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New NOAA Report Shows 2017 Was the Costliest Year on Record for US Disasters

, lead economist and climate policy manager

Today NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center released its yearly report on “billion-dollar weather and climate disasters” that affected the US in 2017. Not surprisingly, the numbers were staggering. Read more >

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Extreme rainfall events have severely damaged the adobe church at Tumacácori National Historic Park in Arizona. Photo: NPS

How Will the National Park Service Protect America’s Heritage from Climate Change?

, deputy director, Climate & Energy Program

The National Park Service has released an ambitious new strategy to manage the nation’s cultural resources in a rapidly changing climate. Read more >

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Photo: US Department of Agriculture/CC BY (Flickr)

Wildfires and Climate Change: Current Policies Fail to Limit Wildfire Risks

, lead economist and climate policy manager

Worsening wildfire seasons are outstripping the capacity of federal agencies to respond. Read more >

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The Sherpa Fire burns near Exxon Mobil's Las Flores oil refining facility on June 17, 2016. Photo: Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via EPA

As 2016 Wildfire Season Heats Up, Western States Wonder Who’ll Provide Relief: La Niña or Congress?

, senior climate scientist

Over the past few decades, climate change has driven an inexorable trend of higher summer temperatures across the West—a trend that is expected to continue for years to come. This year, some states may see relief if the El Niño pattern shifts rapidly to La Niña—and if Congress passes legislation that provides sufficient resources to manage wildfire risk effectively. Read more >

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I’ve Seen Fire and I’ve Seen Rain: Floods, Wildfires, and Another Monthly Global Warming Record

, climate scientist

April was another whopper of a record-breaker: It was 1.11ºC (just about 2ºF) above the average April temperature for 1951-1980. This new record is 0.24ºC (0.43ºF) higher than the previous April one, set in 2010. Read more >

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