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The Link Between Solar Energy and Extreme Weather

The Link Between Solar Energy and Extreme Weather

Extreme weather events can make you feel helpless, and nothing reminds you quite how reliant you are on public power like a grid outage. If the power goes out, it’s difficult to know whether it will return within minutes or within days. At best, outages are costly and inconvenient interruptions (costing the U.S. close to […]

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    In Europe, Climate Change Brings New Crops and Ideas

    In Europe, Climate Change Brings New Crops and Ideas

    By Martin Kuebler With hotter summers, severe storms and prolonged dry spells in the forecast, the outlook for Europe’s farmers is daunting. Average annual temperatures are expected to increase anywhere from 1 to 5.5 degrees Celsius (1.5 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit), with the strongest warming projected across the south of the continent in the summer […]

    How Innovation Is Driving the Blue Economy

    How Innovation Is Driving the Blue Economy

    By Peter Beech Using waste food to farm insects as fish food and high-tech real-time water quality monitoring: innovations that could help change global aquaculture, were showcased at the World Economic Forum’s Virtual Ocean Dialogues 2020. Two young entrepreneurs addressed a breakout session of the event called Harnessing the Power of Innovation to Achieve SDG14. […]

    TV Coverage Ignored Impacts of Extreme Weather on Marginalized Communities

    TV Coverage Ignored Impacts of Extreme Weather on Marginalized Communities

    The big three broadcast channels failed to cover the disproportionate impacts of extreme weather on low-income communities or communities of color during their primetime coverage of seven hurricanes and one tropical storm over three years, a Media Matters for America analysis revealed. Evening news programs for ABC, CBS, and NBC from 2017 through 2019 aired […]

    Harmful Algal Blooms Are Increasing Across the U.S.

    Harmful Algal Blooms Are Increasing Across the U.S.

    During summer in central New York, residents often enjoy a refreshing dip in the region’s peaceful lakes. But sometimes swimming is off-limits because of algae blooms that can make people sick. “Some of the algae may produce chemical toxins that can have harmful effects on people, fish, shellfish, terrestrial and marine mammals, and birds,” says […]

    How to Identify Heat Stroke and Heat Exhaustion Symptoms

    How to Identify Heat Stroke and Heat Exhaustion Symptoms

    By Sara Peach When your body gets too hot, you may experience a heat-related illness such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Such illnesses can be dangerous. In fact, on average, there are more heat-related deaths in the U.S. each year than hurricane- or flood-related fatalities combined. But heat exhaustion and heat stroke are preventable. […]

    A Late Polar Vortex Could Bring Record Cold Temperatures to Northeastern U.S.

    A Late Polar Vortex Could Bring Record Cold Temperatures to Northeastern U.S.

    It will be warmer in Fairbanks, Alaska, than it will be in New York City, Philadelphia, Cleveland and even Atlanta this weekend, AccuWeather predicted Wednesday. The reason? The polar vortex is heading south, bringing with it potentially record-low temperatures for May, CNBC explained. BAM Weather meteorologist Ryan Maue said that more and more scientists are […]

    How to Protect Your Home From Flood Damage

    How to Protect Your Home From Flood Damage

    Flooding is the most common and most expensive natural disaster in the U.S., according to FEMA. And the risk of catastrophic floods in the U.S. is only rising as climate change intensifies downpours in areas like the Northeast and Midwest. In the West, flooding risks rise following major wildfires that denude hills of trees and […]

    Record Shrinking of Greenland’s Ice Sheet Raises Sea Levels

    Record Shrinking of Greenland’s Ice Sheet Raises Sea Levels

    Greenland’s kilometers-long ice sheet underwent near-record imbalance last year, scientists have reported on Wednesday. The ice sheet suffered a net loss of 600 billion tons, which was enough to raise the global watermark 1.5 millimeters, accounting for approximately 40% of total sea-level rise in 2019. The alarming development was reported in “The Cryosphere,” a peer-reviewed […]