California heat waves are getting worse. Blame the vicious ‘heat dome’

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Curated News

The curated news page contains a roundup of the most compelling current and/or timeless news stories about climate change, pulled from the most significant sources— newspapers, scientific studies, magazines, books, films, available video and audio streams, universities and organizations. 

  • If you are curious about last year’s top stories: here’s a link to the most pertinent climate change stories from the New York Times in 2021
  • If you are interested in how the media understood and covered the incredible heat oppressing the Pacific Northwest in June and July, 2021, take a look at this very well analyzed and synthesized piece by Carbon Brief. 
  • If you are wondering about how climate change change was discussed as part of the television media coverage on the devastating Hurricane Ian, you might be interested in what Media Matters discovered as they explored that issue. 
  • To start with, the scientific facts: "Scientists have repeatedly warned that global warming is making storms like Ian stronger and wetter and even proved the extent to which human-caused warming has increased the damage caused by specific storms. Already, a study has suggested that Ian dumped 10% more rain than it would have otherwise due to climate change. Compounding the intensity of the storm are rising sea levels which multiply what can be the most dangerous aspect of storms on the coast: storm surge. 
  • With few exceptions, the relationship between our warming planet and the characteristics of Hurricane Ian were not part of national TV news coverage. MSNBC aired the most connections to climate among the cable networks, with 17, followed by CNN with 15. MSNBC and CNN combined aired 32 segments that mentioned climate change in relation to Hurricane Ian, or 4%. More on Fox News climate mentions below. “Media Matters explored the 57 hours of media coverage (including 1,020 segments) focused on Hurricane Ian between September 24-28 and found that only 4% of coverage connected the storm to climate change. Of the 46 times climate change was discussed, 7 of those mentions, all appearing on Fox News, were in the context of climate denial.

California heat waves are getting worse. Blame the vicious ‘heat dome’

By Grace Toohey and Alexandra E. Petri Photo: Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times
The extreme temperatures that will bear down on California over the next week are the result of a “heat dome,” a phenomenon that typically brings broiling conditions to the state as summer fades into fall.…
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Record-threatening, long-duration heat wave to roast Western U.S

By Matthew Cappucci Photo: Pivotal Weather
San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego and Sacramento are all included in excessive heat watches or warnings over the Labor Day weekend.
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$14 million air pollution fine for Exxon’s Baytown refinery stands

By Clark Mindock Photo: REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi
ExxonMobil Corp must pay a $14.25 million fine over air pollution at its Baytown, Texas crude oil refinery, a federal appeals court affirmed Tuesday. It is the largest penalty ever assessed in a citizen enforcement…
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Bible demands action on climate change, Evangelicals say in new report

By Jack Jenkins Photo: Felipe Dana/AP
The National Association of Evangelicals has unveiled a sweeping report on global climate change, laying out what its authors call the “biblical basis” for environmental activism to help spur fellow evangelicals to address the planetary…
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Greenland ice sheet set to raise sea levels by nearly a foot

By Chris Mooney Photo: Kerem Yucel/AFP
New research suggests the massive ice sheet is already set to lose more than 3 percent of its mass, even if the world stopped emitting greenhouse gases today.
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MIT’s new battery will change the world

By Will Lockett Photo: Rebecca Miller
It’s cheaper, faster charging, longer lasting, safer and better for the environment than anything we currently have.
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In flooded Kentucky, schools race to rebuild

By Emily Cochrane Photo: Jared Hamilton/The New York Times
This school year was, finally, supposed to be a return to normal. But after floodwaters wrecked homes and schools across the region, simply getting started will be a challenge.
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Opinion: Congress tries to protect the planet from an overreaching court

By E.J. Dionne Photo: AP Photo/David Goldman
The Supreme Court’s conservative majority put itself front and center in American politics with its decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. But the understandable passion around abortion rights should not obscure another profoundly consequential political…
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Dallas flooding is 5th 1-in-1,000-year flood event in US since late July

By Wyatt Loy Photo: AP Photo/LM Otero
From the Desert Southwest to the southern Plains and Midwest, epic deluges have been an unfortunately common occurrence over the past month.
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California will ban sales of new gasoline-powered cars by 2035

By Nathan Rott Photo: AP Photo/Jeff Chiu
California air regulators voted Thursday on a historic plan to address climate change and harmful pollution by moving the nation's largest auto market away from the internal combustion engine.
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