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Jet Stream Changes Driving Extreme Weather Linked Again To Global Warming, Arctic Ice Loss

August 21, 2014 by Joseph Romm

Jet Stream and Climate Change

California is suffering through drought, while the East Coast sees flooding. Both are worsened by global warming. But in recent years you may have noticed a disproportionate increase in record-smashing extreme weather and suspected that’s also linked to global warming.[read more]

Obama Plan Helps Communities Prepare for Extreme Weather Brought on by Climate Change

July 18, 2014 by Frances Beinecke

Climate Change and Resiliency

New Yorkers remember all too well the alarm we felt as Superstorm Sandy pounded our city. Apartment buildings and hospitals were swamped, and entire neighborhoods went without power for days. And city officials and residents wondered: will we be ready next time?[read more]

El Niño Chances Jump To Near 80%, Add In Global Warming And We Face Record Heat

May 13, 2014 by Joseph Romm

Weather Patterns and Warming Trends

The chances of an El Niño developing this year are now at almost 4 out of 5. The chart above from NASA makes clear El Niños are generally the hottest years on record — since the regional warming adds to the underlying man-made global trend.[read more]

"We Don't Know What Normal is Anymore": Confronting Extreme Weather on US Farms

May 5, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Extreme Weather and Farms

Matt Russell has seen strange weather before. As a fifth-generation Iowa farmer, he’s used to being at the whims of the skies. But ominous changes are underway at his Coyote Run Farm, and lately, he’s been trying to cope with “the wrong weather at the wrong time.”[read more]

Whiplashed by Weather?

April 19, 2014 by A Siegel

Weather Whiplash

Drastic shifts in weather (from beautiful sunny skies to dark menacing ones, from t-shirt frisbee temperatures to parka-wearing cold, etc.) are natural. Humanity, however, has recently been putting its thumb directly on the scales of what can be considered “natural.”[read more]

Study: Weather-Related Blackouts Doubled Since 2003

April 19, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

I think it was either Cheech or Chong who said, “I’m fed up and sick of this.” Well that’s how many people here in the Northeast where I live feel about power outages caused by storms. If people are sick of it, that’s because they’ve been losing power a lot more often over the last decade.[read more]

Is A Super El Niño Coming That Will Shatter Extreme Weather And Global Temperature Records?

March 28, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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Super El Niño

Signs are increasingly pointing to the formation of an El Niño in the next few months, possibly a very strong one. When combined with the long-term global warming trend, a strong El Niño would mean 2015 is very likely to become the hottest year on record by far.[read more]

Energy Efficiency & Demand Response Keep Power Flowing in Extreme Weather

March 18, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Something extraordinary occurred this winter that kept the lights on and people warm during record-breaking cold. Energy efficiency and demand response emerged to save the day, preventing potentially life-threatening power shortages across much of the Midwest and Northeast.[read more]

In the Dark, Again and Again

February 11, 2014 by Lewis Milford
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If we're going to deal with increasingly severe climate-related power outages and are going to make our communities more resilient, we in the environmental community have to change the kinds of technologies we propose to solve the problem. Investing in the same old stuff is not a climate resilient solution.[read more]

Study: Arctic Warming Drives More Extreme Summer Heat Waves, Droughts, And Deluges

December 11, 2013 by Joseph Romm
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Arctic Warming and Weather

A new study has linked the past decade’s exceptional number of unprecedented summer extreme weather events in the United States and Europe with the record declines in both summer Arctic sea ice and snow cover on high-latitude land.[read more]

IPCC Prognosis: 9°F Warming For US, Faster Sea Rise, Extreme Weather, Permafrost Collapse

October 1, 2013 by Joseph Romm

IPCC Report and Risks

Perhaps the best way to think about the IPCC, which has issued a summary of its latest report reviewing the state of climate science, is as a super-cautious team of brilliant diagnosticians and specialists who, like many doctors, aren’t the greatest communicators.[read more]

Five Points on the IPCC Report: A Long and Wonky Investigation

September 30, 2013 by Roger Pielke, Jr.

IPCC Points

The release of the IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report should give anyone following the climate issue a deep sense of deja vu, if not a full-on case of Groundhog Day syndrome, due to the clear facts that we have actually seen this all before.[read more]

Weathering the Storm: How Business Navigates Climate Change

July 30, 2013 by Meg Crawford

More than 800 major weather-related disasters last year led to over $130 billion in losses worldwide. Major global companies are beginning to assess and address the growing business risks associated with increased extreme weather and other impacts of climate change.[read more]

Lowering Energy Consumption in Extreme Temperatures

July 11, 2013 by Sadhbh Ní Hógáin
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Very low energy houses are better suited to cold climates; they consume 50% less than standard buildings and can be efficient, attractive alternatives to traditional housing, and can be achieved in cold climates through careful design.[read more]

Climate Change: New Tool Shows Extreme Weather by ZIP

June 23, 2013 by Frances Beinecke

Climate Change and Weather

The West is no stranger to wildfires, but in recent years, climate change has packed many fires with greater intensity. Warmer temperatures and drier conditions are contributing to longer fire seasons and bigger blazes.[read more]