Before you do anything else, you might want to look at an amazing chart that shows you 2,000 years of Earth’s climate…

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New research shows that the amount of heat the planet traps has roughly doubled since 2005, contributing to more rapidly warming oceans, air and land. Oceans absorb most of that heat, about 90 percent. That extra heat, especially in the oceans, will mean more intense hurricanes and marine heat waves.

Climate change is making  heat waves more intensemore frequent, longer lasting, and more dangerous resulting in record breaking extremes: September 2020 was the world’s hottest month ever recorded, and in June 2021, Portland, Oregon had a day with 108 degrees, which broke all heat records. The summer of 2021 is now the warmest summer on record in the U.S., barely eclipsing the extreme heat of 1936’s Dust Bowl.

Extreme heat contributes to wildfire conditions, exacerbates drought, and endangers health.

NRDC has a heat map that is searchable by address. C2ES’ Resilience Strategies for Extreme Heat provide solutions for adaptation that be implemented on both an individual and community level.

And, if you are curious about how the temperatures in your hometown have risen since you were born and how much hotter they are predicted to become, take a look at this  New York Times Climate piece.

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It’s official: July was Earth’s hottest month on record

08/13/21
“In this case, first place is the worst place to be,” said NOAA Administrator Rick Spinrad, Ph.D. “July is typically the world’s warmest month of the year, but July 2021 outdid itself as the hottest…

The Climate Crisis

08/06/21
The febrile summer of 2021 hammers home what we know and what we don’t about climate change. It can be summed up in two paragraphs, neither of which is comforting. 1. We understand about how much…

Assessing the U.S. Climate in June 2021

07/21/21
The June contiguous U.S. temperature was 72.6°F, 4.2°F above the 20th-century average, ranking warmest in the 127-year record and surpassing the previous record for June set in 2016 by 0.9°F. The year-to-date average temperature for…

Watching the Land Temperature Bell Curve Heat Up (1950-2020)

06/04/21
This visualization shows that as land temperatures have increased since 1950, hotter days have become more common and colder days have become less common.

Global risk of deadly heat

10/01/20
Climate change can increase the risk of conditions that exceed human thermoregulatory capacity.

Global death rate from rising temperatures projected to surpass the current death rate of all infectious diseases combined

08/03/20
How much is temperature to blame when hospital visits surge during heat waves and cold spells? What role might adaptations like indoor heating and cooling systems play in blunting those effects? And, at what cost?…

Newly released satellite data reveals the patterns of record warmth in 2019

01/31/20
Last year was the second-warmest on record for the globe, but in many places, such as Australia and Alaska, temperatures were unprecedented in modern record-keeping. This is known from data gathered by thermometers at the…

2,000 years of Earth’s climate in one simple chart – and the copycat that isn’t what it seems

01/30/20
What were global temperatures the year Jesus was born, during the 12th century when Genghis Khan ruled the Mongol Empire, and in 1503 when Leonardo da Vinci started painting the Mona Lisa — and how…

Climate Impact Map

11/05/19
The Climate Impact Lab is a unique collaboration of 30 climate scientists, economists, computational experts, researchers, analysts, and students from some of the nation’s leading research institutions.

Heat Safety Tips and Resources

09/11/19
This website is designed to inform you about the health dangers of heat, prepare you for excessive heat events, and tell you what to do during an excessive heat wave.

Extreme climate change has arrived in America

08/13/19
 Before climate change thawed the winters of New Jersey, this lake hosted boisterous wintertime carnivals. As many as 15,000 skaters took part, and automobile owners would drive onto the thick ice. Thousands watched as local…

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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   08/20/21  
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   08/18/21  
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   08/17/21  
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   08/13/21  
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   08/13/21  
 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   08/13/21  
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   08/12/21  
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   08/12/21  
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   08/09/21  
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   08/02/21  
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.

Colorado’s Subalpine Forests Are Dying from Extreme Heat

By Olivia Rosane  Photo: Robert Andrus   08/02/21  
This is the case in the high-elevation woodlands of the Colorado Rockies, where warmer and drier conditions encourage bark-beetle outbreaks and more extreme wildfires. However, a new study published in the Journal of Ecology this…

Beyond human endurance

By Ruby Mellen and William Neff   07/28/21  
When it comes to heat, the human body is remarkably resilient — it’s the humidity that makes it harder to cool down. And humidity, driven in part by climate change, is increasing. A measurement of…

‘Record-shattering’ heatwaves to become far more likely without urgent climate action, research warns

By Daisy Dunne   07/27/21  
“Record-shattering” events similar to North America’s recent deadly heatwave could become far more likely in the coming years if little is done to tackle rapidly rising greenhouse gas emissions, a new study says. During an…

Climate change will drive rise in ‘record-shattering’ heat extremes

By Ayesha Tandon  Photo: ZUMA Press Inc   07/26/21  
“Record-shattering” extremes – which break weather records by large margins – will become more likely as a result of climate change, a new study finds. The paper, published in Nature Climate Change, finds that the…

Study: Get ready for many more record-shattering heatwaves

By Andrew Freedman  Photo: NASA Earth Observatory   07/26/21  
The recent deadly heat wave in the Pacific Northwest, during which all-time temperature records were shattered by several degrees, is a prologue to what is coming across much of the U.S., Europe and Asia, a…

The world can expect more record-shattering heat waves, research shows.

By Henry Fountain  Photo: Maranie Staab/Reuters   07/26/21  
The ferocious heat wave that hit the Pacific Northwest in late June stunned some climate scientists because it was so much more extreme than anything the region had experienced before. In most heat waves, if…

‘Record-shattering’ heat becoming much more likely, says climate study

By Damian Carrington  Photo: US Forest Service/AFP/Getty Images   07/26/21  
“Record-shattering” heatwaves, even worse than the one that recently hit north-west America, are set to become much more likely in future, according to research. The study is a stark new warning on the rapidly escalating…

Wet-bulb temperature is important, climate experts say. So what is it?

By Caroline Anders  Photo: John Locher/AP   07/24/21  
A measurement long known to climate scientists has begun creeping into the public consciousness as extreme weather conditions force us to reflect on what conditions humans can withstand. In a summer of record-breaking heat in…

Good morning. Summers in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., are hotter than Atlanta summers were not so long ago.

By David Leonhardt  Photo: Lido Vizzutti   07/22/21  
It’s almost as if the entire East Coast has shifted south. Summers in Portland, Maine, are now almost as hot as summers in Boston were for much of the 20th century. Summers in Boston have…

How Cities Are Preparing for Higher Temperatures

07/22/21  
It’s not just climate change, it’s the design choices we’ve made that are turning cities into inhospitable communities. From New York City to Paris, Bloomberg Associates’ Adam Freed shares how cities are preparing for higher…

In America’s least air-conditioned cities, brutal heat changes some people’s minds

By Marc Fisher and Carissa Wolf  Photo: Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review/AP   07/22/21  
In Boise, Idaho, where the temperature topped 97 for a stretch of 14 out of 15 days this month, Sarah O’Keefe refuses to give in. With the mercury repeatedly soaring into triple digits, she started waking…

Climate Disaster Looks Like Thousands of Boiled-Alive Mussels on a Beach in Vancouver

By Terrence Doyle  Photo: Alyssa Gehman   07/21/21  
Tens of thousands of dead mussels lay along the coastline in Vancouver, British Columbia, boiled alive by the extreme heat wave that swept across the Pacific Northwest late last month. The Canadian city’s beaches transformed into mass…

America in 2090: The Impact of Extreme Heat, in Maps

By Susan Joy Hassol and Kristie Ebi   07/21/21  
Yes, it is getting hotter. And while you might be able to escape the intensifying tropical storms, flooding or droughts by moving elsewhere, refuge from extreme heat is no longer easy to find. Even in…

Biden administration, workers grapple with health threats posed by climate change and heat

By Eli Rosenberg and Abha Bhattarai  Photo: Max Whittaker   07/19/21  
Surging temperatures across the West Coast this summer are exposing another way that the changing climate threatens the country’s future: the danger it poses to workers, particularly those who work outside and in warehouses. The…

Extreme heat bakes Northwest and northern Rockies amid high fire danger

By Matthew Cappucci  Photo: David Ryder/Reuters   07/19/21  
For the fourth time in the past month and a half, a strong heat wave is roasting parts of the western U.S., as wildfires run amok. High-temperature records could fall in parts of the northern…

Global satellite data shows clouds will amplify global heating

By Hayley Dunning   07/19/21  
A new approach to analyse satellite measurements of Earth’s cloud cover reveals that clouds are very likely to enhance global heating. The research, by scientists at Imperial College London and the University of East Anglia,…

Instead of braving the river, these endangered salmon take the highway

By Richard Read  Photo: Richard Read / Los Angeles Times   07/18/21  
EAGLE, Idaho — The fish shimmied past her underwater office window inside the Lower Granite Dam, solo and in small groups, an endless parade of Chinook salmon, steelhead and shad. Debby Stallcop observed and counted,…

As the Bootleg Fire burns, locals are faced with the realities of climate change — and remain skeptical

By Joshua Partlow  Photo: Mason Trinca   07/17/21  
Youth pastor Matt Wolff and his wife, Jennifer, followed God’s direction when they settled at the end of a rutted dirt track in the pine forests above this southern Oregon town. And they have prayed…

Those Bathing Bears Aren’t Cute. They’re Climate Change Victims.

By Eleanor Cummins  Photo: Bgsmith/shutterstock   07/16/21  
Climate has always been one of Lake Tahoe’s biggest selling points. Nevada is infamously inhospitable to everyone but Elvis impersonators, and California is always burning. But North America’s largest alpine lake, which straddles the line…

Yet another major heat wave is set to roast the western U.S. and Canada by the weekend

By Matthew Cappucci  Photo: WeatherBell   07/15/21  
The heat wave is forecast to bring triple-digit temperatures to at least 16 million people, challenging and breaking records into Canada. It’s also targeting an area where numerous wildfires have flared up and a smoky…

7 Important Ways You Can Help Relieve Extreme Heat Caused by Climate Change

By Kate Nakamura  Photo: John Froschauer/AP Kate Nakamura   07/15/21  
This past June was the hottest June in the recorded history of the United States, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Rising temperatures have been felt all around the world with countries in Europe,…

The Heat Wave That Hit the Pacific Northwest

By Astead W. Herndon  Photo: Pete Caster   07/14/21  
Record-breaking climate extremes, from heat to drought to wildfires, are blanketing the United States this summer. This is how one region has been struck. Places that are usually cool and often rainy, such as Oregon…

Pacific Northwest Heat Waves Impossible Without Human-Caused Climate Change

By Sami Grover  Photo: Chuchart Duangdaw/Getty Images   07/13/21  
The recent heatwaves in Canada and the Pacific Northwest caused many seasoned climate watchers—including normally cautious climatologists—to essentially freak out. And with good reason. When heat records normally fall, they fall by fractions of degrees, with each…

Like in ‘Postapocalyptic Movies’: Heat Wave Killed Marine Wildlife en Masse

By Catrin Einhorn  Photo: Christopher Harley   07/12/21  
An early estimate points to a huge die-off along the Pacific Coast, and scientists say rivers farther inland are warming to levels that could be lethal for some kinds of salmon.

Wildfires blaze across western states as two die in Arizona plane crash

By the Associated Press   07/12/21  
Firefighters struggle to contain northern California fire amid warning of potential for ‘extreme growth’ of Oregon blaze.

Baby birds flee the nest to escape record heat wave in Oregon

By Roselle Chen   07/12/21  
In a failed attempt to escape a record-breaking heat wave in late June in Pendleton, Oregon, more than 100 baby birds bailed from their nests. The downy babies, mostly Swainson and Cooper’s hawks, fell up…

Death Valley had planet’s hottest 24 hours on record Sunday amid punishing heat wave

By Jason Samenow  Photo: Melina Mara   07/12/21  
The astonishingly hot temperatures occurred amid a punishing heat wave in the West, focused between interior Oregon, Central Valley in California and southern Nevada. Intensified by human-caused climate change, the heat wave is fueling fast-moving…

Crushing heat wave in Pacific Northwest and Canada cooked shellfish alive by the millions

By Sammy Westfall and Amanda Coletta  Photo: Alyssa Gehman   07/08/21  
Amid the crushing summer heat wave that has slammed the Pacific Northwest and parts of Canada, Alyssa Gehman, a marine ecologist who lives by the sea in Vancouver, B.C., walked down to the shore to…
BBC

Climate change: US-Canada heatwave ‘virtually impossible’ without warming

By Matt McGrath  Photo: Reuters   07/08/21  
Climate researchers have grown used to heatwaves breaking records all over the world in recent years. However, beating the previous national high temperature mark by more than 4C in one go, as happened in Canada…

The Pacific Northwest Heat Wave Is Now a ‘Mass Casualty Event’

By Dharna Noor  Photo: Nathan Howard (AP)   07/08/21  
The Pacific Northwest is still reeling from the mind boggling heat wave that gripped it late last month. The past two days have made it clear that hundreds died in the region, and that the climate crisis played…

June’s historic heat wave in the Pacific NW took a major blow to cherry crop industry

By Sean Kelly  Photo: Ander Gillenea , Getty Images   07/07/21  
Just a few weeks ago temperatures soared to unprecedented lengths in the Pacific Northwest. Portland, Oregon reached 116 degrees. Their hottest record of all time; shattering Austin’s current standing all-time record of 112 degrees.

Climate Change Drove Western Heat Wave’s Extreme Records, Analysis Finds

By Henry Fountain  Photo: Getty Images   07/07/21  
A rapid analysis of last week’s record-breaking heat found that it would have been virtually impossible without the influence of human-caused climate change. The extraordinary heat wave that scorched the Pacific Northwest last week would…

Climate Change Is Making It Harder for Campers to Beat the Heat

By John Schwartz  Photo: Ali Lapetina   07/06/21  
Jill Laidlaw has worked for 37 years at Camp Cavell in Lexington, Mich., a little spot of paradise on Lake Huron. But she has seen trouble in paradise: climate change. Temperatures in Michigan have risen…

Canada US heatwave: Aerial photos reveal wildfire ‘war zone’ as ‘heat dome’ kills hundreds

By Rory Sullivan   07/03/21  
A town in British Columbia which experienced record-high temperatures earlier this week has been largely destroyed by wildfire, with at least two deaths reported. Lytton endured highs of 49.6 C on Tuesday, the day before…

Heat wave in US and Canada summed up in one staggering satellite image

By Amanda Kooser   07/02/21  
A historic heat wave descended on the Pacific Northwest in the US and western Canada at the end of June, sending temperatures soaring from Portland to Vancouver -- cities typically known for temperate conditions. The European…
NPR

Hundreds Are Believed To Have Died During The Pacific Northwest Heat Wave

Photo: Nathan Howard/AP   07/02/21  
Many of the dead were found alone, in homes without air conditioning or fans. Some were elderly — one as old as 97. The body of an immigrant farm laborer was found in an Oregon…

Heatwave causing ‘biggest glacier melt in Washington state in a century’

By Jane Dalton  Photo: AFP/ Getty Images   07/02/21  
The record-breaking heatwave in the US northwest and Canada is causing what’s thought to be the biggest glacier melt in Washington state in a century. Milky, sandy water has been reported running into Puget Sound,…

Heat-Related Death Toll Climbs to Nearly 100 in Washington State and Oregon

By Sergio Olmos, Winston Choi-Schagrin, and Shawn Hubler  Photo: Alisha Jucevic   07/01/21  
The heat wave in parts of the Pacific Northwest played a role in the deaths of dozens of people, some of whom lived alone.

Pacific Northwest Wineries Are Shaking Off the Extreme Heat Wave

By Megan McCluskey  Photo: Emily Krouse   07/01/21  
The unprecedented heat wave that descended on the Pacific Northwest this week has alarmed many in the region’s burgeoning wine industry, leaving them worried over the deepening challenges climate change could bring to their businesses.

The Desperate Hunt for Air Conditioners in Oregon and Washington

By Yana Pashaeva  Photo: Jason Redmond/AFP/Getty Images   07/01/21  
Air conditioners have become a treasure in Washington and Oregon amid an unprecedented heat wave in the Pacific Northwest. Portland and Seattle hit records of 116 and 108 degrees on Monday. More than 35 cities…