forming earlier than this. So does the hurricane season need to start earlier - and is climate change to blame?


Hawaii's rains, floods cited as examples of climate change

The downpours triggering flooding that destroyed homes and bridges and set off mass evacuations on multiple islands this week are also an example of the more intense rainstorms officials and climate scientists say are occurring more frequently as the planet warms.

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New normal for Atlantic hurricanes shows more frequent and intense storms

Recent years have seen a significant uptick in hurricane activity, both in terms of storm numbers and intensity.
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Hurricane Hunters’ grueling pace in 2020 may not abate with climate change

Amid a tumultuous year involving a pandemic, wildfires and heat waves, 2020 brought the most active Atlantic hurricane season since record-keeping began.


Private well owners warned about potential damage from winter storm

Freezing and flooding of water well systems can lead to permanent system damage and the possibility of water contamination.

Alaska thunderstorms could triple if climate trends continue, scientists warn

Alaska may need to brace for more thunderstorms - along with the landslides, floods and wildfires they can bring - if current climate trends continue, a team of scientists warns.


Power failure: How a winter storm pushed Texas into crisis

Two days before the storm began, Houston's chief elected official warned her constituents to prepare as they would for a major hurricane. Many took heed: Texans who could stocked up on food and water, while nonprofits and government agencies set out to help those who couldn't. But few foresaw the fiasco that was to come.

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Texas turtles cold stunned by winter storm as animals freeze to death across region

Turtles along the Texas Gulf Coast have been "cold stunned" by the winter storm affecting the region, washing up comatose on the shore of South Padre Island in a kind of hypothermic shock.

Why call recent disasters ‘natural’ when they really aren’t?

Wildfires, storms, and viruses now are exacerbated by climate change. Perhaps we should call them what they are: disasters of our own making.

Climate change hit poorest countries hardest in 2019

Heavy rain and storms exacerbated by climate change particularly affected East Africa, Asia and South America in 2019, according to the latest Climate Risk Index.


The polar vortex is coming—and raising the odds for intense winter weather

In the stratosphere over Siberia, temperatures recently jumped nearly 100 degrees Fahrenheit, shoving the polar vortex off its North Pole perch.

Charleston weighs wall as seas rise and storms strengthen

Charleston is considering its most drastic measure yet to protect the lives and livelihoods of residents from the threats of climate-driven flooding: walling off its peninsula from the ocean.

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Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking

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Measuring Houston’s environmental injustice from space

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