Global average surface temperature anomalies for Sept. 2016. Image: NASA GISS
The planet's hot streak is crawling to a temporary end, but it's not over quite yet. September was the hottest such month on record, according to NASA, coming in at 0.91 degrees Celsius, or 1.6 degrees Fahrenheit, above average. This marks nearly a year straight of record heat, according to NASA, with 11 of the past 12 months ranking as the warmest on record...Read more
A tsunami floods over a breakwater in the city of Miyako, Japan, following a powerful earthquake in March 2011. Photograph: Tomohiko Kano/AP
Global warming may not only be causing more destructive hurricanes, it could also be shaking the ground beneath our feet...Read more
Slumdwellers often tolerate flood risk in order to access jobs, schools and healthcare, the World Bank found (Flickr/Shabbir Siraj)
World Bank warns of human impact by 2030 if development doesn’t protect the most vulnerable from extreme weather...Read more
Devastation from extreme weather events like Hurricane Matthew isn’t changing their minds, either...
A comet impact 56 million years ago on Earth contributed to global warming, say scientists after studying tiny glass spheres, or microtektites, found in ancient sediment from a period of massive climate change...
Damage in the Rockaway neighborhood of Queens, New York, where the historic boardwalk was washed away during Hurricane Sandy, on Oct. 31, 2012. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Researchers predict that Sandy-like superstorms could hit the region 17 times more often by 2100...Read more
Markell Williams, 11, has been hospitalized five times this year for seizures, which his mother believes are linked to a chemical spill near his hometown of Eight Mile, Ala. (Meggan Haller / For The Times)
When methane started leaking out of a well at the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility outside Los Angeles last October, noxious fumes blanketed the nearby Porter Ranch neighborhood for months. Residents complained of nausea, nosebleeds and vomiting; more than 8,000 families were forced out of their homes by the stench of the chemical odorant added to natural gas to help detect leaks...Read more