Articles by Jim Efstathiou Jr. and Eric Roston

Climate Forces Behind Florence Look Like Those of Harvey, Sandy

As Hurricane Florence barrels toward North Carolina, it’s being strengthened and guided by a one-two punch of climate factors scientists have been tracking for years. Florence, which threatens to be the most severe storm to hit North Carolina in more …

Trump Team Blames California Wildfires on Environmentalists, Sparking Backlash

Scientists say California’s record wildfires have been fed by an abnormally hot and dry fire season made worse by climate change, but the Trump administration insists there’s another culprit: environmentalists and their policies. “Radical environmentalists” should shoulder some of the …

Fires, Floods & Heatwaves on 3 Continents: Blame the Jet Stream, a Warming World

Sweltering? Swimming? Choking on wildfire smoke? Blame it on the jet stream and a warming world. Kinked, buckled, stuck or stalled, it doesn’t matter how you describe it, the jet stream — the ribbon of wind that circles the Earth …

Climate Change Is Beginning to Shift Planet’s Seasons: Scientists

Poring over four decades of satellite data, climate scientists have concluded for the first time that humans are pushing seasonal temperatures out of balance—shifting what one researcher called the very “march of the seasons themselves.” Ever-mindful of calculable uncertainty and …

Dutch Insurers & Banks Warned to Account for Risks of Climate Change

Banks, insurers, and other financial institutions must do more to take into account the risks posed by climate change to their business, a Dutch Central Bank study said. As global warming increases the risk of extreme weather events, regulators are …

Hurricane Cars Declared ‘Total Losses’ by Adjusters Are Now Back on Roads

The ink on the “total loss” insurance paperwork, like the 2007 Range Rover itself, was still wet when Morgan Moran began trying to buy his vehicle back after Hurricane Matthew last year. The insurance adjuster had declared the vehicle ruined …

Climate Change and Hurricanes – The Worst Is Yet to Come

How powerful would Hurricane Harvey have been in 1880? How much stronger might it be in 2100? A single Hurricane Harvey has been more than anyone can bear. But to better prepare cities for future storms, researchers are preparing to …

North Carolina Study Shows Coal Plants Might Be Even More Toxic Than First Thought

Scientists studying the aftermath of a massive coal-ash spill in North Carolina have discovered a byproduct of the fossil fuel that may pose human health risks. Duke Energy Corp. announced in early February 2014 that drainage from a broken pipe …

Could Global Warming Be Speeding Up? It’s Likely, Say Harvard Scientists

Two climate scientists suggest they’ve come closer to resolving a critical debate about how quickly human activity will heat up the planet. The answer isn’t good news. It’s almost universally understood that the Earth will continue to get warmer for …

West Antarctica’s Ice Loss Shows Signs of Becoming ‘Unstoppable’

If you want to see the future of New York, Tokyo, or Mumbai, look no further than West Antarctica, where a warmer sea is turning ice into water that may be headed to your doorstep. The bottom of the world …