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May 2017

Today’s Arctic is a ‘profoundly different place’

By Scott Waldman

The Arctic is experiencing a profound shift into a new state as it loses ice and breaks high temperature records, a clear sign that some of the worst effects of climate change are already happening.


The natural capital of city trees

By Katherine J. Willis, Gillian Petrokofsky

City trees can help to reduce pollution and improve human health. The term “natural capital” refers to elements of nature that, directly or indirectly, produce value for people.


Severe weather in a warming climate

By Chuntao Liu

During the past few decades, the Sahara Desert has become even hotter. Satellite observations suggest that this warming has led to a rise in the frequency of extreme storms in the Sahel region of West Africa.


Mapping Global Air Pollution Down to the Neighborhood Level

A team of Yale University environmental researchers just released a map tool that shows concentrations of fine particulate matter (PM 2.5) across the whole world in pretty astounding detail: each pixel represents a 10-by-10 kilometer square.

City Lab

Quantifying the influence of global warming on unprecedented extreme climate events

By Noah S. Diffenbaugh et al.

We find that historical global warming has increased the severity and probability of the hottest monthly and daily events at more than 80% of the observed area and has increased the probability of the driest and wettest events at approximately half of the observed area.


Climate change is making algal blooms worse

By Daniel Cressey

Rising ocean temperatures drive more intense and longer lasting toxic outbreaks.


We Just Breached the 410 Parts Per Million Threshold

By Brian Kahn

The world just passed another round-numbered climate milestone. Scientists predicted it would happen this year and lo and behold, it has.

Climate Central

Cities lead the way on clean and decentralized energy solutions

With urban energy use growing rapidly, cities will be key to a sustainable energy transition.


Why President Trump needs to finally name a science advisor/ By John Holdren

During the eight years I served as President Obama’s science advisor and director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), people not closely familiar with how the executive branch works often asked me why these roles exist: “Why does the president need a science advisor and a whole White House office focused on science and technology policy? What do they do?”


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