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This Winter was Cold for Some, Not for All

A lot of folks in the eastern half of the United States are breathing a sigh of relief that spring is just around the corner. Average temperatures this winter were among the Top 10 coldest in some parts of the Upper Midwest and South. More than 90...

Posted March 14, 2014    

Why We Shouldn't Throw Out Flood Insurance Reform

It’s not surprising that homeowners in flood-prone areas are asking their representatives in Congress to protect them from higher flood insurance bills.Here’s the question. Who is going to protect them from higher floods?Congress in 2012 did the...

Posted March 10, 2014    

Research Affirms Climate Impacts Are Already Here

This year saw the release of three notable reports related to climate science. Together, they paint a clear picture:Global warming is largely caused by human actions,The future climate is likely to be very different without significant cuts in...

Posted December 18, 2013    

Sandy Anniversary a Reminder of the Need for Better Protections 

A year after Hurricane Sandy, more work remains to be done to help families and communities fully recover. But another pressing need, not only for those who were in Sandy’s wake but for all of us, is to learn from the storm’s devastating impacts and...

Posted October 31, 2013    

How Climate Change Amplified Sandy’s Impacts

As Hurricane Sandy moves out of the region, people in affected areas are beginning to take stock of the damage. Flooding in parts of New Jersey and New York from the storm surge hit record levels. The 13.8-foot surge measured at Battery Park in...

Posted October 31, 2012    

Increasingly Extreme Weather Is Costing Us in More Ways Than One

A report released this week by two senior members of Congress notes that the unusual number of extreme weather events in 2012 has cost the country billions of dollars and that the unusual frequency of these events is consistent with what scientists...

Posted October 1, 2012    

Mapping extreme weather across the U.S.

Today we’re updating our online map providing an overview of extreme weather events in the United States since 1990.  The map highlights memorable examples of extreme heat, heavy precipitation, drought, and wildfire, four types of events with...

Posted July 31, 2012    

Reforming National Flood Insurance Program

With the Senate set to vote today on fixes to the ailing National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), a new C2ES brief explains why the program is chronically in debt to the U.S. Treasury, and how to make it solvent. We urge, among other things, that...

Posted June 26, 2012    

Summer in March? Extreme Weather Continues

If you live in the central or eastern United States and have been outside lately, you can attest to the downright summery weather we’ve been experiencing. In fact this March, weather is not just unusual; it is unprecedented. In Detroit, there has...

Posted March 27, 2012    

Cold Snaps and Snowstorms: Evidence of Global Weirding?

NOAA recently declared this winter to be the 4th warmest on record for the contiguous United States. That sort of announcement might be expected in a warming world. But what about the relatively cold winters of 2009-2010 and 2010-2011, which...

Posted March 22, 2012    

2012 Is The 4th Warmest Winter for U.S.

NOAA reported today that whis winter turned out to be the 4th warmest on record in the contiguous United States. That’s not surprising given how much the world has warmed over the past few decades. In fact, all of the seven warmest years in over 100...

Posted March 8, 2012    

Weather on Juice?

A common analogy to explain the link between climate change and extreme weather is gambling with “loaded dice.” For people who aren’t the gambling type but love America’s pastime, perhaps Barry Bonds’ homerun statistics would be more enlightening,...

Posted February 9, 2012