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Kristoffer Tigue
PAGE, ARIZONA - MARCH 27: A view of the Glen Canyon Dam at Lake Powell on March 27, 2022 in Page, Arizona. As severe drought grips parts of the Western United States, water levels at Lake Powell dropped to their lowest level since the lake was created by the damming the Colorado River in 1963. Lake Powell is currently at 25 percent of capacity, a historic low, and has also lost at least 7 percent of its total capacity. The Colorado River Basin connects Lake Powell and Lake Mead and supplies water to 40 mill

Jul 14, 2023

Decades of research suggests that hydropower has a far greater climate impact than once thought. Now a growing chorus of scientists want to change the conversation about it.

Mark Easter couldn’t help but feel disappointed when he learned about a new study from Stanford University, which drew connections between the ongoing drought in the American West and an increase in U.S. carbon emissions.

Robert Hunziker
Polar bear - Image by Annie Spratt.

July 7, 2023

Will the world’s major coastal cities, such as NYC, survive escalating global heat conditions in Greenland? And what if both Greenland and Antarctica follow the recent very disturbing pattern of the world’s oceans? For the first time that scientists can recall, sea surface temperatures that always recede from annual peaks are failing to do so, staying high.

Arno Kopecky

June 30, 2023

Renewable energy has achieved critical mass, but the oil and gas industry has us staying a dangerous course amid climate change

Humanity is on the verge of two drastically different futures: one hopeful, one disastrous. 

Brad Plumer and Elena Shao
A woman tried to shield herself from the sun in Beijing, where temperatures reached 104 degrees Fahrenheit on Thursday.Credit...Andy Wong/Associated Press

July 6, 2023

From north to south, temperatures are surging as greenhouse gases trap heat in the atmosphere and combine with effects from El Niño.

The past three days were quite likely the hottest in Earth’s modern history, scientists said on Thursday, as an astonishing surge of heat across the globe continued to shatter temperature records from North America to Antarctica.

Guardian staff and agencies
A man uses water bottles for flotation as he cools off in a canal in Beijing amid the heatwave while swathes of northern China sweltered in 40-degree temperatures. Photograph: Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images

June 23, 2023

Nanjiao weather station in southern Beijing hits 41.1C, half a degree higher than the station’s previous monthly record

Beijing logged its hottest June day since records began on Thursday, the national weather service said, as swathes of northern China sweltered in 40-degree heat.

Damian Carrington
Market in Mushin, Lagos. A large number of people in Nigeria will be pushed outside the human climate niche, say experts. Photo by Kaizenify / Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 4.0)

June 9, 2023

This story was originally published by The Guardian and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.


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