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Clean up climate change? It’s just good for business

If the world’s largest companies live up to the promises they’ve made to slow climate change, together they could reduce emissions by an amount equal to those of Germany.

Major oil companies want King County climate case tossed

Five major oil companies want a climate change lawsuit by King County thrown out.

Ask Dr. Universe: How does land affect the weather?

We get different weather patterns depending on a few conditions, such as how much sun the land gets, if the land is near mountains or ocean, and how air circulates …

Cold, dry climate shifts linked to Neanderthal disappearance

Ancient periods of cold and dry climate helped our species replace Neanderthals in Europe, a study suggests.

Shawn Vestal: Will smoke wake us up to climate change?

While some politicians are trying very hard right now to remain blind to the role of climate change in wildfires, the fact that global warming is driving the growth of …

Climate researcher encouraged by weather

The Pacific Northwest is coming out of a short dry spell and returning to weather patterns that are more typical of La Nina winters, according to climate experts.

Exxon says it will increase climate-change disclosures

Exxon says it will give more details about how climate change could affect its business.

Gov. Inslee set to travel to Switzerland, Germany and Italy

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee leaves next week for an 11-day trip to Switzerland, Germany and Italy to talk about apprenticeships, aerospace and climate.

In Harvey-hit county, some in GOP newly confront the climate

Jefferson County, Texas, is among the low-lying coastal areas of America that could lose the most as the ice caps melt and the seas warm and rise. At the same …

Montana’s average temperature continues to increase, study shows

A Montana climate study found the state’s average temperature continues to increase, winter snowpack is decreasing and the fire and growing seasons are lasting longer while drought conditions are expected …

Weakened Hurricane Jose could become tropical storm today

Hurricane Jose weakened overnight and could become a tropical storm later Tuesday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 8, 2017, 9:35 p.m.

Winds, fire, floods and quakes: A nutty run of nature

With four big hurricanes, a powerful earthquake and wildfires, it seems that nature recently has just gone nuts.

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 7, 2017, 9:45 p.m.

Nations rush to help islands devastated by Hurricane Irma

French, British and Dutch rescuers rushed aid to a heavily damaged string of Caribbean islands Thursday after Hurricane Irma left at least seven people dead and thousands homeless as it …

UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 25, 2017, 10:06 p.m.

Fearsome Hurricane Harvey slams into Texas Gulf Coast

With time running out, tens of thousands of people fled Friday from the path of an increasingly menacing-looking Hurricane Harvey as it took aim at a wide swath of the …

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 23, 2017, 2:04 p.m.

A reborn Tropical Storm Harvey threatens Gulf, sending gasoline higher

Tropical Storm Harvey is certain to strengthen and likely to take aim at the Gulf of Mexico coastline later this week, a prospect that has already sent spot gasoline prices …

Mexico prepares as Tropical Storm Franklin approaches

Mexican authorities prepared shelters, cleared storm drains and announced the closing of an airport near the Caribbean coast in anticipation of Tropical Storm Franklin’s arrival to the country’s Yucatan Peninsula.

UPDATED: Mon., July 31, 2017, 8:50 p.m.

We have only a 5 percent chance of avoiding ‘dangerous’ global warming, study finds

In recent years, it has become increasingly common to frame the climate change problem as a kind of countdown – each year we emit more carbon dioxide, narrowing the window …

Heat warning issued for Western Washington

An Excessive Heat Warning is set to go into effect for much of the interior of Western Washington this week.

Grenada airport, businesses reopen as tropical storm fizzles

Grenada’s airport and businesses have reopened with authorities reporting no damage or flooding from Tropical Storm Don.

First half of 2017 ranks 2nd hottest globally, behind 2016

The first half of 2017 was the second warmest on record for Earth, only behind last year.

UPDATED: Tue., July 18, 2017, 2:21 p.m.

Tropical Storm Don lashes southeast Caribbean with heavy wind, rain

Tropical Storm Don began lashing the southeast Caribbean with heavy rain and wind on Tuesday as it approached the region after forming in the Atlantic Ocean.

Brewing Caribbean storm could become tropical cyclone in two days

A low pressure system churning across the Caribbean has about a 50 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone over the next two days, National Hurricane Center forecasters said Monday.

Land-use group tries to stop Oregon solar farm

The land-use group 1000 Friends of Oregon is trying to block a large solar farm planned for prime agricultural land outside Medford.

Edmonds takes clean energy pledge

Edmonds, Washington, has pledged to have clean, renewable energy powering its homes, offices and other buildings by 2025.

UPDATED: Wed., July 5, 2017, 8:50 p.m.

Likelihood of next Atlantic tropical depression drops slightly

The Atlantic Ocean’s next tropical depression has a good chance of forming either Wednesday night or on Thursday, forecasters said.

Forecaster says budget cuts could hurt hurricane predictions

Recent progress in forecasting the intensity of hurricanes – which has lagged behind storm track forecasting – could be undermined by proposed cuts in federal funding for tropical weather research, …

UPDATED: Fri., June 23, 2017, 3:09 p.m.

Cindy’s remnants: Street flooding from South to the Midwest

Tropical Depression Cindy spread drenching rains across the upper South on Friday, prompting flash flood warnings from the Mississippi valley to West Virginia as emergency planners urged those in its …

UPDATED: Tue., June 20, 2017, 3:53 p.m.

Tropical Storm Cindy threatens Gulf Coast; Bret in Caribbean

Tropical Storm Cindy formed Tuesday in the Gulf of Mexico and began churning heavy rain bands toward the northern Gulf Coast, where Louisiana shuttered flood gates and parts of three …

UPDATED: Tue., June 20, 2017, 8:39 a.m.

Too hot to handle: Study shows Earth’s killer heat worsens

Killer heat is getting worse, a new study shows. Deadly heat waves like the one now broiling the American West are bigger killers than previously thought and they are going …

UPDATED: Tue., June 20, 2017, 8:15 a.m.

Energy chief: Carbon dioxide not prime driver of warming

Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Monday he does not believe carbon dioxide is a primary contributor to global warming, a statement at odds with mainstream scientific consensus but in line …