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It Rained at the Summit of Greenland. That’s Never Happened Before.

By Henry Fountain Photo: Josh Haner , The New York Times
Something extraordinary happened last Saturday at the frigid high point of the Greenland ice sheet, two miles in the sky and more than 500 miles above the Arctic Circle: It rained for the first time.

How extreme heat from climate change distorts human behavior

By Sujata Gupta Photo: Bruce Yuanyue Bi
On a sweltering summer afternoon almost a decade ago, Meenu Tewari was visiting a weaving company in Surat in western India. Tewari, an urban planner, frequently makes such visits to understand how manufacturing companies operate.…

Too Hot to Work

By Kristina Dahl and Rachel Licker
Outdoor workers are encountering a deadly risk more frequently than ever before: intensifying extreme heat. As climate change brings one record-heat decade after another, these workers will increasingly find themselves in an impossible situation—having to…

July 2021 was Earth’s hottest month ever recorded, NOAA finds

By Kasha Patel Photo: Salas/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock
If you thought this July was just toasty, you probably didn’t realize you were living through the hottest month in modern history. On Friday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration declared July 2021 the world’s…

The Pacific Northwest, Built for Mild Summers, Is Scorching Yet Again

By Mike Baker and Sergio Almos Photo: Tojo Andrianavarivo , The New York Times
 Road crews sprayed water on century-old bridges in Seattle on Thursday to keep the steel from expanding in the sizzling heat. In Portland, Ore., where heat has already killed dozens of people this summer, volunteers…

Pacific Northwest Bakes Under More Searing Heat

By Molly Taft Photo: Gillian Flaccus , AP
The Pacific Northwest is enduring searing heat at the end of this week, a little over a month after multiple days of record-breaking temperatures killed hundreds of people in the region.

First Thing: Oregon declares emergency as another ‘extreme heatwave’ looms

By Nicola Slawson Photo: Mathieu Lewis- Rolland , Getty Images
Oregon has declared a state of emergency as the Pacific north-west prepares for triple-digit temperatures just weeks after a deadly heatwavestruck the region. People streamed into cooling centers and misting stations on Wednesday evening in…

Heat wave blasts U.S. with 150 million Americans under alerts

By Matthew Cappucci and Jason Samenow
Two unforgiving heat waves are roasting opposite corners of the Lower 48, prompting the issuance of heat alerts for more than 150 million people.Excessive-heat warnings or heat advisories stretch nearly 1,500 miles, and some of…

Earth Is Warmer Than It’s Been in 125,000 Years

By Jeff Tollefson Photo: David Ryder Getty Images
Modern society’s continued dependence on fossil fuels is warming the world at a pace that is unprecedented in the past 2,000 years—and its effects are already apparent as record droughts, wildfires and floods devastate communities…

Scientists expected thawing wetlands in Siberia’s permafrost. What they found is ‘much more dangerous.’

By Steven Mufson Photo: Michael Robinson Chavez , The Washington Post
Scientists have long been worried about what many call “the methane bomb” — the potentially catastrophic release of methane from thawing wetlands in Siberia’s permafrost.