Last week, when the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released its seasonal forecast for the spring flooding season, I was jolted into a reality that some people in the US are already experiencing: extreme weather stops for no virus. Just days after NOAA’s forecast came out, the flooding arrived: floodwaters from heavy rains in central and southern Ohio required the evacuation of dozens of people, leading one local sheriff to state “God knows how we will figure it out with COVID-19.” Read more >
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March 25, 2020 12:55 PM EDT
December 16, 2019 11:10 AM EDT
There’s a perception in the US that California is a place of extremes, that it’s unique among US states—an outlier. Yet many of the state’s societal and climatic extremes, from widening income inequality to the precipitation whiplash we’ve experienced in recent years, are reflections of issues facing the nation as a whole rather than exceptions to the rule. Read more >
November 10, 2019 11:58 PM EDT
If I were to tell you that there were nearly 2,800 cases of heat-related illness among active-duty members of the US military last year, you might not be surprised. After all, we have troops deployed throughout the Middle East, where some of the world’s hottest places are found. But what if I were to tell you that of those thousands of cases, only 67 occurred among troops deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan? It turns out that right here at home in the US, thousands of servicepeople suffer from heat-related illnesses like heat exhaustion and heat stroke every year, and the problem is set to grow much worse.
October 18, 2019 2:53 PM EDT
The White House announced yesterday that “climate change will not be on the agenda” for the G7 summit. The president also announced the June 2020 event would be held at Trump National Doral Miami, the luxury hotel and golf resort he owns about 15 miles northwest of the city. Trump may want to avoid discussing climate change at next year’s G7 summit, but mounting impacts on Florida will make that difficult.
August 30, 2019 3:12 PM EDT
Even as our hearts hope for the safety of the people of Florida, we scientists are often asked about the connection between hurricanes and climate change. So for all the presidential candidates answering hard questions on climate change—and for everybody in America who cares about our future climate—this post lays out those connections and explains how Dorian fits into the picture. Read more >