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People take in the King Tide spectacle on Boston's Long Wharf, Wednesday, October 19, 2016.

King Tide’s Gift: Gentle Awakenings to a Rapidly Changing World

, senior analyst, Climate & Energy Program

If this is how we on the coasts get accustomed to living in a climate-changed world—literally “getting our feet wet”—I think we can count ourselves lucky. Because there are much harsher ways to wake up to our changing world. Read more >

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Which Cities Are Most Energy Efficient? Boston, NYC, and DC Take Top Honors

, senior energy analyst, Clean Energy

ACEEE has just released its ranking of U.S. cities’ performance on energy efficiency. Their analysis shows some strong performers, and plenty of room for improvement. Read more >

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Smothering Snow, Spiking Sea Levels, and Other Climate Plot Twists: Expecting the Unexpected in the Northeast

, senior analyst, Climate & Energy Program

When I first started digging into climate impacts, I used to think that the northeastern U.S., where I live, was a pretty good place to have landed. I still think so. It’s unlikely we’ll see historic mega-droughts, like those forecast by some for the U.S. Southwest. We’ll see heat that we’re far from prepared for, but it’ll be hotter still in the South. Our forests are expected to change, but they’re not under pressure like those in the Mountain West, nor are they currently experiencing rising risks of wildfire. We have our own problems, to be sure, like coastal vulnerability and trends in extreme precipitation.

But this week in the news there are two new studies that reminded me to expect the unexpected. While we understand the general pathway of change, the shorter-term directions the climate can take along the way can take us by surprise. Read more >

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How Much Did Sea Levels Rise Over the Past 50 Years? A Lot If You Live on the U.S. Gulf or East Coasts

, , senior climate scientist

Sea levels are rising so fast along the U.S. East and Gulf coasts that some places have seen a greater increase in the last 50 years than the global average over the past 130 years. Read more >

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