US natural disasters cost record $306bn last year

Weather and climate disasters cost the US a record $306 billion (£216.5bn) in 2017, the third warmest year. The nation experienced 16 natural disasters, each with losses exceeding $1 billion (£0.7bn), according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). That included one drought, two flooding, one freeze event, eight severe storms, three tropical cyclones […]

June was hottest ever month on record globally

June shattered records of being the hottest month globally. It was 1.62°F above the 20th century average, breaking last year’s record for the warmest June, according the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). NOAA scientists state the globally averaged sea surface temperature was record high for June while the land temperature tied as record high, […]

Switch to renewables ‘can be fast and cheap’

The US could reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power production by up to 78% by 2030 only with wind and sun. That could be achieved if transmission infrastructures are improved so wind and solar can supply most of the nation’s electricity at similar costs to today. That’s according to a study by the National Oceanic […]

$627m Gulf oil spill recovery projects approved

US officials have approved plans to spend around $627 million (£392m) in 44 projects designed to help Gulf Coast communities recover from the 2010 oil spill. It is by far the largest instalment of money for projects aimed at reversing the damage of BP’s Deepwater Horizon incident, which killed 10 people and spewed oil for […]

Carbon dioxide levels in atmosphere reach record high

Carbon dioxide levels reached a record high at a key monitoring station in Hawaii (pictured) at the end of last week. The daily mean concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere passed 400 parts per million (ppm) for the first time since measurements began in 1958, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The […]

Arctic’s CO2 levels hit ‘milestone’ high

The amount of carbon dioxide or CO2 gas in the Arctic’s atmosphere has hit a “milestone” level – reaching 400 parts per million (ppm) this spring, according to American scientists. Researchers from the US Government’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) say this is the first time a monthly average measurement for CO2 hit the […]