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Why Hurricanes Harvey and Irma Won’t Lead to Action on Climate Change

Why Hurricanes Harvey and Irma Won’t Lead to Action on Climate Change

By Scott Gabriel Knowles It’s not easy to hold the nation’s attention for long, but three solid weeks of record-smashing hurricanes directly affecting multiple states and at least 20 million people will do it. Clustered disasters hold our attention in ways that singular events cannot—they open our minds to the possibility that these aren’t just […]

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    Wildfire Burns in Fukushima ‘No-Go Zone,’ Sparking Fears of Airborne Radiation

    Wildfire Burns in Fukushima ‘No-Go Zone,’ Sparking Fears of Airborne Radiation

    By Lauren McCauley A wildfire broke out in the highly radioactive “no-go zone” near the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant over the weekend, reviving concerns over potential airborne radiation. Japanese newspaper The Mainichi reported that lightning was likely to blame for sparking the fire Saturday on Mount Juman in Namie, which lies in the Fukushima […]

    Historic Verdict in Indonesia’s Fight Against Deforestation

    Historic Verdict in Indonesia’s Fight Against Deforestation

    In a historic verdict in defense of forests and human rights, a court in Central Kalimantan has ordered the government of the Indonesian province to review the permits of palm oil companies associated with massive forest and peat land fires in 2015. The case against the government in Central Kalimantan was filed in 2016 by […]

    ‘Dante’s Inferno’ in Chile: Temps Reach 113 F

    ‘Dante’s Inferno’ in Chile: Temps Reach 113 F

    By Jeff Masters The first all-time national heat record of 2017 was set in spectacular fashion on Thursday in Chile, where at least 12 different stations recorded a temperature in excess of the nation’s previous all-time heat record—a 41.6 C (106.9 F) reading at Los Angeles on Feb. 9, 1944. According to international weather records […]

    Brutal Heat Waves Crush Eastern Australia

    Brutal Heat Waves Crush Eastern Australia

    A hot air mass parked over central Australia is delivering the second brutal heat wave this month. January is quickly approaching a record-breaking month Down Under. It's Official: 2016 Was the Hottest Year Ever Recorded https://t.co/E8F4UfbiHj @MichaelEMann @350 @RobertKennedyJr @NRDC @ClimateReality — EcoWatch (@EcoWatch) January 18, 2017 These heat waves are being driven by warmer […]

    It’s Official: 2016 Was the Hottest Year Ever Recorded

    It’s Official: 2016 Was the Hottest Year Ever Recorded

    2016 was the hottest year ever recorded, smashing records set in 2014 and 2015. This marks the third consecutive year of record-breaking heat, a first in the modern era. 2016 is the hottest year on record by a wide margin, 1.69 F (0.94 C) warmer than the 20th century average. [facebook https://www.facebook.com/EcoWatch/videos/1422510414428558/ expand=1] Deke Arndt, […]

    6 Weather Predictions for 2017

    6 Weather Predictions for 2017

    By Bob Henson Between a record-strong El Niño and catastrophic floods, fires and drought, 2016 was a memorable year for weather and climate in North America as well as globally. What can we expect as we roll into 2017? A precise weather forecast is asking too much, but there is already a lot we can […]