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Fall Temperature Trends

Fall Temperature Trends

Sep 4, 2019

Fall is getting warmer for most of the United States, resulting in drawn-out mosquito and allergy seasons, and continued energy demands for cooling.

When Outdoor Sports Become Risky

Climate Matters in the Newsroom

When Outdoor Sports Become Risky

Aug 21, 2019

Extreme heat index days—when heat and humidity make it difficult for the body to cool itself off during workouts—have been increasing in cities across the country.

Extreme Heat Index Affecting Outdoor Sports

Extreme Heat Index Affecting Outdoor Sports

Aug 21, 2019

A new Climate Central report finds an increase in days with an extreme heat index, which greatly impact outdoor sports and the risk of heat illnesses.

Ozone Pollution: The Good, the Bad, and the Dirty

Ozone Pollution: The Good, the Bad, and the Dirty

Jul 31, 2019

Despite major air quality improvements since the Clean Air Act, pollutants like ground-level ozone can still reach unhealthy levels. Analysis of EPA data reveals an “ozone problem” in 54 of 244 cities analyzed, which threatens to get worse in the future with climate change.

 Summer Heat Means Stagnant Air

Summer Heat Means Stagnant Air

Hotter summers often lead to more stagnant air—trapping air pollutants that can cause health problems. This release is the first of two on the links between heat and air quality; next week will focus on ground-level ozone.

More Extremely Hot Days (2019)

More Extremely Hot Days (2019)

Jul 10, 2019

Climate change is making local heat extremes all the more extreme, heightening health risks.

Warming Waters and Fish

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Warming Waters and Fish

Jun 26, 2019

America’s inland streams, the Great Lakes, and coastal waters are heating up—harming fish and the fishing industry.

Fish in Hot Water: Streams, Lakes, and Oceans

Fish in Hot Water: Streams, Lakes, and Oceans

Jun 26, 2019

America’s inland streams, the Great Lakes, and coastal waters are heating up—harming fish and the nation’s $46 billion dollar recreational fishing industry.

2019 Summer Starter: More Hot Days

2019 Summer Starter: More Hot Days

Jun 12, 2019

Climate change means more hot summer days — leading to health risks and more persistent insects.

2019 Summer Starter: Temperature Trends

2019 Summer Starter: Temperature Trends

Jun 5, 2019

We kick off meteorological summer with the first of two releases on warming summers, which are affecting health, farming, water resources, recreation, and energy costs.

Wildfire Season Preview

Wildfire Season Preview

May 29, 2019

As the wildfire season begins, data reported to the U.S. Forest Service shows an increase in the number and acres burned of large western wildfires, especially in warmer years.

2019 Rain in Context

2019 Rain in Context

May 22, 2019

We analyze state rainfall trends and provide a year-to-date update, finding that average annual rainfall is increasing in most U.S. states.

Wettest Days Getting Wetter

Wettest Days Getting Wetter

May 15, 2019

Climate change is making the wettest days wetter, heightening flood risks.

Downpour

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Downpour

May 15, 2019

Climate change strengthens downpours, heightening the risk of damaging floods.

Annual CO2 Peak & Day of Prayer

Annual CO2 Peak & Day of Prayer

May 1, 2019

Atmospheric CO2 concentrations are nearing this year’s peak above 413 ppm — the highest level in millions of years. We also connect with the National Day of Prayer, analyzing the houses of worship at risk from sea level rise.

Tornado Trends

Tornado Trends

Apr 24, 2019

Tornado season is changing in the United States — with more tornadoes occurring in the biggest outbreaks, the tornado risk zone increasing east of the Mississippi, and more striking outside the traditional time of year.

Planting Zones Moving North

Planting Zones Moving North

Apr 10, 2019

Planting zones are shifting north as the climate warms, affecting farmers and backyard gardeners alike.

More Pollen Calling

More Pollen Calling

Mar 27, 2019

Warming temperatures have lengthened U.S. growing seasons by weeks or even months in cities across the U.S., extending the allergy season.

Your Changing Allergy Season

Climate Matters in the Newsroom

Your Changing Allergy Season

Mar 27, 2019

Allergy season is starting up, and climate change means more time for plants to grow and send out pollen.

World Water Day

World Water Day

Mar 20, 2019

Happy World Water Day! We explore how the increased flooding, drought, and heat from climate change are impacting our water supply.

Heavy Rain, Climate Extremes, and Beer

Heavy Rain, Climate Extremes, and Beer

Mar 13, 2019

After the wettest winter on record, we show how extreme precipitation is contributing to an upward trend in the NOAA/NCEI Climate Extremes Index. Also, we look ahead to St. Patrick’s Day and how climate change affects beer.

Billion-Dollar Disasters of 2018

Billion-Dollar Disasters of 2018

Dec 5, 2018

As the climate changes, we are seeing more extreme weather events with billion-dollar price tags and 2018 is no exception.

Global Ocean Conveyor Belt

Global Ocean Conveyor Belt

Jun 6, 2018

The global ocean conveyor belt is slowing down, impacting climate, sea levels and marine life.

Flowers & Hummingbirds

Flowers & Hummingbirds

May 9, 2018

A family of key pollinators— hummingbirds — are at risk from climate change.

Climate of Local Brews

Climate of Local Brews

Mar 14, 2018

Climate change is impacting the core ingredients in beer. With craft brewers contributing more to local communities, individual state economies may be affected.

Thanksgiving Travel & Transportation Emissions

Thanksgiving Travel & Transportation Emissions

Nov 21, 2017

U.S. carbon dioxide emissions from transportation recently surpassed those from electricity generation as the biggest source of emissions, but the increasing use of electric cars will likely cut those emissions back.

Wildfires & Air Quality

Wildfires & Air Quality

Nov 7, 2017

A Climate Central analysis reveals that wildfire pollution is getting worse in the western U.S., which is having an effect on public health.

Algae Blooms

Algae Blooms

Aug 23, 2017

Algae blooms can damage aquatic ecosystems by blocking sunlight and depleting oxygen that other organisms need to survive. Climate change could be making them more common.

World Oceans Day

World Oceans Day

Jun 7, 2017

93% of the excess heat absorbed by the climate system goes into our oceans, creating major consequences to the planet.

Maple Syrup Season

Maple Syrup Season

Feb 22, 2017

Maple tapping season is beginning earlier in the year. The area suitable for tapping operations is also migrating farther north as the climate warms.

Valentine’s Day: Champagne and Chocolate

Valentine’s Day: Champagne and Chocolate

Feb 13, 2017

Chocolate and Champagne are both are at risk of being in shorter supply by 2050 due to climate change.

The Problems With Winter Warming

The Problems With Winter Warming

Jan 25, 2017

These are the problems with winter warming.

Fall Foliage & Climate Change

Fall Foliage & Climate Change

Sep 28, 2016

Climate change is affecting the elements driving fall colors: temperature, precipitation, and through migration of species — sunlight.

National Parks & Memorial Day

National Parks & Memorial Day

May 25, 2016

Each of the National Parks faces unique challenges from climate change, including altered water supplies, changing species migration patterns, and increased heat.

Allergies Ahead (Pollen)

Allergies Ahead (Pollen)

Apr 27, 2016

There has been an increase in respiratory illnesses triggered by a rise in pollen in recent decades.

Beer & Climate Change

Beer & Climate Change

Mar 16, 2016

Climate change is affecting the key elements in beer production: hops, barley, and water.

States at Risk: America’s Preparedness Report Card

States at Risk: America’s Preparedness Report Card

Nov 18, 2015

Using a traditional letter grade, the report identifies each state's level of preparedness for its climate change risks based on scientific analysis of current and future changes in threats and a review of each state’s policies and actions as compared to other states.

Poison Ivy

Poison Ivy

Jun 24, 2015

More carbon dioxide (CO2) means larger poison ivy plants.

World Oceans Day & Ocean Acidification

World Oceans Day & Ocean Acidification

Jun 8, 2015

The oceans absorb about a quarter of the carbon dioxide (CO2) humans produce every year.

El Niño Winter Impacts

El Niño Winter Impacts

Nov 5, 2014

El Niño’s biggest impacts across the U.S. happen during winter months.

Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms

Apr 4, 2014

Cherry blossoms now appear five days earlier, on average, than they did 80 years ago.

Sea Level Rise & Population Impact

Sea Level Rise & Population Impact

Jun 26, 2017

Since 1900, sea level has gone up an average of eight inches around the world due to global warming.

Cicadas

Cicadas

May 16, 2013

In warming world, cicada appearance has shifted 7-10 days earlier.