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Record heat fueling violent storms in central U.S.

By Matthew Cappucci and Jason Samenow

A sprawling dome of summerlike heat has swelled from Texas to Wisconsin and is poised to shatter records in more than a dozen states. Madison, Wis., Chicago, Des Moines, St. Louis, Kansas, Little Rock and New Orleans could all set record highs above 90 degrees Thursday.


Earth could soon briefly hit threatening climate threshold

By Kasha Patel Photo: Charlie Riedel , AP

Since signing the Paris climate agreement in 2015, nations around the world have focused on one climate goal: limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above preindustrial levels this century. But as greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel burning have continued to increase, a new report from the World Meteorological Organization shows global temperatures could temporarily hit that threshold within the next five years.


NOAA and communities to map heat inequities in 14 U.S. cities and counties

“Extreme heat kills more Americans than any other weather event and has the greatest impact on our nation's most vulnerable communities,” said Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves. “Fortunately, our talented and dedicated researchers and scientists at NOAA are working directly with communities across the country to help them take action to manage extreme heat. As climate change worsens heat waves, this critical information will help bring local and equitable solutions for those facing the greatest threats.”


Forests are reeling from climate change—but the future isn’t lost

By Craig Welch Photo: Jeff Frost

The first thing you notice in this fire-scarred forest is the color. Not long ago this square of land south of Yellowstone National Park was a monochrome of ash and burned pines. But last summer, shin-high seedlings and aspen shoots painted the ground an electric green. Purple fireweed and blood-red buffalo berries sprouted around blackened logs. Yellow arnicas danced in the breeze. Five years after 2016’s Berry fire chewed through 33 square miles of Wyoming, this slice of scorched earth was responding to fire as Rocky Mountain forests have for millennia: It had entered a season of rebirth.


Rooftop Gardens Can Help Alleviate Heat in Cities, Study Finds

By Cristen Hemingway Jaynes

If you’ve even spent a summer in the city and been able to relate to the song of the same name then you know the feeling of wanting to escape the heat by sitting in a patch of cool grass under the shade of a tree.


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.


2021 was world’s 6th-warmest year on record

After two consecutive years (2019 and 2020) that ranked among the top three warmest on record, Earth was a slightly cooler planet in 2021. But not by much.


Next Year Is Forecast to Be One of the Warmest on Record

By Todd Gilespie Photo: Mario Tama , Getty Images

The world will probably have one of the warmest years on record in 2022, underscoring concerns about the need to tackle climate change.


Winter heat wave sets December records in four U.S. states, Canada

By Jason Samenow

Wednesday brought the warmest December weather on record in Washington state, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota and Canada as a sprawling heat dome spread across western and central North America.


There’s a New Front in the War on Christmas

By Brian Kahn Photo: Joseph Prezioso , Getty Images

Climate change is the latest combatant in the war on Christmas. This summer’s record-smashing heat wave in the Pacific Northwest was an all-out assault on Christmas trees, and the impacts could reverberate not just this winter but for years to come.