iowa floods

Can We Connect Extreme Flooding to Climate Change?

I was in downtown Cedar Rapids on Tuesday to witness the city's second-largest crest of the Cedar River in recorded history. Pretty amazing since a "thousand year" flood inundated a majority of this city of 130,000 people only eight years ago. But back then there was little/no mitigation effort. According to ABC News, $10 billion damage occurred.

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The Shum Show: Matthew and the Man Bun

Too much rain and too much CO2 on this week's Shum Show. As we prepare for Hurricane Matthew, Greta Shum remembers the mess made by Matthew Broderick in the movie, Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Those who could be affected should take every precaution and keep up to date with your local meteorologist as the days go by. Stay tuned next time for another r

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Rey Fire California

California Wildfire Season Nears Its Peak

California is nearing its peak risk period for catastrophic wildfires. Abundant fuel covers the state from lack of rain and post summer heat. October has historically been the month with the deadliest, most destructive and largest wildfires, according to Cal Fire. The term “fire season” is almost obsolete for the state. In fact, Southern

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Climate Change and Fall Foliage

With the end of September fast approaching, many people across the U.S. are eagerly watching the trees for their annual display of brilliantly colored fall foliage. A drop in temperatures and a change in the amount of daily sunlight are the standard cues for trees to begin shutting down for winter — changing the colors of their leaves in the

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Sneaky Drought Continues for the Eastern U.S.

Any discussion of drought over the last year has tended to focus on the western U.S., but over the past few months, a quieter drought has been building in parts of the Northeast and Southeast, particularly in New England and northern Georgia. Three months ago, only 8 percent of the Northeast was in a moderate drought. That number has swelled to

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Climate Indicators

Learn more about the 10 key indicators of a warming climate

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Arctic Sea Ice

Ice has both ecological and economic benefits and its extent could influence weather around the world.

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El Niño

El Niño is a warming of waters in the equatorial Pacific that influences global weather patterns.

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Ocean Acidification

Acidifying oceans can hurt coral reefs and shellfish as well as the people that rely on them for their livelihoods.

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Carbon Dioxide

CO2 is a potent greenhouse gas and plays a vital role in regulating Earth's surface temperature through radiative forcing and the greenhouse effect

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Extreme Heat

Increasing frequency and magnitude of extreme heat can affect health, power usage and more.

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Snow Cover

A shorter snow season increases the amount of sunlight absorbed by the Earth’s surface and can further warm the planet.

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Sea Level Rise

Sea level rise could force millions to leave coastal areas and cost the world trillions of dollars.

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Land Ice

Melting land ice contributes to sea level rise.

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U.S. Wildfires

Wildfires damage forests and release CO2.

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Global Temperature

The global temperature is the clearest measure of how human greenhouse gas emissions are affecting our planet.

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