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A global warming pause that didn’t happen hampered climate science

By Alexandra Witze Photo: Mario Tama

It was one of the biggest climate change questions of the early 2000s: Had the planet’s rising fever stalled, even as humans pumped more heat-trapping gases into Earth’s atmosphere?


A greener Arctic is not a climate change solution

By Donatella Zona Photo: Lisa Hupp

Some theories suggest that this “Arctic greening” will help counteract climate change. The idea is that since plants take up carbon dioxide as they grow, rising temperatures will mean Arctic vegetation will absorb more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, ultimately reducing the greenhouse gases that are warming the planet.


Science needs data to solve problems. Climate change is making that harder

By Joan Meiners Photo: Thomas Hawthorne

Sometimes science becomes too hot to handle. That's what researchers at the University of Arizona found recently when they tried to test a new air pollution monitoring system around Tucson.


Both of the planet’s poles experience extreme heat

By The Associated Press Photo: David Goldman/AP

Earth’s poles are undergoing simultaneous freakish extreme heat with parts of Antarctica more than 70 degrees (40 degrees Celsius) warmer than average and areas of the Arctic more than 50 degrees (30 degrees Celsius) warmer than average.


It’s 70 degrees warmer than normal in eastern Antarctica

By Jason Samenow and Kasha Patel Photo: WeatherBell

‘This event is completely unprecedented and upended our expectations about the Antarctic climate system,’ one expert said


‘People are dying’: Global warming already being seen in North America, UN report finds

By Dinah Voyles Pulver

People are dying from more intense heat waves, hurricanes and flooding. Forests are disappearing because of worsening wildfires, droughts and pest invasions. Rising sea levels are imperiling coastal communities and ecosystems.


What Yosemite will look like in 2100 if we do nothing about climate change

By Ashley Harrell Photo: Mark Ralston/AFP / Getty Images

As Northern California’s unseasonably warm weather broke records this weekend, grim news circulated on drought in the Western United States: Thanks to human-caused climate change, we are living through the region’s driest period in 1,200 years.


Soak up the February sun? Not without climate change guilt in California

By Debra Kahn Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Californians are lounging in parks, wearing shorts to the beach and dining al fresco without heat lamps in February — and feeling terrible about it.


Brush fires rage in Southern California amid record heat, worsening drought

By Matthew Cappucci Photo: Sarah Shtylman/Reuters

Talk about weather whiplash. Desiccating drought has become reinforced in California after a brief spell of heavy precipitation in the fall, dashing hopes of a long-term pattern change that would spell wetter weather for a state where 12 million acres have burned in the past decade.


A third of Americans are already facing above-average warming

By Oliver Milman Photo: Andrew Witherspoon

More than a third of the American population is currently experiencing rapid, above-average rates of temperature increase, with 499 counties already breaching 1.5C (2.7F) of heating, a Guardian review of climate data shows.