The Federal Reserve — the central banking system of the U.S. — has told the six largest banks in the country to put together data on the anticipated effect climate change events like wildfires, floods, heat waves, droughts and hurricanes would have on their business operations. The banks have until July 31 to provide the […]
As extreme weather events this year from flooding in Pakistan to historic global heat waves make clear, the climate crisis is already with us. Yet nations are not doing enough to adapt to this new normal, especially when it comes to funding adaptation projects in the most vulnerable countries. That’s the conclusion of the UN […]
Planting trees in cities is often touted as a climate solution that can at once absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and keep urban areas cool during increasing heat waves. But it turns out these trees are at risk from the climate crisis as well. A new study published in Nature Climate Change Monday found […]
Hurricane Kay, which is currently churning off the coast of Baja California, could be the rare Northeast Pacific hurricane to impact the northern Mexican peninsula as well as drought-ravaged Southern California. The storm could bring relief to a state baking under a record-breaking September heat wave, but heavy rainfall poses risks as well. “[I]t’s never […]
New York City’s South Bronx is eight degrees Fahrenheit hotter than its Upper East and West sides, two of its wealthiest neighborhoods that sit on either side of Central Park. That stark reminder of the relationship between income inequality and exposure to high heat is the result of the first-ever street-by-street analysis of temperature in […]
The effects of climate change are outpacing poaching as the No. 1 threat to wildlife. In Zimbabwe, officials are now moving more than 2,500 wild animals from a reserve in the southern part of the country further north due to an ongoing drought. Rangers are relying on trucks, cranes and even helicopters to move the animals from the drought-stricken area.
The U.S. West is entering a dangerous and potentially record-breaking heat wave that is expected to last through Labor Day weekend. The temperature spike — which could push the mercury as high as 115 degrees Fahrenheit in Southern California, Sacramento and the San Joaquin Valley during the long weekend, according to The Guardian — comes […]
In Los Angeles, California, where temperatures tend to stay warm year-round, you can feel a significant difference in heat when you’re along the coast or outside the city versus when you’re in denser parts of the city. This phenomenon, known as the urban heat island effect, can make daytime temperatures in densely packed areas 1°F […]