It’s Time to Give Air Quality the Attention It Deserves

By: Bob Henson, 3:20 PM GMT on March 22, 2017

Each day of every year, a quiet disaster unfolds in households and hospitals across the world. More than 10,000 lives are lost worldwide every 24 hours as a direct or indirect consequence of poor air quality. Bad air takes its toll quietly, with no need for the oversized drama of a hurricane or tornado. Sometimes air quality becomes so dangerous that it can’t be ignored. Much of the time, though, dangerous air goes about its dirty work with little attention from p...

Air and Water Pollution Wunderground News

Updated: 3:34 PM GMT on March 22, 2017

The Extreme Temperature Index: Identifying Which Records are Most Significant

By: Guy Walton, 4:16 PM GMT on March 21, 2017

Our guest author today on Category 6 is Guy Walton, an independent meteorologist in Atlanta who spent more than 30 years as a forecaster at The Weather Channel. For more than a decade, Guy has kept detailed records on U.S. daily, monthly, and all-time record high and low temperatures across the United States. His efforts helped lead to NOAA’s establishment of its U.S. Records site. In 2009, Guy coauthored a high-profile paper in Geophysical Research Letters with l...

Heat Extreme Weather

Updated: 4:34 PM GMT on March 21, 2017

Tornado Risk Amping Up This Week and Beyond

By: Bob Henson, 4:31 PM GMT on March 20, 2017

Spring began in the Northern Hemisphere at 6:28 am EDT Monday, and the U.S. atmosphere seems to have gotten the memo. A multi-day stretch of severe weather should kick off by late Thursday or Friday. There are hints that the pattern will remain stormy off and on through next week, with upper-level energy expected to remain fairly progressive and the Gulf of Mexico supplying ample moisture.

Widespread damage from Southeast freeze
At least 90 percent o...

Severe Weather Tornado Fire Winter Weather

Updated: 9:34 PM GMT on March 20, 2017

February 2017: Earth's 2nd Warmest February and 4th Warmest Month in Recorded History

By: Jeff Masters, 4:07 PM GMT on March 17, 2017

February 2017 was the planet's second warmest February since record keeping began in 1880, said NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) on Friday; NASA also rated February 2017 as the second warmest February on record. The only warmer February was just last year, in 2016. Remarkably, February 2017 ranked as the fourth warmest month (expressed as the departure of temperature from average) of any month in the global historical record in the NASA d...

Climate Summaries

Updated: 3:34 PM GMT on March 18, 2017

March Madness: Trump Proposes 31% Cut to EPA and Big Cuts to Climate Change Programs

By: Jeff Masters, 4:01 PM GMT on March 16, 2017

President Trump’s first proposed budget was released on Thursday, and recommends maddening cuts to programs and agencies responsible for ensuring the health of Americans and for understanding and combating climate change. Among larger U.S. agencies, the biggest cuts come to the EPA, which would see its $8.1 billion budget slashed by over 31%, and layoffs hitting about 3,200 of the agency’s 15,000 workers. This would be the biggest cut in EPA since the 35% reduct...

Climate Change Politics

Updated: 3:34 PM GMT on March 18, 2017


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