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Power outages leave poor communities in the dark longer: Utility failures raise questions about recovery times

Electricity is essential to just about everyone – rich and poor, old and young. Yet, when severe storms strike, socioeconomically disadvantaged communities often wait longest to recover. That isn’t just a perception. We analyzed data from over 15 million consumers in 588 U.S. counties who lost power when hurricanes made landfall between January 2017 and […]

July 16th

Climate chaos drives record heat across the US

More than 120 million Americans from coast to coast were under heat advisories this weekend as large swaths of the United States faced scorching—and in some cases record-shattering—temperatures, extreme conditions that are likely to keep getting worse as long as fossil fuel production and use continues apace. By Jake Johnson Common Dreams The National Weather Service (NWS) warned Sunday […]

July 8th

Record-busting cat 5 Hurricane Beryl is a terrifying glimpse of our climate future

As Hurricane Beryl barreled toward Jamaica after killing at causing devastation across Caribbean’s Windward Islands, climate scientists warned the record-breaking Category 5 storm is a present-tense example of what’s to come on a rapidly heating planet. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams Even before the Atlantic hurricane season began on June 1, the U.S. National Oceanic and […]

July 3rd

Hurricane forecast points to a dangerous 2024 Atlantic season, with La Niña and a persistently warm ocean teaming up to power fierce storms

If the National Hurricane Center’s early forecast, released May 23, is right, the North Atlantic could see 17 to 25 named storms, eight to 13 hurricanes, and four to seven major hurricanes by the end of November. That’s the highest number of named storms in any NOAA preseason forecast. Jhordanne Jones, Purdue University The Conversation […]

June 29th

2024’s violent tornado season has been one of the most active on record − a meteorologist explains the weather behind the outbreaks

Spring 2024 was unnerving for people across large parts of the U.S. as tornado warnings and sirens sent them scrambling for safety. More than 1,100 tornadoes were reported through May − a preliminary number but nearly twice the 30-year average at that point and behind only 2011, when deadly tornado outbreaks tore across the southeastern […]

June 28th

This extreme heatwave isn’t ‘just summer’: How climate change is heating up the weather, and what we can do about it

The heat wave that left more than 100 million people sweating across the eastern U.S. in June 2024 hit so fast and was so extreme that forecasters warned a flash drought could follow across wide parts of the region. Mathew Barlow, UMass Lowell and Jeffrey Basara, UMass Lowell The Conversation Prolonged high temperatures can quickly […]

June 26th

2023’s costliest weather disasters reveal ‘Double Inequality’ of climate crisis

Christian Aid’s annual list of the 20 costliest climate crisis-driven disasters of 2023, published Wednesday, reveals a “double injustice,” as populations that have emitted relatively little greenhouse gas disproportionately suffer the impacts of extreme weather events ranging from floods to storms to wildfires. By Olivia Rosane Common Dreams While the disasters on the list impacted low-, medium-, and high-income […]

January 5th

Hurricane Lee – How rising water vapour in the atmosphere is amplifying warming and making extreme weather worse

This year’s string of record-breaking disasters – from Hurricane Lee to deadly wildfires and catastrophic floods to record-high ocean temperatures and record-low sea ice in Antarctica – seems like an acceleration of human-induced climate change. And it is. But not only because greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise. What we are also observing is the […]

September 14th

North America’s summer of wildfire smoke: 2023 was only the beginning

Canada’s seemingly endless wildfires in 2023 introduced millions of people across North America to the health hazards of wildfire smoke. While Western states have contended with smoky fire seasons for years, the air quality alerts across the U.S. Midwest and Northeast this summer reached levels never seen there before. Charles O. Stanier, University of Iowa; […]

September 6th