Weather & Global Warming
Learn more about how our changing climate affects our weather.
- Hurricanes are getting stronger thanks to climate change, and a study explains how the current hurricane category scale is not as effective.
Major Volcano Erupts in Iceland for Third Time Since December 2023 — What to KnowCoastal residents in Iceland evacuated their homes in anticipation of a volcano eruption that began on Dec. 18, 2023. The volcano has erupted three times since.
It May Not Be a Super Blue Moon, but Tonight's Orange Moon Is Still SpecialMany factors affect how we interpret the color of the night sky from solid ground on Earth. Let's explore why tonight's moon looks the way it does.
The Hottest Place on Earth Could Be Getting HotterDeath Valley, in California's Mojave Desert, is home to the highest temperature recorded on planet Earth — and global warming is only making it hotter.
Antarctica Iceberg A23a Is on the Move Again (and It Doesn’t Bode Well)Antarctica's iceberg A23a is on the move after more than three decades of being stuck to the ocean floor. Here’s what this means.
Glowing Blue Waves in Southern California Stun Beachgoers: Details HereBioluminescent waves appeared in Southern California — here's what to know about dinoflagellate and how they make the ocean glow.
Miraculous Survival: Alligator Found Alive and Frozen in Texas Pond Amid Winter ChillA viral video of a frozen alligator in Texas provides a lesson on survival skills. Thanks to a process called brumation, alligators can survive frozen ponds.
8 of Our Favorite Movies About the Climate Crisis, From 'WALL-E' to 'Don't Look Up'As the climate crisis continues to unfold around us, climate change is becoming a popular central plot line in more and more movies. Here are some of our favorites.
Company Is Removing Greenland's Glaciers to Sell "Glacier Ice" CocktailsIs glacier water safe to drink? In some places, its advised not to drink any water without filtration or purification. Here's what you should know.
How the Phenomenon "Arctic Sea Smoke" Overtook Lake Michigan, and Covered Chicago in SnowLearn why Arctic sea smoke occurred in Chicago in 2022. A phenomenon that requires frigid temperatures, this smoke is primarily a concern for ships.
Think the View From Earth Is Amazing? Look at These Images of Antarctica From SpaceSatellite images showing Antarctica from space are awe-inspiring. They also have a lot to teach us about what’s happening at the bottom of our planet.
Why Jane Goodall and Dax Dasilva are Working With Indigenous Youth in the Amazon Rainforest (Exclusive)In conversation with Green Matters, conservationist Dax Dasilva spoke about his Roots & Shoots collaboration with renowned ethologist Dr. Jane Goodall.
Night Owls, Assemble — Winter Solstice Is HereTonight — Dec. 21, 2023 — marks the winter solstice, aka the longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. Here's everything you need to know.
Geminid Meteor Shower 2023: The Best Time to Watch This Spectacular DisplayDon't miss the best meteor shower of the year! The best time to watch the Geminid meteor shower is late at night — more details here.
Scientists Look to Penguin Skeletons for Clues About the Climate CrisisScientists are studying penguin skeletons to learn about the climate. Here's what this fascinating species says and why humans must listen up!
Family Forced to Demolish New House After Nearby River Migrated Onto "Dream Property"Shauna Pelley has documented the devastating destruction of her dream home caused by a flood from the Puyallup River. Here's what we know so far.
COP28 President Says There's "No Science" That Connects Fossil Fuels to Reducing Global WarmingThe president of COP28, Sultan Al Jaber, made a controversial statement that reducing fossil fuels will not help in reaching future climate targets.
Hurricane Otis Leaves Acapulco Grappling with Trash Mountains and Public Health NightmareAcapulco was hit by a Category 5 hurricane in October 2023. In the wake of the storm, piles of garbage are causing concerns about a possible public health crisis.
Climate Change Is Drying Up the Euphrates River, Threatening CivilizationsThe Euphrates River drying up will be detrimental to cultures in multiple Middle Eastern countries.
Spain's Drought Is Causing Olive Oil Prices to SkyrocketThanks to climate problems like drought and storms in Spain two years in a row, olive oil supplies are down and prices are up.
Beer Lovers Have a New Reason to Fear Climate ChangeThe quality and taste of beer is changing due to global warming's impact on the growing season for hops, the key ingredient to beer's taste.
Over 100 Dolphins Found Dead in Amazon Due to Climate ChangeOver 100 dolphins have been found dead in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest after extremely high temperatures. Thousands of fish have died as well.
Are the Canadian Fires Under Control? North America to Experience More Wildfire HazeIn 2023, Canada has experienced a record number of wildfires across Central Canada and the Northern Territories. Are they under control now?
Climate Change and Other Problems Are Causing the Jordan River to Dry UpClimate change is affecting water levels worldwide and impacting the flow of major rivers like the Jordan River. Here's a look into why water levels are so low.
Is the Nile River Drying Up? One of the World's Most Famous Rivers Is in DangerThe Nile River is drying up due to a number of factors, including climate change and overuse. Here's what that means on a global scale.
Why Bill Gates Thinks Planting Trees to Fight Climate Crisis Is "Nonsense"Bill Gates says planting trees isn't enough to solve the climate crisis. Why does he criticize tree-planting initiatives? Here's what you should know.
Fact Check: Is Bill Gates Cutting Down 70 Million Acres of Trees?Claims are circulating that Microsoft founder Bill Gates supports chopping down 70 million acres of trees, but the truth is more complicated.
Climate Experts Predict El Niño Will Be "Moderate to Strong" by Late FallClimate experts warn that El Niño is getting stronger, meaning it could be a very wet fall and winter. Here's what you need to know.
Man Accepts Challenge to Stay in a Cardboard Box During Hurricane: Did He Make It?People do some dumb things on social media. One creator accepted a challenge to stay in a hurricane shelter made out of cardboard boxes during Hurricane Idalia.
Turn Around, Don't Drown: Viral Video Shows the Dangers of Driving in a HurricaneIn a hurricane, you should only drive if absolutely necessary. A viral video shows how one man learned about hurricane driving dangers the hard way.
Global Warming Is Impacting Birth Control and Pregnancy Tests — Here's WhyOne unfortunate effect of global warming is that it can render pregnancy tests and birth control ineffective. Here's why that happens.
Viral Video Shows Woman's Sandals Melting, Thanks to Extreme Heat WavesIn a viral video, a woman's shoes are seen melting from extreme heat, one of the markers of climate change.
Florida Keys' Water Temperatures Lead To "Large Scale Heat Stress" and Coral BleachingOn July 24, 2023, the Manatee Bay, Florida Keys water temperature reached over 100 degrees. Scientists warn of continued mass coral bleaching.
Robert Downey Jr.'s Mission to Fight Climate Change Continues With Book 'Cool Food'You may know him as Iron Man, but Robert Downey Jr. is a real-life superhero, one who's tackling climate change via plant-based and technology-driven initiatives.
Footage Shows Texas Lawn Catching Fire on Hot Day: "This Texas Dry Heat Ain't No Joke!"A woman shared a video of her dry lawn catching fire due to the Texas heat.
Florida "Flesh-Eating" Bacteria Kills Five; Climate Change Sends Bacteria NorthThe so-called "flesh-eating" bacteria Vibrio vulnificus caused five deaths in Florida in 2023. Here's how to minimize your risk of this infection.
Will Hurricane Hilary Reach Southern California? The Last Hurricane Was in 19392023's Hurricane Hilary strengthened to a Category 4 Storm, but will it hit Southern California? Here's what to know.
The Flooding in Kentucky Is Getting Worse Because of Climate Change— Here’s WhyIn 2023, Kentucky is hit with another year of record rain and devastating floods. Is climate change to blame? Here's what to know.
Meteorologist Puts Heat on Fossil Fuel Companies by Naming Heat Waves After ThemSome heat waves are being named after fossil fuel companies by meteorologist Guy Walton.
East Coast Hurricane Season Could Be Worse Than Normal, Thanks to Climate ChangeNOAA recently released data revealing that the East Coast hurricane season could be "above normal" — here's what that means.
Maui Wildfires Are Moving Towards Total Containment — How Did They Start?On Aug. 9, 2023, deadly wildfires began to blaze in Maui, Hawaii. How did the wildfires start? Here's everything you need to know.
What Happened to Trinity Lake Water Levels? Here's What to KnowTrinity Lake water levels are of concern in 2023, much lower than Shasta Lake, also in California. Here's why it's been low and what might happen.
Sizzling Arizona Temperatures Pose Big Health Risks — Why It's So Hot ThereClimate change is making Arizona so hot that some people are even getting burns from the pavement. Let's look at the main reasons Arizona's temperatures are so devastating.
A Gulf Stream Collapse Would Have Devastating Climate Effects — and It Could Happen As Soon As 2025A scientific study estimates when the Gulf Stream may collapse. This event could lead to further devastating effects on the climate.
Gas Prices Are Going up Again, After a Summertime Slump — Here’s WhyRising gas prices have to do with OPEC+ production cuts, supply and demand, and even the hot summer weather — here's a closer look.
The Toxic Hammerhead Worm — Where They've Been Spotted and What to KnowHammerhead worms found in Virginia are toxic, but you can protect yourself by taking these steps. Here's what to do if you see one.
Latitude Can Impact Climate in More Ways Than One — Here's HowA country's distance from Earth’s equator largely determines temperature and weather — let’s take a look at how latitude takes a toll on climate.
Divers Film Elusive “Doomsday Fish,” Thought to Be a Warning of Impending DisasterThe oarfish, also known as the "Doomsday Fish," was seen in shallow waters off the coast of Taiwan. What is the "Doomsday fish theory?"
Why It's so Important to Pay Attention to Your Air Quality AlertsSometimes you may receive a notification known as an air quality alert. What is it, and why is it so important? Here's the scoop.
Legendary Climate Scientist and Suffragette, Eunice Newton Foote, Has Her Own Google DoodleWho was Eunice Newton Foote? The legendary climate scientist actually discovered climate change in the 1800s, long before it was publicized.