Latest Climatology News

The heat goes on: June toastiest on record, July may follow

Jul. 18, 2019 2:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The heat goes on: Earth sizzled to its hottest June on record as the climate keeps going to extremes. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Thursday announced that June averaged 60.6 degrees (15.9 Celsius), about 1.7 degrees (0.9 Celsius) warmer than the 20th century...

Trump promotes environmental record despite rollbacks

Jul. 8, 2019 6:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump declared himself a champion of the environment Monday, working to boost his standing on climate change and pollution issues in advance of the 2020 election despite having launched some of the most sweeping rollbacks in air, water and other protections in decades....

Best way to fight climate change? Plant a trillion trees

Jul. 4, 2019 2:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The most effective way to fight global warming is to plant lots of trees, a study says. A trillion of them, maybe more. And there's enough room, Swiss scientists say. Even with existing cities and farmland, there's enough space for new trees to cover 3.5 million square miles (9 million...

Arctic mission will trap scientists in ice to study climate

Jul. 3, 2019 6:41 PM EDT

BREMERHAVEN, Germany (AP) — Cranes hoist cargo onto the deck, power tools scream out and workers bustle through the maze of passageways inside the German icebreaker RV Polarstern, preparations for a yearlong voyage that organizers say is unprecedented in scale and ambition. In a couple of months, the...

June was Europe's hottest on record as climate change bites

Jul. 2, 2019 5:20 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — As Europe's heat wave shifted eastward Tuesday, delivering scorching temperatures to Serbia and the rest of the Balkans, new data showed that last month set a new June record for the continent. Measurements collected by the European Union's Copernicus satellite program revealed...

Heavy rainfall ends prolonged drought in Southern Plains

Jul. 2, 2019 12:27 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The rooms at Crappie King Cabins near northwestern Oklahoma's Canton Lake were mostly empty when much of the state and the rest of the Southern Plains were in the grip of a prolonged, withering drought that sent lake levels plummeting. "Our business was really down, it sure was," said...

Floating Antarctic ice goes from record high to record lows

Jul. 1, 2019 3:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The amount of ice circling Antarctica is suddenly plunging from a record high to record lows, baffling scientists. Floating ice off the southern continent steadily increased from 1979 and hit a record high in 2014. But three years later, the annual average extent of Antarctic sea ice hit...

Melted Alaska sea ice alarms coast residents, scientists

Jun. 30, 2019 8:51 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Sea ice along northern Alaska disappeared far earlier than normal this spring, alarming coastal residents who rely on wildlife and fish. Ice melted as a result of exceptionally warm ocean temperatures, the Anchorage Daily News reported . The early melting has been "crazy," said...

Coal train derails into Great Dismal Swamp wildlife refuge

Jun. 26, 2019 6:34 PM EDT

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) — A coal train has derailed in the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia, raising concerns about its wildlife and the fragile peat soil that has accumulated there over the course of centuries. Chris Lowie, manager of the federal refuge, said 36 of about 100 cars went...

Smoke from US wildfires boosting health risk for millions

Jun. 25, 2019 5:05 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Climate change in the Western U.S. means more intense and frequent wildfires churning out waves of smoke that scientists say will sweep across the continent to affect tens of millions of people and cause a spike in premature deaths. That emerging reality is prompting people in cities...