Brian Kahn

Climate Change Will Hit Poorest the Hardest in U.S.

Union County is tucked in northern Florida, half an hour north of Gainesville and an hour west of Jacksonville. It’s Florida’s smallest county, a mostly unremarkable landlocked stretch of pine forest interspersed with lakes.

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Trump's Planned Cuts to Leading Climate Science Agency Would Put Lives at Risk (Video)

On Friday, the meteorology community was riding a major high as stunningly high-definition images came in from the nation’s newest and much-anticipated earth observation satellite. The high came crashing down that evening, though, as the first hints of significant cuts to the budget of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration began to emerge.

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Antarctica Just Shed a Manhattan-Sized Chunk of Ice

The growing crack in the Larsen C ice shelf is the most dramatic example of change in Antarctica right now. But it isn’t the continent’s only frozen feature changing in a warming world.

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These Are the 10 Most Important Climate Stories of 2016

This year is likely to remembered as a turning point for climate change. It’s the year the impacts of rising carbon pollution became impossible to ignore. The world is overheating and vast swaths of the planet have suffered the consequences. At the same time, it’s also a year where world leaders crafted and agreed on a number of plans to try to turn the tide of carbon pollution and move toward a clean energy future. It’s clear 2016 was a year where planetary peril and human hope stood out in stark contrast. Here are the 10 most important climate milestones of the year.

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Tennessee Wildfire Is 'Unlike Anything We've Ever Seen' (Video)

Crews have been battling the Southeast’s spate of freakish fall fires since late Monday night. Tinderbox conditions and powerful winds whipped up a firestorm in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, forcing the evacuation of at least 14,000 residents from the gateway communities of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

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After Years of Negotiations, the World's Largest Marine Protected Area Has Been Created

The creatures of the Southern Ocean just got a lot more space to roam freely. On Thursday, 24 countries and the European Union agreed to set aside a 600,000-square-mile swath of ocean—roughly twice the size of Texas—off the coast of Antarctica as a marine protected area.

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Superstorm Sandy’s Surge Was Extreme, but It Could Become the New Normal

The destructive force of storm surge was on clear display this weekend as Hurricane Matthew ripped across the Caribbean, Florida and the Carolinas. For some in New York, it may have brought back memories of Sandy, another destructive October storm that broke flood records and upended the metropolitan area.

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Connecting Climate Change to Terrorism: President Obama Tells Federal Agencies to Plan for Global Warming Impact on National Security

Last week, President Obama took another step toward securing his climate legacy. This time his focus wasn’t on energypublic lands or international diplomacy. It was on national security and making sure the U.S. military is prepared for a more unstable future.

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Watch: Dramatic 9-Second Video Shows 2016's Alarming Arctic Sea Ice Melt

Arctic sea ice is one of the grandaddy’s of climate indicators. And this grandaddy isn’t doing so good these days.

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167 Tiny Maps Tell the Major Story of Climate Change

Climate change just got another telling visual courtesy of the famed temperature spiral creator. But rather than a graph, it’s a series of 167 maps.

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Why Glacier National Park Is the Poster Child for Climate Change

Editor's note: As the National Park Service turns 100, Climate Central is looking at how climate change affects our shared heritage and what the agency is doing about it. This is Climate Central's fourth story in a series.

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Sea Level Rise Could Wash Away America's Natural and Cultural History

[Editor's note: As the National Park Service turns 100 years old this August, Climate Central is dedicating the next several months to looking at how climate change affects our shared heritage and what the agency is planning to do about it. This is our third story in that series.]

A 50-minute subway ride connects downtown Manhattan with the Broad Channel neighborhood in outer Queens. On each end sits a National Park Service site that showcases the diversity of what parks can be and how they’re united in common challenges.

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'We’re Officially Living in a New World': Antarctica Hits Highest CO2 Level in 4 Million Years

We’re officially living in a new world.

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Crazy Graphic Shows Global Temps Spiraling Fast

The temperature spiral that took the world by storm has an update. If you think the heat is on in our current climate, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

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This Interactive Map Shows Every State’s Temperature Trend for Every Season Since 1970

A winter heat wave is spreading inland from the West Coast and could bring unseasonable warmth spanning from coast-to-coast by the weekend.

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Climate Chart of the Year? Record Heat, of Course

The world is getting hotter. And hotter, and hotter. As 2015 comes to a close, it will be the hottest year on record, besting the former record holder of 2014 (also known as last year).

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2016 Wish List: Scientists Share New Year Hopes for the Climate

There’s no getting around the fact that climate change is a bummer. The planet is warming, ice is melting, oceans are acidifying and, well, you get the point.

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Sea Levels Could Rise at Least 20 Feet

Even if world manages to limit global warming to 2°C — the target number for current climate negotiations — sea levels may still rise at least 6 meters (20 feet) above their current heights, radically reshaping the world’s coastline and affecting millions in the process.

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